Type of lottery players

Everyone, at some point, likes to play the lottery. And, even though we know that it’s practically impossible for us to receive a prize that will take us away from work and allow us to live with all kinds of luxuries, we keep hope on it. However, do you know that there are different types of players? The truth is Yes. Here we are going to talk to you about the most common ones.

Players looking for big prizes

In general, the fewer chances that exist of matching the winning combination in a lottery, higher would be the prizes offered. In fact, this is very clear every time we take a look at the jackpot or pot accumulated in raffles such as those made by EuroMillions, Powerball or Mega Millions. Many times, these types of players usually bet on the same numbers, which doesn’t imply increasing options when winning.

However, there is a very specific type of player who prefers this type of lotteries even though the chances of winning are very small. On one hand, this is due to a greater preference for risk and emotion. On the other, they are looking for one who, in case of having a stroke of luck that makes them millionaires, will solve their lives.

To a lesser extent, within this typology, it is necessary to refer to those who, even though they prefer this type of games, just bet when there is a large prize or a special draw. At the end of the day, everyone is struck by a jackpot of 100 or 150 million euros, which is usually accompanied by a visit to the nearest administration with the thought “and why wouldn’t it take to me?”

Players looking for a minor prize

Maybe, if we talk about the Saturday Lotto in Australia or the Mini Loto in Poland, you don’t know what to do with it. It isn’t surprising considering that they aren’t overly advertising. However, they are well-known lotteries among players and have a large number of followers. The reason? The winning options are much higher than those discussed above, although it is true that the jackpot are much smaller.

As a general rule, players who bet on these lotteries usually have in mind the goal of enjoying a more comfortable life without the need for great luxuries. In addition, it’s demonstrated that the losses in this type of draws are smaller than in the others. This is because they also share a larger amount of small prizes.

In short, these are the two most frequent types of players in the lottery universe. In fact, to a greater or lesser extent, we are all located in one of the two groups since it is strange to find someone who, throughout the year, doesn’t play even once. On the other hand, we are sure that, from what has been commented here, it has become clear to you in which group you are located and, in addition, you have known some draws of which you had never heard.




A woman who won 500 million report her son for wasting the fortune

She assures that the financial advisor who hired his son has charged more than 2 million dollars, although he reached less than 1 percent, he knew everything.

A woman who won 500 million report her son for wasting the fortune

Gloria MacKenzie was 84 years old when on May, 2013 her life took a turn for the worse. She bought a lottery ticket in Zephyrhills, in the state of Florida, and was the winner of one of the largest pots in the history of the United States. Gloria won 590 million dollars, more than 520 million euros.

In the United States, you can choose to receive the cash prize instantly, which brings multiple taxes, or do so over the years on a pro-rated basis. The age of Gloria led the winner to choose the first option, so she took home a prize of 370 million dollars, almost 330 million euros.

Gloria wanted to share that money with her son, Scott MacKenzie, and he decided to hire the services of a financial adviser to take charge of his accounts. However, six years after that draw things haven’t gone as expected and now the lucky one has decided to take his son and the counselor to court.

Demand his own son

Gloria MacKenzie has filed a lawsuit against her son Scott and against the financial advisor he hired, named Harry Madden, because, supposedly, they have lost $10 million with their investments. The winner of the lottery filed the lawsuit last September, but it has now been when it has reached the courts.

The woman, who is already 90 years old, explains in the lawsuit collected by News4jax that her son and his investment agent, Harry Madden, took care of their money. She explains that Madden had never managed such a large account and for a period of 3 and a half years he charged millions of dollars in commissions for managing the account.

Gloria MacKenzie also explains that Madden tried to isolate her so that she wouldn’t interfere between the counselor and her son, in such a way that their disproportionate rates would be far from her. Not only that, Gloria assures in the demand that the economist “didn’t invest the funds in an adequate combination of investments”.

Although the most serious accusation is for the advisor: “He made very few transactions and invested mainly in debt instruments; once purchased, they became part of the accounts and used its value to calculate the rates that it was going to charge the woman”. And the worst of all for Gloria is that her son knew everything Madden was doing, but he did nothing to prevent it.

Take advantage of someone vulnerable

In the accusation, Gloria says that the profitability that Harry Madden has achieved with her fortune doesn’t even reach 1 percent, although he has spent a few draft worth more than two million dollars. The lawsuit states that “the combination of Gloria’s sudden wealth, her lack of investment knowledge and her advanced age made her an irresistible target for Madden.”

In 2014, some members of her family spoke with Gloria about Harry Madden’s past, as a public report revealed that he had paid three agreements for complaints about his past work. But his son threatened the rest of the family with disinheriting them for wanting to share that information with his mother.

Gloria accuses in her lawsuit her son Scott and the financial agent of breaching their fiduciary duty, agreement and the implicit contract of good faith, negligence and conspiracy to violate the duties of attorney. Also of exploiting and conspiracy a vulnerable adult, in this case Gloria MacKenzie herself.

When luck changed Gloria’s life, she lived in a rental apartment near the city of Tampa, where she bought the winning ticket. However, just after receiving the prize her son bought a house of almost 600 square meters with five rooms inside a luxury urbanization in Jacksonville, north of Florida.

He spent 1.2 million dollars, just over a million euros in the house, and took his mother to live with him. However, the address of Gloria MacKenzie in the lawsuit is for a home in the state of Pennsylvania, 1,500 kilometers north of Florida, while that of his son is still the same house of the million euros that bought nothing else charge the prize.

After the first previous oral sessions, the trial will begin within a few weeks. The intention of the Gloria MacKenzie’s lawyers is that it’s a jury trial, but the defense doesn’t want it that way. Only then will it be known how much the woman retains the initial fortune that won the lottery in 2014.

The importance of receiving a small lottery prize

Chelsea Martin belonged to a humble family in the United States for whom the game was a forbidden fruit. Until one day they won a prize

“Honey, remind me to check the lottery, maybe we don’t have to go working tomorrow.” For humble families such as Crystal Martin, a journalist for ‘The Cut’, playing the lottery always meant an effort to overcome their bad economic situation, but also a danger that could make her and her mother fall bankruptcy.

“I was attracted to the lottery because my mother made it look like a forbidden fruit,” she says in a story told to the magazine ‘The Cut’. “My mom almost never allowed me to go to those stores, the parents of my friends sent them there to run errands, buy a pack of cigarettes or whatever, in exchange for buying candy. Somehow, Martin’s mother saw lottery and cigarettes shops as the extension of a dream that would never be fulfilled, have money, and that the state took advantage of making cash under the reinvesting’s false promise in education.

She, daughter of a black family at the beginning of the 80s, began to feel the journalistic vocation due to her concern for the world and the amount of questions that she provoked. One of these concerns was, evidently, why they did not enjoy the white’s privileges. “Why do whites hate us?” She asked his mother once in the kitchen of her old house. “Don’t worry about that, Crystal,” she said, “they just don’t know how to do anything else.”

“On a sunny day in late October a couple of years ago, I found an old lottery ticket from my mother,” Martin explains. “Inside a bag I discovered his beloved Fendi striped purse, used until her death in 2005. And there, there was hidden a salmon New York Lotto ticket, with three series of Quick Pick numbers. The prize for that day was 15 million dollars (about 13.12 million euros) I narrowed my eyes. The ticket would have been with her for over five years, until her death. Why had she kept an unpriced ticket for so long? ”

Without telling her, Martin’s mother was buying tickets sporadically. Although all her life she had given her an education away from vices, she knew that maybe they could get lucky and win some prize, even if it was tiny, that would make them disappear their financial problems. “It didn’t seem like a waste of money, but a healthy hobby, a necessary whim to a highly disciplined life”, says Martin. “She didn’t drink or smoke, and all her life she got half an hour earlier to work during her 32 years teaching at a social center.”

Until finally her dream came true. One day she woke up with good news. I had won a prize. It was only 80 dollars (70.53 euros approximately). “It wasn’t going to change our lives, obviously, but that smile on her face stayed with me much longer than the money lasted,” the journalist admits. “Long before she got sick, she said she’d rather spend it with her than leave it to me, I’m glad she did, maybe that’s why I’m not very thrifty in the present either.”

Martin saw her mother’s life as a prodigious balance between “hard work and good luck”. Now, when she sees that ticket jealously guarded for so many years, she wonders if the number chosen has a meaning beyond pure chance. “A birthday, something that was important to her, a series of numbers that she thought was worth keeping to play again in the future.” Now that the journalist has a 2-year-old daughter, she thought for a moment that this sequence of digits would bring her luck. Maybe, she thought, with the money she could pay the college for his little girl.

“I showed my father the ticket and he didn’t find anything remarkable at all,” says Martin. “He replied: Didn’t your mother have the habit of simply put things in their pockets and leave there?” After her cancer’s death, the daughter remembers her mother as a person who still believed in luck. “The other day I went through a stationery shop and bought a lottery ticket for the first time.” When she went to dial the number she was going to play with, she took out with the ticket that her mother had carried in her bag for so long.

However, instead of playing the same contest, decided to bet on Take 5. The difference is that this method was solved much faster than the Jackpot Lotto: at midnight, and would know the winner. She checked the boxes with the numbers that his mother had marked years ago, and then chose two other numbers randomly. “What would have happened if I played in the same contest and with the same numbers that my mother had marked?” Asks herself. “For her it could still have a meaning; I still have hope,” she concludes.

A man found in a jacket a 1.3 million dollars’ lottery ticket

A Montreal’s inhabitant found the ticket because his sister insisted on cleaning a closet

A man found in a jacket a 1.3 million dollars’ lottery ticket

Gregorio De Santis can never be grateful enough to his sister. She insisted me on cleaning a closet full of clothes and donate some of her clothes. De Santis, who lives in Montreal, ended up accessing and his life has changed forever. In the pocket of an old jacket, he found a lottery ticket purchased in December 2017. Last Friday, he decided to go to a lottery branch to find out if he had had any luck. It was a big surprise: he had just won 1.75 million Canadian dollars, the equivalent of 1.35 million US dollars.

“When he went to check his ticket, he believed that the figure that appeared on the screen was $1.750” announced by the draw company, Loto-Quebec. “When he realized how much he had won, he said that his heart almost stopped.”

The man was very lucky, because the ticket can just be paid in the first year since the purchase. De Santis bought it last December 6, so it expired in two months. The cleanliness of his sister will now condition the rest of his life. “I would never have looked in that closet if it weren’t for her!” He acknowledged.

De Santis has been playing the lottery since the 70s. The only thing that had won so far was a prize of 4.000 Canadian dollars over the past decade. Overwhelmed by the boat, the man’s first ideas are to allocate the money to his pension fund and to take his nephew to watch hockey matches. Although surely the first thing you should do is buy a good gift to thanks to your sister.

A taxi driver spends her lottery prize on surgery and new teeth

Today Melissa Ede is a much happier woman. On January 2 she won 4 million pound’s lottery prize that literally changed her life.

A taxi driver spends her lottery prize on surgery and new teeth

Before winning the lottery prize, Melissa was a 58 year old transgender taxi driver. When she discovered that she was a millionaire thanks to the scrape and win of the National Lottery of the United Kingdom, she began to tremble. So she recognized it before the media the day she went to collect the lottery prize.

At that time she also made sure that part of the money was going to be invested in a facelift and a nose reconstruction. She also wanted to fix her smile, since often she was insulted by her teeth and many people called her “Bugs Bunny”.

“I don’t like to smile. I have decided to show you all my horrible teeth because now from this month nobody will recognize me. I’m going to have a perfect smile, “she said. That will mean 10 hours of dental work but acknowledged that: “I’m not afraid because my gender reassignment surgery scared me more but today I think it’s the best thing I’ve done.”

Her life after winning the lottery prize.

A month later, Melissa told the Daily Mirror: “I love life now! All those people who say that money doesn’t buy happiness, don’t know what they say. ”

Despite having invested a large part of the money and having paid off her mortgage, she hopes to use part of the money in her body renewal and pay for the wedding with her fiancé Rachel Nason.

So far she has used her money to make Botox, cheek and lip fillings, also donated 10.000 pounds to the charity, and bought the engagement ring, a five-room house valued at 500.000 pounds, a 33.000-pound BMW and an aquarium.

What the winner is clear about is that she won’t give any of the lottery prize money to her children, since they rejected her in the process of gender transition 12 years ago.


He won the lottery, went partying and lost the ticket. Ended up dead.

Luck is on your side and you get almost one million euros. You celebrate it with the closest ones and the next day the winning tickets have disappeared. What would you do?

Jirawut Pongphan had won 42 million baht (about 840.000 euros) in the lottery, but he hadn’t claimed the prize yet. To celebrate, he invited family and friends to a big party at his house, in which, due to unknown reasons, the winning tickets disappeared. Facing the truth of not being able to claim the money, Pongphan decided to take his own life by shooting himself.

The 42-year-old man, originally from the Chonburi’s province, east of Thailand, had seven tickets with the winning numbers and his dream of being a billionaire was fulfilled for a few moments. But his emotion was brief.

Too confident?

“Believe with lightness, great awkwardness”, says the saying referring to the trusting people. As anyone, he wanted to celebrate his great joy by organizing a party at home with their closest relatives and friends. As reported by ‘The Sun’, the man didn’t take too much trouble to keep the winning tickets safely, since they disappeared that night for unknown reasons.

After realizing the loss (or surely stolen) and then couldn’t collect the large prize, Pongphan fell into a deep depression. His combination of stress and sadness left him unable to go to work, so he decided to shoot himself and end up with his life. The police found on the scene a note written by the winner in which he wrote: “I am very sorry, yes I won the lottery prize, but please don’t intimidate my family”. Police sources say they are investigating if they were stolen or not and if someone has claimed the prize but for now remains a mystery.

Win a prize and its effects

In the face of unexpected sums of money, we tend to work less, consume more and save little. To investigate the effect of unexpected sums of money, isolating other possible effects, some economists compared winners of large sums against others who had smaller sums.

According to a study of 500 lottery winners with an average prize of €400.000 published in ‘Ventura24’, the winners didn’t left their jobs, but their hours were reduced. On the other hand, the main topic is usually met and most winners invest in new cars, houses and little savings on the prize.

Mikael Lindahl studied the effect of money on health and life expectancy in Sweden. He discovered that making a lot of money has positive effects on health. Diseases such as cancer, bronchitis, problems of mobility or mental health and acute pain occur less frequently to those who won the lottery. He also calculated the effect on mortality and discovered a slight increase in life expectancy for the winners.

A scientists’ team led by Scott Hankins studied people who went bankrupt and became millionaires. The researchers wanted to find out if a large sum of money when it is needed most, removes problems or simply postpones them. The results showed that although winners are less likely to go bankrupt immediately after winning, in the medium term (between 3 and 5 years), they are more likely to lose it again.



The wind almost tricks him to lose the juicy lottery prize

He bought several lottery tickets and it was easy to keep them aside the door of his car, without thinking that the wind would play a trick on him

The wind almost tricks him to lose the juicy lottery prize

A man named John Hepburn, who works as manager of a tire factory in Fayetteville’s city, North Carolina, was about to miss the opportunity to collect a juicy lottery prize “Cash 5”, and all because of a strong wind.

It turns out that John bought several raffle tickets and in a hurry, he quickly put them in a compartment in the driver’s door of his car. The man completely forgot about that action and when getting out of his car, several tickets flew out.

Hepburn was only able to rescue a couple of tickets, thus losing the hope of winning a prize. But he was tremendously surprised the next day when he checked the numbers and discovered that a ticket he rescued had just been awarded.

John earned $489.211 and the lucky winner said he will use the money to pay off his mortgage, as well as for “something good” for his grandchildren.