What would you do after hitting the Jackpot? 11 Shocking Lottery Winner Statistics

What would you do if you won the lottery? Would it change your life? Would you move home, leave your job, help your friends or family, or would you keep everything pretty much the same as before, and carry on working in your nine to fives?

We all have pretty fixed ideas about what would happen, we’ve been through the scenario in our heads enough times. And there is no way we’d mess it up like those morons you read about in the newspapers. Heck no. Like the ones that blow all their cash and end up on skid row, or the suckers that keep their nine to five cleaning jobs at Denny’s. But hey, until we hit it big and cash in the US Powerball jackpot (worth a staggering $100 million this week), who can say for sure what we would do? Before moving on to some shocking examples of past winners’ behaviour, it is worth noting that the US Powerball can nowadays be played from Canada as well as other countries!

So what have different lottery winners have done in the past? And what is the statistical likelihood of you doing the same? Of course, this is in no way scientific, and just a bit of fun – but the statistics are based on the answers of 34 real life lottery winners, averaging at 46 years old, with 8 males and 26 females.

When I Win the Lottery….

My marriage won’t be affected.

You’re probably not wrong, with a promising 95% of our respondents staying married to their husbands or wives after winning. Maybe it’s down to becoming super-close after going through probably the most intense and breath-taking experience on the planet, but who knows? Whatever the reason, this heart-warming fact has made us a little bit more optimistic today.

I won’t be any more likely to leave my boyfriend/girlfriend.

The numbers are on your side with this one, with an unbelievable 100% of our sample group staying with their partners after winning. Now we’re wondering why those married slackers don’t pick up their game. Damn quitters.

I will provide for the future generations of my family.

We’re gonna call you a straight up liar on this one, unless you’re one of the thrifty 10% who can keep hold of their money long enough for the third generation to get some. That’s right, a big old 90% of lottery winners have spent up by the time their grandkids come of age, leaving the family fortunes at a big fat zero.

I’ll make the money last a long time.

A long time – that’s a relative concept, right? So let’s just agree on a ball park figure and work from there. Does 5 years sound ok for starters? Ok. Well if you say you would be able to keep at least some of your money past the 5 year mark, you’d probably be right – but not by much. An extravagant 44% of lottery winners have spent all their money within a 5 year period, leaving them with nothing to show for it and one hell of a hangover.

I’ll give some money to my family.

The numbers are on your side with this one. A whopping 83% of winners gave money to their family, which we think is just lovely. We would hate to think that lottery winners become so selfish that they wouldn’t share their luck, and this has justabout restored our faith in humanity.

I’ll definitely give some money to my friends.

While you might be right about this, there’s a surprising twist. Who would you expect to be more sharing and caring, men or women? Who has more close friends, men or women? So which gender would give money to more friends, men or women? Well, men gave money to three friends, on average, while women gave to just one. Come on ladies, share the wealth!

It won’t change anything between me and my best friend.

We are happy to say that you’re probably right on this one. An amicable 90% of the respondents stated that they kept the best friends they had from before their big win. We were impressed with this statistic, as well as the previous two, because it seems that money doesn’t come between important relationships.

I’ll finally get round to hitting the gym.

Maybe you would, but with a mouth-watering 32% of our respondents gaining weight, it seems like some finally got round to hitting the best restaurants in town. This might not be such a bad thing, as it shows they’re making the most of their winnings – and hey, if you can’t dodge that salad bar after winning the lottery, what’s it good for anyway?

I’ll move to my dream home.

Not according to the stats, my friend. Some of the group did move into a new house, no doubt with champagne filled jacuzzis and pet lions guarding the property, but a stubborn 62% of our winners stayed exactly where they were. Home is where the heart is, and we salute those winners who had already found that ideal homestead.

I’ll quit my day job – obviously!

Well this might seem like a sure-fire life choice after winning, and actually the whole point of even playing the lottery, but you may be more likely to keep that job than you think. Only 52% of our respondents actually left their jobs after winning the lottery. This means that the odds on this are justabout even with an eager 48% continuing to set their alarm clock every night. Interesting life choice!

What would you do after hitting the Jackpot?

I’ll quit buying lottery tickets.

Well, maybe you would buck the trend, but you’re a lot more likely to continue buying tickets than not. A bold 68% of lottery winners continue to buy tickets each week, quietly confident that they will hit the jackpot again before long. They even decide to expand their horizons, using the services of an online lottery concierge such as theLotter  to enter the world’s biggest draws, while benefiting from many other benefits such as theLotter  joining syndicates, playing with multi-draws or using systematic forms to boost their odds of hitting it big (again!).

From Humble Beginnings to Incredible Fortune – Four Deserving Lottery Winners

“After the good weather comes the ugly; And after the war, peace.”
(Editor’s note: Or life-changing wealth!)
Charles Cahier (1856)

From Humble Beginnings to Incredible FortuneLife does not always reward those who most deserve it and so it is heart-warming when you hear a story about someone truly deserving winning the lottery. A story (or as it happens, four stories), with such tragedy and yet such a happy ending.

Which lotteries offer such life-changing jackpots that they can lift winners from the direst of circumstances? Whilst all lotteries are capable of changing lives, with a current jackpot of $162 million, the US Mega Millions jackpot definitely holds the trump card! Countless players around the world are getting their tickets online in time for the upcoming draw.

Who will win the jackpot remains to be seen. But we wonder… Will he or she be as worthy a recipient as the four men below?

From the Hell of Kosovo to EuroMillions Winner

From the Hell of Kosovo to EuroMillions WinnerIn the late 90s the horror in what used to be Yugoslavia reached its climax in Kosovo. Some Kosovars were fortunate enough to escape, as was the case of one man who managed to flee to Belgium, and fifteen years after witnessing the horrors of Kosovo, this father of four (who worked as a street cleaner in Brussels) won €168 million in the EuroMillions in October 2016. This may be more than the $162 million on offer in the Mega Millions this week, but then again, should you scoop up $162 million, you’d hardly have reason to complain!

From Civil War in Syria to Scratch-off Winner

From Civil War in Syria to Scratch-off WinnerA Syrian refugee living in the northern suburbs of the French capital has won €1 million after buying €10 worth of scratch cards.

Before arriving in France, the winner owned a small business in Syria, but was forced to flee the country because of the civil war that has displaced almost half of the population and killed more than 250,000 people. The former businessman of 30 arrived in France in 2011 and had worked a series of odd jobs before winning €1 million from the state lotto. The lucky winner then used the money to buy an apartment and he plans to open a restaurant, study French and bring his family to join him.

From a Senegalese Migrant Ship to Winning the Spanish Lottery

From a Senegalese Migrant Ship to Winning the Spanish LotteryAlmost a year ago a Senegalese migrant rescued from a ship by the Spanish coast guard won €400,000 in Spain’s annual Christmas lottery. The winner, named Ngame, stood before the lottery agency, in tears, when he discovered he was holding a winning ticket in his hands. He thanked Spain for saving his life and giving him the chance to play the most popular lottery in the country. Can you imagine a more amazing Christmas gift?

From War-Torn Iraq to Being a US Lottery Jackpot Winner

From War-Torn Iraq to Being a US Lottery Jackpot WinnerFinally, there is the incredible story of an Iraqi who won $6.4 million in the Oregon lottery in the Autumn of 2015 via theLotter.com!

His story reached the headlines in news outlets across the world and since then theLotter has created more millionaires in lotteries such as the Powerball (a man from El Salvador, a Canadian and an Australian each won $1 million in the US Powerball through us in 2016 alone).

So there you have it… Regardless of whether you have experienced difficult times in your life or were born with a silver spoon in your mouth you can look forward to a bright future with a lottery win! To maximise your fortune, go to the biggest jackpots in the world (like the $162 million US Mega Millions) to turn your life around!

How long does it take to get your money after you win the lottery?

Congratulations! You’ve just won the lottery! You’ve beat the odds and correctly picked all the numbers, plus the bonus numbers, and now you are a millionaire!

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Of course you’re happy, elated, and a million other emotions all at once. However, once this initial tidal wave of excitement and emotions subsides you might also be wondering, ‘how long will it take to collect my lottery winnings?’ Which is a very reasonable question to ask. At the moment you’re holding a winning ticket, a promise that a huge jackpot will be paid to you. However, until you can exchange your ticket for cash you’re going to have to guard that ticket and keep it safe. So, the sooner the better, right? Right.

Every lottery has a slightly different method and timeline when it comes to verifying tickets and claiming prizes. What goes for the UK lotteries isn’t quite the same with US Powerball, Mega Millions, or individual state lotteries. What is constant, however, is that there will be a period of time in which you are responsible for your ticket. Regardless of where your ticket is purchased, it is a good idea to sign it as proof that it belongs to you.

Claiming US Powerball and MegaMillions Prizes

US Powerball and MegaMillions are run by the Multi State Lottery Association, MUSL, which is made up of 33 member lotteries. US Powerball and Mega Millions are both offered in 44 out of 50 states and each state sets its own rules for ticket validation and prize collection. In all states where Mega Millions and Powerball are offered it’s possible to collect any prize less than $599 at a lottery retailer as long as they have the cash on hand to pay out your prize.

For prizes $600 and above differences start to appear between the rules of the different states, however, the general procedure is more or less the same. Your winning ticket will need to be validated by the state lottery and you will have to fill out a claim form. Ticket validation can often be done either by mail or in person. Jackpot winners, as you can imagine, almost never send their winning tickets through the mail and elect instead to bring their ticket to the state lottery commission for validation.

For US Powerball and Mega Millions, there is a 15-day waiting period between the winning draw and when the jackpot will be paid out, as money from ticket sales needs to be collected in order to pay out the jackpot. However, it is still possible to validate your winning ticket in this time, thereby establishing yourself as the winner and absolving you of the responsibility to hold on to your ticket. Once your ticket has been validated all you need to do is sit back and wait to collect your priz

How Camelot Pays Jackpot Wins

Camelot, the operator of the National Lottery in Great Britain, handles things a little bit differently. If you’re holding a winning ticket you need to call a special hotline and give them a series of numbers printed on the ticket to prove the authenticity of your ticket. While this phone call is not a verification, it does get the verification process started. During the initial phone call Camelot will schedule an appointment, at your convenience, during business hours, with their winner’s advisors.

The winner’s advisor’s job is multifaceted. During their visit they will verify your ticket, establish your identity, give you some counseling and financial advice relevant to your situation, offer further legal and financial resources, and finally, pay you your prize via bank transfer. That’s right, in the comfort of your home, or their offices if you prefer, you get a private consultation and a bank transfer right away.

Winners who wish to remain anonymous or want to keep a low profile can even request that Camelot’s winner’s advisors remain discreet by dressing in casual clothing.

All in all, it is typically faster and more convenient for jackpot winners in the UK than in the US. No 15-day delay and home visits for ticket verification and prize payouts are a great welcome to the life of luxury that a jackpot winner will lead. But, even in the UK, there will be a period of time in which the jackpot winner will be responsible for their own ticket.

How Camelot Pays Jackpot Wins

Is it Safe to Play the Lottery Online?

Yes, and in this specific instance it is actually safer to play the lottery online than in person. If you happen to win the jackpot playing the world’s most exciting and biggest lotteries with theLotter, your ticket will be kept securely in a safe in our local office until you, or your attorney, are able to take it directly to the lottery to claim your prize. While most winners are, of course, able to safeguard their tickets until they can be redeemed, there are enough heartbreaking stories of winning tickets lost or destroyed to appreciate the peace of mind that a reputable, professional company can bring to the entire process.

Use Your Time Wisely

Regardless of where you win your lottery jackpot, there will be a period of time, however brief, between discovering you’ve won and actually receiving your prize. This is time that can be used wisely to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the future. Use this time to consult with a financial planner to decide whether you wish to take a lump sum payment or annuity and how to manage your money once it’s in your possession. Speaking with a lawyer can help you settle issues regarding your estate, which will now be considerably more valuable. Discussing with a spouse, partner, or those closest to you about how, when, if, and to whom you’d like to reveal your good fortune is also not a bad idea. In short, it’s a time to prepare for the tidal wave of changes that are coming your way.

Aussie Wins $1 Million Playing US Powerball

One very lucky Aussie won a $1 million second prize on Wednesday 19 October 2016 playing US Powerball online with theLotter! Our lucky winner wishes to go by ‘G.’ to protect his privacy, which of course, we’re more than happy to do. However, we’ve dubbed him ‘the Wonder from Down Under!’

Aussie Wins $1 Million Playing US Powerball

Powerball Fortune Found in Florida

As you can see from G.’s ticket above, and yes that really is his ticket, he correctly chose all five main numbers to win US Powerball’s amazing $1 million second prize in draw 2016/84 that took place on Wednesday 19 October 2016. After taxes, G. took home AUD$937,758 or about $700,000. His winning numbers were 10-16-38-43-63 and Powerball 16. The winning numbers for the jackpot, which no one won, were 10-16-38-43-63 and Powerball 23. G. was the only second prize winner of the draw.

Good Great Things Come to Those Who Wait!

G. has been playing with theLotter since he discovered our ‘convenient and easy to use’ service in 2003. He has had 452 wins over the years, including AUD$325 in Germany Lotto and AUD$115 in Swiss Lotto. G. enjoys playing a la carte; buying single entries to a variety of lotteries, but favouring frequent jackpot heavy weights US Powerball and Mega Millions. G. prefers to play random numbers, although he has played lucky numbers in the past.

TheLotter Brings US Powerball to the World

G. is the third player to win $1 million playing US Powerball with theLotter in 2016 and the fourth ever. B.U from the U.K was the first to win $1 million in 2012 playing US Powerball with theLotter. H.V. from El Salvador won $1 million in the historic 13 January 2016 draw that saw the record $1.59 billion jackpot won and P. from Quebec won $1 million in February 2016 by continuing to play US Powerball with theLotter after January’s jackpot mania subsided.

G. is theLotters first Australian player to win $1 million playing US Powerball and proof that it doesn’t matter what country, continent, or hemisphere you live in, you can win the world’s largest and most exciting jackpots from wherever you live!

Lottery Luck Can Strike Twice – Here’s How

Imagine winning the Powerball lottery. With a $320 million jackpot, that win would turn your life upside down. Now imagine winning a lottery twice. Is that even possible? They say that lottery luck only strikes once, but this statement is far from true. There have been many remarkable stories about players who seem to attract lottery luck while repeatedly winning amazing prizes. Perhaps there is something to learn from these tales!

Couple Wins £1 Million Pounds Twice in EuroMillions

Couple Wins £1 Million Pounds Twice in EuroMilli

Take for example the story of David and Kathleen Long, from Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, who won £1 million in the EuroMillions lottery twice in two years. Their first win in 2013 had been “fantastic” Long said, and really changed their lives. Shortly after their win the couple got married and took early retirement. “I always told everyone that I’m gonna do it again. I just knew it would be my turn again someday,” Long said, after winning a second £1 million prize in the UK EuroMillions Mega Friday draw on 27 March 2015. Lottery organisers Camelot said it was an “extraordinary situation” that a couple won such a prize twice, as it beat odds of more than 283 billion to one.

Twice? Irish Married Couple Wins Big Cash 9 Times!

They prefer to remain anonymous, and that’s understood: A Dublin couple collected a winning cheque of €113,661 in June 2016 after matching five numbers and the bonus in the Ireland Lotto draw. “We are getting closer and closer to the jackpot,” the husband said. “Since the start of the lotto, we have matched 5 numbers nine times and we’re not giving up on the jackpot just yet.”

Of course if the couple purchases a subscription to the Ireland Lotto at theLotter, they will never miss a chance at winning the coveted jackpot!

Two Massachusetts Men Each Win Two $1 Million Prizes

Massachusetts men win two million dollar prizes

And then there’s Howard Rankin from Framingham, Massachusetts. He won a $1 million instant jackpot in November 2015 when he played the $2,500,000 Holiday Bonus instant game run by the Massachusetts State Lottery. Ten months later, he purchased a ticket at the same store and won another $1 million instant prize. But wait, there is another double millionaire winner in Massachusetts! Kevin Phillips of Lakeview won $1 million playing the “100X The Cash” $10 instant game on April 30, 2014. His new prize in September 2016 was when he played the “Win It All!” $5 instant game. But wait, there’s yet another two-time winner in the state! Jane Hoyt claimed her second $1 million prize in January 2016.

Can people score repeated lottery wins when purchasing tickets through an online ticket purchasing service like theLotter? Of course they can! Consider the story of:

Our Latvian Player Scores Three Big Wins in a Single Month

Our very own A.K., a star Diamond VIP member from Latvia, had a phenomenal 2013. He started off with a massive €578,000 win in the January 26th Italian SuperStar draw. Then in April he scored three lottery wins: a $10,000 pay-day in the Canada Lotto 649; $2,318 in the La Primitiva; and €4,926 in France Lotto. Who says that you can’t win lotteries more than once?

Construction Worker’s Second Big Win Is Bittersweet

Shortly after Long Island construction worker Bruce Magistro won a $1 million New York “Extreme Cash” prize in 2012, his wife Yvonne lost a three-year battle with cancer. Much of that prize money went to pay for her medical bills. Magistro defied enormous odds to hit a second $1 million jackpot in May 2016. “I just couldn’t believe I hit it two times,” he said after he realized he had won again. With plans to share his winnings with his three children and his fiancée, Magistro joked: “Hopefully I’ll win again. Third time’s a charm.”

Arizona Couple Attributes Repeated Lottery Luck to Persistence

Carmichaels attribute lottery luck to persistence

“When we first won, it wasn’t if we were going to win again, it was when,” said Kerry Carmichael from Tempe, Arizona. Along with his wife, Dianne, the couple won $2.5 million in 1995 and more recently $1 million in 2013 playing the Arizona State Lottery. To what do they attribute their lottery good fortune? “It’s persistence,” Diane Carmichael told the media. Or perhaps it was the $10,000 the couple spent every year on lottery tickets. Despite the two huge windfalls, the couple still lives a relatively modest lifestyles “The average person with taxes has almost no chance of getting rich by working hard,” Kerry said. “The lottery is the great hope for the masses. It’s a slim hope, but it’s hope.”

Man Named Gambles Wins Lottery Twice with Same Numbers

And then there’s the man whose name is appropriately Larry Gambles, appropriate because that’s what he does. And he does it quite well apparently. Gambles, a Chicago resident, won $50,000 nine years ago when he played the lottery using the numbers on the jerseys of his high school basketball team. “I’ve been playing the same numbers ever since,” Gambles said in a news release. “I can’t believe they paid off again!” Gambles won $1.05 million in June 2016 in the Lucky Day Lotto jackpot. Lottery officials said Gambles’ advice to other players is to “pick your favorite numbers and stick with them.”

Players purchasing lottery tickets at theLotter can save Lucky Numbers and replay the same lottery with their stored numbers with a click of a button.

San Francisco Man Credits “Stupid Luck” for Second Big Lottery Win

And finally we meet Californian Frank Derfield, who won a huge $5 million prize in September 2016 just 14 months after winning a $100,000 prize. “It was a shock. Disbelief. I definitely defied the odds a lot more this time!” Derfield said in a statement. How did he manage to win a second lottery prize? “I wish I can tell you … It’s just stupid luck. It’s just weird.” Derfield has been playing the California Lottery since 1984 but now he’s considering retiring from playing. “We’re going to have to talk about it … all my luck may be used up at this point!” he said. Unless lottery luck strikes him a third time.

Never miss a huge jackpot prize by playing US Powerball and the other amazing lotteries offered by theLotter. As shown in these many stories, lottery luck can strike twice but you need to start to play in order to win the first time.

He Paid €3, He Won €165,538,706

A very, very lucky Italian beat 1 in 56 billion odds and won a €165m SuperEnalotto jackpot prize in the drawing on 27 October 2016. The lucky winner paid just €3 for the ticket entitling him/her to the incredible prize, the second highest SuperEnalotto jackpot ever!

The numbers that delivered the €165m prize were 3, 12, 23, 71, 76, and 83; with 56 as the ‘Jolly number’ and 35 the SuperStar number. The winner’s prize went up by €2 million because he/she had played the extra SuperStar option in the draw.

Italian wins €165,538,706 SuperEnalotto jackpot prize

What We Know about the Winner

The winning ticket was sold in the city of Vibo Valentia in the Calabria region of southern Italy. The owner of the store where the winning ticket was bought, Domenico Lo Bianco, said, “At first, when journalists phoned me to tell me about the win, I thought it was a joke. Slowly I realized that it was all true.”

As media descended on his store, Bianco said that “there’s been no peep from the winner, no phone calls or written messages.”

The identity of the winner is not yet known, nor has anyone stepped forward to claim the prize. “We hope, however, that he’ll remember us and the huge fortune we brought him,” Bianco said.

The jackpot had been rolling over since 16th July 2015, when a single ticket won €21.8m.

Record SuperEnalotto Jackpots

The SuperEnalotto regularly offers some of the biggest jackpots in the world. The prize this time was the biggest amount ever awarded to a single ticket holder in the SuperEnalotto lottery’s history. The jackpot record was set in October 2010 when a syndicate of 70 players from Milan won €177.7 million.

Here’s a look at the biggest SuperEnalotto jackpots to date:

DATE PRIZE WINNER(S)
30 October 2010 €177.7 million Syndicate of 70 players – ticket purchased in Milan
27 October 2016 €163.5 million Ticket purchased in Vibo Valentia, Calabria
22 August 2009 €147.8 million Ugo Verni of Bagnone, Tuscany
9 February 2010 €139 million 2 tickets purchased in Parma, Emilia-Romagna; and Pistoia, Tuscany
10 October 2008 €100.7 million Ticket bought in Catania, Sicily

TheLotter Players Have Won SuperEnalotto Prizes

While they didn’t win the huge €165m SuperEnalotto jackpot this time, theLotter players have enjoyed quite a bit of success in previous draws. Diamond VIP member A.K. from Latvia won a massive €578,000 prize (approximately $778,000) in the 26 January 2013 SuperEnalotto draw. A.K. had played a SuperStar systematic form and most of his winnings came from SuperStar’s match 5+1 fourth prize. More recently, a Gold-level VIP player from Belgium won €47,578.79 in the 18 August 2016 SuperEnalotto draw.

Your Turn for SuperEnalotto Success

To be in the running for the SuperEnalotto jackpot and other generous lottery prizes, all you need to do is buy your SuperEnalotto tickets in time for the next draw!

Belgian player wins €47,578.79 playing Italian SuperEnalotto on theLotter

One very lucky player on theLotter won the 3rd prize by playing SuperEnalotto online and walked away with €47,578.79! The lucky winner, a French speaker living in Belgium, declined to be interviewed and wishes to remain anonymous, so we’ll call him Monsieur Bonne Chance.

Belgian SuperEnalotto Winner

Fortune Found in SuperEnalotto Draw 2016/99

M. Bonne Chance’s luck caught fire when he picked five out of six numbers correctly and won the fine sum of €47,578.79 in the 18 August 2016 SuperEnalotto draw! Winning a prize of this amount is like getting paid a good year’s salary in an instant, just for being lucky!

Belgian SuperEnalotto Ticket

Pictured above is the scanned copy of M. Bonne Chance’s actual, physical ticket as provided by theLotter. As you can see, M. Bonne Chance’s winning numbers were 8-39-65-73-82-83. The winning numbers for the drawing were 8-39-59-65-82-83, Jolly number 41. There were no 1st or 2nd prize winners and M. Bonne Chance was one of four 3rd prize winners in the 18 August 2016 drawing.

Persistence Pays off!

M. Bonne Chance has been playing the lottery online with theLotter since August 2015. He is a Gold-level VIP player and his previous biggest win was €17.54 playing the Italian SuperStar on September 17th 2015. However, M. Bonne Chance earned a place on our winner’s page with his big SuperEnalotto win.

We cannot say for certain, although all indications are that M. Bonne Chance uses the random, automatic Quick Pick to choose his numbers rather than choose his own. Choosing your numbers randomly via Quick Pick can be a good strategy, and it certainly paid off in this case.

M. Bonne Chance likes to mix it up with his lottery play. He’s played one time entries for SuperEnalotto, Italian SuperStar, EuroJackpot, and US Powerball. By playing this selection of lotteries and huge jackpots from around the world, M. Bonne Chance put himself into prime position to win big, which he did!

Play theBig to WIN BIG!

As luck would have it, SuperEnalotto is at the top of theBig list again since another Belgian player won the €168 million EuroMillions jackpot on 16 October 2016. Whether you live in Belgium, Europe, or anywhere in the world for that matter, you can play the world’s biggest jackpots by playing theBig on theLotter.com. Choose a Multi-Draw or Subscription entry to enjoy a discount and ensure that you never miss a draw and a chance to win. Good luck!