Richard Wahl, 47, was the sole winner of a $533 million Mega Millions jackpot on 30 March. On Friday the 13th this lucky winner came forward to collect his astronomical prize at New Jersey Lottery headquarters. Wahl’s mammoth Mega Millions jackpot was the largest lottery jackpot won in New Jersey history and the fourth largest Mega Millions prize, ever.
“44% Percent of lottery winners had spent their entire winnings within 5 years” is just one of many of statistics about lottery winners that garners great concern with lottery fans. Here are four tips to help avoid becoming a statistic:
1. CONSULT WITH A FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Once you have found out that you are the big winner of an amazing jackpot prize, allow yourself time to celebrate with your family. But then, before going to claim the prize contact a financial advisor. The quickest way to lose your money is to be given a big cheque and have no plan what to do with it. A visit with an advisor will help you plan out what you will do with the money once you get it, whether it is to create trusts for your children or investment recommendations.
2. CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY
Coming into a lot of money at once, is guaranteed to make you a target for scammers and jealous acquaintances. Lottery winners tend to find themselves being sued or having people makes claims on their win. Consulting a lawyer and making sure that you are covered for all events is a must.
3. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
Buying property that is free and clear is a sure fire way to guarantee that should you go spending crazy that you are not left without a home at the end. Make sure that if you decide to buy a fancy new home, that you set aside a special fund for the upkeep.
Keep things in perspective, don’t alter your lifestyle too much. Remember, what it was like before you had the money. Remember the struggles, the worries and the stress; with these thoughts at the back of your mind, the incentive to not land up back there will be stronger. Donate to charity, don’t cut people who love you and care for you out of your life. If your brother says – what on earth do you need 7 jet skis for? Listen to what he says, the voice of reason will usually come from those close to us.
How would you spend your big jackpot win? Play the EuroMillions and Millionaire Raffle today for a chance to find out!
More and more Australians are turning to theLotter to purchase their lottery tickets and one lucky Aussie just won big in the Australia – Oz Lotto!
J.W. from Australia won AUD $7,065 (approximately $5,560 USD) in the Oz Lotto draw on 8 August 2017. J.W., who has been playing at theLotter for two years, won a 3rd Division Match 6 prize, just one number short of winning the Oz Lotto jackpot.
The win came on a 12-line auto-renew multi-draw ticket, which entitled J.W. to a 15% discount off the normal price.
J.W. selected the following numbers: 4, 6, 15, 25, 40, 43 and 45.
These numbers were generated in the draw: 6, 15, 21, 25, 40, 43 and 45, along with the additional bonus numbers 19 and 26.
If the “4” J.W. had chosen had been a “21” instead, he would have won the jackpot!
Australians Win Big at theLotter
J.W. is not the first Australian to win prizes playing Australian lotteries at theLotter. R.D., a native Australian, won a division three prize of AUD $6,427 playing the Australia Powerball in May 2013.
Whether you’re an Australian or not, you can win big playing the Oz Lotto at theLotter!
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?
When I Win the Lottery….
My marriage won’t be affected.
I won’t be any more likely to leave my boyfriend/girlfriend.
I will provide for the future generations of my family.
I’ll make the money last a long time.
I’ll give some money to my family.
I’ll definitely give some money to my friends.
It won’t change anything between me and my best friend.
I’ll finally get round to hitting the gym.
I’ll move to my dream home.
I’ll quit my day job – obviously!
I’ll quit buying lottery tickets.
“After the good weather comes the ugly; And after the war, peace.”
(Editor’s note: Or life-changing wealth!)
Charles Cahier (1856)
Life 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
In 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
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
Almost 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
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!