Win the EuroMillions, buy a Ferrari and …?

Like everything in life, there are two situations, people born with a star and people born crashed … But in the case of EuroMillions lottery winner, Derry Ryan Magee, he had to live both situations. Would you make better decisions than Derry? Read this interesting article; try your luck playing online in the biggest JACKPOT game in the world

Won the lottery and bought a super car

A brand new Ferrari 458 Italia! That was the first thing that Derry Ryan Magee thought after winning a huge prize in the EuroMillions lottery. How much did he earn? The not inconsiderable sum of £ 6.4 million. Like many other lottery winners, Derry made the decision to get on a supercar and bought a Ferrari for the amount of £ 170,000 and then began to pass a series of events that put a hand brake on his life as a new millionaire.

Bad luck or bad decisions?

First of all Derry Ryan Magee divorces and, eventually, accumulated no less than 13 traffic tickets. As if this were no longer a headache, heartache and pocketache, Derry ended up crashing his Ferrari 458 Italia! But Derry’s bad luck did not end there. Derry one day had the brilliant idea of ​​driving a car without insurance and, to top it all off, he was stopped by the traffic police who, logically, asked him for all the documents. The decision of the state was severe, after seeing his multiple faults committed. Derry Ryan, owner of a Ferrari, his driver’s license was suspended and, as if that were not enough, he was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service (unpaid). It seems that Derry will need to win the lottery again to rebuild his life.

Is it bad to win a lottery?

The story of Ryan Magee is something strange and hard to imagine, but he at least had the chance to win a big lottery prize and decorate his life a bit, lotteries change the lives of players around the world, many times for their good and their families’. Just think of all the people who have won the huge prizes offered by US lotteries like the Powerball or the Mega Millions, people who possibly went through a serious financial need, but who were saved thanks to the existence of this type of games

Lotteries of the world now online

The lotteries are still innovating, now there is more offer of gambling options that increase (in fact) the odds of winning, and thanks to official ticket services of lottery tickets, like theLotter, there is the possibility of playing any lottery in the world from any country. That’s right, a Mexican can already legally win the Powerball jackpots. TheLotter’s platform has already helped to make its users millionaires since 2002, like Aura D. from Panama who won USD 30 million and an Iraqi who won USD 6.4 million, both winners from their countries of origin won in US lotteries , to name a few.

Winning an important lottery prize like Powerball will always have a great story behind who wins it. May Aura D. and the Iraqi M.M., the biggest winners of theLotter, now be new millionaires and can buy the cars they want, but their story the impact that their sudden wealth has touched their lives forever. Get to know the emotional story of Aura D.  and the story of M.M. of Badgad.

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Jane Park, ‘Cursed’ EuroMillions Winner Wants to Sue UK Lotto!

At this point, who hasn’t read about the wild, straight from tabloids exploits of Jane Park? Jane Park, EuroMillions winner, possibly the craziest lottery winner ever, has had boozy weekends in Benidorm, arrests for drink-driving and breakups caught by the paparazzi. This now 21 year old has gone from Britain’s youngest EuroMillions lottery winner to biggest cautionary tale. The latest twist in her saga? She wants to sue the National Lotto for ‘ruining her life’!

Win a Huge EuroMillions Prize…and Sue?

Jane Park is considering a lawsuit against Camelot, the company that administers the UK Lotto and offers EuroMillions in the United Kingdom. She says that 17 year olds should not be allowed to win so much money, as she did.

Camelot says that they are offering Park continued support, even putting her in contact with another teenage jackpot winner.

How Big was Jane Park’s EuroMillions Win?

Jane Park was 17 years old, working an £8 an hour job and living in a council flat with her mother when she won £1 million playing EuroMillions for the very first time!

Jane became Britain’s youngest EuroMillions lottery winner and the nation waited with baited breath to see what would become of this teenage millionaire.

Jane Park, Big Spender

Jane Park’s young age, humble background and big win were a recipe for a major spending spree. Certainly, there are plenty of good examples of how lottery winners spend their money. Park was not one of them.

After cashing her winning check, Park quit her job, spent two months in the Spanish resort city of Magaluf, and then moved into a new mansion on the outskirts of Edinburg.

She then treated herself to Louis Vuitton handbags and designer wallets. After that, more vacations, this time in the Maldives and the US.

Today, when asked do lottery winners have to go public, Park advises lottery winners to remain anonymous, advice that she wishes she’d taken herself.

Once the stress of being a millionaire and minor celebrity started to get to her, Park splurged on a £17,000 Volkswagen Beetle, a £25,000 BMW, and a £18,000 Range Rover that she had custom-painted purple to honour her favourite football club, Hibernian.

Park also went under the knife, adding to her bust but subtracting £5,000 from her bank account. After that, she went for a Brazilian butt lift, which dropped her account another couple thousand quid.

It would be easy to mistake Jane Park’s Instagram feed for that of Christian Louboutin. The designer shoes, which start at £450, are a favourite of Park’s. You can bet that every time Park snaps a photo of a pair it’s because Louboutin’s ledger has grown a bit longer.

Jane Park, Queen of Controversy

Park faces a driving ban if found guilty of crashing her BMW 1 Series in a McDonald’s drive through while allegedly three times the legal blood alcohol limit. The pending case did not stop Park from shopping from a new Mercedes, she was photographed posing on top of a white coupe.

The now 21-year-old Jane was recently spotted showing off £50,000 worth of bodywork and holding hands with 18-year-old footballer Jordan Pigott. Friends say that the young couple are living it up together and enjoying each other’s company.

Park also enjoys gambling. She likes to bet on her favourite football clubs. Is she a deserving lottery winner? We’ll let you decide that.

“Winning the Lottery Ruined my Life”

Park was a 17 year old making £8 an hour at an admin temp job, living in a council flat with her mother, and became Britain’s youngest EuroMillions winner on her first try! Everyone wishes that Park’s story had turned out differently. Clearly, Park didn’t know what to do when you win the jackpot.

After buying a beautiful mansion outside of Edinburg, Park sold it and moved back in with her mother because she was lonely.

Speaking with the press, Park remarked that:

“I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?”
“I thought it would make life ten times better but it’s made it ten times worse.”
“I wish I had no money most days.”
“I say to myself, ‘My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won.’”

What Would You do With a Life Changing Win

Jane Park isn’t alone in turning a blessing into a curse. Unfortunately, there are plenty of lottery horror stories.

What would you do with a life changing lottery win At this moment, you can play the lottery online for huge jackpots and try to win a life changing amount of money! What’s stopping you? Play now and try to set a good example for the next Jane Park out there!

25 Lottery winners who lost it all

Lottery winners who did it right or lottery winners who have gone broke? Which one would you be? Most people dream of becoming overnight millionaires or at least be debt free, their entire lives. Winning the lottery brings a lot of excitement that we naturally want to share with our loved ones. As exciting as winning the lottery might be, rule number one seems to be “Do not go public”, this is the message most winners seem to agree on. Whether you choose to play the lottery online or buy yourself a ticket, remember playing is easier than winning.

We have seen some amazing lottery winning stories over the years. Stories of genuine happy tears, smiling hopeful faces, faithfully looking towards the future, so all those prize-winners who did it right, but we have also seen the lottery winners who lost it all. There seem to be two type of lottery winners. Those who invest for the future and grow their newly-acquired wealth and then there are those whose lives are ruined by winning the lottery.

Statistics show that over 70% of lottery winners go broke in 3 to 5 years which is insane and I’m sure you all must be wondering how that can happen. Here we’ve gathered the 25 most impressive stories of lottery winners gone broke.

1. Evelyn Adams – Won the Jackpot Twice

Her story is that much more impressive, as she won the 7-figure jackpot twice! Winning a total of $5.4 million in two years made her the first person to win the New Jersey lottery  twice. With 1 in 5.2 million odds of winning the first time but 17 trillion to one odds for the second win, we can say Evelyn was one lucky lady.

After setting up a college fund for her daughter, Evelyn gave a lot of expensive gifts to friends and family and then pretty much gambled her money away in Atlantic City. By 2012 she was living in a trailer park and working two jobs.

2. Sharon Tirabassi – the Big Spender

Sharon won $10.5 million back in 2004 and lost it all by 2008. She was quite a big spender. Sharon bought a house for half a million $, had the wedding of her dreams, and treated her friends to lush holidays.

Designer clothing and extravagant cars were also on the list. She made the smart decision of transferring some of her winnings into trust funds for her kids, so that is something they can look forward to. Now Sharon has gone back to work to support herself and her 6 kids.

3. Americo Lopes – Took His Promise Back

Americo thought the sun would shine on his street as well when he played Mega Millions and won a $38.5 million jackpot, but turned out to be another lottery winner to lost it all. He was saving money together with his co-workers to buy lottery tickets. He bought the winning ticket as a representative of the group so in case he won he was supposed to share the prize with the group.

When he saw he had a winning ticket he changed his mind and decided to not tell anyone about the jackpot winning. He quit his job and pretended to take medical leave. As secrets don’t stay secrets for too long, his co-workers found out and sued him. Eventually, the judge ordered Americo to split his prize with them.

4. Callie Rogers – The Teen Lottery Winner

The teen lottery-winner has now left a little over 2K in the bank out of the £1.9 million she won back in 2003. Callie did some good investments buying property for her mother, but the rest of the money went on cosmetic surgery, expensive holidays and designer clothing.

That is not all of it though, as she is rumoured to have spent £300.000 on cocaine. She now says she has never been happier and that 16-year olds should not be eligible to play the lottery.

5. William Bud Post – Millionaire to Food Stamps

He played the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988 and won $16.2 million. He chose the annual payments of $497,953.47 over 26 years. In the first two weeks of cashing in his first payment, he had spent over $300,000 and was $500,000 in debt within the next three months.

He had several misfortunes as his brother organised a murder attempt on Post and his wife. Later on, his landlady claimed a third of his prize as she had given him the ring he pawned to buy the lottery ticket. He was then arrested for firing a gun at a bill collector and died at age 66 while living off food stamps and a $450/month income.

6. Jeffrey Dampier – Wrong Entourage

Jeffrey won the $20 million Illinois lottery jackpot in 1996. Soon after he divorced his wife, splitting the money in half with her. Later on, he remarried, invested in a popcorn business and was giving a lot of money away to family and friends.

He got involved with one of his wife’s sisters, Victoria, who in the end orchestrated his death together with her boyfriend and her other sister, Terry. Jeffrey died tied with shoelaces and shot in the back of his head, while Victoria was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.

7. Vivian Nicholson – “Spend, Spend, Spend”

Viv became such a big spender once her husband, Keith won a huge prize on the football pools in 1961. There was even a musical about her life called “Spend Spend Spend”. The Nicholsons won £152,300 in 1961, which would mean about £3 million today. Viv became famous when she told the media she would “spend, spend, spend” and so she did. Both she and her husband loved expensive cars and holidays, top of the line clothing and extravagant jewellery.

By 1970 they were broke, Keith died in a car accident, she remarried three more times and by 1976, she could not afford to bury her 4th husband. Towards the end of her life, she was living off £87/week and was looking for a job. She died at the age of 71 alone and bankrupt.

8. Jane Park – Sued the Lottery

Jane is another famous case of lottery winner gone broke. She won £1 million playing the Euromillions only so that later she could sue the lottery for ruining her life. Jane spent her money on cars, cosmetic surgery, lavish holidays, designer clothing and anything else her heart desired.

All this time though she was constantly complaining that she had nothing besides money, she was feeling lonely and that she should not have won such a big amount at such a young age. Jane was only 17 when she became UK’s youngest millionaire. She is now back living with her mother in a small flat.

9. Billie Bob Harrell – Gave It All Away

Billie Bob played the Lotto Texas game back in 1997 and won a whopping $31 million prize. Billie’s story is different from most lottery winners who lost it all. He practically gave his money away. He was not a lavish spender, but a well-grounded, church-going man.

He invested in some property and then he simply could not stop lending money to those who needed it, and he believed a lot of people were in need. He gave a lot of his money to the church as well. Within two years of his big win, in 1999, his marriage was in trouble and, sadly, that same year he took his own life.

10. Michael Carroll – Drugs and Jewellery

Michael was another young lottery winner. He won the UK Lotto in 2002. He moved on from being a mild-mannered binman to becoming the big winner of a £9.7-million jackpot, and then to a slaughterhouse-worker hoping to get his binman job back.

 

Michael spent all his money on a large estate, drugs, jewellery, and wild parties. His drug use got him in jail more than once. 10 years later, he was living off unemployment checks and despite this, he says he has no regrets and continues to play the lottery.

11. Abraham Shakespeare – Dead over Jackpot Money

Abraham was another Florida lottery winner, receiving a $17 million prize in 2006. He did not splash his money away, but unfortunately, this is not a lottery winner success story, as he happened to hang out with the wrong crowd.

It all started two years after winning the jackpot, when Abraham met Dee Dee Moore, who convinced him to go in business together. Moreover, she also managed to convince Abraham to give full access to his funds. At the end of 2009, his family declared him missing, and in February 2010 Dee Dee was convinced to life in prison for his murder.

12. Jack Whittaker – Millionaire Winning the Lottery

Jack was one lottery winner that nobody would have thought to go broke since he was already a millionaire at the time of win. He won the US Powerball in 2002 receiving $113,386,407 after taxes. At the time this was the largest jackpot won by a single ticket.

Over the years, there were quite a few disturbing events in his family. He was robbed of over $500,000, and then his granddaughter died in what was probably a murder. Later on, his daughter was found dead as well, and, lastly, his uninsured home went on fire. He gave his millions to charity and church, and gambled the rest away.

13. Denise Rossi – Didn’t Share and Lost

Denise chose a very interesting approach to life when she won the lottery in 1996. Instead of sharing the joy with her husband, she filed for a divorce. Denise won $1.3 million when playing California SuperLotto Plus and decided to spend it all herself.

However, fate didn’t quite agree with her, as not long after the divorce her husband found out about her lottery win. This was close to being one of those lottery winner success stories, but her husband sued her, and the judge considered that Denise had violated the state asset disclosure laws. Thus, he awarded the entire lottery win to her ex-husband.

14. Ibi Roncailoli – Gambled it All Away

Ibi was another wife who tried to hide her winnings from her husband. Ibi and Joseph already had a wealthy style of living, so when Ibi won $5 million playing Canada Lotto 649, it was not difficult for her to hide her lavish lifestyle. She gave $2 million to a son she had secretly with another man, also gave money and bought property for her two other sons and would gamble away even $1.000 a day.

It wasn’t long before her husband found out she had spent all their fortune. Needless to say, all this did not sit well with Joseph, but his reaction was nothing short of extreme. He chose to poison his wife and eventually he received a 7-year sentence for manslaughter.

15. Lara and Roger Griffith – Divorced over Money

The Griffiths are another example of lives ruined by winning the lottery. Receiving a huge prize can break a marriage if the spouses are not careful enough. As we have seen in many other cases, money can change people. This was the case for Lara and Roger Griffith who won £1.8 million in 2005 and who later on got divorced. Now they both receive financial support from parents to make ends meet. After their win, they started investing, they bought their dream home, and they were actually looking hopeful to the future.

For six years they seemed to be the definition of lottery winners who did it right. One day, though, Roger picked up his Porsche and left, and Lara found out all of the money was gone, so she had to sell her designer bag collection and is now an employee at the salon she used to own.

16. Alex and Rhoda Toth – Ended up in Debt Prison

The couple won a whopping $13 million playing the Florida lottery back in 1990. They chose the annual payments of $666.666.66 over 20 years, which anyone would think had set them for life. They had all the chances to be those lottery winners who are still rich many years later.

As many other lotto winners before them, they spent a lot of money on travelling and gifts for friends and family, and even people they did not know. But, unfortunately, things eventually took a turn for the worse because of Alex’s gambling issues. Later on, the IRS accused them of tax evasion in the amount of $2.5 million. Tragically, Alex died before his court date while Rhoda was sentenced to two years in prison.

17. Urooj Khan – Over before it Started

While this is not the typical story about lottery winners who lost it all, what happened to Urooj was clearly a tragedy. He won $1 million playing the Illinois lottery back in 2012 and received the lump sum of $425,000. He was very excited about his win and had already planned to pay his debts, give money to charity, and grow his dry-cleaning business. Sadly, he died just 1 day after his check was mailed to him.

Initially, the cause of death was established to being heart disease, but a second, more detailed toxicology report found cyanide poisoning to be the true cause. The police have yet to solve his case, and the family is still arguing over who has the right to cash in the cheque.

18. Willie Hurt – Drugs and Court Expenses

Willie struck big when he won the $3.1 million Michigan Lottery jackpot in 1989. He moved from a quiet happily married life to a drug addiction that eventually ruined him. In less than two years after winning the lottery, Willie was in the process of getting a divorce, during which he lost custody of his children.

After severe drug use together with his girlfriend, he was accused of murder when she was found dead. All of Willie’s fortune went on sorting out the divorce, his own court expenses, and aggressive cocaine usage, thus making him yet another lottery winner who lost it all.

19. Lou Eisenberg – No Regrets

Lou is another lottery winner who went from rags to riches and back to rags again. He played the New York Lotto and won $5 million in 1981, which at the time was the highest jackpot win ever. He chose the annual payments of $120,000 over 20 years, but by the time he reached his last payment, he was already broke, and he is now living in a mobile home.

He bought a condo by the sea, supported a lot of people financially, and developed a gambling habit. Aside from this, the two divorces he had to go through were a big strain on his lotto fortune. However, it seems that luck sort of struck twice with him, as one his friends left him his life savings. At the moment, Lou lives off a $1000 a month pension.

20. David Lee Edwards – Drugs took it all

David won a $27 million jackpot in 2001 playing the Powerball. Sadly, he is another lottery winner who lost his fortune. David was an ex-con, unemployed and living with his parents at the time he won the lottery. He then spent $1.5 million on a house, 1.9 million on a jet, $78,000 on a wristwatch, $159,000 on a bracelet, and blew off $200,000 in Las Vegas in six days.

At this rate, David easily spent $12 million in one year. In 2005, both him and his wife were arrested in a drug raid. David died penniless at 58 years of age.

21. Suzanne Mullins – Like the Jackpot Never Happened

Suzanne played the Virginia lottery in 1993 and won a fabulous $4.2 million prize. Together with her husband, Suzanne decided to take the annual payments option, which entitled them to $47.800 every year for 20 years.

In just a few years, though, they had run out of money and decided to borrow from a financial foundation. In 2000, the lottery rules changed, and she was able to cash in the remaining amount of her prize, but ended up spending the money without repaying her loan. Moreover, she now owes over $150,000 and has got no money left from the huge jackpot win.

22. Janite Lee – All on Donations

Janite is the famous lottery winner who lost it all on charity and political donations. She played the State Lottery and won $18 million in 1993, but, sadly, filed for bankruptcy in 2001. She moved from having state dinners with the president to being over $2.5 million in debt only a few years later.

She did not make the best financial decision when she bought a $1 million house with a mortgage rather than paying it outright. At the same time, she kept borrowing money she was not able to give back. The annual payments could not cover all of the money Janite was spending. At the end of this adventure, she had to sell the rights for the remaining lottery payments.

23. Gerald Muswagon – Couldn’t Cope with Winning

Gerald played and lost despite his $10 million Super 7 jackpot win in 1998. He got overexcited as most winners do and started sharing his winnings with friends and family, potentially in an attempt of being the popular cool guy in the group. He spent all of the money on gifts, a new house which he turned into a party-pad, had a few drunk driving incidents as well as assault charges.

In 2005, only 7 years later after winning the jackpot, Gerald went back to a minimum wage job in order to support his partner and six children. The shock of going back was too much for Gerald though as he took his own life the same year.

24. Lisa Arcand – Better off Before Winning

Some might say that what happened to Lisa is quite the typical lottery winner gone bad story. She is one of the people who ended up being worse financially after her win than she ever was before. In 2004, she won $1 million playing the Massachusetts lottery and immediately started spending it. She bought a house, put her son in private school, and opened a restaurant.

In just a few months, she was forced to close the restaurant, so she borrowed money against her annual payments. However, since this lowered her income considerably, she was left with no money saved and very little prospects for the future.

25. Tonda Lynn Dickerson – Challenged Karma

Tonda Lynn winning the Florida Lottery is quite the story. She won $10 million playing the Florida lottery. This is something she used to do together with her co-workers, and it seems they had all agreed to split the prize if any of them ever won. That wasn’t the case when Tonda Lynn won, as she decided to keep the prize to herself.

Her co-workers sued her, but the court allowed her to keep the prize. Since karma never sleeps, Tonda placed her money in a corporation, thus granting her family 51%, which proved to be a very poor choice. This qualified her for gift tax in the amount of $1,119,347.90. She sued the IRS, but this time things didn’t go her way, and she had to pay.

Playing the lottery is always exciting and inviting and gives us the hype of winning and feeling hopeful about the future. Be the next jackpot winner and turn your story into the lottery winner who did it right, rather than be one of the lottery winners who lost it all.

 

7 Songs about the Lottery

Can you think of any songs about the lottery? While it may not seem like a popular music theme, there are quite a few good songs out there that will definitely surprise you. In this article, we have gathered some of the most diverse lotto tunes and we have made up a list of the best 7 songs about the lottery. We hope you’re going to enjoy them as much as we did!

Camper Van Beethoven – When I Win the Lottery

Camper Van Beethoven is one of the fantastic fusion rock bands of the 90’s. An exciting mix of folk, rock, and alternative country, this band is bound to keep you interested. Their song, “When I Win the Lottery” is about a man who has seemed to reach rock bottom and sees the lottery as his chance to fix everything. So, he puts in all his money to buy the lottery ticket that will make things good and then fantasizes about all the things he’d like to do when he wins the lottery. Enjoy!

Train – Lottery

Train is one of the iconic pop-rock bands of the 90’s and it seems that they are still relevant in 2017. Since their rock days from the 90’s, Train has adapted to a more pop-centered sound, but their song, “Lottery” is absolutely adorable. Pat Monahan sings about a man who is so in love that he feels that he’s won the lottery. Not even winning a fabulous American Powerball jackpot compares to how he feels towards this amazing woman that makes him feel alive. Train’s “Lottery” makes for an excellent morning song because it has a very contagious energy to it.

The Crimea – Lottery Winners on Acid

Hailing from the UK’s vast indie scene, The Crimea is yet another amazing band for when you need an energy boost. Their song, “Lottery Winners on Acid” is all about the mind-blowing euphoria that comes with spending time with your significant other. Singer Davey MacManus describes it as not only winning the lottery, but taking the immense adrenaline rush that comes with a lotto win, and taking it so much further. It seems that when you’re spending time with your soul mate, you can really feel like lottery winners on acid.

Lottery – Lydia Caesar

If you feel like dancing, then this song will give you every single reason to because it is brilliantly catchy and you won’t be able to get enough of it once Lydia Caesar gets to the chorus. This one is also a song about the lottery of love, which, it seems, Ms. Caesar has won. “I hit the jackpot, I’m done/ Cashed my cheque, you’re the one/ I thought the odds were against me/ In the love lottery!” What could be lovelier than telling the one you love that he is like the grand jackpot in the lottery of the heart?

Harry Nilsson – The Lottery Song

Harry Nilsson’s song is about a dreamer who starts thinking about the things that he would do with his beloved partner after winning the lottery. The central element of all of the plans that he envisions is doing all of these things together. “The Lottery Song” comes from the hippie era and it is fantastic how that energy can still be felt in Mr. Nilsson’s voice. Enjoy!

Michelle Chamuel – Lottery

This engaging pop song is absolutely addictive because it gets a grip on you from the first seconds and then makes you want to dance. Michelle Chamuel’s song is about how falling in love is just like playing the lottery because you will get immensely exited about what could be, but in the end, fate will decide if you are a winner.

Bow Wow – Put That on My Hood (Lottery Ticket)

“Put it on my hood” is the perfect example of hip pop and you’re not going to help loving it. Snoop Dog’s protege Lil Bow Wow had a very good year in 2011 when his film “Lottery Ticket” came out and his song was all the rage. It is about how even after winning a jackpot as large as those in the Mega Millions won’t change the bond you have with your hood.

So, which of these songs about the lottery did you enjoy best? Whether you feel like pop, indie, soft rock, electro-pop, or hip hop, we have a solid option ready for you. These amazing songs will get you in the perfect mood for playing the lottery! So, put in your tickets for the or the UK Lotto

5 Lottery Films for the Biggest Lottery Fans Out There

Along the years, the lottery has been featured in a great many films because people have been dreaming about winning the lottery for quite some time now. We have chosen the five best films about the lottery that have captured the spirit of the game and that can truly make you feel lucky enough to play the lottery yourself.

It Could Happen To You (1994)1. It Could Happen To You (1994)

Never in cinematic history has there been a better lottery fairytale than 1994’s It Could Happen to You. It features one of the most heartwarming love stories ever told and the entire atmosphere of the film is delightfully magical. Charlie Lang is a New York police officer who finds himself a few dollars short one day while having lunch. As such, he decides to promise his waitress half of any winnings he may get with his lottery ticket as a tip.

Yvonne Biasi is one of those special people who always go out of their way to help others and make them feel better. And on the worst day of her life, Charlie Lang promises her half of his lottery winnings as a tip.Naturally, she assumes that she will never see him again and goes on with her day. But much to her surprise, and that of all New York for that matter, Charlie Lang comes back with a $2 million tip. Winning the American lotto changes everything for Charlie and Yvonne, as well as for all the people in their lives.

But what brings them together is precisely remaining down to Earth while being surrounded by their newly rich friends and family members. Find out if Charlie and Yvonne end up together in “It Could Happen To You”

2. Welcome to Me (2014)

Alice Klieg has Borderline Personality Disorder, which amongst other things, makes her drawn to her ideas and unable to process a detailed long term plan. When Alice wins the lottery, she is ready to make all of her wildest dreams come true.

After a well-deserved splurging spree and moving into a Las Vegas hotel, Alice finally realizes that there is no limit to what she can do with her millions, so she decides to produce and star in her very own daily show called Welcome to Me meant to introduce Alice to the entire world.

She decides to go off her medication, in spite of her doctor’s protests, and virtually unleashes the uncensored version of Alice onto the world, in the form of a prime-time TV program. Find out how viewers react to Welcome to Me and just how big a TV show about an all-American girl can get in this amazing film.

3. Twenty Bucks (1993)

This 1993 film has a unique take on storytelling, as its title character is a $20 bill. From the moment it is taken out of an ATM machine and all the way to the point where it is destroyed, the bill goes from one hand to another, thus introducing all the secondary characters.

One of them is an elderly homeless woman who finds the bill to be her salvation. She is convinced that the bill’s serial number holds the winning numbers for the lottery and all throughout the film, she tries to play her lucky numbers for a fabulous fortune.

Among the other people who use the bill, there are two odd thieves, a stripper, an aspiring young writer, and many others that are well worth your attention. The star-studded cast of this iconic 90’s film includes Steve Buscemi, Brendan Fraser, Linda Hunt, and Elisabeth Shue, which makes it a direct trip to the America of the 90’s.

4. The Lottery (2010)

After comedies and romantic fairytales, we have included a documentary on our list that is focused on a very different type of lottery. Due to the poor state of the American education system, all too many children find themselves fighting for a better school.

As such, charter schools get thousands of applicants with perfect records and stellar performances. Since all them fit the admittance criteria, the application process is conducted as a lottery. Children put in their files and hope to win a spot in a better school for a better future.

To make this relatable, the film presents the story of four boys from Harlem and the Bronx as they apply to a charter school. As you can imagine, the chance of them all getting admitted are fairly slim, in spite of their equally impressive education performances.

This documentary aims to put this harsh school application process into context by presenting the decay of the US education system and the repercussions it has had on America’s youth, as well as the consequences it will have for the society of tomorrow.

5. The Hunger Games (2012)

The Hunger Games trilogy features a lottery game that nobody wants to win, as its winners get a direct spot in an epic fight to the death held every year as a tradition meant to remind the people of Panem that rebellion against the Capitol will not be tolerated.

The Hunger Games (2012)When Katniss Everdeen sees her young sister holding a winning ticket for the Hunger Games, she volunteers to take her place in this gruesome fight. Thus, the modest girl from District 12 is taken to the glitzy Capitol and catapulted into a ruthless fight for survival held for the entertainment of the rich.

However, Katniss’ performance in the Hunger Games is one that will shape the future of the Capitol and the entire Panem. She reminds people that having hope and courage even in the harshest of times can lead to greatness and becomes the voice of Panem’s revolution.

So, which of these lottery movies would you choose? Will it be the heartwarming fairytale, the amusing comedies, the chilling documentary, or the epic adventure? Whichever one you choose, you’re in for quite the cinematic treat, so enjoy!

9 Lottery Near Miss Stories

We all wonder what we would do after winning the lottery, and most of us have a pretty solid idea of how we would spend those money after striking it rich.

9 Lottery Near Miss Stories

For some of us it would be a beautiful new home, for others an extensive world tour, while some people might choose to be more sensible and invest in the stock market – for each player, there is a different dream waiting at the end of the rainbow that we have imagined time and time again. However, there are some other lottery scenarios that we might not have considered quite so much, which prompts the question – how would you react in these situations? How would you spend a massive US Powerball jackpot  worth $103 million that has just fallen upon you from the heavens this week?

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A surprising number of people buy lotto tickets, put them somewhere for safekeeping, and then promptly forget about them. In 2008, £2,411,524 went unclaimed in the UK National Lottery in the space of just one week, which is shockingly high until you realise that the cash value of unclaimed prizes in the UK alone amounts to an average of £2,000,000 per week.

One near miss lottery player was James Wilson, who was going through an old wallet when he came across a forgotten lottery ticket. He decided to check the numbers, and ended up winning himself an unexpected £51,232.90 on EuroMillions, which he will be putting towards a new house. However, the story doesn’t end there – if James had found the ticket just 24 hours later, he would have missed the official deadline and been unable to claim his winnings. Cutting it a bit close there, James! Had James used our services, he wouldn’t have gone through such panic moments because theLotter is safe. He would have been notified soon after the draw that his lucky numbers brought him a small fortune. Moreover, he would have received his prize directly in his account and could have tried his luck to draws from all over the world.

There is also the player in the Irish lottery  who nearly missed out on a cool €1,600,000 prize in 2015. Only after hearing an appeal on the radio did he think to check his ticket, which, you guessed it, turned out to be the winner. According to the rules of the Irish lottery, winners have 90 days to claim their prize; this Dublin man arrived at the lottery head office on bang on the 90th day, and with only 90 minutes to spare – it looks like the luck of the Irish is still alive and kicking.

However, not everyone is as lucky – forgetting about a lottery ticket has its sad stories too. In 2001 a young couple in the UK saw a TV report on an unclaimed lottery ticket – and quickly realised it was their own. They searched high and low for the ticket, but it was nowhere to be seen. They then contacted Camelot, the UK National Lottery  provider, to tell them what had happened, and even managed to successfully prove that they had indeed bought the ticket in question. However, the appeal was launched after the 30-day limit, and Camelot decided that they could not break this rule. This meant that the couple had to come to terms with missing out on £3,011,065 – the highest ever unclaimed prize in the UK at the time.

Winners who nearly didn’t buy a ticket

Lots of us get a gut feeling about things and instinctively act on it – here are some stories of people who were glad they did just that.

Winners who nearly didn’t buy a ticketA player in Canberra has her brother to thank for her Australia PowerBall  win in August 2016 – she wasn’t going to enter until her brother called her to say he had a hunch that she should play. It was this call that resulted in her $35,000,000 payout. In shock, she said “I have never won anything before in my life.” This lucky Ozzie lady has decided to spend the money on a tour of Europe – after making sure her family, and her brother especially, get a share in the winnings.

Jason Rinaldi of Canada is another lottery winner who very nearly wasn’t. He was the co-owner of a small automobile business dealing in specialist cars, and times were getting pretty tough for the company in 2008. Orders weren’t coming in as quickly as they once were and belts were being tightened, so he decided that he would roll the dice on the lottery this one last time before calling it quits. This last ditch gamble paid off, as he walked away with a prize of $35,300,000 dollars from the  Canadian 649 Lotto all to himself, tax free. Instead of worrying about where he could make savings, he found himself wondering which of his favourite cars not to buy.

Another player in New Zealand found himself in a unique situation when someone cut in line in front of him to buy a New Zealand lottery ticket. “I wasn’t in any hurry, so I just let them go ahead and didn’t say anything.” They say manners cost nothing, but it seems rudeness does have a price tag – a cool $1,000,000, which ended up being won by the patient customer. When he learned of his winnings, he said, “I guess good karma pays off.” We agree, but who knew it paid so well?

The winners who never were

We have been through some stories of near misses, with most of them having a positive outcome for the player. But what about the times when the near miss works the other way and the ‘winner’ is left with a big fat zero?

The winners who never wereA Canadian man must have had to muster up a whole lot of positive thinking to cope with the excruciating experience of missing out on a $27,000,000 jackpot. He bought 2 tickets at 8:59 p.m., but only the first was processed within the official time limit – the second missed the 9:00p.m. cut-off time and was entered into the next lottery draw. Unfortunately for him, it was the second ticket that had the winning numbers on it, which meant despite being 7 seconds away from hitting the jackpot, he walked away with nothing. When playing the lottery online, these things are very rare, especially if you take advantage of special play formats such as subscriptions and multi-draw packages, making sure you never miss the chance to enter your favourite draws.

Another sorry tale is of the New York man who decided not to join the office lottery syndicate; according to a close source, “They asked him a couple of times, and he didn’t feel lucky.” Well he sure was right about that, but maybe not in the way that he originally thought. The lucky syndicate went on to win the $319,000,000 jackpot of the American lottery Mega Millions in 2011, which will be split equally between the 7 players. The source went on to say that none of the winners went to work on Monday, which would have given him plenty of quiet time to consider what might have been. We feel your pain, brother.

Louise Parkinson and Liam Handley, a couple from the UK, played the same numbers twice a week for 7 years, week in, week out. That is, until they went on holiday in 2014 and forgot to buy tickets in all the excitement. When they returned from their break in the Canary Islands, they discovered that the numbers they had picked had come up while they were away, and would have netted them £2,000,000 if they had remembered to buy the ticket. They continue to use the same lucky numbers in the hope that they will come up again, and we certainly wish them the best of luck.

Missed the Jackpot by One Number

Missed the Jackpot by One NumberThis happens every single draw, disappointing a lot of those dreaming to scoop the millions. While in some lotteries, cashing a second category prize might not mean much, those entering the draws of the huge American lottos Powerball and Mega Millions will not be so sour for missing the jackpot by one number. Why? Because the second prize is not so bad itself! Both Mega Millions and Powerball offer $1 million for all those who match the main numbers, but not the Powerball, respectively the Mega Ball. This is the case for a good number of our winners, who became millionaires overnight using our services. One of them is P. from Quebec. Wondering if there is any way he could play Powerball legally without having to travel to the US each time there is an appealing jackpot, he did a bit of research. He found out that, thanks to theLotter,  you can play and even win Powerball without even stepping foot in America. Luckily, his dream of becoming an American lottery winning came true, although he did miss the jackpot by one number.

10 Incredible Lottery Facts

f you think winning the lottery is impossible, read on, stranger things have happened! Not only does the lottery make dreams come true and change lives forever, but it also has some incredible stories, facts, and drama of its own. Dive into 10 of the most incredible things about the lottery that you did not know and take a moment to appreciate all the drama and excitement that the lottery creates.

Then, go create some excitement of your own by playing the lottery!

10 Incredible Lottery Facts

1. Not checking or losing a lottery ticket cost someone big-time

The world record for largest unclaimed lottery prize goes to a EuroMillions ticket sold in the UK worth £63,837,543.60. The draw date was 8 June 2012, so even if someone finds the ticket now, it will be of no use to them. All unclaimed National Lottery prizes go toward its Good Causes fund.

2. A $590 million lesson in politeness

We’re taught to always be polite and respectful, especially to our elders. Mindy Crandall took this lesson to heart and let 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie cut in line at a grocery store in Florida. One of the things on both ladies’ shopping list was a Powerball ticket. Because of the line jump, Mackenzie won $590 million. Crandall says she doesn’t regret a thing because it taught her daughter an important lesson about kindness. To save yourself from this scenario, skip the grocery line and play Powerball online!

3. One very accurate fortune cookie made lottery history

In 2003, 110 tickets matched the second-highest Powerball prize division. Normally Powerball expects the amount of winners to be zero to four per draw, so they suspected fraud. What they found was much more interesting than a case of lottery tampering – a lucky fortune cookie had been making the rounds in Chinese restaurants across the country and people played the cookie’s lucky numbers. 89 ticket holders won $100,000 and 21 won $500,000 because they chose the Power Play which multiplied their winnings. An important lesson learned… cookies are good for you!

4. The Low Countries are lottery pioneers

The first lotteries on record which offered tickets in exchange for cash prizes were held in the Netherlands and Belgium in the 15th century. One of the first lotteries with a complete record was held in 1445 in L’Ecluse (modern-day Sluis). The lottery offered a prize of 1,737 florins (roughly $170,000 in today’s money) and sold over 4,300 tickets. Most revenues were used to build town infrastructure or help the poor.

5. The word ‘lottery’ is a multi-cultural mashup

Since lottery evolved into its modern form – selling tickets for a potential cash prize win – in the Netherlands and Belgium, it is no surprise that the English word ‘lottery’ originates from the Dutch word ‘lot’ which means ‘fate’. ‘Lotto’ originates from Italian – the first post-Roman Empire lottery in Italy was held in Milan in 1449.

6. Even Vatican City has lotteries!

Even Vatican City has lotteries!At first the papacy was against lotteries in Rome. Popes Innocent XI and XII threatened excommunication against Catholics that participated in the Italian lotteries, but the lotteries were still as popular as ever with the public. In 1732, the Holy See led by Pope Innocent XIII finally permitted the establishment of an official Roman lottery. Centuries later, the Vatican has more than warmed up to lotteries. Pope Francis, the current pope, held a lottery — with funds going to charity – in January 2015. He just announced a second lottery with a 30 July draw date. The tickets are only 10 euros each, however you’ll have to go to a Vatican pharmacy, post office, supermarket, or bookshop if you want to enter.

7. The British Museum was created by lottery funds – and still benefits!

One of the world’s best museums was made possible because of the lottery! In 1753, England formed a lottery with the museum’s creation in mind. More than 250 years later, the museum still receives funding in the form of Heritage Lottery Fund grants. The Heritage Lottery Fund gives grants to many British institutions with proceeds from the National Lottery.

8. Lotteries are a whole lot older than you think

While no one can say definitively when lotteries began, they certainly are not a new concept. The earliest forms of lottery can be traced as far back as 100 B.C. in Ancient Rome and the Han Dynasty in China. This means that lotteries have been a part of human history for at least 2,114 years!

9. The United States of America was a lottery-funded project

The founding fathers of the US were founding fans of the lottery! Benjamin Franklin established a lottery to pay for a cannon in Philadelphia. George Washington set up many lotteries, though they never succeeded. Thomas Jefferson set up a private lottery to pay off debts. And in 1776, the Continental Congress established lotteries in order to fund the Colonial Army. No wonder Mega Millions and Powerball are so popular – playing the lottery is as patriotic as bald eagles and baseball!

10. Sometimes lightning does strike twice or thrice

Sometimes lightning does strike twice or thriceA man in Florida, James Bozeman Jr., won the Florida Lotto twice with tickets purchased at the same 7-Eleven convenience store; his total winnings are $13 million. A couple in Virginia won the lottery three times in one month; they won $1 million with a Powerball ticket on 12 March 2014, then won $50,000 on 26 March with a Virginia Lottery Pick 4 ticket, and yet another $1 million with a Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket the very next day! In Norway, three members of the Oksnes family won the lottery three times in six years. There are many other examples of lottery luck to prove that people can win the lottery more than once!

The lottery has a rich and incredible history that has made for some dramatic and unbelievable stories. However, the story that you’re most interested in is your own! Give yourself a chance to make lottery history by playing the lottery online with thelotter now!