Times are tough for the arts, especially for live theatre. It may be an unlikely pairing, but Powerball and live theatre have come together this past week to make beautiful music.
All the World Is a Stage (For Doing Good)
In July of this year, Roy Cockrum bought a Powerball ticket from a supermarket in Tennessee. It was truly the purchase of a lifetime and when the next Powerball draw was held, Roy had $259.8 million more to his name. He opted for the one-time cash payment, receiving a total of $153 million. Now when most people think about winning the lottery, they imagine buying a mansion or two, going on exotic vacations, and collecting a fleet of luxury vehicles. But Roy Cockrum is not most people. Unless the average person is a former Episcopal monk with over two decades of theatre experience that is.
So even though Cockrum had left the monastery some years before purchasing the lottery ticket, he still kept his vow of poverty — vowing now to donate most of his winnings. He has so far used the money to start The Roy Cockrum Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee. The mission of the foundation is to “award grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theaters throughout the United States of America”. The first recipients of his generosity are two highly-regarded theatres in Chicago, where Cockrum went to college, graduating from Northwestern University. Those two theatres are The Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest non-profit theatre, and The Steppenwolf Theatre, where many famous actors — such as Gary Sinise and John Malkovich — started their careers. The money from the Roy Cockrum Foundation will underwrite productions at both venues.
Whether you’re dreaming about becoming a great philanthropist or if mansions are more your cup of tea, buy your lottery tickets today and you could be the next player worthy of a standing ovation.
53 years ago today, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors, made NBA history by shattering the record for most points made in one game by a single player when he scored 100 points all by himself. While that’s certainly an impressive feat, we’re more intrigued by the potential to score €100 million with a single lottery ticket in this Friday’s EuroMillions Superdraw. Will a winner come out of the 6 March Superdraw or will it roll over and increase its already out-of-this-world jackpot?
The Camera-Shy €100 Million Winners Only 5 past Superdraws have concluded with a jackpot win on the first draw. All €100 million winners have decided to remain anonymous. Play the 2015 EuroMillions Superdraw today for your chance to be the next €100 million winner!
* 9 February 2007 – winning ticket sold in Belgium
* 6 March 2009 – split jackpot; two winning tickets in France and Austria
* 18 September 2009 – winning ticket sold in France
* 28 September 2012 – winning ticket sold in Spain
* 15 November 2013 – winning ticket sold in Spain
How Super Can the Superdraw Get?
The general EuroMillions jackpot cap of €190 million also extends to the Superdraw. The cap was finally reached last year when the October 2014 Superdraw rolled over an incredible six times! The fact that there are regular EuroMillions draws happening leading up to the Superdraws means that sometimes things don’t go quite according to plan. A Superdraw planned for 6 June 2014 was cancelled when the regular EuroMillions jackpot rolled over so many times that it was above €100 million by that date! The current EuroMillions jackpot rolled over for the seventh time in a row, which means that tomorrow’s draw has a jackpot worth €79 million. Should a winner come out of the next draw, we would normally see the jackpot return to the base amount of €15 million; from €15 million to €100 million — that would be quite the jackpot boost from the Superdraw!
Our excitement level is increasing with every second that ticks away, bringing the 6 March EuroMillions Superdraw ever closer! No wonder EuroMillions is Europe’s largest and most popular lottery!
February is Library Lovers’ Month, and for all you literary lottery fans out there, we’ve compiled a list of some interesting lottery-themed books to check out from your local library!
The Rich Part of Life by Jim Kokoris
Teddy and his brother have just lost their mother in a road accident and are left in the care of their detached father, a Civil War professor. Their father buys a lottery ticket and wins $190 million by playing his wife’s old numbers. How will Teddy and the rest of his family deal with this unexpected sum of money? Chicago-area novelist and humorist Jim Kokoris takes us on an emotional journey not to be missed — especially by lottery fans who are also Chicago enthusiasts as the setting is wonderfully described.
The Winner by David Baldacci
What would you do if you were offered a nine-figure jackpot? A 20-year-old mother living in a trailer park with her infant daughter is offered a $100 million lottery ticket. The only stipulation? She needs to change her identity and leave the US and must never return. Is it an offer too good to refuse and what will be the true cost of her decision? A fun read for suspense fans.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
I’ve got a Golden Ticket! Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book centers around Charlie Bucket, a poor and humble boy, and Willy Wonka, the reclusive owner of a large candy factory, who decides to hold a lottery of sorts. He hides five Golden Tickets in chocolate bars across the world, and the lucky winners will get a tour of his factory and a lifetime supply of candy. When Charlie unwraps his chocolate bar, a whole world of delight opens up. A timeless classic, good to read over and over again.
Molly’s Millions by Victoria Connelly
Molly Bailey is a good-hearted florist. Very good-hearted. After winning £4.2 million in the National Lottery, she decides she needs to give her newly won fortune away — a decision that her miserly brother couldn’t disagree with more. To add to her ordeal, Tom Mackenzie, a desperate journalist, decides that she is the story that could save his career. Will Molly succeed in helping others or will her brother and the media bring her down? For fans of cute romantic comedies and chick lit, a fun adventure ensues!
Lottery by Patricia Wood
This novel revolves around Perry Crandall, a 31-year-old man with an IQ of 76. His grandmother teaches him what’s important in this world, including playing the weekly lottery. When she dies, Perry is orphaned and alone until he wins $12 million in the Washington State Lottery, and all sorts of people come out of the woodwork. Will he know whom to trust now that he doesn’t have his beloved grandmother around? Shortlisted for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction.
Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen
JoLayne Lucks lives up to her name when she stops by a local convenience store to pick up a lottery ticket and play her usual numbers (the ages at which she dumped her former boyfriends) and wins the $28 million Florida Lottery jackpot. However, her luck ends there as she shares the win with two other Floridians who couldn’t be more different from her, and who have very sinister plans for the ENTIRE jackpot. Adapted into a play which premiered in Edinburgh in 2008.
The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov
Ah, to end on Chekhov! Ivan Dmitritch’s wife Masha spends all her money on the lottery. He is not at all happy with her choices, but his tune changes when he reads the paper and sees that her numbers match the winning numbers. Without checking the final number, the pair start to fantasize about what they would do with their winnings. Husband and wife begin to fight, hatred, desire, and greed grip them — a state in which they will remain until Ivan can bring himself to check the final number. One of Chekhov’s lesser known short stories.
A very famous internet saying claims that 97% of the statistics are made up on the spot. That is exactly the kind of research we decided to rely on when we put this post together. Our investigation, relying heavily on internet meme’s and figments of our imagination, turned up four main differences between “lottery players” and “lottery winners”. The latter group consists of people who have won the big jackpots. Secondary prizes were not taken into account. Enjoy this thoughtful article!
Lottery Player vs. Lottery Winner – the Crib
It’s a rule of the thumb – if you win a jackpot, the first thing you have to do, is buy a new house that is bigger and fancier than the one you currently live in. The US Mega Millions $100 million jackpot will certainly let you buy a nice mansion (but not a Batcave), and you’ll even have some leftover funds for a “YOU AGAIN?” welcome mat!
Lottery Player vs. Lottery Winner – Facebook Friends
Everyone has days like these; you try to avoid having to do actual work, so you log onto Facebook, fully expecting a mass of new and interesting people just dying to become your friends. And then you check your friend requests, and it’s running on empty.
Unless you’re a lottery winner – because even the fake profiles will suddenly want to love you and claim to know you if you won a massive jackpot such as the US Powerball $60 million jackpot, for instance!
Lottery Player vs. Lottery Winner – Potential Love Life
We aren’t trying to be cheeky here, nor are we suggesting that you should accept all the love offers you’ll receive once you become a lottery winner. But most of us are just normal people with normal love lives, going to work in the morning and coming back to a spouse and a family in the evening.
Becoming a lottery winner can change all that – just like the Facebook scenario, suddenly a lot of potentially interested people are showing up! Don’t let yourself go because of them – the person who was always there for you before you won that jackpot will still be there for you after that. Can you say the same for others who are suddenly popping up? And you can be certain that a lot of them would have popped if you hadn’t made that €50 million EuroMillions jackpot yours?
Lottery Player vs. Lottery Player – the Zombie Apocalypse
The same statistics we mentioned at the beginning of the article also claim there’s an 81.3% certainty that a zombie apocalypse is looming in the near future. If you’re the lottery player in that scenario, you’ll have a certain amount of family members to accompany you as you fall into the clutches of the zombies and become one too.
But if you’re a lottery winner, all the love potentials from the previous scenario will be there as well, and you can throw a huge mega zombie apocalypse party! Even if the zombie apocalypse happens tomorrow, you will never regret winning those €49 million in EuroJackpot!
The three things in the title of this post appear to have absolutely nothing in common; Black Sabbath, the band that gave us Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Buscemi, one of the greatest actors the century, and France Loto. Or do they?
Each of them shares one very special trait – they were all created on Friday the 13th! Friday the 13th is infamously known as a day of bad luck… But is it? Let’s have a look at these three and see just how good and lucky they are instead!
Black Sabbath and Friday the 13th
Black Sabbath is considered to be one of the most influential metal bands of all times. Many sing along to their songs, and they also get regularly covered by contemporary bands and performers. But did you know that the band released their debut album, Black Sabbath, on Friday, February 13th, 1970? That day was certainly a good day for the band, who went from being ignored by radio stations and hated by music critics to being one of the greatest things to have been unleashed from the music industry.
Steve Buscemi and Friday the 13th
Steve Buscemi is a powerhouse actor who often manages to star in 5 movies per year, and direct a bunch of his own movies too! He’s best known for various roles in movies directed by Quentin Tarantino, Jerry Bruckheimer, and The Coen Brothers. Born on Friday, December 13th, 1957, this New York-based actor is blessed with both talent and success.
France Loto and Friday the 13th
The first France Loto was held on a Friday the 13th in 1976. Ever since, the France Loto has held superdraws on every Friday the 13th that came its way. The next draw is this Friday, and the jackpot is going to be worth a massive €13 million!
As you can see, Friday the 13th should never be about bad luck, because so many good things happened on it! Gather all the good luck you can muster, and play the France Loto tomorrow, for your chance of winning €13 million euro on Friday the 13th!
New Year’s is always the time for rebirth and starting afresh. Some people aim to improve their diets while others aim to maintain a fitness schedule, or spending more time with their loved ones. In honor of 2015, we would like to put together a lottery resolution list that any lottery enthusiast could easily strive for!
Win a Jackpot
Mega Millions is currently worth $188 million. US Powerball is worth $131 million. The Australia Saturday Lotto Superdraw is worth AUD$30 million. With so many jackpots around us, all one needs to do is simply aim for one… And go for it!
Change Your Way of Playing!
If you’re the kind of person who always uses the same numbers, maybe it’s time to change things around! Use the Quick Pick tool! Are you the kind of person who is already using it? Maybe you should choose your loved ones’ birthdates instead! Whatever it is you’ve been doing – try new things to get new results!
Try New Lotteries!
Are you a huge Mega Millions fan? Have you considered playing other American lotteries? Or perhaps do you prefer the humbler European lotteries, who offer smaller jackpots, but much better odds of winning? Play a lottery game you haven’t played yet!
Travel around the World with Your Win
Matt Myles did it. There’s no reason for you not to do it too! Especially considering the fact that so many lottery winners have learned that taking time off after the win does them a lot of good, and helps them keep focus when they come back!
Buy Lottery Tickets Online
We have covered the pros of buying your lottery tickets online quite extensively over the years. By now, you really have no reason to buy your tickets at the shop when theLotter is available and you can buy tickets not just for local lotteries, but 49 lotteries around the world!
These are the five New Year’s lottery resolutions every player should follow! Did any of these tips work? Let us know! Happy New Year, from theLotter!
Christmas is a magical time of the year, and nearly everyone gets to take time off and relax at home with their families during the holiday season. Enjoy this Yuletide with your loved ones as you watch some of the lottery related movies that make us happy during the cold winter months. Here is theLotter’s list of top three movies to watch in the upcoming days!
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Five lucky children win the chocolate lottery as they discover the golden tickets to Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory. The five are granted a tour of the factory, shown inside candy-related secrets, and are given a chance to win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Charlie, a boy from a poor family, is one of those very lucky children, and he must now survive the chocolate factory tour and make it to the end! The movie received a remake treatment by Tim Burton in 2005.
Waking Ned is a 1998 Irish comedy. Ned Devine, a man from a small Irish town, wins the Irish National Lottery, and the surprise shocks him so badly that he dies! Ned’s friends scheme together to keep the news of Ned’s death quiet so that they can claim the prize in his honour. Plot twists and hilarity ensues as the group realizes that it’s really not that easy to keep secrets in such a small town!
It Could Happen to You
It Could Happen to You is a movie previously mentioned on theLotter, based on a real story. A police officer finds himself without enough money to tip the waitress at his local diner, so he offers her a share of whatever he might win with the lottery ticket in his pocket. The ticket ends up winning the jackpot, and the police officer stayed true to this word!
Snuggle up with your loved ones this holiday season to watch these movies and many others. And remember – there’s only one way to make sure someone creates a movie based on how you win the jackpot, and that’s by playing! Play your favourite lotteries online for your chance of being someone’s feel-good Christmas movie!
EuroMillions’ local raffles, My Millions in France and Millionaire Maker are about to rock your world this weekend. The two European lottery fan favourites are together about to create 20 new €1 million winners, on top of the standard EuroMillions jackpot, which is now at €63 million! The odds of becoming a EuroMillions millionaire are looking very bright!
EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker – Mega Friday
A relatively new EuroMillions UK promotion turns the last Friday of each month into a Mega Friday, a day that brings joy to more UK raffle winners. Each ticket bought for the EuroMillions UK draw will get a Millionaire Maker raffle code, like any other EuroMillions UK ticket, and this time, 10 winning codes will be determined to create 10 €1 million winners and, if that wasn’t enough, each winner will get an additional treat!
In the first Mega Friday, which was held on October 31st, 25 winners won €1 million each, along with an all-expense-paid two-week VIP trip to Makepeace Island in Australia for eight people! This Mega Friday offers each of its winners a similar trip to Australia, Brazil or Peru with one friend, including a 5-star resort stay, a business class flight and some spending money, on top of the €1 million raffle prize!
It’s Raining Millionaires with EuroMillions France and My Million
The My Million raffle increases the amount of winning tickets from time to time, and this week it is happening again. Not too long ago, in September, EuroMillions France created 20 €1 million winners in one week, 10 in each of the two weekly draws. This week, EuroMillions France is about to shower the streets with money once more! Tuesday’s draw already had five €1 million winners instead of one, and Friday’s draw will have the same amount!
Win EuroMillions France and UK Raffles with theLotter
Some may think that the fact that EuroMillions UK and EuroMillions France draws are local versions of EuroMillions means they can’t partake in these amazing raffles, when in fact it’s as simple as playing your own local lottery. When purchasing a ticket for either EuroMillions UK or EuroMillions France on theLotter, you can be sure your ticket is purchased locally by one of our professional lottery agents, and is guaranteed to have a participating raffle code.
With 20 chances of winning a €1 million prize this week, on top of the EuroMillions jackpot that just reached €63 million, it would be a shame to miss the upcoming draw! But wait, we are just about to sweeten the deal even more! Black Friday is here, and theLotter is about to embark on 24 hours of madness with an amazing 30% Cashback on one-time entries for ALL lotteries on the site, including the two local versions of EuroMillions!
Several UK Lotto wins have gone unclaimed and will expire in December, and three of them are jackpots! UK Lotto players – check your wallets, your pockets, and your old tickets, because you might be a winner!
Lottery tickets often get lost or forgotten, and sadly, many wins go unclaimed due to this. It’s not rare to miss out on a small secondary win from time to time, but when big prizes such as the jackpot have been won, it does sting more than a little.
Below you will find a chart of all the big UK Lotto prizes that have been won and have not been claimed yet, and will expire next month:
Last Date to Claim
4th June, 2014
14, 19, 30, 31, 47, 48, (16)
1st December, 2014
21st June, 2014
3, 7, 13, 17, 27, 40, (19)
18th December, 2014
28th June, 2014
8, 12, 28, 30, 43, 49, (42)
25th December, 2014
* The jackpot was shared by several winners, two have yet to claim their prize
“Time really is running out for the winner[s] of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money,” a UK Lotto official said in regards to the unclaimed £389,998 wins, “We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing Lotto ticket could be hiding. This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”
Should no one come forward with the winning tickets before the deadlines, the prize money as well as the interest it has generated will return to the UK Lotto, and from there be allotted to various lotto funded projects across the UK.
Play Lotto UK Online
The best way to avoid missing your wins is buying your lotto ticket online. When you buy your lottery ticket via theLotter, we purchase the ticket on your behalf and send a scan of the ticket directly to your account. When you win, the prize money is sent to you, 100% commission free, so you never have to clear time in your schedule to collect your winnings!
The best part about buying your tickets online is, of course, the geography – it becomes entirely irrelevant! Play the US Powerball from the UK, Mega Millions from Spain, the UK Lotto or EuroMillions & UK Millionaire Maker from the US, or any other combination you can think of! With theLotter, the world of lotteries is at your fingertips.
The UK National Lottery is about to celebrate two decades of activity, amazing wins and admirable charity work this month. This is an excellent time to learn a bit more about where your ticket fees go.
Almost twenty years have passed since the Camelot Group started operating the UK National Lottery in 1994. Over those twenty lustrous years, the UK National Lottery created many millionaires and huge prize winners.
Players are not the only ones to gain from the existence of the UK’s beloved lottery games. The entire British community profits, as many good wills and charity organizations count on the National Lottery’s profits being directed their way.
The UK National Lottery hosts several lottery games, and each ticket you buy for any of these games helps the UK National Lottery fund many charitable causes. In the past, it has even contributed to some of Britain’s proudest moments – the Oscar winning movie “The King’s Speech” and the historic London Olympic Games in 2012.
The First National Lottery Draw
The first National Lottery draw was held on November 19th, 1994. The winning numbers on that night were 30, 3, 5, 44, 14 and 22, and the bonus was 10. Seven jackpot winners came out of this very first draw, each taking their part of the £5,874,778 prize.
UK Lotto Jackpot Record
On January 6th, 1996 a stupendous £42 million UK Lotto jackpot was won by three anonymous winners, each claiming a third of the total prize – £14,002,870! While the £42 million jackpot is the highest in the history of UK Lotto, the biggest prize won by a single ticket is £22,590,829, which was won by two friends on June 10th, 1995.
Play UK National Lottery Games Online
There’s no need to travel far in order to enjoy the exceptional games the UK National Lottery has to offer. All you have to do is simply purchase your ticket online at theLotter. You can either choose to play the EuroMillions and partake in the unique UK Millionaire Maker raffle, play the UK Lotto by choosing your six lucky numbers from a range of 1-49, or take a chance with the Thunderball, which is held three times a week and has a fixed £500,000 jackpot.
Different people react in different ways to winning a huge jackpot. Some may relish their fifteen minutes of fame and choose to come forward to publicly claim their prize. Others would prefer keeping quiet about it. Each of these choices has an impact on a winner’s life, but both options are completely understandable. However, not all countries let you choose whether or not you can to remain anonymous. So how can you keep your name out of the papers and still claim your millions? The current trend in the lottery world is collecting your prize through a trust.
One of the first suggestions you can find in almost any guide to a new lottery winner is “Do anything to stay anonymous”, and for good reason. A huge lottery prize can impact a winner’s personal life as well as bank account. Being famous for a recent stroke of luck tends to bring unwanted attention from those who seek to gain on someone else’s wealth. It gets harder when you have a family, when the public attention affects not only you, but your loved ones as well.
Some countries allow winners to scoop up their millions without their name being revealed, but others don’t. If you had to win this week’s Mega Millions jackpot, for instance, and you live in Massachusetts, you would not be able to claim your prize anonymously. But this doesn’t mean there’s no way around it and that you have to give in to a new semi-celebrity status.
By using a legal trust, a recent scratch-ticket winner from Massachusetts received the $15 million win without being exposed. Instead of having the winner’s face all over the papers, holding the gigantic paper cheque, it was the lawyer and accountant running the trust who ended up in the picture.
Collecting a prize through a trust is not at all a new practice, however it has become a more popular method over the past year. More and more winners choose to form a legal trust to collect their prize, thus assuring they won’t be exposed. When collecting a lottery prize through a trust, your name remains a secret even to lottery officials.
According to the Massachusetts lottery, it’s perfectly understandable why winners would shy away from the spot-light, and the practice of using a trust to collect lottery winnings is completely within the lottery’s legal boundaries. However, some people don’t hold the same opinion about the legitimacy of lottery winners’ anonymity. Objectors say it’s not entirely acceptable to remain anonymous, as lottery regulations require transparency regarding the identity of the winner. Forcing winners to come forward and identify themselves helps to monitor the fairness of the game, confirming that the prizes are truly won by random players, and not by lottery employees.
No player matched the Friday, September 5th winning EuroJackpot numbers and the already record-nearing €52 million jackpot got the boost it needed to go beyond the €57 million record, to hit €60 million for the next round.
Eurojackpot might be one of Europe’s youngest lotteries, but it sure is the fastest growing multi-national lottery! It was only four months ago when the previous record jackpot was set, and following the recent rollover, a new record might be set very soon, if the €60 million jackpot is won this Friday.
EuroJackpot is rapidly growing and currently has 14 participating countries who joined it over a period of less than three years since it came into existence. This October, three more European countries are set to join the multi-national lottery. This speedy expansion and jackpot growth rate will help EuroJackpot achieve its goal of becoming a tangible competitor to the popular EuroMillions lottery.
“Europe has EuroJackpot fever,” said Theo Gossner, Chairman of the EuroJackpot cooperation, “the current jackpot is very special for Germany and for most European countries whose lotteries don’t have draws for these amounts of money. Many lotto fans wouldn’t want to miss the chance to perhaps win €60 million.”
The winners of the last EuroJackpot record amount were a group of 10 friends from the small town of Akaa in Pirkanmaa, Finland on April 4th, 2014. The group bought their ticket at a local R-Kioski store. This was the third EuroJackpot for Finland, and, of course, the biggest.
So far, most of EuroJackpot’s substantial wins went to either Germany or Finland .The second largest EuroJackpot win of €64.1 went to Germany on April 12 th, 2013 and so did the third, worth €41.5 million. Which country will scoop up the next jackpot record? If it keeps on rolling over past the inclusion of the three new participating countries in October, a bigger percentage of Europe will get the chance to win.
Here’s a little tip: the hottest EuroJackpot numbers, which were drawn more frequently in the first half of 2014 were: 6, 7, 9, 22, and 32. On the flipside, the cold numbers, which are rarely drawn, were: 2, 3, 20, 23, and 27. Buy a EuroJackpot ticket today, regardless of where you live, and the Jackpot record might be yours this weekend!
Australia is definitely one of the more lotto-loving continents, featuring a lotto game for almost every day of the week. A new research sheds some light on which parts of the Land Down Under have the higher participation rates.
A recent research about Australians’ gaming habits shows a significant difference in participation rates between different Aussie populations. The main conclusion to draw from the research is that country Australians are more active when it comes to lottery games and scratch cards than those who live in big cities.
The findings of the Roy Morgan research show that 46% of the country residents (over the age of 18) are buying a lotto ticket at least once in a period of three months. The city crowd is less active with 39% of the population trying their luck at scouring one of Australia’s five weekly jackpots.
The ticket might be sold by a different provider in every region of Australia, but the jackpot and results are the same for all, so living in a smaller town or village has no impact on winning odds. Having said that, we do see a significantly larger amount of jackpot wins in the country side.
The recent findings also provide a good explanation for why that happens. For instance: in the month of August alone, eight jackpot winning lotto tickets were purchased in West Australia, and with good reason! According to the research, WA residents have the biggest participation rate in the country with 52% of the population buying lotto tickets. This goes to show – you got to be in it to win it!
While country folks like their lotteries more than the city residents, getting a ticket is not always the easiest thing to do. For those who live in the more secluded areas of the outback, purchasing a ticket might involve a long ride. Why go through all that trouble when you can purchase your lotto tickets online from the comfort of your country home? Playing at theLotter allows you to keep your lotto-loving habits alive with minimum effort.
What would it take for you to vote in your municipal election? Would you do it for a chance to win big bucks? The Los Angeles government is currently considering a controversial method to increase voting rates in which a vote would enter you to a special lottery draw. The best way to encourage citizens to participate in democracy? The L.A. Ethics Commission says yes!
Due to difficulties with getting citizens to come and vote, the Los Angeles government is considering an unconventional fix – offering a cash prize to encourage voters. Less than 25% of LA citizens voted in the last municipal elections. The LA Ethics Commission has even referred to the situation as a crisis. This might explain the government’s need to think outside the box and come up with a significant incentive to get their voters to the ballot box.
And how much is on the line, you ask? Possibly up to $100,000 in total prizes, divided into anywhere from 100 to 25 prizes. To enter the draw, LA residents will need to submit a ballot on the day of the elections. While lottery players might find this number slightly less impressive than, let’s say, last Friday’s Mega Millions $180 Million, it is still a precedent for anyone to get anything by voting, other than realizing their democratic right to vote, of course. But will it do the trick? The Ethics Commission, which voted on the matter a week ago, sure seems to think they have the magic solution.
Some eyebrows were raised regarding the Ethics Commission’s decision, as offering money in exchange for votes is illegal in most American states. Objectors say the idea itself is an insult to democracy and is bound to bring in voters from all the wrong reasons and without consideration to the issues and the candidates.
Nathan Hochman, president of LA’s Ethic Commission insists that this is the best solution they could come up with. “We’re not telling them how to vote, who to vote for or what to vote for” Hochman said in an interview for Fox News, “The assumption is that people are uniformed and will stay uniformed. I believe that assumption is actually wrong.”
The ironic thing in this whole story is that if the voting rates will soar, like the Ethics Commission hopes it will, voters’ chances of actually winning a prize will dramatically decrease. Not so tempting anymore, huh? But winning odds have never been the strongest selling point for lotteries, it was always more about the dream. This is a chance to participate in a short fantasy for no cost and have a say on what goes on in your country which you’re at it, so why not?
Not an LA voter? Bigger lottery prizes are up for grabs every week no matter where you live or who you vote for! Purchase your lottery tickets online from anywhere in the world with theLotter.
Whet do memes and lotteries have in common? Same as memes have in common with anything else – EVERYTHING! Internet memes are one of today’s most common form of expression across the web, making them a valuable source of information into people’s minds and ideas.
Most Internet memes are comprised of an image and captions relating to that image or its theme. The text can vary but the unspoken rule is that once a certain image has an allocated theme, the captions will always stay true to it. So what do memes tell us about the world of lottery?
Keep Calm and Play the Lotto
Borrowed from a World War II British public safety poster, “Keep Calm and Carry On” was recycled and remade in hundreds of thousands of different versions around the template “Keep Calm and X”, starting with a T shirt company selling a printed shirt spoof version of the original poster. Does playing the lotto really have a calming effect? Probably not directly, but winning a jackpot can sure bring a financial relief.
The Right Numbers
“Y U NO” Guy wants to know which numbers to play, and don’t we all? The SMS-y carefree spelling and the raging facial expression are used to show frustration over any matter. If you wish to relay on someone foretelling the correct lottery numbers to play, go ahead, there’s no right or wrong way to play. However, we truly believe in sticking to the numbers you find luckiest.
Lottery and Skepticism
When dealing with the field of lottery, it’s easy to understand why people would get skeptical, given that there are no sure wins. Whoever chose to express their doubts with the anonymous kid who became famous for giving an unknown woman a questioning glare was not far off. But when Lady Luck pays you a visit, $2 can truly turn to $500 million. The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever to be won got as high as $640 million!
It’s All About Luck
It takes luck to win, but some people only get lucky once. That’s what happened to Bad Luck Brian, and probably to the person who created this meme. Thankfully, when purchasing a ticket through theLotter, there’s absolutely no way for you to lose your winning ticket since we keep it for you in a vault at our local office! Say goodbye to your bad luck, Brian!
You Won? Congrats! Don’t Rub It In
You might be a millionaire but your friends are probably not, and we bet you’d like to keep them around. If you wish to avoid turning into Condescending Wonka’s object of scorn, be gracious of your new-found wealth, enjoy it, but don’t wave it around in people’s faces. The original image taken from the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory version and is often used to make a sarcastic point.
Spread the Love
Every lottery winner should think of his nearest and dearest when banking in the money. Praising Squirrel knows how to do it! Take your loved one on a romantic getaway or your friends to an exotic adventures trip! Spare no expenses when it comes to showing how much you care, but don’t overdo it or make someone close feel like they owe you something.
Don’t Forget to Buy a Ticket
The most interesting man in the world is known for making the impossible happen without even trying. But he’s the only one who can. We, less interesting people, have to stick to the original plan and purchase a lotto ticket in order to have a chance of winning. So buy your ticket today and you might be the next lotto winner.
Nobody can deny that winning a massive jackpot prize in one of the big lottery names like EuroMillions, US Powerball, or Mega Millions is a life changing event. All lotto fans dream of the day their numbers will be drawn, and financial hardships will be a thing of the past. The shopping list is long and the dreams are big, but the road to financial freedom after winning a large lump sum of money is not always so smooth. Big money can mean big trouble. This is a short guide to help keep your family happy and united as you enjoy your win!
Do: Cherish your partnership
Any couple will you tell you that money is one of the top sources of dispute in a partnership. Not having enough can definitely put a strain on a relationship, but so can having too much! Adrian and Gillian Bayford who won £148 million in the UK Euromillions in 2012 filed for divorce not one year after their big win, claiming the “stress” of becoming millionaires overnight impacted their decision. While Mrs. Bayford revelled in the luxury lifestyle her new wealth afforded her, Mr. Bayford struggled to get used to it, and the marriage fell apart.
Unlike they Bayford couple, big winners Colin and Christine Weir, who took home £161 million UK EuroMillions cash in 2011, have only grown stronger. They were able to avoid the pitfalls of the “sudden wealth syndrome”. The Weirs started a charitable foundation, donated to their favourite political party and purchased the home of their dreams (a mansion in Scotland).
Don’t: Assume the kids are fine
For kids, having instant access to unlimited funds can be as much as much of a roller-coaster as it is for adults–and maybe more so! The sudden change in financial status can manifest in estrangement from friends or a general feeling disorientation as their routine becomes interrupted by a huge lottery win.
Communication is key! You and your spouse need to identify the values you hope to instill in your children and decide how you will support them as they adjust to life as part of the ultra-rich. Teach your children the value of money, and make sure to lead by example. Your children will be watching closely to see how you handle your new financial freedom and the burdens that come with protecting these assets.
Do: First take a breather
So you just discovered you have won a massive sum of money and the adrenaline is probably pumping. This might be a good time to lie low for a few days until you get your ducks in a row. It’s a good time to let the excitement simmer down and get some rational thinking back into your brains. Process your feelings and don’t act on impulse!
Don’t: Go collecting right away
Keeping appearance of normalcy is key to prevent a lot of drama around you. You don’t want the entire town to find out about your win immediately. When you do finally decide to go collect, make sure to do it in a more distant lottery office, since the one closest to where the ticket was purchased will be closely watched by the media. You are sure to be ousted quickly and can kiss your privacy goodbye!
Do: Hire professional help
With big money comes big responsibility, and you shouldn’t carry it alone. Professional help can relieve some tensions, decrease stress and help you act in a more calculated manner. Make sure to hire professionals to help you deal in several fronts. A good lawyer, financial adviser and publicist are your three main go-to people you’ll regret not having around.
While you may wish to stay in the house you already have and keep sending your kids to the same school, reality is that it might not be possible. Some changes will have to happen to keep you and your family away from unwanted crowds coming to ask for money. Moving to a wealthier neighborhood is sometimes the best option, and now it is well within your means.
Do: Enjoy your new financial status
Don’t be afraid to spoil yourself! All those things you thought you could never afford are now available for your enjoyment. Treat yourself to a dream vacation, hire some help around the house and shower the ones close to you with lavish gifts.
Don’t: Go overboard
Some financial caution is still required, since you don’t want to be one of those people who had it all and lost it in seconds. Consult with your financial adviser, don’t make impulse purchases and investments, and remember to put money aside for the important things, like college tuition for your kids.
Whether you believe in karma or not, everyone can agree that when winning a big jackpot, giving back to a cause you find suitable is in order. If you wish to open a foundation dedicated to a specific cause close to your heart, now is the perfect time. When handling your donations in an organized manner, you also avoid opening yourself to frequent requests for money.
Being the winner of a huge lottery jackpot prize should be a dream not a nightmare. With a little forethought and a lot of luck, you too could be on top, living the good life of a lottery jackpot winner. Follow up your good luck at winning the lottery with exceptionally good planning to ensure the dreams you dreamed become the happy reality you want to share with your loved ones!
The EuroMillions lottery brought together the UK, Spain, and France ten years ago, offering players in the three founding countries the opportunity to become Euro-millionaires. Three years later with more participating countries added to the roster the European lottery created the institution of the Superdraw – a special draw with a guaranteed starting jackpot of €100 million, which happens only a few precious times a year!
The second EuroMillions Superdraw of 2014 was scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, June 6th, 2014, to celebrate the EuroMillions’ 700th draw. Usually, the Superdraw prize jackpot is made up of the previous jackpots in addition to funds from the Common Prize Fund, which together create the €100 million jackpot for the occasion of a holiday, a lottery landmark, or just because!
EuroMillions explained earlier today on Twitter that ticket sales have hit their highest point this year and pushed Tuesday’s €87 million prize pool all the way up to €105 million! No jackpot winner for numerous draws meant a rollover streak that sent EuroMillions flying past the €100 million Superdraw jackpot projected for this Friday and prompted EuroMillions officials to find a different Superdraw occasion later this year.
EuroMillions’ largest jackpot on record happened in August 2012 when after numerous rollovers, the jackpot snowballed to the colossal sum of €190 million. Other humongous jackpots in the EuroMillions history include the €156 million jackpot in June 2012 and the €188 million jackpot in June, 2013. The latter was the result of a Superdraw that rolled over, pumping the prize pool and the jackpot up!
For the time being, there is no date set for the next EuroMillions Superdraw. It will certainly be interesting to see whether EuroMillions lottery officials will announce another Superdraw date after the current rollover streak ends, or whether fans will be left waiting for the next few months. Superdraw or not, there is still a €105 million prize to be won this Friday in Europe’s most exciting lottery, so get your tickets here!
Playing the lottery is to live the dream that one day your ship will come in, and all your financial troubles will disappear. Lottery fans enjoy the thrill and excitement that comes with each draw, holding their breath in the hopes that the numbers called are their own. Thousands of new millionaires are created around the world by lotteries, the money is always put to good use in the form of donations to charities and support of local communities.
An excellent example for the charity work of national lotteries is the UK National Lotteries “Good Causes” which donates an average of £420 million annually to thousands of charities, local initiatives, education, sport and much more. One of the main reasons behind the creation of the lottery system was as a means to raise money for different charitable or social endeavours to supplement government spending.
As a leading international lottery company, we at theLotter take our charity work very seriously, we want our customer’s to enjoy the thrill of the game, but to also know they are a part of something bigger. Contributing to make the world just a little bit better. The option to donate was available to customers right from the start, when theLotter launched in 2002. Since then, an average total of $28,000 has been donated to the chosen charities both by theLotter’s loyal customers and by theLotter itself, every year.
Our customers are welcome to choose the option to donate a portion of their winnings to one of four different charities that we support. Over the calendar year, theLotter collects the funds donated by the customer, and then makes a single donation of all the funds to each specific charity, in addition, theLotter pledges to match every single donation doubling the amount given.
To contribute to your favourite charity simply go to the “wins and donations” section in the MyAccount tab after you have signed into your account. Choose your favourite charity and the amount you wish to donate from each of your lottery wins.
Originating in France in the 1960’s, a group of young doctors decided to go and help war and disaster victims around the world. They decided that wherever a doctor was needed, they would go, no matter how dangerous the situation. The fledgling doctors answered an appeal by the French Red Cross for volunteers to provide medical help in Africa to people decimated by famine. These doctors laid the “foundations for a new and questioning form of humanitarianism that would ignore political or religious boundaries and prioritize the welfare of those suffering.” Since 1980, the organization has opened offices in 28 countries and employs over 30,000 people. MSF prides itself on financial independence which enables them, with your help, to continue to provide aid to those who need it most.
Founded in 1976 in the USA, Habitat for Humanity is devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing all around the world. All the homes are built by volunteers and are sold at no profit. Over four million volunteers have helped build, preserve and reconstruct homes since it began. The families chosen to receive the homes are selected very carefully, undergoing extensive background checks to ensure their suitability. The new homeowners are also expected to put in 500 hours of labour into the building of their and other homes in order to be eligible. The goal is to break the cycle of poverty and build the foundation for a secure future.
Founded by Eglantyne Jebb in 1919, when she tried to help starving children in countries blockaded by the Allies. “Jebb dedicated her life to promoting children’s welfare and human rights, permanently changing the way the world treats children”. Jebb also spearheaded the Declaration of the Rights of the Child which was consequently adopted by the League of Nations. Save the Children spread around the world from the USA, to Europe, to Africa and beyond. The organization promotes children’s rights, provides relief, and supports children in developing countries.
The World Wildlife Fund was created as an international fundraising organization dedicated to working in collaboration with conservation groups around the world to ensure that substantial financial support could be brought to the conservation movement on a worldwide scale. The mission? To conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. The WWF doesn’t just talk about saving the planet – they act.
While waiting for your turn to be a millionaire, take comfort in the knowledge that your hard-earned money is not only giving you a chance for a life changing win, but also making a contribution and creating a change in the world.