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What To Do With Your Used Lottery Tickets

A lottery ticket is a prized possession, an investment of dreams that will hopefully bring you millions of pounds, euros or dollars. It is astounding at how much you can treasure and safe-keep one small piece of paper. And rightly so, because this one small scrap of seemingly insignificant paper (and the numbers that it represents) can become worth an untold fortune. So we hold onto it like gold until the time of the lottery draw. But what happens to our used lottery tickets once the lottery draw has come and gone?

We all know what to do if we have a match on all the numbers and your ticket is a winner. There are clear guidelines for that – sign your ticket, keep it in a safe place, and when you’re ready to claim your prize, go to your local official lottery office with the ticket. Or if you are the lucky winner of a smaller prize, you simply need to take your winning ticket to any local store that is registered to sell those particular lottery tickets.

But what happens when the lottery draw comes and goes and now you have a ticket that is not worth any money? Instead of simply throwing it in the garbage, here are some creative ways you can re-use this previously treasured possession, saving it from the shame of the trash can! Even old lottery tickets have their uses.

Lottery Tickets Make Great Bookmarks

No more losing your place or bending your book spine. Use your old lottery tickets as bookmarks! Not only do you get to preserve your place and keep your book as good as new, but, as a bonus, you will be reminded to buy your next lottery ticket every time you read your book.
 
 

Think Green and Recycle!

The plain old paper lottery tickets are recyclable, so you can simply throw them into your nearest recycling bin. If you are not sure whether or not your lottery ticket is eco-friendly, you can even just check the back of the ticket for a recycling symbol. A further test, in the not-so-clear cases, is to tear the ticket and check what is inside. If there is no plastic or foil inside, you can recycle. Scratch-card lottery tickets generally are made up of paper, plastic and foil so these are not recyclable. Some states even have recycling programs where they collect lottery tickets to be recycled, to save you the hassle.

Kids Will Love Them Too

The lottery may be restricted to players 18 years of age and up, but there is nothing stopping your kids from having fun with your old lottery tickets. The scratch-card type of lottery tickets make excellent credit cards for pretend play, and there is no doubt that any imaginative child can find many other uses for old lottery tickets too. You could even hand it to your child for ‘safe-keeping’ and he or she will feel very important! Get a collection going and your budding artists will have lots of art supplies to make some really creative and unusual art projects.

Lottery Tickets as an Art Form

Art comes in many forms and renowned artists Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was have found an inventive way to turn used lottery tickets into a form of art. One of their most famous works of art is a Hummer “Dream Car” which they constructed out of $39,000 worth of lotto tickets. This is not their only lotto ticket artwork. Under the name “Ghost of a Dream”, these two genius sculptors create life-size, elaborate sculptures, depicting luxury items, out of old and abandoned lotto tickets. They rescue these littered tickets from all over the world, and their sculptures symbolize the realization of these discarded lottery dreams. Now that is poetic justice.

“We kept finding these lost lottery tickets littered all over the ground and we started picking them up thinking they were someone’s lost wish; that they were this hope and dream that they had and then they tossed it away. We started thinking about what those dreams actually meant and what happens if you collected enough of those to make that dream into a reality.” – Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was


Online Lottery Tickets are Timeless

If you buy your lottery tickets online, you do not even need to think about what you will do with your used ticket. Hopefully, it will be a winner, and you will get to exchange it for lots of money! However, for the times when you do not get a number match, it is very convenient that your lottery ticket is safely stored online, in your playing account. This means that not only do you not need to worry about keeping it safe until the lottery draw, but you also do not need to worry about getting rid of your old lottery tickets.

theLotter buys the actual lottery ticket on your behalf, through our one of our many local offices. We then scan the ticket and upload it into your online account. Your ticket is then locked away in our local office safe until the draw. If it is a winner, you will be notified and your ticket will be used to claim your money for you. This is just another reason why buying lottery tickets online is the convenient and hassle-free way to play the lottery!

What Makes Lottery Winners So Lucky?

Ever wondered how you could become a lucky person? The kind of person who might win the lottery?! These little secrets have worked for lottery winners and entrepreneurs alike, and might work for you too!

Luck isn’t all about 4-leaf clovers, horseshoes and wishbones. Yes, the Irish had the right idea about attracting good luck, but you don’t need a whole lot of lucky charms to bring Lady Luck into your life and to win the big lotto prize.

There are all sorts of self-help books out there about becoming a successful and more highly effective person. Sure, these are all important skills to learn but what about working on becoming a plain old lucky person? The kind of person who could win a multi-million dollar lottery jackpot?!

If you talk to a group of successful business entrepreneurs, chances are that most of them will tell you that they had some kind of lucky break before making it big. Of course, there’s a whole lot more to creating a booming business, but luck usually plays a part too. And it goes without saying that lottery winners have a lot to thank Lady Luck for too!

Many people out there believe that some people are born lucky, and others, well, just aren’t. That’s kind of a defeatist attitude and is the ultimate way to shirk all responsibility for what happens to you in life. If this is what you think, then it’s time to change everything you’ve ever thought about luck! Here’s a little secret – lucky people don’t wait for good things to happen, they tend to make good things happen to them.

How Can You Create Your Own Luck?

Ok, now that we’ve cleared that all up, let’s take a look at what lucky people do to make their luck happen. Hopefully, by doing these things, you too might attract luck into your life (and also stand a chance of being a lottery winner!)

Lucky people are optimistic 

A positive attitude attracts positive outcomes. You’ll get this pearl of wisdom pretty much from any self-help book. So if you keep on believing that you will win a prize in the lottery, chances are that one day you could.

Lucky people don’t miss opportunities

Lucky people generally have laid-back personalities, so they’re more likely to notice a lucky break than those ‘unlucky’, more inflexible people out there. Stop what you’re doing, ‘smell the roses’ and see what comes your way.

Lucky people tend to say “yes” 

When an opportunity does come their way, lucky people seize it right away. Carpe Diem! They don’t procrastinate, think it over or turn it down. You can’t win if you don’t buy your tickets and give winning the lottery a shot.

Lucky people play to win

Sure, we all play to win, in that we want to win. But lucky people go all out to make it happen. B.U. is a U.K. resident who won $1 million in the U.S. Powerball. He heard about the huge U.S. lottery jackpots, knew he wanted a chance at winning, and found a way to play.

Lucky people try new things

Lucky people aren’t afraid to mix things up a little. So if you’ve always played the same lottery numbers, how about trying out some new ones? Or playing a few sets of numbers? If you don’t shake things up, you’re likely to carry on getting the same results.

Lucky people don’t give up hope

Ok, so you didn’t win the multi-million dollar jackpot in the last draw. Big deal! That doesn’t make you unlucky. A lucky person wouldn’t give up hope. A lucky person would buy tickets to the next draw, believing that this will be his lucky week!

Lucky people have fun!

Just like most of us, luck wants to hang around fun people too. Don’t take yourself too seriously and remember to have a good time, no matter what you’re doing! So when you’re playing the lottery, enjoy the fun and excitement of it all.

Lottery Winners Always…

Buy their lottery tickets, of course! Now it’s time to start attracting luck into your life. Work on doing all these things and, before you know it, you too could become one of those ‘lucky people’. Good place to start is by buying your lottery ticket online today. Only players stand a chance to be lottery winners. Carpe Diem – seize the moment!

How To Win EuroMillions Tips – September 28th, 2012

Everyone would love it if there was a way to improve the odds of winning the lottery.

While the chances of a particular set of numbers being drawn cannot be altered, there are measures people can take to improve the possibility of taking home some money, so people should follow some of the following how to win EuroMillions tips.

More tickets is better 

Obviously, buying more lottery tickets improves the odds of being a winner. Therefore, individuals may want to set aside a certain amount of money to be spent on entering the EuroMillions.

Play the Super Draws

This Friday (September 28th) sees the latest EuroMillions Super Draw taking place. It offers a top prize of €100 million, which is a life-changing sum of money. As Super Draws pay out the top prize if nobody matches all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars, the chances of an automatic win are increased.

Buy a Lucky Dip

For a lot of people, entering the same lottery numbers every week, based on birthdays, house numbers and anniversaries, is part of the process. However, choosing a Lucky Dip – where numbers are generated randomly by a computer – decreases the likelihood of a person having to share a jackpot.

Stay in the game

Individuals have to continue to buy lottery tickets. It is very rare for people to win with their first outing and so patience is vital. Regular players are more likely to take home the jackpot than those who buy lottery tickets once in a blue moon.

Buy lottery tickets online

While it may seem a bit obvious, a lot of people forget to check their lottery numbers. There are some massive prizes left unclaimed because of forgetfulness or even worse, people lost their lottery ticket.

One way to eliminate this problem is to enter the EuroMillions online, as this means there is a web-based receipt and a notification message will be sent to winners.

By following some or all of these how to win EuroMillions tips, people can give themselves a good chance of taking home a life-changing sum of money.

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What Time Does The EuroMillions Draw Take Place At?

A lot of people like to play the EuroMillions lottery because of the big jackpots that are regularly on offer. Indeed, Europe’s most popular lotto had many nine-digit jackpots up for grabs in 2012.

However, one question many people will have is what time is the EuroMillions draw at? The lottery takes place twice a week – on Tuesdays and Fridays – at 20:00 GMT in Paris, France. Lottery tickets need to be bought before 19:10 GMT on the day of the draw and winning tickets are valid for 180 days.

With the odds of winning a prize in EuroMillions being 1:13, it is clear to see why so many individuals try their luck on the lottery.

While national lotteries can be limited to the residents of one particular country, the EuroMillions pools the stakes of the participating European countries in order to offer great top prizes. This means anyone who matches five numbers and two Lucky Stars during the Tuesday or Friday night draws is likely to become a multi-millionaire.

At present there are nine nations taking part in the EuroMillions – Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. However, people from all around the world can enter the EuroMillions online at theLotter, where anyone can also check the latest EuroMillions winning numbers.

Now individuals know what time the EuroMillions draw is at, they have no excuse for not entering and giving themselves a chance of taking home a life-changing sum of money.

There have been a number of heart-warming stories thanks to the EuroMillions. Oliver Milner is one such case, as he won £2 million on the lottery back in September 2012, and can finally move out of his parents’ house with the money.

After discovering his good fortune, he told the Yorkshire Post: “I was in shock. It’s what dreams are made of. I asked my mum to check and she thought I was joking. I’m still in shock now.”

This shows how winning the EuroMillions can truly be an amazing experience for people.

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Australia Saturday Lotto Super Draw – August 9th, 2012

People will be very interested in this Saturday’s (August 11th) Australia Saturday Lotto numbers.

This is because the Australia Saturday Lotto is having a super draw, where the jackpot is guaranteed to be AU$20 million. This draw always features regularly on theSmart at theLotter - indeed it is currently top of the list.

The reason for this is because the jackpot is tax-free, the entering fee is reasonable and there are favourable odds of winning. However, with this weekend being a super draw, it means these factors still stand, but there is the added benefit of a bigger jackpot being on offer.

Undoubtedly this will create more interest in what theAustralialottery numbers are for this Saturday’s draw. All people have to do to be in with a chance of getting their hands on the AU$20 million jackpot is match six numbers from a 45-number matrix.

Those who enjoy playing the Australian Saturday Lotto have a range of other options that may interest them, including the Oz Lotto, the Australian Wednesday Lotto and the Australia Powerball Lotto.

Lottery fans really enjoy the Australia Saturday Lotto because they feel like they are getting good value for money by entering it. Another lottery that falls into this bracket is the Viking Lotto.

Hosted in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, the great cost-to-benefit ratio it offers means it produces frequent winners. At present, the top prize in this draw has grown to 21,526,000 Swedish Krona (€2.6 million) and this sees it placed third on theSmart.

The biggest jackpot it ever reached is €15 million back in March 2010, which truly is a life changing sum of money. These two draws demonstrate how there is more to playing the lottery than selecting the draw with the biggest top prize.

Instead, it can be a good idea to have a look around and see if any lotteries have particularly enticing odds when it comes to winning cash prizes.

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Chris and Colin Weir Still Enjoying Biggest EuroMillions Jackpot – August 2nd, 2012

Last year, Chris and Colin Weir were hoping to scoop a lottery jackpot like the rest of the nation.

However, their lives changed forever on July 12th 2011, when the couple from the Scottish town of Largs matched all of their numbers and won €185 million on the EuroMillions – the largest jackpot ever handed out by that lottery.

Immediately afterwards, they joked they would have no problem spending such a large amount of money. A season ticket at Barcelona FC and visits to the Great Wall of China and Ayers Rock in Australia were top of Colin’s wish list. Chris, on the other hand, wanted a new car and maybe one or two luxury holiday homes located in exotic locations.

One thing that was clear though is they intended to give plenty of their lottery winnings away to family, friends and good causes. So, just over one year after hitting the jackpot, have they kept their promise?

In November, the Daily Record reported that the Weirs had bought a fleet of new cars for their friends. An £80,000 Mercedes and six new Suzuki’s were among the purchases they made as they used their money to reward those closest to them.

They are also sponsoring a young motor racing driver called Gregor Ramsay. The 15-year-old is hoping to make it into F1 in the future and the Weirs stepped forward after discovering the talented ace was struggling for financial backing.

Chris and Colin also helped to raise £50,000 so 15-year-old Ross Wilson can attend a tennis academy inBarcelona. The youngster is from the same town as the Weirs and they were more than happy to help promising young sportsman.

Their generosity does not stop there, as they forked out for a new prosthetic leg for Kieran Maxwell. The Weirs were moved to take action after hearing about the boy’s battles with a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma, which forced the amputation of his left leg.

The pair have also donated £130,000 to the construction of a community arts centre in Inverclyde and plans are afoot to set up a charitable trust so they can continue to share their good luck.

Summing up what they been through since winning €185 million, Colin said: “It has been quite a year, exciting and challenging in equal measure, but we couldn’t be happier.”

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Brazil: Hot Spot for Tourism and Big Wins Alike-May 14th 2012

We’ve all heard of dream holidays in Rio with coconut drinks and warm sandy beaches, but what many don’t know is that Brazil is home to more than partying and tourism… it’s one of the lottery centres of the world! Brazil boasts three major lotteries, A.K.A the Brazilian Trio, that are list toppers for lottery aficiandos across the globe.

  • Dupla Sena- This unique lottery offers double (Dupla) the fun as players’ numbers are entered into two consecutive draws to double their chances of winning.

  • Quina Lotto- For player who can’t wait for their chance to become lottery winners, the Quina Lotto offers a full six days a week of draws as well as great odd for winning the jackpot prize.
  • Mega Sena- This lottery has a special a unique draw system that attracts players from around the world. Unlike most other lotteries, Mega Sena’s numbers are pulled from two drums of numbers during every draw!  During the draw, the six winning numbers are taken from two drums: the first with numbers from 0-5, and the next with numbers 0-9. The 6 winning numbers are drawn in couples, with a number selected from each drum to form a double digit number between 1- 60. This lottery also offers a special Mega da Virada draw that takes place at the end of every year and offers some of South America’s most impressive prizes.

While planning a trip down to the Brazilian shores might not be a bad idea, players can be sure they don’t need a plane ticket to enjoy these Brazil lottos. These hot lotteries bring South American fun to players around the world with both sensational play options and sizzling jackpots and are always available on theLotter.