As someone who has been intimately involved in the lottery business for more than 15 years, working in fact for several lotteries, I’ve run across many individuals for whom playing these games, which I truly love, is more than for the sheer enjoyment of it. For those folks, playing the lottery becomes a gambling addiction, an obsession. And they need help.
To their credit, lotteries have wised up. Many offer help for those with gambling problems, but quite often that isn’t enough, which is where organizations like nongambler.com can be life saving. I clicked on that site, and found Williamsville Wellness, an all purpose lifeline for those with problems. I’m no saint when it comes to gambling, but after going through the nongambler.com site, I found it highly professional and most helpful. Refer a friend to a gambling addiction center such as Williamsville Wellness could help them immensely.
The facility offers several useful therapies in an idyllic setting. Most importantly, the focus is on the individual’s problem. I recommend this highly to not only those who recognize that they themselves have a problem, but also if you know of someone who does. Check it out for yourself. And then make your own decision. When you recover from a gambling problem you will really feel as if you’ve won the lottery!
You have to wonder about things like this….at least I do.
Some people beat the odds. There is no accounting for it. There are no systems that work. It just happens to some folks.
Take the story of a man name Bouldin, from Chester, Va. He was on his way home from work when he stopped at a convenience store for a few things, including a Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket.
A ticket that was worth $2 million in the Millionaire Mania game.
Cool. Right? An October win.
But this was the second time within two months that he’s won a major Virginia Lottery prize.
On August 14, he claimed the $1 million prize Read more
An item from the BBC News wire brought home how important it is to have all lottery pool members sign on before a draw.
In the UK, a mother-to-be is to sue her former workmates because she missed out on a Euromillions jackpot win when she was off work with morning sickness.
Ten staff at a recruitment firm in Kirkby in Merseyside took the £28.8m top prize in a recent EuroMillions game
But Louisa Whitby, 31, was ill on the day the tickets were bought and did not pay into the syndicate.
Her solicitor said she hoped to make a claim for a cut of the money at the High Court.
Camelot, who run the draw, said the jackpot had been won by a single UK ticket Read more
A roll of the dice changed the life of one lucky Michigan Lottery player.
Ronald Borus was the grand prize winner in the Michigan Lottery’s Play It Again $1 Million Finalist Drawing, which aired in September across the state. Borus bested the other two finalists, Sandy Dennis of Lake Orion and Jim Alsvesteffer of Rockford, in a dice game.
The drawing was hosted by long-time Lottery partner Christopher Knight, best known as Peter on the TV show “The Brady Bunch.”
Borus, who hails from the town of Reading in Hillsdale County, admitted that he never thought he’d be a big Lottery winner. With his largest previous prize at “20-$25,000”, Borus said winning $1 million was “unbelievable.
“It’s something you dream about but it just doesn’t happen in reality.”
The longtime player said plans for his money include a home in Florida and a Buick Enclave, a vehicle his wife has had her eye on. And he is confident that with his wife’s help, there will be no lack of goals for the new-found wealth.
“What I don’t think of, she will… believe me, there is no doubt about that!” he laughed.
Despite hitting it big, Borus said he has no plans Read more
A FRIEND OF MINE FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM sent me news of a big time lottery winner. Here is his story:
A roofer who scooped a £3.6 (English pounds) million Lotto win is building a dream home – but this time, he isn’t doing the work himself.
Stuart Hunt, 33, has been forced to live off his savings following an injury that kept him off work for two months.
He tore a knee ligament playing with his daughter and described the win as a “Godsend”.
The dad-of-three and partner, Nicky Martin, 29, won £3,676,642 with regular numbers 1, 11, 12, 13, 35 and 42 after asking her sister to get the ticket for them on Saturday.
Stuart, from Crawley, West Sussex, said he plans to treat himself and his family before building his house.
He said: “We’ll go on big family holidays and stuff like that – taking the girls somewhere it might take years to save up for, like Disney World in Florida.”
He added: “I’d love a Range Rover Sport.
The couple are determined to enjoy their wealth but are aware of the pressures.
Stuart said: “People have won more than £3.6 million and gone bankrupt.”
Nicky added: “We won’t be one of them.”
Stuart said that he plans to build their first house, and joked that he would probably let someone else do the roof.
He said: “I’ve always fancied turning my hand to property development.”
Danny Goodnight from Twin Falls, Idaho, had a dream that he had a winning Powerball ticket and the first number on it was the number 1.
So when recently, Goodnight found himself in the liquor store on Kimberly Road in Twin Falls , the long-haul, feeder truck driver for UPS asked for a quick pick with the PowerPlay option and the ticket he received had the number 1 on it.
“You don’t see the number 1 come up too often and I thought it was interesting,” explained Goodnight about his ticket. “I was surprised when I got my ticket and it had the number 1 on it. I thought it was a sign of good luck.”
It turns out he was right.Goodnight’s single ticket matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball.With the PowerPlay option, his winning prize was $40,000.
“This could not have come at a better time for us,” explained his wife, Kay who was with Danny when he claimed his prize. “We are raising two grandchildren and care for elderly parents. This is really going to help out.”
The couple plan to pay off some debt with their winnings and invest the balance.
William Runnels of Indianapolis is the first lucky player to claim a $250,000 top prize on the Hoosier Lottery’s new poker lottodraw game.
William said he took a chance on the new game because he is a fan of card games.
“I like cards, but I’m not that good at poker,” said William. “I saw on television where it said to say ‘deal me in,’ so I told the clerk to ‘deal me in,’ and she dealt me in!”
William purchased his winning ticket in Indianapolis.
A Knob Noster woman used family birthdates to win a $250,000 Missouri Lottery Show Me Cash jackpot.
Maria Webb, 60, matched all five winning Show Me Cash numbers. She bought her lucky ticket in Warrensburg, Missouri.
Webb admitted to playing most Lottery games and using her own numbers.
“It’s the same ticket I have been playing for a long time,” she explained. “It’s my two granddaughters’, my husband’s and two sons’ birthdates.”
Although this is the first big win for Webb, she said she would continue to play the same numbers.
“I’ve been playing the same ticket,” she declared. “And I never lose hope. Stick to your numbers. Don’t give up.”
Webb believes that the windfall is a “gift.” She has family in the Philippines that were recently hit by a typhoon, and she has been helping them. She pledged to help rebuild their home, which was destroyed by the storm.
Her plans also include sprucing up her own home.
Webb lives in an older home with her husband, William. The two have already begun replacing worn features in their house, like windows. She said they would pay off the loan they got for the windows and keep going.
“We’ve been planning to have our driveway fixed,” she began. “The roof, the bathroom… we need new kitchen counters. It’s an old house, and it needs to be updated.”
All of that is possible now. Despite her good fortune, Webb said she’ll keep her job at EnerSys.
“If I hit the Powerball, then I’ll retire,” she declared.
Leon McGee, 35, of Bonner Springs, Kansas, is feeling pretty lucky after uncovering a $20,000 top prize on a $2 Bonus Crossword instant scratch ticket.
“After visiting my kids yesterday, I stopped to get cigarettes and bought the Bonus Crossword ticket with the $2 I had left,” the winner said.
“I didn’t scratch it, though, until I was at my friend’s house about five hours later.”
McGee described himself as “remarkably calm” after discovering the large prize he had won.
His friend, however, was a different story.
“My friend was the anxious one,” said McGee. “He wanted to drive to Topeka last night and stay in a motel so we could be at the Lottery office first thing this morning when it opened. We didn’t do that.”
McGee plans to spend the $20,000 he won on Bonus Crossword paying bills and possibly buying a new vehicle.
He purchased his lucky ticket in Bonner Springs.
Michael Nashif of Newberg, Oregon, entered a number of his non-winning Oregon Lottery “Priceless Gems” Scratch-it tickets in the Lottery’s Scratch-it Second Chance Drawing.
Imagine how excited and surprised he was when one of those non-winning tickets was drawn, and Michael became a $30,000 winner.
Imagine how excited and surprised Michael’s daughter was when he offered a job working for him one day, between 1 pm and 3 pm for $180 an hour.
That was Michael’s way of helping his daughter replace her hot water heater that had gone out the day before the drawing.
That’s a great dad story!