22 Hard To Believe Facts About Lotteries & Jackpots

1Joan R. Ginther

A woman named Joan R. Ginther has won the Lottery four times since 1993. She was outed as a Ph.D. of Statistics from Stanford University and had figured out the pseudo-number generator for the distribution of the winning tickets. She won a total of $17 million and has since moved to Las Vegas.


2Iorworth Hoare

In 2004, a serial rapist named Iorworth Hoare won £7 million on a lottery ticket he bought on the day of his release from the prison.


3Monkey costume

In 2016, a $40 million lottery winner in China wore a monkey costume to hide his identity. This then became a trend for many lottery winners thereafter in China where the winners have worn ninjas to Baymax (from Big Hero 6) costumes.


4Jose Rizal

A Filipino nationalist named Jose Rizal won a lottery in 1892 while in exile in Dapitan and reportedly donated the 6200 pesos jackpot for an “educational project.”


5Mohan Srivastava

A man named Mohan Srivastava cracked the code to winning scratch lottery tickets but calculated it would only net him $600 per day and instead of secretly plundering the game, he decided to report the problem to the Lottery and Gaming Corporation.


6Abraham Lee Shakespeare

Abraham Lee Shakespeare was an American laborer who won a $30 million lottery jackpot, receiving $17 million in 2006. In 2009, his family declared him missing, and in January 2010 his body was found buried under a concrete slab in the backyard of an acquaintance.


7Denise Rossi

A woman named Denise Rossi had won a $1.3 million lottery, filed for divorce in hurry and at the end lost all of her lottery money to her ex-husband as a result of violating disclosure laws (he sued her after he learned about the money).


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8Lottery winners' neighbors

Lottery winners’ neighbors have a higher chance of going bankrupt because they try to keep up with the winners' increased rate of spending.


9Unclaimed prizes

Roughly 114 prizes worth $1 million or more went unclaimed in 2015. In fact, about $2 billion in lottery prizes go unclaimed every year.


10Jawdat Ibrahim

An Arab Israeli man named Jawdat Ibrahim won $22 million in the Illinois lottery in 1990 and used his winnings to develop his home village of Abu Ghosh. The hummus restaurant he opened there has been used to host Israel-Palestine peace talks and has also set the world record for largest Hummus.

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