There was a lot of anxious anticipation amongst lotto enthusiasts around the world in the last few days as they hoped their numbers would match and bring them fortune. Sadly, no one was able to guess the winning lottery numbers with all major lotteries rolling over at the beginning of the week. The good nes is this means even bigger lotto jackpots will be available in the following days. The Powerball drawing yesterday, which also went without winner resulted in a jackpot of $164.000.000. And now the question on everyone’s mind is who will be the lucky lotto winner to bag it.
The winning combination of 7, 10, 16, 46 and 56 and a Power Ball of 1 haven’t been picked by anyone. Just a single lotto player from Maryland managed to win the significant amount of $1.000.000 upon matching the five main lottery numbers drawn. Over 600.000 players participated in last night’s drawing and managed to collect smaller prizes, totaling to almost $5.500.000 in non-jackpot prizes.The Euromillions drawing on Tuesday also didn’t produce a winner as no one was lucky enough to match the winning lottery numbers 12, 17, 29, 38 and 48 with Lucky Stars 9 and 11. In total seven players missed the jackpot by one Lucky Star and each one €150.000. An additional six ticket holders (two from Belgium, two from Spain, one from Portugal and one from France) each won around €60.000, which is a pretty decent win. As a result the lotto jackpot increased to €62.000.000 with the net drawing being on Friday.
On December 8th the Mega Millions jackpot went untouched and rose to $66.000.000. The winning line consisted of the numbers 7, 17, 37, 49, 73 and a 15 Mega Ball wasn’t matched by anyone, but one player from Michigan missed it just by a digit and won $1.000.000.
With the recent EuroMillions jackpot coming to £101 million, a lot of people took a shot at trying their luck in the popular lottery. Fridays draw led to a rollover, but five lucky winners still managed to guess 5 numbers and a lucky star each, which means each of them won the sum of £441,327.
Many inspirational stories show that regular folks are the ones who most often benefit from the lotto and the way it changes their lives for the better at the drop of a hat. Most of these people choose to continue living their lives in a simple manner. Sure, it’s nice to pay off that student loan you’ve been dragging for years or the mortgage on the house, but not everyone makes it their goal to completely change their lifestyle and start splurging big time.In 2014 an anonymous lottery winner in France started donating large sums of money to charity after winning £72 million in the lotto. He continued to do so throughout the following years, retaining his anonymity, with sources confirming he gave away two-thirds of his fortune. After a long period of silence, he only came in contact with the media to mention the local tobacco store, where he had bought the winning ticket.
Another lottery winner, who also happened to be a CEO of a small electronics company, chose to donate the entire jackpot from winning the lotto of $40 million to cancer charities in the loving memory of his deceased wife. Tom Crist from Calgary, Canada became famous for his generous undertakings as he continued to help people in need even after his enormous contribution. Helping others has given the man a new purpose and meaning in life with him pointing out that it’s not about the acknowledgement that comes with it, but rather the satisfaction of being there for people in need. “Fortunately, I am lucky enough to earn more than enough apart from winning the lotto, so this is not an issue” he says.
Of course, everyone is different and there is no right or wrong way to send one’s winnings, but these stories of wonderful human beings show that, in the greater scheme of things, it’s what we give back to the world that truly defines us.