Archive for May 20, 2008

Myth no.1: Odds of being struck by lightning are higher than the odds of being a lottery winner.

This myth was tested by Ed Stanek, who has a doctorate in physics, and also is the Iowa Lottery Commissioner. He used statistics that indicated that in one year only (1996 in this matter), 1.136 million dollars, and 4.520 won 100.000 dollars in North American lotteries. And concerning the subject in comparison, research has shown that 91 people were killed by lightning that year. Way fewer, right? And also, what kind of a prize has to offer a lightning strike? Because lotteries offer not only jackpots but also other types of prizes. So let’s be glad that the odds are in favor of lottery winners.

Myth no.2: Lotteries are target marketing the poor for playing the lottery

This is complete non sense. Just think, why would anybody with a decent business sense focus its’ time and attention on targeting people who can’t afford to use the product? This would mean the end of the product. And everybody knows that producers want their products to be sold as much as possible. Therefore, the lottery’s purpose is not taking money from people who are poor. However, due to the big jackpots, it offers poor people too, the possibility of improving their lives.

Myth no.3: Lottery is a form of taxation.

So not true! Because, a tax is compulsory payment for supporting the government. And all citizens have no option what so ever in contributing to state revenue with mandated levies and other tariffs. It’s the law and it is the same for everybody, people who don’t pay taxes, as we all know, go to jail.

On the other hand, being a lottery player is completely voluntary. The buying of a lottery ticket is a complete voluntary and individual choice. Nobody forces you to do it. So even if you play the lottery regularly or if you do it from time to time only, it’s up to you. It’s worth mentioning, what so ever, that there is one consequence for not playing the lottery. That is, missing the possibility of being a winner and having fun.

Lottery products can be bought in retail outlets, which, usually are in convenience stores, supermarkets and gas stations. They can’t be found in high income neighborhoods, and that is why people think that they are products meant to make poor people even poorer. Also, take another fact. People buy tickets usually from the places they shop, not where they live. So everybody can buy a lottery ticket, like said before, it’s a personal option.

Myth no.4: Low-income people are making the lottery profit.

Again, research has shown that this myth is completely not true. According to a 1997 pool commissioned by the Washington Post, middle income Americans are most likely to play the lottery. The poor and the wealthy are the most unlikely to play.

• Two out of three Americans with annual household incomes between $25,000 and $45,000 played the lottery for at least once in a year; one out of four played each month.
• Americans who earn from $45,000 to $65,000 play three or four times a month.

Myth no.5: Lottery is guilty for the high and growing number of compulsive gamblers in the Philippines.

First of all, compulsive gambling is what we call “addictive behavior”. It is a form of pathological addiction that involves biological and also implies psychological factors that predispose an individual causing this type of behavior. In other words, providing a substance does not create an addict.

However, lotteries do not neglect that this problem exists. Most of them have taken an approach concerning this matter and provided avenues in helping individuals affected by compulsive gambling. And, last but not least, nearly all U.S. Lottery organizations include a Play Responsibly message in promotion of their games.

Myth no.6: If you don’t win a prize, you get nothing for playing the lottery.

Again, this is not true at all. Because:

• Playing the lottery is fun; it’s a game some people play for fun.
• People who played but did not win (yet) have the possibility of entering special drawings for prizes, as a second chance.
• The lottery is a probability game. The ability of playing your ticket right in order to win is a real challenge.

The growing number of television tie-in lottery games also adds another dimension of entertainment to lottery games with comedy, drama and suspense all rolled into the show.

Myth no.7: Due to the fact that state governments take benefits from the lottery, it results that they can’t be trusted to supervise their industry.

Well, we actually trust state governments for more than just lotteries, we trust them with our taxes and we trust them for ether decisions regarding us, citizens. Why wouldn’t we trust them for lotteries? Furthermore, as a proof that there is nothing to hide, you should know that lottery files are public and opened for research to the media and to all citizens as well.

Myth no.8: Nobody can tell for sure that lottery drawings are fair.

You should know that the lottery industry is one of the most secure industries of all that have ever existed. The producer’s main priority was to keep a secure environment for the drawings and selling their products. Security, as a big asset, is what separates lotteries from other number games people can find and play on the streets, not in an authorized place. Also, drawings are public. Meaning, with the help of the media, people can see the drawings live as they happen, which makes it pretty hard to be faked and also, players and not only have the possibility to see that each player has equal chances. The industry is heading towards bar coding and electronic validation equipment, for a better secured game.

Myth no.9: We all know that the number of payouts, in comparison to the one of the sold tickets, is remarkably smaller.

So actually, there are few people who benefit from the lottery. It’s partially true, millions of people won thousands of cash prizes on playing the lottery. But there also are other people benefiting the lottery. Take these examples:

• Lottery retailers, who earn commission when selling the lottery products. This income contributes to the economy for everyone in a jurisdiction.
• People who provide the hardware, software, tickets, advertising, and other services a lottery needs to function. Their incomes also help the economy.
• Lottery supports many other projects. In the 37 states and District of Columbia where lotteries operate, a total population of more than 230 million citizens wins by benefiting from lottery projects and programs.

So this was to set things more clearly for gamblers and also for people who get in touch with these myths, so that things come to light. Because knowing all about lottery is the key to getting closer and closer to the big jackpot!


Most of us are stuck in boring work places; in order to escape the routine we often fantasize about being rich. And almost always we imagine ourselves winning the lottery. But for some lucky few, this dream comes true.

Lottery prizes have increased a lot over time, so now one can become a multi millionaire just by choosing the lottery winning numbers. There is no track as to how many lottery winners there are; for obvious reasons they are often advised not to disclose their names. This is why it is difficult to see how many winners have benefited all their lives from their prizes. We may know or have heard about the winner X who accomplished something, but that’s about it.

We can only assume what can happen to the lottery prizes. The one thing that we can be certain is that it all depends on the winner. Reckless people are likely to quickly loose all their money, while good investors will probably make even more money.

But sometimes winning the lottery proves to be a curse rather than a blessing. There are stories of lottery winners that committed suicide or had a stroke when they found out they won. Due to media spread we know what the situation is in this case.

Winning the lottery is overwhelming news, so if you hear someone had a stroke when they found out they won it should not surprise you. It has happened many times and it will happen again. Others get confused when they realize they have to deal with a lot of money and commit suicide. This is the case of British lottery winner Phil Kitchen who drunk himself to death.

Tragedy can strike in many ways. Shortly after becoming a millionaire, Oscar Cordoba stabbed his wife and his mother in law; the latter died. Rick Camat, another lottery winner was shot dead by police in California when he refused to drop down his gun. After spending his $ 10 million dollars lottery prize in 7 years (high speed chases and sexual assaults included) Gerald Muswagon hung himself.

Having read all that you might be tempted to say that lottery winning brings nothing but trouble. Deaths, law problems, blackmail, depression – lottery winners had them all. But before deciding you will never play the lottery, think again.

There are countless other lottery winners who lived happily ever after. They invested the money and made even bigger a profit, they dedicated their lives to hobbies or charities and they loved every minute of it. The only thing is that most of them choose not to step in the limelight.

Winning the lottery brings the money we all dream of; but it also brings the winner into the limelight. Some of them love the attention, others don’t. Some of them realize what’s going on and they manage not to lose their heads, others don’t. Some of them get advice from family and good friends, others are quickly surrounded by people who only want to take advantage of them.

Every lottery winner has a shock when they find out they won. But what happens after that is entirely up to each and every one of them. There is no such thing as lottery winner bad luck, just people who can deal with the winning and people who can’t.