The concept of the lottery is quite strange, don’t you think?
In theory, it seems quite straightforward - you pay a small amount of money to hopefully win a large amount of money. But that's not all there is to it.
For most people, lottery facts might be the last thing to warrant attention. But if you think about it, some of these facts might just help you win next time.
So sit back and relax because we’re bringing you some super cool lottery facts.
Facts About the Lottery
1. The government used the concept of lotteries as a harmless form of taxation in the Middle Ages. Lotteries were essentially a clever ruse to help raise funds for all sorts of public usages.
2. Statistics reveal that people who win lotteries are likely to fail in finding joy in the little things, such as talking or having breakfast with a friend.
3. People in America spend an average of $70.15 billion buying lottery tickets every year.
4. A person is more likely to die because of a vending machine than win the lottery.
5. Rather than spending money on books, music, video games, and movies, Americans spend most of their money on lottery tickets. And the money spent on lottery tickets is more than the money spent on all of the aforementioned items combined.
6. Billie Bob Herrel Jr. was a man that won the lottery in 1997. However, only 20 months later, he committed suicide due to being defrauded by tricksters and separated from his wife. A while before his death, the man said that winning the lottery had been the worst thing that had ever happened to him.
7. It was recorded that the first lottery that offered tickets to sell was held by Roman Augustus Caesar who used the money to renovate the city.
8. Joan R. Ginther was a Stanford professor who won the lottery not once or twice, but four times! The chance of this happening is close to impossible. The odds are about 1-in-18 septillion. Experts believe that she might have figured out the lottery algorithm as she was a mathematician.
9. A woman who lived in California won $1.3 million in a lottery and filed for divorce from her husband straight away without him knowing that she had won. The husband sued her two years later when he found out she’d won. Consequently, the judge gave him all her winnings!
What do you think of these crazy lottery facts?