Bet you didn’t know all this about playing the lottery!
Most Winners Blow Through Their Winnings Because They Are Too Generous
Almost Half of the Winners Keep Their Day Jobs
In Most States, You Have to Go Public.
Winning Won’t Actually Make You Happier.
The most drawn Lotto ball is 38—it has been drawn 314 times since 1994.
85% of the winners choose to remain anonymous.
The average number of cars that millionaire lottery winners purchase is 4.5.
The most popular new car to buy after winning the lottery is an Audi, with a Range Rover coming in second.
52% of winners who won $1 million or more left their jobs
About 70% of lottery winners not only spend all their winnings, but they lose the rest of their money within seven years.
A person is more likely to become U.S. President (1 in 10 million) than to win the lottery.
Americans spend about $70.15 billion on lottery tickets per year.
The most commonly drawn numbers in the lottery are 44, 38, and 40.
The most commonly chosen numbers in the lottery end in 7.
Historically, lotteries date back to the 15th century. According to Random Riches author, Manfred Zollinger, one of the oldest lotteries dates back to 1441 in Bruges, Belgium.
The first recorded instance of a lottery are keno slips from ancient China dating to between 201 and 187 BC. The lotteries most likely helped finance large government projects, such as the Great Wall of China.
Interestingly, early lotteries were known to fund village needs. These needs would include strengthening defenses of a village or supporting the poor, for example.
Many Renaissance lotteries were known to pay for a chance to win money prizes. Oftentimes, a grand prize would include the tax farm on the wijnscrooderschap (wine transporters). These early Renaissance lotteries would grant one winner the opportunity to own the tax farm and quality control of the wine. Notably, this was a very lucrative position for merchants to have.
Early lotteries in the United States’ became the primary contributors to the building of cannons during the American Revolution.
In addition, lottery funding was the source for building roads up and down the East Coast.
The first lottery was launched in 1994. 20 years later, it has created 3,700 millionaires.
Some States Make More From the Lotto Than Income Tax. In 2009, 11 states reported bringing in more revenue from selling lottery tickets than in taxing citizens’ income
New Yorkers buy more lottery tickets than citizens of any other state, shelling out over $9 billion a year
Men in the United States play the lottery every 18 days, while women play every 11 days.
Since the lottery evolved into its modern form – selling tickets for a potential cash prize win – in the Netherlands and Belgium, it is no surprise that the English word ‘lottery’ originates from the Dutch word ‘lot’ which means ‘fate’. ‘Lotto’ originates from Italian – the first post-Roman Empire lottery in Italy was held in Milan in 1449.
When the results began coming in from the 30 March 2005 Powerball drawing, lottery officials suspected fraud was underway because 110 players claimed second prizes of $100,000 or $500,000. All 110 players and the jackpot winner got their numbers from fortune cookies.