Americans spend more on lottery tickets than on movies, video games, music and books combined.
In 2010, Israel’s weekly state lottery drew exactly the same 6 numbers as the draw 3 weeks earlier – an event statisticians said was a one in four trillion chance.
Lottery winner Jack Whittaker was once robbed of $545,000 in cash. When asked why he would carry around that much money, he responded with “because I can”. He was later robbed for $200,000 cash.
Wife bought a scratch-off lottery ticket to prove a point to her husband that it was a waste of money, but it ended up winning her $1 million.
An entire village in Spain bought tickets in a national lottery. When they won, each villager received at least 100K$, except one man who didn’t buy a ticket.
After a waitress at a pizzeria helped a customer choose the numbers for a winning lottery ticket in 1984, he ‘tipped’ her $3,000,000 – half of his $6,000,000 prize money.
In 2006, a bank manager in China stole $26,000 from the bank. His plan was to purchase lottery tickets with the intent of winning enough that he could return the money before the theft was discovered and still have some left over for himself. Despite the odds, his plan succeeded.
In 2016, a woman bought a $10 scratch-off ticket to show her husband that lottery tickets are a waste of money. The ticket turned out to be worth $1 million.
Every receipt at every store in Taiwan is a ticket for a government lottery with top prizes worth over 300,000 USD. It was introduced in 1951 to combat sales tax dodging by businesses.