In 1728, the philosopher Voltaire got rich by outsmarting the lottery. The prize money was larger than the cost of all the tickets combined, so Voltaire and his friend formed a syndicate, bought all the tickets, and won several times.
Jawdat Ibrahim, an Arab Israeli man, won $22m the Illinois lottery in 1990 and used his winnings to develop his home village of Abu Ghosh. The hummus restaurant he opened there has been used to host Israel-Palestine peace talks, and set the world record for largest Hummus.
A woman has won the Lottery four times since 1993. She was outed as a PhD of Statistics from Standford University and had figured out the pseudo-number generator for the distribution of the winning tickets. She won a total of $17million, and has since moved to Las Vegas.
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.
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.
After winning a scratchcard lottery, overwhelmed Bill Morgan suffered a heart attack and was considered clinically dead for 14 minutes. Later, local TV channel asked him to recreate the winning, for a news segment. While filming a reenactment, Morgan miraculously won the scratch off lottery again.
A lottery winner of £1 Million in the UK spent £500,000 over 18 months in 22 countries, glugging champagne, buying designer clothes and sleeping with least 150 women; then invested the rest and more than made back all the money he spent.
A Chicago couple won $30 million in the state lottery and didn’t tell anyone. Not even their kids.