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.
A California woman won $1.3 million in the lottery and filed for divorce 11 days later. She didn’t tell her husband, and two years later her husband found out all about it and sued her. The Judge awarded her husband all of her winnings.
A lottery scratcher in England was cancelled because too many customers could not figure out which is the higher of two negative numbers.
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.