11-15 Interesting Facts About Lottery
11. A Croatian music teacher named Frane Selak survived 7 near death experiences (survived a train crash, falling out of a plane at high altitude, bus accident, being hit by a bus, and multiple car accidents). In a surprising turn of events in 2003, on his 73rd birthday, Selak won the € 800,000 lottery with the first ticket he ever bought. He then gave away most of his fortune saying “Money cannot buy happiness.”
12. In an effort to reduce widespread tax evasion, the Chinese government incorporated a scratch-off lottery into the state-run receipt system, encouraging consumers to demand a receipt and thus preventing businesses from under-reporting income. It was successful.
13. Many countries have savings plans that amount to a “no-lose lottery”; interest is a bit lower, but large prizes are given out periodically. It is very successful at getting people to save their money, but is often illegal in North America due to government monopolies on running lotteries.
14. In India, in order to promote lower birth rates, authorities have created a sterilization lottery. Individuals that volunteer to be sterilized are given 600 rupees and their names are put into a lottery to win televisions, motorcycles, food processors, and the grand prize, a car.
15. Canadians are required to do a math problem before claiming lottery winnings.