6-10 Interesting Facts About Lottery
6. The Powerball drawing on March 30, 2005 produced 110 second-prize winners. The total payout to these winners was $19,400,000, with 89 winners each receiving $100,000. The other 21 winners received $500,000, as they were Power Play selections. Investigation was conducted and officials initially suspected fraud or a reporting error. All 110 winners had played numbers from fortune cookies made by Wonton Food Inc. of Long Island City, New York. The factory had printed the numbers “22, 28, 32, 33, 39, 40” on thousands of fortunes. The “40” in the fortune did not match the Powerball number of “42”.
7. In 1992, an Australian gambling syndicate bought almost all the combinations in a Virginia lottery and won, turning a $5 million purchase into a $27 million winnings.
8. In 2011, Grañén, a tiny Spanish town on the brink of financial ruin bet on the world’s biggest lottery and won €700 million. The town and its neighboring villages home to just 2,000 people won up to €400,000 each after buying shares in the top-paying lottery number.
9. In 2013, a bartender from Springfield, Oregon won $17.500 in lottery after a customer tipped him with a lottery ticket. The bartender tried to give it back but the customer let him have the money.
10. In 1984, a police officer offered to split a lottery ticket with a waitress at his favorite restaurant in Yonkers, New York as a tip. The ticket won $6 million, which he split with her without hesitation. He said, “If I say I’ll do something, I do it. I hope money never changes me.”