Interesting Facts About Lottery
1. In Stockholm, Sweden, there is a speed camera lottery. The speed camera photographs the license plates of drivers doing the speed limit, as well as those who are speeding. The people who are obeying the law have their license plates pulled (in a lottery) and receive a portion of the money collected from those who are speeding.
2. A former math professor with a PhD from Stanford University specializing in statistics named Joan R. Ginthe has won lottery four times. First, she won $5.4 million, then a decade later, she won $2million, then two years later $3million and in the summer of 2010, she hit a $10million jackpot. The odds of this happening has been calculated at one in eighteen septillion.
3. In 2002, a garbage man named Michael Carroll won £9 million in the lottery. He spent his fortune on new homes, drugs, parties, jewellery and cars and now he’s a garbage man again.
4. French writer Voltaire became rich early in his life by teaming up with a statistician to win the French national lottery. The lottery ran from 1728 to 1730 with the aim of raising money for the government. The French government miscalculated and was offering a sum in prize money that was greater than the total amount they hoped to raise in ticket sales, even if every ticket was sold. Voltaire and his collaborator spotted this and bought up as many of the tickets as they could. They won and Voltaire’s share was over a million francs.
5. A $27-million lottery winner named David Lee Edwards paid for his friends’ funerals after giving them so much money that they overdosed on drugs and died.