Lottery players: allow me to introduce myself this one time.
I am the LOTTERY GUY.
That’s not my real name, of course, but it will do for now. I have been involved in and written about the lottery business in the United States and around the world for more than 10 years. I have been on CNN as a lottery expert. I have worked with the POWERBALL and MEGA MILLIONS organizations and individual lotteries in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington D.C., California and Wisconsin. I am an insider, and I will try to give you lottery tips to help you win top lottery prizes, but I don’t promise miracles. I am not a systems expert. I am not a mathematician. I am simply an observer. And a player.
I hope to entertain you and inspire you with stories about winners and players. I’ll tell you about new games, hot tickets and even hot and cold lottery numbers. I’ve talked with thousands of big time lottery winners.
From all of them I’ve learned one thing: anyone can win.
And maybe you’re next.
If you have any questions about any lotteries in the world, fire them at me and if I don’t know the answer I probably know someone who does. If you have a unique and amusing lottery story, let me know and maybe you’ll make my next book (I wrote a now out of print book about lottery winners in year 2000), which is now in preparation. If you know of any interesting or odd promotions in YOUR lottery state, let me know and I’ll look into it. If you know (or are yourself) a big winner and want to talk to me, drop me a reply and I’ll get back to you. By the way, I will always check with state lotteries if I am contacted by a winner to verify their name and winnings.
Occasionally, we’ll run contests and giveaways. So watch this space to win cool stuff.
I will blog Wednesday through Sunday, but sometimes on Monday and Tuesday as well, if something important happens in the lottery world.
So let’s have fun.
My fondest wish for all of you reading this is: I hope YOU win a lot of money.
Have you thought much about what you’d do if you actually won millions? Contrary to popular belief, most million-dollar lottery winners do not rush out to buy new cars and homes. Some actually invest their winnings. Others have more lofty goals.
Five years to the day after their 2-year-old granddaughter died from a rare nervous system disorder known as Krabbe’s disease, Paul and Sue Rosenau, both 54, of Waseca, MN., won the May 3, 2008 POWERBALL jackpot worth $180.1 million.
As a result of that devastating family tragedy, the Rosenaus vowed to use some of their winnings to fund research aimed at stopping Krabbe’s disease.
“It’s very emotional to know that there may be a reason for this,’ Sue Rosenau said, about their winning the lottery.
The Rosenaus opted to take a one-time lump sum payment of $88 million ($59.6 million after taxes).
IN THE MONEY:
ÃŸ Tonight’s POWERBALL jackpot is worth $136 million. That’s the top jackpot being offered in the world at the moment. The drawing is at 11 p.m. eastern time. We’ll let you know if someone won as soon as I get word from MUSL, the Multi-State Lottery organization that runs POWERBALL. FYI: In the last ten draws, dating back to Aug. 30 the following red POWER Ball numbers have been drawn: 11 and 26 twice. 18,20,23,34,36,38 have all been drawn once.
ÃŸ There was one $15 million-winning ticket in last night’s MEGA MILLIONS draw, and it was purchased in Ohio. No details yet on the town in which the ticket was bought, so if you played MEGA MILLIONS in Ohio last night, check your lottery tickets before you throw them away. SECOND TIER WINNERS: One ticket bought in Illinois, one in Ohio, one in Massachusetts and one in Virginia matched five of six numbers and won $250,000 each. Friday’s MEGA MILLIONS jackpot reverts back to $12 million. The winning number were 13,24,39,51,52. The Mega ball was 44.