It’s nice to see a feel-good story about lottery winners. There are so many horror stories about greedy winners suing each other or blowing their winnings, so it’s nice to see some winners with a heart. This story comes from Scotland, where a couple won 163 Million Euros, which is equivalent to $204 Million!!! They heard about a girl in their town that has Cerebral Palsy and offered to pay for a state of the art surgery that may help her and improve her mobility.
For more on this story, read the article from scotsman.com.
So Publishers Clearing House is at it again! It was a little confusing, but they recently had one contest end that was Win $5,000 A Week Forever. This was what they called an “Early look” – from what I can tell, if you entered the contest during that special Early Look promotion period, you would not just win $5,000 a week for life but $5,000 a week forever. They are supposedly announcing if there is a winner on August 31. But now, if you go to their site, they are promoting Win $1,000,000 plus $5,000 a week for life. This is actually the same contest. From what I can tell, if there is no winner of the Win $5,000 a Week Forever, then they will continue with the Win $5,000 a week for life.
Either way, it’s a pretty cool prize and I highly recommend you enter every day, and sign up for their emails, so you will get special extra entries too! The odds are pretty big, but it doesn’t cost anything to enter.
These crazy lottery winning ticket stories just don’t stop. A woman from California, Emily Leach, won a $1 Million jackpot in January. She got sick, and claims to have built up extensive medical bills. But her lottery winnings were more than enough to pay all her bills, with money left over. Then, in March, she bought a couple of lottery tickets and gave one to a man in need. Well, guess what? That ticket also won and was worth $260,000 in winnings. Now, she is claiming that she accidentally gave away her ticket. There is even videotape of the moment when she gave up the ticket. She is seen talking on the phone, checking out at the register and handing over money along with the winning ticket to this man. 20/20 ran a story on this last week as part of their “Lottery Frenzy” segment. For more details, check out this article:
So another wacky lottery story related to the winning ticket. This time, it’s out of Iowa, where the deadline for a $14 Million winning jackpot ticket was about to expire. Low and behold, just before the deadline was about to expire, an attorney from NY stepped forward and presented the wining ticket. He claimed it was on behalf of his client, who he refused to name. He also refused to tell lottery officials how he obtained the winning ticket. So the Iowa lottery officials became suspicious. And they supposedly have a videotape of the actual ticket purchaser, although it is fuzzy and hard to view. They have opened a criminal probe into the matter. Click here for the full article on ABC News:
I thought I’d give you a list of some of my favorite sweeps sites. These are what I call sweepstakes directories. They provide a guide to all the great sweepstakes out there, when they expire, eligibility, entry mechanisms, etc. I like to check them regularly to see what sweeps I want to add to my daily routine of sweepstakes entries.
Online Sweepstakes is what comes up first when you search on Google. They have a pretty comprehensive list. It’s not the prettiest of sites (hey, looks can only get you so far, as they say!), but it is pretty good. They’ve been around for a long time, so their listings are pretty accurate. You can look at sweepstakes by prize type, deadline, and much more.
About.com also always seems to pop up when I search on Google. They are pretty good about reviewing all the major sweepstakes out there, but they seem to miss out on the smaller sweeps that usually have a better chance of winning. About.com also provides great general information about sweepstakes, entry mechanisms,etc.
Sweepstakes Advantage is also one of my favorite sweepstakes directories. They have a great variety of categories that you can browse, including Facebook sweeps (my favorite), Twitter sweeps, daily entry, weekly entry and more. You can also browse by prize and by sponsor.
Sweepstakes Listings Today is a relatively new sweepstakes directory site. Like the other sites, you can browse by any number of categories. It seems pretty comprehensive and has lots of categories to search by. Definitely keep this one on your list of sites to check.
Hope this helps you in your quest to find great sweepstakes to enter!
Since we had a winner and a record breaking jackpot for the last Powerball, I think it’s an appropriate time to share some tips and strategies on how to increase your lottery chances. With a jackpot that big, you’re going to want to set yourself apart from everyone else. Here are some lottery strategies you can use.
A lot of people choose numbers in sequences. For example picking numbers like 2,4,6,8. This method will not increase your chances of winning. This way of picking your numbers is a lottery strategy that thousands upon thousands of people use, so if by some small chance you do win, you will be sharing the prize with a extremely large amount of people.
Play With A Wheeling System
You’re going to need more than some luck to win the lottery. Experts use lottery strategies to increase their odds. Players that use the wheeling system have been proven time and time to win more than people that use Quickpick or choose numbers randomly. It is a trustworthy and efficient way to choose a wide variety of winning combinations. Want to learn more about the wheeling system? Click here.
Much like the mathematical sequences, the patterns method is a lottery strategy used by a large amount of people. So if you do win, your prize will be shared with thousands of people, which will dramatically reduce your winnings. What do I mean by patterns? Avoid making shapes on your ticket like stars, squares, pyramids, etc. If you want some more examples of some patterns you should try and avoid click here.
Lets say you win so much money that you have no idea what you do with it. Well, after you have saved and invested what you want you should hopefully have some money to play with. Here are some crazy gadgets you can purchase with your winnings!
Crazy Gadgets To Buy
Magnetic Floating Bed $1.6 Million
This 2001: A Space Odyssey inspired bed uses magnetic forces to float roughly 16 inches off the ground. What is the benefit of this? Absolutely nothing, but it sure is cool! After a long and hard day of spending your winnings you can relax and sleep in futuristic style. You don’t have to worry about floating away either because it is held in place by a few cables.
Jet pack $99,500
According to the company’s website this jet pack will have you soaring at 30 feet in the air at speeds up to 25 MPH. Take a look at the world at an aerial view! Just think about flying through the ocean will bystanders stare at you in awe, you would officially be the coolest person on Earth.
This incredibly obnoxious 8 foot wide, 4 foot tall iPod dock comes weighing in at a womping 700 lbs. If you plan on throwing the party of the century at your new mansion anytime soon, this iPod dock is definitely for you. It produces over 10,000 watts of power! Just imagine this doubling as your alarm clock, you would never oversleep again.
Live Luggage $1,700
Well since you will probably be traveling a lot due to your huge winnings, you’re going to need a suitcase! But not just any suitcase, a suitcase that drives itself. Why should you have to carry your bags anymore? Check out the live luggage website and see all the things they have to offer.
Ok, so you won a big lottery or sweepstakes prize. What next? Buy a huge mansion? Some fancy sports cars? A cool mega yacht? Travel around the world? What if you did it all. It wouldn’t be too hard to blow through your winnings pretty quickly…I’m sure you could find things to spend your money on. Here are some horror stories about big winners who lost it all. If you win, don’t be like them…be smart. Yes, buy some cool stuff and splurge a little. But invest and save most of it, so you can keep on enjoying the good life!
This West Virginian native won a whopping $315 million U.S. dollars. He actually started out by starting a charity to help the poor people of his home state, and donating massive amounts to charity. Unfortunately, his money soon got the better of him, and he began spending it on booze, girls, and other worldly amusements. He ended up racking up a whopping $100,000 bill at a local strip club, and getting arrested for drunk driving. He gave his granddaughter an allowance of an insane $2,100 per week, which she then proceeded to use to become a drug addict. She eventually overdosed on the drugs, killing herself in the process. Whittacker has been sued by countless people, and has lost over $700,000 to multiple cash thefts due to seemingly mindless mistakes such as leaving half a million dollars in cash in his car.