Most people buy a lottery ticket with little hope of actually winning it, purchasing one for the feeling it provides of knowing that you could actually win a vast sum of dosh. The chances are, of course, incredibly small given the sheer amount of people who also buy tickets, but it’s not totally impossible. Over the years, there have been shocked winners who have won life-changing sums of cash.
The idea that a small purchase could potentially lead to a humongous injection of cash is appealing to people, even if they have never come close to winning the big prize. Lottery sales aren’t showing any signs of slowing down as a result. In 2016, for example, the total revenue from lottery sales in the US was a staggering $73 billion, with some findings indicating that the average American spent around $233.04 per head on lottery tickets in that specific year. Simply put, people love the lottery.
There are other options when it comes to potentially winning big and adding some much-needed funds to your bank account balance. Nothing can stimulate change as much as a huge lottery win can, though. Some people turn to progressive jackpot slots at a top casino as an alternative to the lottery, alongside playing live poker games and having fun with friends at the local bingo hall. They’re certainly entertaining options away from the big-money lottery draws people perhaps can’t see themselves winning. It can happen, though. In fact, thousands of lives have been changed off the back of selecting a few numbers.
One such couple that won a life-changing sum of money back in 2016 is John and Lisa Robinson. Winning a third of the $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot and taking home a cool $327.8 million before taxes in the process, the couple couldn’t quite believe their luck. The world’s most expensive luxury yachts and big fancy houses didn’t appeal to them at first either, with John saying: “These big fancy houses are nice, but you gotta clean ‘em.”
Now, though, the couple are living in a $6.2 million 10-bedroom luxury home which features a private lake and has eight bathrooms. Who could blame them for their eventual u-turn either?
Another couple who managed to win big on the lottery is Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt. Winning a staggering $327.8 million before taxes, the pair went on a spending spree, buying Tesla’s and a variety of treats, although somewhat refreshingly they still live in their $300,000 Florida home. They even still purchase Powerball tickets, too.
Marvin and Mae Acosta were winners in 2016 after claiming a third of the $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot. The Acosta’s actually took over six months to claim their win, though. Since then, the pair have gone off the radar somewhat after failed charity plans and wanting to stay out of the public eye.
Winning comes with its problems
Many lottery winners prefer to keep out of the press after winning big, which is entirely understandable given the undoubted hassle that comes with winning. Leeches probably surface, and old friends undoubtedly reappear, therefore making winners’ decisions entirely understandable, much like Robert Bailey, who wanted to live a more private life. He won big in 2018 and managed to bring home $125 million after federal and state taxes.
Winner of the third-largest jackpot in lottery history, Manuel Franco is another millionaire to keep a low profile after winning a massive $477 million, although after taxes, he took home $326 million. The Milwaukee resident’s winning numbers were 16, 20, 37, 44, and 62, with Powerball number 12.