200 FACts about LOTTERY WINNINGS


We’ve all heard of the lottery, but how much do you actually know about lotteries and lottery winnings? Here are 200 facts you might not know:

1.    The odds of winning the jackpot are near one in 200 million.

2.    If a Galapagos tortoise bought a lottery ticket every day of his life for 255 years (the oldest a tortoise has ever been), he would have a 1 in 2,151 change of success.

3.    North Americans spend nearly $60 billion on lotteries every year.

4.    About half of all people who win the lottery keep their jobs and change nothing about their everyday lives.

5.    15% of winners start a new job after winning.

6.    About 50% of winner start their own businesses after winning.

7.    Only about 5% of winners actually take an early retirement.

8.    More than half of all lottery winners claim that they are happier after winning than they were before.

9.    65% of winner say they no longer feel any financial stress.

10.    23% of winners say they love being able to buy whatever they want.

11.    43% of winner say that their win had no effect on their happiness whatsoever.



12.    Over 80% of winners distribute their winnings amongst their family members.

13.    Winners who share their money usually do so because they feel they owe their family for the time and effort put into raising them.

14.    While 83% of winners give money freely, 17% of winners are asked by their family for money.

15.    If a winner wins more than $4 million, they are 12% more likely to be asked for money by family than those that won less than $4 million.

16.    66% of winners give money to siblings.

17.    57% of winners give money to their children.


18.    51% of winners give money to their parents.

19.    90% of winners report that they lose friends over the money.

20.    90% of winners also report that their close friends remain their close friends after winning.

21.    Only 1% of winners get plastic surgery.

22.    About 20% of winners travel abroad for the first time after winning.

23.    7% of winners buy an RV.

24.    75% of winner relocate from an apartment to a purchased home.

25.    38% of winners relocate in general.

26.    About a quarter of all winners buy a piece of property in another country.

27.    12% of all winners never leave their country.

28.    Less than 5% of winners move their kids form a public school to a private school.

29.    32% of winners gain weight after winning.

30.    12% of winners actually join a gym after winning.

31.    The vast majority of winners continue to play the lottery even after a big win.

32.    Voltaire once won the lottery.

33.    Voltaire and Charles Marie de la Condamine developed the first algorithm for predicting lottery numbers.

34.    A group of Australians once spent $5 million on American lottery tickets.

35.    They won over $23 million.

36.    This win required lottery agents to only sell one ticket to one person at a time.

37.    In 2003, 110 people all played the same numbers in the US Powerball price and all won second place.

38.    The six numbers were from fortune cookies bought in Queens, NY.

39.    One Florida man has won the Florida Lotto twice.

40.    You are more likely to die in a car accident than to win the lottery.

41.    Math professor Joan Ginther has one millions using a system to figure out when to buy scratcher tickets.

42.    A woman once lost the lottery by letting a woman go ahead of her in line. The woman before her picked the other woman’s numbers.

43.    A cop and waitress really did split a lotto ticket and won.

44.    Sweden has a speed camera lottery. Their speed cameras take pictures of license plates of drivers and drivers that are obeying the law are chosen at random to win a lottery.

45.    One woman has in Texas has won the lottery four times.

46.    The chances of winning the lottery four times are one in eighteen septillion.

47.    A town in Spain once bought a lottery ticket and won.

48.    The town won €700 million.

49.    Each member of the town received €400,000

50.    A bartender in Oregon once received a winning lottery ticket as a tip.

51.    That ticket awarded him $17,500.

52.    The bartender tried to return the money, but the customer let him have it.

53.    The luckiest man alive is Frane Selak, a Croatian, who has evaded death seven times and won €800,000 the very first time he played the lottery.

54.    China has implemented a lottery to make up for revenues lost by citizens evading taxes.

55.    India has a “sterilization lottery.”

56.    Individuals volunteer to be sterilized in return for 600 rupees and the chance to win a car.

57.    Many famous lottery winners spend all of their money in just a few short years.

58.    In 2005, a woman used her dead mother-in-laws card to buy a lottery ticket. It won.

59.    The police kept the woman’s winnings, claiming she did not have a right to them.

60.    9% of income in households that earn less than $13,000 a year is spent on lottery tickets.

61.    For more than seven years, students at MIT took advantage of flaws in the state lottery and won over $8 million.

62.    Lotteries are used in more than a hundred countries.

63.    In the US, the state governs all lotteries.

64.    In the US, there are strict laws against commercial lotteries.

65.    The first lotteries were run in the US, long before it was an independent country.

66.    The first lottery was used to fund the founding of Jamestown, Virginia.

67.    Early lotteries funded towns, colleges, and wars.

68.    George Washington used a lottery to finance road building in Virginia.

69.    Lotteries were used during the Revolutionary War to pay for cannons.

70.    In the 1820s, US states began to ban lotteries.

71.    Lotteries were reinstated to help pay for the Civil War.

72.    The Louisiana lottery was the most popular.

73.    93% of its revenue came from out of state.

74.    48% of the lottery’s revenue was kept by the state.

75.    The lottery was then abolished again in 1894.

76.    Lotteries were on the rise again after Prohibition came to an end.

77.    When gambling was legalized in Nevada, many lotteries were reinstated across the country.

78.    In 1963, New Hampshire started a lottery to raise money.

79.    New Hampshire’s lottery earnings replaced sales and income tax.

80.    The New Hampshire lottery’s revenues were used to pay for education.

81.    New York started their lottery in 1967.

82.    Many northeastern states started lotteries in the 1970s.

83.    Most states that started lotteries during this time had large Catholic populations.

84.    Lotteries were used in place of raising taxes.

85.    Most states had lotteries by the early 1990s.

86.    The first lotteries are passive drawing games.

87.    The first lotteries required players to wait weeks to determine the results.

88.    Now, most states have instant win games.

89.    Scratch-off games are the most popular type of lottery.

90.    Most lottery tickets are $1.

91.    Drawings are once or twice a week.

92.    Most lottery games are three or four digits.

93.    Players can use Quick Pick to let a computer choose their numbers for them.

94.    Most winning lottery numbers are announced on television.

95.    Lottery winners have six to twelve months to get their prizes.

96.    If no one wins the jackpot, it rolls to the next round.

97.    Prizes can be awarded in lump sum or in installments.

98.    There are two types of multistate lotteries.

99.    The first multistate lottery began in 1987.

100.    Powerball was the first multistate lottery.

101.    Powerball requires picking six numbers.

102.    You have a 1 in 146 million chance of winning the Powerball.

103.    The largest Powerball win was in 2006.

104.    Six coworkers won $365 million.

105.    Each state that participates in Powerball gets 50% of its earnings.

106.    The second type of multistate lottery is Mega Millions.

107.    Players also choose six numbers in Mega Millions.

108.    Mega Millions draws twice a week.

109.    The largest Mega Millions win was $363 million.

110.    Most lotteries are operated by state commissions.

111.    Lotteries employ around two thousand people in the US.

112.    Lottery commissions monitor lotteries for fraud.

113.    Around 191,000 retailers sell lottery tickets in the US.

114.    50% of those retailers are convenience stores.

115.    Retailers are awarded bonuses when they sell a winning ticket.

116.    Retailers that sell winning tickets often see an increase in sales.

117.    Almost all lottery tickets are impulse buys.

118.    Around 46% of adults play the lottery.

119.    50% of homes with income between $75,000 and $100,000 play the lottery.

120.    41.5% of adult men play the lottery.

121.    45.2% of lottery players are part time employees.

122.    33.2% of lottery players are retired.

123.    The most popular lottery game in Texas is Lotto Texas.

124.    The most money is spent on scratch games.

125.    17% of players in South Carolina play more than once a week.

126.    Most people buy tickets because despite the small odds, the payoff would be huge.

127.    The jackpot increases when more people buy, so even more people buy.

128.    Successful advertising is one of the reasons many people play.

129.    Lotteries are largely supported because they provide huge amounts of revenue to state governments.

130.    Lottery sales keep many businesses open.

131.    About 50% of all lottery earnings are paid out to players.

132.    Administrating the lotto costs about 10% of revenues.

133.    Retailers are given around 8% of sales.

134.    Around 40% of all revenues are given to the state.

135.    Every state reports increasing sales each year.

136.    Unclaimed winnings add up to millions of dollars every year.

137.    Unclaimed winnings fund a variety of different causes.

138.    Lottery winnings are taxed as personal income.

139.    Many lotteries fund educational programs and tuition programs.

140.    Georgia’s lottery scholarship is called the HOPE Scholarship.

141.    Lotteries occur on every inhabited continent.

142.    Many people view the lottery as voluntary taxation.

143.    Studies have shown that there is a connection between the availability of lotteries as the occurrence of gambling dependence.

144.    78% of players pick numbers at random.

145.    69% of players pick numbers for significant reasons.

146.    There are only eight states in the US that do not have lotteries.

147.    Nevada does not have a lottery because it already makes its money through taxing other forms of gambling.

148.    The average winners spends his winnings in less than five years.

149.    Many states now sell lottery tickets online.

150.    The average winner buys four new cars.

151.    One lottery winner bought a fireworks company.

152.    The majority of winners choose to be anonymous.

153.    Consecutive numbers have only been drawn three times.

154.    Wayne Elliot won every week for the first half of the first year of the National Lottery.

155.    The largest unclaimed lottery winning was £63,837,543.60.

156.    In the UK, there are four lottery drawing machines.

157.    In the UK, the results show has been cancelled on three times.

158.    In the UK, the queen won the first ever lottery.

159.    38 is the most commonly drawn lottery number.

160.    The odds of the same six numbers being drawn twice in a row are one in four million.

161.    In the UK, 99% of winners continue to play.

162.    The numbers most likely to win are 38, 23, 31, 25, 43, 33, and 44.

163.    70% of UK residents play the lottery.

164.    The least common lottery number is 13.

165.    States where there are lower taxes are more likely to push lotteries.

166.    African Americans spend an average of $998 a year on lotteries.

167.    Caucasians spend an average of $210 a year on lotteries.

168.    Lotteries have the highest investment tax rates.

169.    Most states have a 38% tax on ticket prices.

170.    There are 175 million combinations in six number lotteries.

171.    Odds of winning with one ticket and with ten are about the same.

172.    Lump sum winners usually get about half of what they actually win.

173.    The first lottery in the UK National Lottery was in 1994.

174.    In the last twenty years, the UK National Lottery has raised £32 billion.

175.    People from low income households are more likely to win.

176.    Most winners report feeling lucky.

177.    The Arizona jackpot once rolled fifteen times before someone picked the winning numbers.

178.    You are actually more likely to win the lottery than you are to be struck by lightning.

179.    More than 50% of players by tickets in a different zip code than where they live.

180.    Many lotteries offer second-chance drawings.

181.    Second chance drawings allow those who didn’t win the first time to compete for a second drawing.

182.    Television shows that tie-in to the lottery are on the rise.

183.    It is a myth that lotteries feed into compulsive gambling habits.

184.    Lotteries are some of the most well-regulated government commissions.

185.    Even though very few people win, most people have benefited from the lottery.

186.    27% of female winners keep their tickets in their bras.

187.    Most popular hiding places are in socks and in freezers.

188.    62% of players report money is not the main reason they play.

189.    Though lottery tickets are available online, the majority of players purchase in person.

190.    75% of players believe they will eventually win.

191.    You are more likely to be killed by a vending machine than to win the lottery.

192.    When a jackpot is over $400 million, you can guarantee a win by purchasing millions of dollars’ worth of tickets.

193.    1 2 3 4 5 6 is one of the most common number combinations.

194.    Picking random numbers gives you a higher chance of winning than picking consecutive numbers.

195.    The younger the winner is, the more likely he is to blow his winnings.

196.    Security is most lottery commissions’ first priority.

197.    One family in the UK has won the jackpot three times.

198.    2% of winners report being less happy after winning.

199.    Winners do not win all the money—second place and other winners are awarded as well.

200.    The biggest lottery ever won was €720 million (US$941.8 million) in the Spanish Christmas Lottery.