Online lotteries have become so popular that they’re now available in over 100 countries. With such a wide array of opportunities, there are also some pretty shocking facts floating about in the world of lottery news.
Some of these are things which any player knows. We’re all aware, for instance, that there’s around a 1 in 45,057,474 chance of winning a big jackpot. Equally, it’s general lottery knowledge that the highest win was a shocking US $768.4 million Powerball jackpot which went to Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts back in 2017.
There are also some slightly more shocking lottery news facts which aren’t general knowledge to the playing public. Whether you want to read up on your lottery trivia or increase your chances of winning, these shocking secrets might be worth your attention. While we can’t talk you through every shocking lottery fact, we can tell you about a few prime points of interest.
#1 The lottery is the largest entertainment spend
You might assume that entertainment options like movies or television take the biscuit when it comes to the money people spend on entertainment, but you’d be wrong. In America, especially the top spot for entertainment spending stands with the lottery. To make this fact even more shocking, it’s worth noting that the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries put annual spending at around $70.1 billion. Not only is that more than any other entertainment option, but it’s often more than we spend on other entertainment combined. That’s pretty crazy when you think about it. Though it’s quite understandable that we can’t get enough. After all, movies don’t promise to pay us back, do they?
#2 Winning tickets can be found in the strangest places
When you get into the diehard lottery underworld (yes, there is such a place), it doesn’t take long to stumble across a little subsection of players known as “scroungers.” As you might be able to guess from their title, these are people who literally go through bins in the hope of finding winning tickets. It may seem like madness, but some winners are a testament to the fact that it works. When he won with a scrounged ticked, Ed Radar cleaned up his reputation by emphasizing that he only scrounged through ‘clean garbage.’ Well, if the ticket fits…
#3 Lottery lightning does strike more than once
Remember when we mentioned the insane odds of winning the lottery at the start of this article? When you keep such crazy stats in mind, even winning once can seem like a pretty tricky task. However, to win big twice can seem downright impossible. Believe it or not, though, it does happen. In fact, a former maths professor has won significant amounts of money an impressive four times. If that’s not incentive to do your sums at school, we don’t know what is.