Mega da Virada – So Close Yet So Far

Every lottery player knows that the number one requirement to winning the lottery is to have at least one ticket in the draw. Some players were sharply reminded of this basic rule when they saw their proposed set of numbers drawn as the Mega da Virada winning numbers – but they had not taken a ticket!

There can be no worse nightmare than to see the lucky numbers you wanted to play (but for some reason did not play) being drawn as winning numbers in the lottery! There are unfortunately many people who have suffered this fate – we will call them ‘almost-millionaires’.

Almost A Winner

Retired Brazilian, Jose Perboyre, had several lucky numbers circling in his mind for the Mega Sena New Year’s draw – the Mega da Virada. He arranged with his son to play these numbers for the draw but unfortunately his son forgot.

As luck would have it (or rather, not have it) these exact numbers were announced as the winning numbers in the December 31st Mega da Virada draw. Unaware that his bet had not been placed, Mr Perboyre celebrated upon hearing the winning numbers announced.

We cannot even begin to imagine how Mr. Perboyre must have felt when he learned the truth, that his son had in fact not placed the lucky numbers in the draw.

Jose Perboyre - almost won the lottery

So close yet so far

Goodbye lottery prize

Mr. Perboyre is not alone in this lottery nightmare. Another Brazilan in the Federal District had chosen 10 lucky lines for the Mega da Virada draw and was trying to encourage friends from his local market to play the numbers with him in a lotto pool, presumably to share the costs of the tickets.

The 10 lines were never placed as the gentleman lost interest in playing them when he was unable to get a pool together. When he discovered that one of the lines he had planned to enter contained the winning numbers he apparently fainted and had to be taken to the hospital.


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