Fun facts about world’s lotteries

history-lotteryThe Great Wall of China was built with national lottery funds. In the year 213 BC lotteries were very original: everyone passed the money to a general treasury and then a dove with a special mark was released into the city. When the dove landed on a house – the owner of the house became the winner.

Leaders of many cities used lottery for a public benefit. For example, in the USA such well-known universities as Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University and Columbia University were established on raised lottery money, as well as Sydney Opera House. The Australian Government is very favorable for the lotteries. There is nothing strange about it, as because of the lotteries the local budget is replenished with three million dollars every year.

Here is a handy idea by unknown author: in small Russian town a lottery was held on tram tickets. At the end, transporters found out that their usual profit margin from tram tickets sales increased by three times.

According to statistics, more than 60 percent of Europeans play lotteries. Germans are the most generous consumers – they spend some 800 dollars yearly. British people are also generous, they spend 150 dollars per year. As for Russians and Ukrainians, mostly they do not spend even a dollar – just 70 cents.

Lottery players have ticket-buying traditions: do not buy tickets on debts, but one may buy them on a bad day, when for Fortune to recoup troubles by wins.

The first official lottery in Russia was held in 1929. It was organized to overcome alcoholism in the country. Books were printed as prizes. Some 2 million tickets were produced.


A winner of Euromillions has opened a music store.


Adrian Bayford from the UK opened own a record store after winning a lottery. He won £148 million in 2012. Adrian and his wife won the second biggest Euromillions jackpot in UK history.

Lucky man has worked in the music industry, but he always dreamed of own business. Bayford sells old music albums, films, and antique things. Recently he bought  Lady Gaga merch for £10,000 and rarity photo with sign John Lennon.

“We forgot about the live communication, – Adrian says – but not all people want to buy things online. Some like to go to the stores and feel this special atmosphere. After all, buying a favorite thing – it is also a nice process, and everyone can enjoy it in our store”.

Bayford plans to expand its network of music stores in the future and sets up production of vinyl records in the UK.

The luckiest lottery player ever was detected

The luckiest lottery player in the world is Joan Ginther. In 1993 she won jackpot $5,4 million, in 2003 – $2 millions, in 2005 – $3 millions, and finally, in 2008 – $10 millions.

Journalists gathered some details in Joan’s biography: at first, she was a professor of a mathematical in the Stanford University, secondly, last three winnings happened after the scratch-off tickets purchases of an instantaneous lottery in the same shop at Texas small town Bishop.

Ginther’s childhood has passed in this city. Nowadays, she already moved to Las Vegas, that placed in twenty-four hours of ride from her first home. Coming from this information, we can suppose that Ginther somewise expected the algorithm of distribution of winnings tickets, but this information it’s impossible to prove.


Why do we play lotteries?

Why do we play lotteries?There are a few psychological reasons.

  1. Miracle.  There is almost no chance to win a jackpot. But, a lottery ticket costs about $3. What can you buy for $3? Nothing. Instead of it, Lotteries offer the chance to turn your $3 into $100-200 millions! It could be the best return on three dollars ever. It’s a little bit of a wonder, isn’t it?
  2. No skills.You can have no skills or preparation to play the lottery. Billionaires and homeless can win a jackpot by buying only one ticket. Winning doesn’t depend on intelligence or preparation,  race or country, age or education. Everyone is equal. It makes you free.
  3. Experience. A time between buying a lottery ticket and drawing lasts is about 3-4 days. It is longer than carnival trip. It is more interesting than some holidays. It inspires you and your family to think about what would you do with the money. If you won’t win a jackpot, it doesn’t hurt too much because there’s another one drawing next week. This lovely experience is worth only three dollars.
  4. Unity. Lottery allows (you to get an expressions of friendship and unity. If you win, you can give the money to a charity or donate your sister. You will feel the willingness to share and it will be a wonderful feeling. That’s very cool for three dollars, right?

That three bucks is some of the best money you’ll ever spend. You can play right now on