12 October 2016, By Mandy Paterson
7 Crazy Lottery Winners
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The dream came true for these seven lottery players. See what these crazy lottery winners spent their millions on!
Gifted it to their family
George and Beryl Keates became 3.5 million pounds richer after winning the National Lottery in England in 2012. They generously gave away the majority of their winning to family members. 250,000 pounds were given to each of their four sons, 10,000 pounds to each of the nine grandchildren and more to sisters. The couple’s leftover money goes towards more lottery tickets.
Continues to play every week
When Cynthia Stafford won a sum of $112 million in 2007 on the California Mega Millions jackpot she was excited but not surprised. She accredits her winning to her ability to visualise winning the exact sum of $112 million every time she bought a ticket. She continues to buy lottery tickets every week, saying “it’s only a couple of dollars”.
In 1961, Vivian Nicholson and her husband Keith from England correctly predicted the outcome of eight football matches in the Littlewood Pools, winning more than 150,000 pounds – the equivalent today of about $4.5 million. Following the massive win, Vivian immediately went onto the news to announce she would be spending her winnings on upgrading her wardrobe. She stayed true to her promise and spent the majority of her winnings on expensive designer clothing.
Built a water park
John Kutey was the lucky recipient of a 2011 $319 million Mega Millions jackpot in the U.S, receiving a share of $28.7 million. In honour of his parents, Kutey donated a portion of his winnings to building a water park now known as Spray Park in Green Island, New York.
Named a trust after her lucky dessert
81-year-old Louise White of Rhode Island very clearly remembers her last meal before becoming a millionaire. Prior to purchasing a Powerball lottery ticket that would end up being worth $336.4 million, Louise bought a rainbow sherbet at Stop N Shop. Louise made sure this lucky dessert would be forever honoured by naming her trust that benefits her family “The Rainbow Sherbet Trust”.
Donated it all
When Canadian couple Allen and Violet Large won $11.2 million in the lottery in 2010, they decided that others needed it more. The couple, who were in their 70’s at the time of winning, made sure their family members were set up financially before donating the majority of what was won to charities and hospitals.
Established a day camp
In 1993, Les Robins, a Wisconsin middle school teacher was thrust from obscurity into the national spotlight by winning $111 million jackpot, the highest Powerball jackpot at the time. Robins used a large portion of his winnings to purchase 226 acres upon which he built a day camp which includes a gym and pool, riding stables, a miniature golf course and a lake with enough water toys to keep all campers ranging in ages from 6-16 entertained. His investment paid off, 20 years later Camp Winnegator is still successfully running.
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