The Lotto is all about luck.
Take the winner of the Mega Millions in South Carolina earlier this year, whose simple act of kindness landed them the winning ticket.
There’s also the case of the Oz Lotto player who won twice in the same draw.
A couple of years ago, 66-year-old North Carolina man Charles Jackson received a fortune cookie from his granddaughter.
The slip inside gave him a series of “lucky numbers”, which he then used to play the lottery.
He played the same five numbers every time he bought a ticket, sometimes changing the sixth, until one day, they all came in.
His reward? He won the Powerball jackpot worth approximately $344 million.
Here’s Global News:
Jackson, a 66-year-old retiree, showed up at the North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Tuesday to claim his gigantic prize, the largest the state has ever given out.
Initially, Jackson thought he had only won $50,000, but as he headed to the lottery headquarters he realized that he had actually matched all six numbers and won the jackpot. The odds of matching all of the numbers are about 1 in 292.2 million.
When he realised that he had all of the numbers, he had the best reactions:
“I said, ‘Dang, I got them all,’” he said at the news conference. “I never expected to win. I just got lucky.”
You can see that press conference here:
So what is he going to do with it?
He chose the $223 million lump sum payment and said he would donate some of it to several charities and give $1 million to his brother to “make good on a deal they made.”
He also plans to take a trip to Vietnam — where his wife is from — and otherwise doesn’t have any concrete plans.
“I don’t know what to do with most of it,” he said. “I hope it don’t change me a lot. I’m going to try not to change my life. I’m still going to wear jeans. Maybe newer ones.”
The man is going to splash out on some new jeans. Maybe.
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