South Africa has seen an increase in lottery players since the lockdown began, which isn’t surprising considering the state of the economy, and growing job insecurity.
I know I’ve bought a couple of tickets over the last few weeks – no luck so far, apart from a staggering R5.
I’ll add another acre to the land.
Across the pond, the EuroMillions lottery is also chugging along, and recently made one man and his family very happy (and very rich).
Here’s the BBC:
Ryan Hoyle, 38, said he was “shaking” when he got an email informing him he had become a multi-millionaire in Friday’s EuroMillions draw.
He drove to his parents’ house, passing his phone through the window for them to “double-check” his numbers.
Celebrating is a little harder during a lockdown. Britain’s lockdown isn’t the worst in the world, but there are still intense physical distancing protocols.
Hoyle lives in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and I’m sure winning £58 million (around R1,4 billion) helps ease some lockdown worries.
Mr Hoyle then celebrated while socially distancing with his brothers.
“We kept more than two metres apart. I needed to talk to them… and it really helped with the shock,” he said.
Mr Hoyle, who works as a joiner, said he will finish off renovations on his brother’s house despite the windfall.
He plans to buy himself a new car, swap his rented one-bedroom flat for a new home, treat himself to a Manchester United season ticket and take his daughter, aged 11, to Florida.
Congrats, pal. May you live long and prosper.
With nothing to do, you might as well stock up on one or two tickets (not all the tickets, you don’t want to bankrupt yourself playing the national lottery).
Who knows, maybe you’ll get lucky.
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