'Lottery fever' could be harmful for gambling addicts
The record-breaking Powerball lottery has given many around the nation "Lottery fever." While for most the lottery is harmless fun, it could be harmful for people with gambling addictions. Ref. Source 1r.
Lottery officials now say Mega Millions hit $1.537 billion, just shy of the largest-ever lottery jackpot in U.S. History. Mega Millions officials say a single ticket purchased in South Carolina matches all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing. The massive jackpot is the game's largest-ever grand prize and fell just short of the nation's biggest ever prize, a Powerball drawing in 2016. The winning numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5. Ref. USAToday.
That is an insane amount of money for anyone to win overnight. Almost seems unfair that one person should win all that rather than have it shared around.
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Winning this insane amount can really change a persons life. I hope that the person who won it really needed it and does good with it. One winner is great to see if they need it.
Usually it does not turn out well when you will that kind of money. Unless you have the control and wisdom of a yogi its likely that you will either spend it wildly or people who find out will take it all from you. That's why its called the "Curse of the lottery winner".
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Winning tickets for the $632.6 million Powerball jackpot sold in California and Wisconsin. The winning numbers for the seventh-largest jackpot in history were drawn Wednesday night. The Powerball had not been won since a player in California won the $699.8 million sweepstakes back in October. There had been 39 straight drawings without the jackpot being won. Source 9n.
Lucky Illinois ticket wins $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot, 2nd largest in game's history. The closely-watched jackpot, which climbed by hundreds of millions in just the last week alone, is the second-largest in Mega Millions' history, and the nation's third-highest lottery prize yet, across all games. The winner beat the 1 in 303 million odds of winning the game's jackpot. Source 9i.
For me it would be better to make it easier to win so more people can win rather than just giving one person an insane amount of money that will literally put them at risk to ruin their lives.
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