When it comes to addiction, the desire to buy a Lotto Max tickets ranks high. The obsessed have a burning desire to purchase tickets knowing full well that the odds are stacked against them.
Meet Khan Khoso, a 22 year old a Pakistani immigrant who quit his job last February. He has since devoted his time to winning Lotto Max. He believes winning will change his life, even while realizing the chances are astronomically against him and that the dream will bury him alive. Khoso is a textbook example of a lotto addict, right down to denying he is out of control.
In March 2013, the University of Tuktoyaktuk conducted an online survey to gauge lottery players’ behavior. The results returned that an estimated 7 million people are addicted. Almost 6 percent of those are compulsive.
Statistics show the average addict has a low monthly income and is aged between 18 and 45. These individuals also see themselves on the lower scale of the social ladder. They are disenfranchised and desperate for the big prize, hoping that one day their luck will change. Some tend to look at the lottery as an investment. There are currently over 15 million lottery players in Canada.
It can be difficult to distinguish the compulsive from the average lottery player. A confidential addiction hotline was established in 2007 by the Province of Ontario and is open 24 hrs a day 888-230-3505. There are instances of callers looking for assistance after putting themselves in debt buying lottery tickets. Yet, there are also many that are looking for advice on how to win and break their losing streaks.
Even winning can put one in a vicious cycle. One lottery player, Wu Yadan, turned to the hotline after realizing even when she won she lost. She ended up in debt — again — mostly because any prize money she won she simply used to buy more lottery tickets. Though she still plays, Yadan does not believe she exhibits the out of control behavior she did a few years ago.
Jackpots can be stressful for many as well. A lot of winners will spend the money quickly and find themselves back in debt and buying lottery tickets. Lottery addicts only pay attention to jackpot winners and do not consider the millions that never win.
Lotteries are a positive thing as the collected funds are used for charities and education, but lottery addiction will always be an unfortunate aspect.
Have you ever receive a phone call, e-mail or text message notifying you that you just won the lottery? Well according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), you should be cautious because in 2012 the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre received 5,478 complaints of prize or lottery fraud. In total 833 people were victims of winning numbers hoaxes. Of the 833 victims more than $5.1 million was stolen from these people.
E-mail is the most prevalent form of lotto scam. Be weary of emails that look like this:
The most unfortunate part is that it is mostly senior citizens that are victims. So please remember the following:
- Legitimate lotteries never require you to pay a fee to collect your prize.
- Ask yourself “Did I enter this lottery myself”. If someone tells you that you won a lottery that you never entered just ignore the message all together.
- Never send money to somebody you do not know.
- Never give your credit card information or banking information to somebody over the phone or e-mail that you do not know.
- Be weary of Jamaicans and Nigerians as these are the geographic originals of most lotto scams.
- Be extra cautious if you receive a suspicious call in the evening. Employees from the the OLG, AGLC, BCLC etc. all work standard business hours.
To protect yourself and others: if you receive an e-mail or phone call notifying you that you won the lottery or a contest and you are required to pay a fee to collect your winnings call crime stoppers 1-800-222-8477.
Lotto Max Winning Numbers March 18, 2013 – The lottery just got a little better for the prairies and northern Canada.
A new Lottery called Western Max will now be available for people who live in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Territories. Only people from those areas will be able to play Western Max.
The odds to win Western Max are one in twenty eight million and the odds of winning subsidiary prices ranging from $2 to $100,000 are are one in 6.6 million. Not bad odds if you ask me, NOT.
The latest lotto max promotion is $20 Free off all games. This promotion can be used on all games such as sports select, keno, scratch cards and of course lotto max tickets.
This $20 Free promotion runs until Sepetember 30, 2014 and can only be purchased from Esso Gas Stations.
To be eligible for this promotion you need to signup for the Esso Rewards Card.
If you are interested in this promotion please follow up on facebook and twitter.