Lotto Max For May 31, 2013

Lotto Max For May 31, 2013

Friday’s Lotto Max draw for May 31, 2013 resulted in one lucky ticket purchased in Quebec. The winner of this ticket has not yet stepped forward to claim his or her $50,000,000 prize.

The Dark Side to Winning the Lottery

Winning Lotto Max Could Ruin Your Life

As one of the most popular lotteries in all of Canada, Lotto Max crowns dozens of big winners each year. However, many of these winners find that their good luck in lottery has led to bad luck in other aspects of life.

Since the names of Lotto Max winners are reported publicly, big winners get a lot of the wrong kind of attention. There are several examples of people who have won the lottery only to find that their lives become ruined if not derailed, and if you happen to pull in a big score, you should be aware of what you might be in for.

A Total Lack of Privacy

One of the most common complaints of Lotto Max winners is that they get hounded by the media. In an effort to get a story, a lot of members of the media will come to your home, follow you around and harass you in public.

When former Ontario school teacher Craig Henshaw won a $21.4 million Lotto Max prize in 2011, he had to hide out in a hotel room for over a week to escape the media. He also received over 365 texts the day his victory was announced. Many of the text messages came from former students and teachers who he worked with, many requesting Craig to pay their student loans or credit card bills.

The constant harassment was the main reason Henshaw resigned from teaching. Henshaw stated that he unfortunately had to let go of about 25% of his friends. In general, winning the Lotto Max results in a lot of unwanted attention.

The Motives of Your Family and Friends

When a large amount of money is dropped in your lap, it can feel like there’s a giant target on your back. Winning the lottery can make it feel like everyone who is nice to you has an ulterior motive.

It is hard to spend money on anything that you want for yourself when family or friends are having financial problems, but if you give them money to help, then they might expect more in the future. It is easy to become paranoid because there are people out there who will try to manipulate you into giving them money, and it can be very hard to figure out who is being sincere.

Falling for an Elaborate Trap

Some people might criticize lottery winners for being paranoid. However, Keith Gough is a great example of what can happen without this paranoia. Keith won about £9 million in a lottery in the United Kingdom, but he trusted people too much.

After his marriage was ruined because of all of the younger women he was meeting up with, Keith fell right into a trap set by con men who were using young, beautiful woman as bait. Once Keith ran through all of his money, he become a terrible alcoholic. He eventually died from alcohol abuse in 2010. It is possible he would still be alive today if he would have never won the lottery.

Criticism in the Media

In a perfect world, a person would be able to do whatever he or she wanted with his or her own money. However, Bob Erb learned the hard way that the media is not very kind. After winning about $25 million in the Lotto Max, Erb took up a number of causes that are important to him. Since marijuana legalization is important to Bob, he decided that he would spend over a million dollars in a big campaign to try to get it legalized. The media has eaten him alive because he wanted to support legislation to make marijuana okay in Canada.

Falling to Temptation

They say that when you get a lot of money, it can bring out your wild side. Robert Moffat won about £800,000 in the lottery and he ended up completely broke. Moffat blew through his money on cars, houses and other expensive purchases that he did not need.

After everything was said and done, the temptation was just too much for him. Moffat lost his wife and his pub that he ran before winning the money, and he found himself on the wrong side of the law when he was busted for driving under the influence of alcohol. At this point, he had no money left to spend and his life was changed forever.

Former teacher Craig Henshaw learnt the hard way how to say “No”. The best approach is to keep your winnings a secret.

The Cult of Lotto Max Addition

Lotto Max

Lotto Max

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.

Winning Numbers Hoax: How to Protect Yourself and Others

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:

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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.

Western Max Launches in the Prairies and North

Western Max

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.