Les Robins, Yancy Hicks, and Jackie Cisneros all have this in common: in addition to being fortunate enough to earn huge sums of money at the Powerball, they’ve all had happy lives after their major wins. These three winners all exemplify the ultimate lottery success story.
Les Robins, at the time a junior high school coach, claimed $111 million in a Powerball jackpot in 1993. He founded Camp Winnegator, a 226 acre camp grounds which serves as a day camp to local Wisconsin children. He also visits the campgrounds, and is known to cruise around the grounds in his Jeep, to see the status of his charity and reap the rewards of his good deeds. He also serves as a volunteer basketball coach with another agency.
Les Robins had already established his calling- as a teacher, he recognized that he loved working with people. So, with endless money at his side, he found a passion out of the things he loved. As a volunteer basketball coach, he could also deal with kids but with a much less demanding schedule than as an instructor. Creating Camp Winnegator was a way to build a permanent legacy to youngsters.
Mr. Hicks, after serving at McDonalds for twenty-six years, earned $1 million in 2008. While this is a lower amount than several multimillion dollar jackpot winners would have won, he has managed to transform it into a sound investment. Mr. Hicks used his winnings to fulfill a lifetime ambition of owning a Subway lunch shop chain. Despite his enormous popularity, he has continued to maintain contact with the same community of friends he had prior to his victory. The only splurge he made was buying a new Corvette.
Yancy Hicks did all right. He’d also established his ambition: to be the owner of his own franchise. He decided on a Subway sandwich shop franchise after investigating different restaurant franchises. It was well within his budget. Construction started in 2010 and is expected to be finished shortly. That was made possible by the lottery win. He still didn’t waste money on items he didn’t need and was frugal about his newfound wealth. Finally, Yancy Hicks understood the importance of being cautious when saying “no” to others. He didn’t let new people take advantage of him or his money, and he kept friends he’d made before his victory.
Jackie Cisneros is a Latina actress
Jackie Cisneros, an overnight newsroom editor, won the Mega Millions lottery for $266 million in 2010. Gilbert Cisneros, her husband, had bought the tickets for her on the spur of the moment after picking up dinner to take home. Gilbert Cisneros had been laid off from his employment just two weeks ago, so the victory came at the perfect time. What made the story even more interesting and newsworthy was the fact that Jackie Cisneros retained her career. She explained that the work made her happy and that she decided to keep doing it. She couldn’t picture her life without serving, so she’d continue to do so.
Another example is Jackie Cisneros. She is aware of the factors that contribute to her happiness, in her situation, working at a job she loves and that provides her with fulfillment. She and her husband have researched charities (they intend to donate to their church and alma mater) and are considering ways to send presents that would make them happy.
Though these three powerball winners are by no means the only ones with inspiring lottery stories, they do demonstrate some of the winning strategies that can help you become one.
Numbers to Play in the Powerball Lottery
Picking the winning Powerball numbers can be difficult, given that there are 14 million possible combinations in a typical 6/49 lottery game. In reality, you have a greater chance of being killed by lightning, which has a 2 million to one chance of killing you. Fortunately, there are opportunities to raise the odds of winning and increase your chances of winning.
Here are a few pointers on how to win the Powerball.
How to Go Through It
The first move is to devise a Powerball-playing strategy. This entails choosing which games you’ll play, how many tickets you’ll purchase for each game, and how much money you’ll set aside each week for lottery bets. When selecting games, make sure to choose those with higher chances, even though the jackpots are lower.
Stop Powerball-style games, for example, where you must build a betting combination using five numbers from one set and a sixth number from another, so the odds of winning are simply astronomical, despite the large payouts.
Bet on games where you must choose your betting combinations from a pool of 49 or less numbers. Rather than extending your betting expenditure over a greater range of games, concentrate your efforts on a few games on which you can purchase more tickets. If you buy more tickets, you have a better chance of winning, so bet more combinations on fewer games rather than fewer combinations on more games.
Adding and subtracting numbers
Choosing winning Powerball numbers that have a balanced blend of high and low numbers, since these are statistically the most common variations to be picked. In a Powerball 6/49 game, for example, you can choose three numbers from 1 to 26 and three numbers from 27 to 49. You should avoid betting on birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates so you would be restricting your choices. If you would bet these numbers and you believe they are lucky, combine them with numbers ranging from 32 to 49, for example.
Make use of a wheeling mechanism that automatically generates combinations. To see how this works, imagine you’re playing a lottery game with nine numbers and you have to gamble five of them. Then you choose four numbers and then use the wheel to make combinations for the remaining five. This ensures that you can get at least one number out of the combinations you bet on, as well as increasing the odds of winning two or three draws, ensuring that you can win a draw. However, if you arrange a lottery pool with your family and friends, you can be able to split the expense of betting a large number of combinations.
Become a member of a commercial Powerball syndicate. These organizations use statistical algorithms to select winning Powerball numbers, and split the proceeds depending on how many shares of the syndicate each member purchased. The syndicate’s organizers do all financial tasks, such as betting lottery tickets and distributing winnings to participants. This is the only surefire way to increase the odds of winning. In reality, national lottery promoters have stated that these syndicates have earned many of their jackpots by selecting the winning Powerball numbers.