The Lottery – A Game for the Young at Heart
When you think of lottery winners, images of elderly men and women who have weathered the storms of life and come out on the other side may spring to mind. After all, you need to have both the wisdom and the wherewithal to beat the odds, right? Not according to recent wins. The average age of lottery players has decreased significantly over the last few years, as has the average age of winners. Here are a few of their stories…
Callie Rogers, was the youngest lottery winner in the United Kingdom’s history when she won €1.9 million at the age of 16 in 2003. 14 years later, Callie has only €2000 in savings, but believes she has never been happier. Callie feels she was too young to have won the lottery, and lacked the wisdom to know how to manage that amount of money. While life has thrown her some difficult cards since her astonishing win, she feels freer and happier than ever before.
Robert Salo from Brooklyn in the United States of America was only 18 years old when he won the New York lottery’s “Win for Life ” game. By taking a chance with a $2 scratch card, he never imagined he would end up winning $1000 every week for the rest of his life. Robert has chosen to put his winnings towards his studies – am investment that will definitely last a lifetime. Watch a video about Robert’s win here.
The luck of the Irish was certainly with 16-year-old Tracey Malik when she won $1.2 million in 1998. Working as a cashier at the time, bought her third ticket ever and assumed she had won a total of €10. After printing out a copy of the winning numbers for a customer, it dawned on her that her selected numbers were the winning ones. Upon calling in, she was instructed to sit down before she heard the truth about how much she had really won. Her first thoughts? “I will never have to work again!” Tracey is still working today, having put most of her winnings in investments – the best choice she believes she has ever made in her life.
Lottery organisers have respected the privacy of the 18-year-old winner who won $27 million in one of Great Britain’s most prestigious lotteries. In 2013, the young man from West Midlands became one of the richest teenagers in Great Britain overnight. All that is known about the youngster is that he flew for a $10 000 a night vacation shortly after winning big. Known to the public or not, this young man has certainly had his world utterly transformed, with his future looking starkly different from the one he had imagined.
Young or old, the lottery has something to offer everyone. While some may argue that playing the lottery and winning at such a young age has the potential to ruin someone’s value for hard work, when managed well and handled with wisdom, lottery winnings can set them up for financial freedom for life. It’s never too early or too late to start – you never know just what may happen!
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