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Winning the Lotto: Lucky or Cursed?

December 2, 2010
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By ASTRA C. ALEGRE

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have heard by now that PHP 741.176 million, the biggest jackpot ever in the history of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 6/55 Grand Lotto, was won last Monday by a single bettor. The winning ticket was bought in Olongapo City. The lucky combination: 11-16-42-47-31-37. The identity of the winner, for understandable reasons, is undisclosed.

A Dream Come True…

Most people bet on the lotto for one simple reason: to improve their lives. At the top of their to-do list after winning is to buy a house or to pay off their debts, if they have any. Often, a good portion is set aside to secure the education and future of their children. For others who are already living a relatively comfortable life, it will be a chance for them to travel or accumulate more material wealth. Those who are naturally compassionate may find it in their heart to share some of their blessings with others.

….Or a Living Nightmare?

Security will be the primary concern of any lotto winner who has won a big amount. Family and friends will come out of the woodworks to ask the winner for money. Here in the Philippines, newspaper reports said that the President Aquino has asked the winner to share his fortune with the less fortunate. A Catholic bishop, on the other hand, expressed his pity for the winner, saying that his/her newfound fortunes will cause more trouble than bring good. We hear stories of people losing it as quickly simply because they don’t know how to manage all that money. There are those who believe that money that is not hard-earned, that comes too easily, is likewise too easily spent and lost. Sometimes, having too much can be just as bad as not having enough.

Winning the lotto: the luckiest day of your life or the day you will curse forever? Followers of hit series Lost familiar with the character Hurley might lean towards the latter. You decide, if only hypothetically. In the meantime, check out the biggest lottery sums ever won here and read about those that fell by the wayside here.

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