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WHEN I WIN THE LOTTERY

When I was a kid, Mum won Lotto.

I was beside myself and ran around telling everyone who lived in our cul-de-sac to make the most of living next their nouveau riche neighbours, because we were about to go and live on Easy Street.

In my head, I had already moved to the fancy part of town, a few suburbs over. We would have a swimming pool, a double storey house and half a dozen ponies, perhaps even a whole zoo. Plus we would definitely be getting rid of the lime green Toyota Hi-Ace. I suspected we would upgrade to the popular ...

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32 Comments

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    bigwords

    I’ll take you to Shanghai with me for a meal when I win tonight. xx

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Margie

    I have split a ticket with my sister in law. We will be happy if we win back the cost of the ticket.. They are expensive!!
    Perhaps and extra $50 so I can buy some fancy cheese and chocolate.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Mrs Woog

    That would be delightful! Business class?

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Luisa

    You’ve got to be in it to win it! It’s all about people having a little bit of a fantasy about what they could do with the money. I’d much rather take my chances on tonight’s draw than the horse race this afternoon or the pokies. That kind of money, invested wisely, could set up your family for generations to come. :-)

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Danimezza (@Danimezza)

    I lined up last week and bought my very first lotto ticket for the 100 Million tonight. I don’t know why I did but I’m stupidly excited about it.

    I too had to ask “Umm I’d like a ticket for the 100 Million… but how does thing whole thing work?”. Thankfully I got an excited old biddy behind the counter who was all too happy to natter away about it… I love Windsor. I bought 24 games for $28.85… WISH ME LUCK :D

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Jac

    You have a knack of getting into my mind Mrs Woog. I experienced the same discomfort buying a lotto ticket , having all the experts sprout out orders in front of me. I just asked for help and felt stupid. Same with betting on the Melbourne Cup I will ask my 22 yr old son to help he seems to be very expert on that area.. Funny wasn’t on his school curriculum.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Scandi Coast Home

    life is complicated enough without having money to confuse the issue.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Sam-o

    I have never done it either. The queue scared me too much. I sat across from the queue in donut king and registered on tatts site and bought my first ticket for ozlotto online.

    Woo’d by the potential win and financial dire straights!!

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Jane

    A third for me, a third for my loved ones and a third for good deeds.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    SawHole

    Boring former consumer advocate here, your best odds are with the $2 jackpot lottery.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Harriet

    I was left in charge of the work syndicate this week. Collecting the requisite loot was hard enough, then rocking up to the tatts shop 30 seconds before it shut (no queue – yay – pressure was on to make a decision), telling them I had $XX and what could I get for that?? The normal person goes all fancy with system this and ssystem that. I came away with a selection of quick picks and they’d better be happy with that!

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Maxabella

    Nope, never ‘played’ Lotto. I didn’t think it looked very fun. x

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Amanda

    I jst bought a couple of tickets on-line. Too easy. They email you with the results so I am expecting that ‘congratulations’ email in my inbox by 9am tomorrow morning.. (I wish!)

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Julie

    I buy a ticket every now and then. For the price of a small quick pick (under $10), I get to spend the week fantasising about all of the people in my family I could help if I won. I say not a bad fantasy

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Sam Stone

    I am in a syndicate at work but have NO idea what the hell it is all about. The guys asked me to buy the ticket once and I had a panic attack.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Lauren

    We have chip-ins for Lotto at work whenever there’s a lot of money on the line, but I never play. Just $2 every week adds up, so I can spend my savings on a nice meal like Mrs Woog!

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Charlotte Rose

    My Mum won $80,000 in the Golden Casket when I was 14. We received a telegram one night asking us to call the Casket office in the morning. We got a new kitchen, a deck, and we traded in our Datsun 240K for a red Corolla Seca. It wasn’t a Nissan Bluebird, but it smelt brand new and it never broke down. It was the most exciting thing ever…

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    ro.watson

    Mmm~ cautionary tales!!

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Wendy Harmer

    I’m with you, Mrs Woog. They could put a Billion $$$ up for grabs and I wouldn’t be in it.
    Not cut out to be a gambler – the pain of disappointment is too great… I like my destiny in my own hands. Which it’s not, of course, but I like to imagine it is.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Sarah

    Got given a book on personal financial management from my dad, and the first story is of a woman who bid the same numbers in lotto every week. One day, she stuck her numbers on the fridge and used the same money that she would have bought the ticket with to save and invest. She was a cleaner, and eventually she bought out the company she cleaned for – and in that time, her numbers never came up in the lottery. I never bought a lottery ticket after reading that… But I never saved either haha! Prob just spent it on chocolate :-P

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Lisa

    Dad has been playing the lotto for decades, one Saturday night when the whole family had gathered for dinner he announced that his numbers had finally come up, for five minutes we were all excited by the prospect of coming in to some major cash, I for one began to spend the cash in my mind, trust me, it doesn’t take long, and then all of us were disappointed to find that he had the wrong ticket from a previous draw, oh well, if only he had used those same numbers on that Saturday night. Dad still plays and hopes that he will win one day, who know’s he may still win!

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Sara

    A fortune teller told my partner that he would win lotto while he was still young enough to enjoy it – so occasionally we play it. I never know what to do, and it all feels very foolish. All gambling feels silly to me, like I am participating in a Emperor’s New Clothes game. What are the odds, right? And how’s your lotto horror stories?

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Julie

    I play lotto every now and again, when I remember to buy a ticket. Also I’m super lazy so I’ve paid to have my tickets registered that way when I forget to check them I know that if I win anything I’ll get a cheque. I’ve had a few cheques from George over the years, to the total value of a few hundred dollars. I still have no idea how many numbers means what apart from 1st division. It’s my only form of gambling, can’t stand the pokies.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Judi

    Some people are luckier than others. I never seem to win much but friends of mine FOUND a bundle of $US dollars near an escalator when they were travelling through LAX. Long story made short they handed the money to officials and thought no more of it until six months later the friends received a cheque for $30K. They money was never claimed! So maybe you just need to be born lucky.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    deb

    I never play, but we all chipped in for a syndicate at work. Don’t ask me what that means, but all I know is that all up we bought over $600 worth of tickets.

    I do know this though, if we win, the school is going to be a very quiet place tomorrow.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    ally

    Was at the shops this morning in my mum’s suburb – I looked at the newsagent then at the chemist – there was a line out the chemist door and past a couple of shops and no line at the newsagent’s – I thought wow there are a lot of sick people in this suburb. When I got to mum’s I mentioned it to her – she then told me the chemist had the lotto and the newsagents didn’t – hence the line at the chemist not the newsagents.

    I backed 2 horses in the cup and had 3 horses in a sweep and have a quick pick for tonight’s lotto – I don’t gamble usually but today I have gone mad!!

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    J

    I don’t want to win Lotto – I have a pretty good life, and though it would make life easier in the short term, I think that it would ultimately not make any happier. More likely

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Mumabulous

    My uncle won the BIG ONE (Lotto) in 1980. Then some jerk of a financial advisor recommended he buy into Qintex (Christopher Skase’s spectacular failure). Gone baby, gone!
    True story – why would I embarrass myself by making this stuff up?

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Deej

    I was a lotto virgin before tonight as well.
    I didn’t know what to do, I told the lady that and she basically just gave me options. I picked the $7 quick pick like my mum also did a few days earlier. It didn’t win anything.
    But it was fun to imagine what I could spend the money on. Probably won’t ever do it again though.

  • Reply November 7, 2012

    Jay

    I buy a lottery ticket about once every 2 years; when I’m feeling particularly lucky! Last time I did I had to aske the newsagent how to fill the form in (it’s really not that tricky but I got confused!)

  • Reply November 7, 2012

    JessB

    I will sometimes buy Lotto tickets, but have never won with them. I do often win on scratchies though! My work sends them out to us when we get a good evaluation, and I will frequently win $1 or $2, and sometimes more. Nothing much to speak of though.

    But it’s quite thrilling when you MIGHT have won, and it’s certainly fun spending the money in your daydreams!

  • Reply November 19, 2012

    Danica

    It is true that many individuals like to play lotto since the prize is really big. For this matter, you need to have those winning lotto numbers in order to take that money. You have to believe in your luck and instinct in selecting those numbers.

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