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Winners but not grinners

Many years ago (alas, many many years ago) I did dream the winning lotto numbers and actually got out of bed and wrote the 6 numbers down so I wouldn't forget them the next morning as is always the case. I NEVER dream about gambling and winning so to me it was a notable occurrence. I have taken those six numbers in every draw Monday through Saturday ever since and, as you would expect, have never come close. I now need to crack a second division prize to break square and if I'm not at the newsagents on a Monday morning to take that week's entries, he sends a taxi round to my place to get me!
Well, that may not necessarily be 100% truthful - but 90% of it is. I know. This week may be the week. What are the six numbers that haven't saluted in sequence since 1976? You've gotta be joking if you think I would reveal that! Here are some more interesting yarns:

Winning Lotto Twice:
Many successful lottery entrants have said their winning combinations came to them in dreams; that they awoke with five or six numbers dancing in their heads, jotted the combinations down, played them, and won.

Sometimes the dreamed-of numbers paid off right away, and sometimes the dreamers played those combinations for years before hitting the jackpot.

So, that 86-year-old Mary Wollens of Toronto won the Ontario Lottery on 30 September 2006 after seeing "a lotto ticket and a large cheque" in a dream a couple of days before the drawing wasn't all that unusual — the remarkable part was that her prophetic dream enabled her to win the same lottery twice.
You see, Mary had already purchased a lottery ticket with the combination she later dreamed about, but her vision instilled her with such confidence that she went out and bought a second ticket with those same numbers.
As things turned out, someone else had also correctly picked all six numbers for that week's draw, so instead of having to split the $24 million jackpot evenly with another winner, Mary was able to claim a two-thirds share and take home $16 million!

Dashing To Dead:
On 22 January 2004, 73-year-old Carl Atwood of Elwood, Indiana, who won $73,450 in an Indiana lottery but died a few hours later when he was knocked down by a truck while walking to the grocery store that had sold him the winning ticket and died shortly after in an Indianapolis hospital. The store, incidentally, was just one block from his home.
"It was at an unlighted intersection, and Mr. Atwood had dark clothing on, so the driver did not see him before he hit him," Elwood Police Chief Toby R. Barker said.

Money does not buy happiness:
About the biggest loser we read of was William "Bud" Post of Pennsylvania who won $16.2 million in a lottery in 1988 and ended up living on Government benefits.
The now deceased Post was reported as saying "I wish it never happened. It was totally a nightmare".

Following his lucky day, a former girlfriend successfully sued him for a share of his winnings and that wasn't his only lawsuit. A brother was arrested for hiring a hit man to kill him, hoping to inherit a share of the winnings. Other siblings pestered him until he agreed to invest in a car business and a restaurant in Sarasota, Florida and the two ventures that brought no money back and further strained his relationship with his siblings. Post even spent time in jail for firing a gun over the head of a bill collector. Within a year, he was $1 million in debt.
Post admitted he was both careless and foolish, trying to please his family. He eventually declared bankruptcy.
Just before he die3d Post was living on $450 a month and food stamps. "I'm tired, I'm over 65 years old, and I just had a serious operation for a heart aneurysm. Lotteries don't mean (anything) to me," said Post. He died shortly after.
Death by misadventure:
In April 1995 an English guy by the name of Timothy O'Brien committed suicide by shooting himself in the head because his half-share of a five-week ticket on Britain's (then) new National Lottery had expired just before the draw he thought would have made him a multi-millionaire.
The truth is, even if he'd held a valid ticket for his usual numbers, O'Brien wouldn't have won. The numbers that came up would have entitled the ticket holders to a prize of 47 pounds, not the 3.2 million he thought he and his partner had missed out on.
Why? Because only four of the six numbers matched those drawn not the six he MISTAKENLY believed were his.
A leopard never changes his spots:
When Michael Caroll in the UK turned up to collect his lotto win wearing an electronic offenders tag the end of the story should have been immediately obvious.
After winning, he used his money on drugs, gambling, and "thousands of prostitutes" only to end up back on the dole after eight years of living the Lotto life.
Carroll later told the Daily Mail "The party has ended and it's back to reality. I haven't got two pennies to rub together and that's the way I like it. I find it easier to live off £42 dole than a million." After winning the lottery his wife left him and taking their daughter with her, and he blew £100,000 over eight years in payments to prostitutes, among other rather grave financial mistakes.
The ultimate on line casino cop out (From The Daily Mail, June 15.2012)
A gambler who thought he had won £650,000 online has today been told he will not get any of his 'winnings' - because the web site's software had a bug.
Bruno Venturi, 41, was 'euphoric' after turning the €20 in his account into a whopping €707,000 - then worth roughly £650,000 - whilst playing's 'Sixty Seconds' game in 2009.

But today he was told his windfall was due only to the error.

Pet shop worker Mr Venturi said he felt 'cheated' after a High Court judge found that a computer virus was covered under the web site's terms and conditions so they could refuse to pay out.

As he had only paid for one in six of his 6,000 bets placed over the course of the evening because of the glitch he could not claim his prize.
Judge Simon Brown QC, who had compared the case to the film ‘The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo’, ruled the problems caused by the virus constituted an accounting error, which voided Mr Venturi’s winnings.
The film, inspired by a British music hall song based on the story of Charles Deville Wells, is a romantic comedy which tells the story of a former Russian aristocrat who wins 10million francs playing baccarat at a casino.
The casino sends a beautiful woman to lure him back to the gambling tables and he is eventually left penniless. The judge said each time Mr Venturi placed a bet he entered into a separate contract with the company.
The judge said: 'Of the more than 6,000 wager contracts he made, he only paid for some of those contracts, and the true state of his account is rather different,' he said.
'In my judgment, this is a case where the claim must fail, and I will give judgment for the defendant.'
Mr Venturi came from Naples to London’s Royal Courts of Justice this week after Eurobet UK Ltd withheld the prize he won in less than four hours on the lottery-style 'Sixty Seconds' game.
The company, part of the Gala Coral Group, claimed the software bug meant he was charged for only one of every six multiple bets he placed.

 It pointed to a clause which stated that any sum 'incorrectly credited' to a player’s account will be recovered or withdrawn.