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Member #5829
July 23, 2004
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Posted: August 3, 2004, 7:21 am - IP Logged

While some winners stay mum, others share their pot luck

It doesn't matter whether you're a man or woman, but it helps to live in Moree and to pick 25 or 39 (but not 7 or 12). It also helps if your name is Bob.

But little else is known about one of Australia's luckiest and most secretive groups: the lottery millionaires.

There are now about three instant millionaires made each week - but it is not known if their richness brings happiness, charity or the reappearance of long-lost friends.

There have been no studies done of the group and most prefer to remain anonymous. Some winners do not want their lives to change and do not even tell their family they have won.

Other, usually older winners, fear the fate of eight-year-old Graeme Thorne, who was kidnapped for a ransom and then murdered after his family won £100,000 in a lottery in 1960.

For the 25th anniversary of Lotto this year, NSW Lotteries has been scanning the archives to recount its history and retrieve details of its 646 millionaires.

Among the prize's best-loved winners - and belonging to the few to relinquish their anonymity - are the Haberfield hairdressing siblings George and Nola Mezher, who used their $429,000 to feed the homeless.

In their salon they would speak to customers of plans to buy a Rolls-Royce and Bentley if they ever won. But when their numbers - based on saints birthdays - fell in 1982, they decided to instead set up the Our Lady of the Snows soup kitchen near Central Station.

"Other winners go on trips and buys shares," said Mr Mezher. "But it's better to get out and do something good with your money because you can't take it with you."

Gamblers have spent more than $9 billion on Lotto since 1979. About 60 per cent has been distributed in prizes, and the remainder given to the NSW Government. More than $1 billion is spent each year, and a million people buy tickets each week.

Before announcing the news to winners, NSW Lotteries conducts age and health checks to ensure the surprise will be bearable.

Winners are asked to sit down before they are told the news. Two weeks later they receive their money.

The communications manager for NSW Lotteries, John Vineberg, said most winners had plans to buy a house, a better car and donate money to charity.

NSW Lotteries did not give financial advice but winners could request a brochure about financial advice titled "Don't Kiss Your Money Goodbye".

Only one winner is known to have won the top prize twice: Bob, from Culburra on the South Coast, won on June 21, 2000, and on August 13, 2001.


    dphillips's avatar - littleuns
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    United States
    Member #5128
    June 18, 2004
    377 Posts
    Posted: August 4, 2004, 12:31 am - IP Logged

    What a story -- absolutely heartwarming and refreshing for a change!

    dphillips (Blue)

      Member #3084
      December 22, 2003
      328 Posts
      Posted: August 4, 2004, 3:23 am - IP Logged

      Good on ya Blue.

      Always ready to encourage a new member to spin a nice yarn.

      Don't you be worried Southland just keep plugging away.

      Blue and I know what it's like to write a literary masterpiece, post it and get zilch response.

      Anyway, what's happened to you Blue; had a literary seizure?

      Well, better get back to the code. I'm glad I don't make a living as a programmer. I don't mind the creative follow your inspiration thing but gee a helluva lot of it is tedious stuff but where you can't let your mind wander. Where was I ... yer, yer ... If str1 = First etc etc.

      Anyway, Southland you keep right on Posting. Me and Blue will give you a pat on the back now and then even if the others can't lift a finger to a keyboard. Funny how we posted at exactly the same time, isn't it?


        BobP's avatar - bobp avatar.png
        Dump Water Florida
        United States
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        June 5, 2002
        3106 Posts
        Posted: August 4, 2004, 3:57 am - IP Logged

        It's amazing how much greener the grass can be on the other side.  The Australian games are such better deals you realize how our games are sticking it to us.  http://www.lotto-logix.com/ozlotteries.html you don't have to sign up or anything, just click through and on [Play Lotto!] to see a discription of the games.  In Florida we're stuck with 6/53 and Au has 6/38 and 6/45 with bonus balls yet.  The only downside from perfect is the lack of a 3# prize because I like wheels that win them in bunches.  On the other hand tax free is a nice touch.  Funny how our state games seem never to have heard of such ideas, go figure.  BobP

          San Diego
          United States
          Member #4520
          May 1, 2004
          243 Posts
          Posted: August 4, 2004, 4:24 am - IP Logged

          It's because our state games exist solely for the purpose of making money for the states. Then the federal government takes its chunk off  the top of the winnings, and you have exactly what we call it sometimes: A voluntary tax. A tax for the stupid (all of us are guilty of that).

          Most other countries are more socialist than this one, and one of the results is a more favorable lottery.