She Won $188 Million Lottery. But Why Did Her Pastor Sue Her?
Marie Holmes Thought Her Life Was On Track
Winning the lottery would be a dream come true for most of us. It would be a comforting feeling to be financially secure for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, falling into a large sum of money like that has its downfalls. People that you’ve trusted all your life suddenly turn into golddiggers. Money changes everyone, for better or worse. When Marie Holmes won $188 million dollars, she thought her life was finally on track. But Marie got to see first-hand what money can do to people.
We all know that the chances of winning a lottery jackpot are pretty slim. There are over 175,223,510 different combinations, which makes your chances around 1 in 175 million! Regardless of the odds, people still take the risk and of those people, a few of them reap the reward. Some people make a financial plan and others blow it all on expensive things and end up worse off than before. We’ve been told that the lottery is random, but is it really? One man doesn’t think so. He thinks he’s found the secret to winning it big.
The Lottery Man
Could there really be a way to increase your chances of winning the lottery? Richard Lustig says that he’s spent a lot of money playing quick picks with no plan of action. He began keeping a record of when things would work right. He also let go of old lottery habits that had no logical reasoning.“When the lottery came to Florida, I was like everybody else: ‘Wow, buy lottery tickets, win a lot of money, retire, buy a big fancy yacht, whatever, blah, blah, blah,’” explains Lustig. He figured knowledge was power, so he began to educate himself
Beating The Odds
“Like everybody else, I was running out and buying haphazardly, buying quick picks, I mean buying tickets with no plan, or no method, or whatever. Like everybody else, I was losing all the time.” So he created a new system which led to an increase in successful picks. His system seemed to be working! Lustig has won a total of seven jackpots and became the author of an appropriately entitled book “Learn How To Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery.”
The Luck Of The Draw
There are a few rules to follow. Don’t use birthdays, or dates in general, because your numbers are limited to 1-31 and you’ll most likely share the pot with 10-20 people. Lustig also suggests spreading your numbers across the board and playing the same numbers every time. Always know your odds and play consistently. Marie Holmes didn’t go by Lustig’s system but she gained her success through luck. Unfortunately, Marie would soon find out the downfall of being a millionaire.
Never Ending Struggle
Living in Shollette, North Carolina, Marie was a single mother to her children, which was a continuous struggle. The cost of rent, food, and clothes was too high. Marie was doing her best. She had a couple of jobs, but we all know how hard it is to make decent money without the privilege of a college degree. How was she going to afford a brighter future for her children? College tuition was creeping up, but who has the money for all that?
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