EuroLotto’s Top Ten Best Beaches in The World

Imagine if you will, waking up on a fine summer morning and find out that you’ve just won the jackpot you’ve been dreaming about. This happens more often than you might think, in fact, there is an average of one jackpot snapped up every week.

With all your newfound fortune, you must be thinking about a holiday and where you could head off for your summer vacation.  Well, you’re in luck! We’ve just compiled a list of what we think are the top ten best beaches in the world.

  1. Lindquist Beach, St. Thomas
    top ten beaches Lindquist Beach, St. Thomas
    Lindquist Beach, St. Thomas

    Coming in at number 10 in our top ten best beaches in the world is this beautiful, protected 21-acre area that goes by name of Smith Bay Park. It is a small white sand beach that comes with crystal clear turquoise water. Shallow and calm, it is a perfect setting for family fun. You can head to either the right or left side of the shore, and enjoy a local packed picnic of conch chowder in the coconut grove or rest easy under the sea grape trees. Usually quiet during the week, with a tendency of becoming livelier on weekends, as locals tend to throw parties

    9. Orient Bay Beach, St. Martin

Orient Bay Beach, St. Martin top ten beaches
Orient Bay Beach, St. Martin

If you’re up for nonstop partying, then Orient Bay Beach on the gorgeous islands of St. Martin is the place for you this summer —here, you can party all day and night with scenic blue waters and white sands as your backdrop. The place is not short of clubs and bars that dot the entire stretch, and since it’s a popular destination, getting and staying there is easy, as it’s only about 4 kilometres from the airport.

  1.  Treasure Beach, Jamaica
Treasure Beach, Jamaica top ten best beaches
Treasure Beach, Jamaica

In number 8 in our top ten best beaches in the world list is this picturesque Jamaican coastline, divided up into a number of smaller coves, with only four of them being open to the public. Prepare to be charmed by the authentic fishing villages located at each cove, this sic-mile stretch offers some spectacular swimming and snorkeling spots along the untainted rocky shorelines. Treasure Beach is less of a tourist spot, and more of a community that is made up of artists and writers finding their inspirations in this phenomenally inviting cultural scene.

  1. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Matira beach is undoubtedly the most famous of the Tahitian beaches, and it is so for good reason: The mile-long stretch of powder-white, silky sand slopes, gently caress the shallow emerald lagoon, and is backed by a thick curtain tropical foliage and palm trees. Another added bonus is the fact that It’s the only public-access beach in Bora Bora, so you don’t need to pay some fancy five-star resort prices to enjoy its beauty. Although we’re sure that after winning the jackpot, you’ll not deprive yourself from such luxuries

  1. Palm Beach, Aruba
Palm Beach, Aruba
Palm Beach, Aruba

Found of the northwest side of the island, this 2-mile long stretch is brimming with fun in the sun activities to keep you occupied both during the day and night. Have a go at parasailing or explore that gorgeous reef life snorkelling, before heading to Pelican Pier Bar to enjoy a barefoot lunch during the day.  Head to the nearby restaurants, casinos, and nightclubs at night to turn your amazing day into an amazing night.

  1. Reduit Beach, St. Lucia
    Reduit Beach, St. Lucia best beaches in the wolrd
    Reduit Beach, St. Lucia

    This popular holiday destination is located about ten minutes south of Pigeon Island National Park. Expect gorgeous scenery and far-off views of Fort Rodney while lounging on the white sandy beach. And whether you’re looking for a place to grab a bite to eat or a good spot to go windsurfing, this scenic beach has everything you need: Reduit Beach is within walking distance to the village. Expect to see luxury resorts, but  still retains a relaxed, beachy sense perfect for a quiet getaway.

  1. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines  top ten best beaches in the world
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

If you’re into being in heavenly spots with nobody else around, then Palawan is the spot for you. It remains steadily under the radar, even though it continues to rank highly among popular travel books. El Nido alone boasts around 50 white island beaches—it’s just impossible to pick just the one— The islands are set around grafted limestone formations and have the whitest and finest sand you’ll ever see. The water is so crystal clear that it makes the Caribbean Sea look murky in comparison. And the sunsets? Well, they’ll ruin you for life. Consider yourself warned.
No matter what your taste is like, this place truly is one of the best beaches in the world.

  1. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii best beaches in the world
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Famous for being one of the world’s best places to catch the biggest waves for surfing in winter, the water here becomes as very calm in summer, making it a perfect spot for snorkeling. After a day out on the beach, don’t head home just yet: make sure you catch one those famous sunsets, as its name suggests, they really seal the deal.

  1. Honopu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Honopu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii best beaches in the world
Honopu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

In number 2 our best beaches in the world list is Hanopu beach, AKA  Cathedral Beach, Honopuis quite difficult to reach. It can’t be accessed except by water to begin with, so getting there, you must reach the island by boat and swim offshore, or from neighboring Kalalau Beach at your own risk. We promise the trouble is worth it: Think cumin-colored sand bordered by soaring, vegetation-cloaked cliffs—and, most times, not a soul in sight. Fun fact: It’s served as a location on such films as King Kong, Six days Seven Nights, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

  1. Honokalani Beach, Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
Honokalani Beach, Wai'anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
Honokalani Beach, Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii

And in our number 1 spot for the top ten best beaches in the world has to go to Honokalani Beach, Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii.  Jet-black shore, lapis lazuli waters, and thick, jungle-like foliage, Honokalani Beach is a photographer’s dream. Besides lying lazily on the “ black sand” which is actually made up of of tiny lava pebbles, there’s plenty of other things to do: you’ll find seaside lava tubes and sea caves carved into the lava cliffs along the shore. It’s wild, unspoiled Hawaii at its best, and a necessary stop en route to Hana.

If you’e enjoyed our top ten list and would like to end this summer season with a bang and a buck! Join EuroLotto now and play any of your favorite lotteries online.

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EuroMillions Jackpot Rocks €90,000,000 Pool Ahead of Eurovision Weekend

EuroMillions JackpotA huge EuroMIllions jackpot in one of Europe’s favourite weekends, where countries across the continent will come together for a festival of music, the feelings of excitement and euphoria is everywhere and every participating country will be hoping for fairy-tale ending. To top it all off, it’s one of the largest EuroMillions draws of 2017, and the two events combining this weekend makes for a perfect affair.

Out of the 9 EuroMillions nations, La France fills the prestigious No. 1 spot in the ranks of  most top prizes won, boasting 85 jackpots claimed for the French, just ahead of the Spaniards, the United Kingdom and Portugal. Having said that, Portugal remains the only one country of the 9 participating EuroMillions nations not to have found glory at the Eurovision. For the Portuguese, it’s been only heart breaks so far, but this year they’re among the favourites to be triumphant in the big stage on Saturday.

Some of the participating countries placing at the bottom ranks of the EuroMillions have in fact produced some fantastic wins at the Eurovision. The Irish have had the most Eurovision success, leading with seven victories. Luxembourg has produced five Eurovision wins, same goes for UK and France, although Luxembourg has refrained from participating in the Song Contest in its recent history. The country has been absent since 1993, and will again be this year.

EuroMillions Jackpot – Paris Vous Appelles

While fans from across Europe and elsewhere will be tuning in to the Eurovision 2017 in Kiev this Saturday, there is also a rocking €90 million EuroMillions jackpot up for grabs tonight. From the sandy shores of Iberia to Waterloo in Belgium, lotto players across the continent will be fixated on tonight’s drawing in Paris and fans will be crossing their fingers for some life changing news by end of the weekend.

Start your weekend on a high note. A win would allow you to do everything you’ve ever wanted, whether you want to travel the world, buy your dream home or try something completely random and new, it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t miss.

If you’re feeling particular lucky, today could could be your day, you can either select your numbers or use our random number picker. You can buy EuroMillions tickets here.  Good Luck! 😊

Who’s In For The Chance to Win The Eurovision 2017?

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Saturday sees Europe’s biggest music festival take place, the Eurovision 2017 song contest finals will be broadcasted across the globe live from Kiev, and many fans started to wonder about the potential winner of this year’s event. EuroLotto explores.

Francesco Gabbani – Italy
If the bookies are to be trusted, the Eurovision will be going to Italy next year for the first time after 26 years. The stage is set for Francesco Gabbani and his catchy song ‘Occidentali’s Karma’ featuring dancers with gorilla suits. If that doesn’t yell Eurovision glory what does? To top it all off Francesco oozes Italian charm and charisma on screen.

Francesco’s YouTube video has already chalked up over 110 million views – making it the most viewed Eurovision contesting song ever on the site. What performer wouldn’t relish for a trip to Italy in 2018?

Robin Bengtsson – Sweden
Sweden has been labelled the face of modern Eurovision – and rightly so. Their recent run of form in the competition has been nothing short of impressive.

Sweden has finished in the top 5 an astounding four times in their last five performances – which also includes two wins for the Swedes. By all means no easy feat when you consider that an average of 40 countries compete yearly.

Another victory for Sweden this year would see the country tie Ireland’s all time winning record of 7 wins. Robin Bengtsson’s enchanting pop song ‘I can’t go on’ would easily find its place on a Justin Timberlake record.
Robin’s complemented by ‘magic mike’ dancers strutting rhythmically, while the performer himself is easy on the eye, giving voters another reason to cast their vote for him and fly up north for the Eurovision next year.

DiHaj – Azerbaijan
Another country with a recent success story. Azerbaijan hires Swedish songwriters to produce their lyrics and entry. The country went for glory in 2011 with a Swedish song and has consistently made top ten since their debut in 2008. ‘Skeletons’ performed by DiHaj, is a perfect Eurovision song and is catchy enough to grab a couple of votes,

DiHaj ‘s entry is eye-catching – the performer is enclosed by blackboards and randomly has a shirtless bloke wearing a horse head while standing on a ladder, making for a very ‘wtf’ moment.

Isaiah – Australia
Our mates from down under have cherished the Eurovision with such passion that shames many European contenders. This year makes is Australia’s third entry – and they’ll be aiming for a 3rd top five placing in a row. Dami Im missed out on victory last year by very slim margins with stunning modern ballad ‘Sound of Silence’.
The ozzies treat the Eurovision with the joviality and fun just like in the UK and Ireland, but their competitive edge comes out when it comes to their performance. When it’s their three minutes, the ozzies get down to business.

Should the country win, broadcaster SBS would team up with a European broadcaster to rent a host city within Europe for 2018.

Seventeen-year-old Isaiah won X Factor in Australia last year – and his entry ‘Don’t come easy’ contains strains of Hozier and Adele, possibly not a winner, but a strong contender nonetheless.

Kristian Kostov – Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s baby face Kristian Kostov is yet another strong contender for that number 1 spot this Saturday. Bulgaria’s performing boyband-esque entry is surely looking to appeal to teenage girls and their mommies alike. According to the bookies, Kristian certainly has a winning song.

Bulgaria made the top five last year for the first time after 9 years – 2007 marked their first entry in the finals. Kristian’s ‘Beautiful mess’ is beautifully staged and quite memorable and is sure to be among the heavy hitters come voting time on Saturday.

Where Could the Other Eurovision Winners Come From?

So, let’s pretend for a second that bookies have got it all wrong, is there another potential Eurovision winner?

Belgium had looked like a good contender until rehearsals started, that’s when things started taking a wrong turn, but will they surprise us all with a major comeback?

FYR Macedonia’s ‘Dance Alone’ delivered an impressive video, but their lackluster stage performance didn’t do them any favours.

Our money is on Finland as a dark horse to do well. A gorgeous song that is beautifully staged always stands out from the outlandish Eurovision, and Finland has an Ace up its sleeve.

Eurovision, EuroMillions, EuroJackpot…

Let’s make it a weekend to remember! This Saturday, Europe’s best singers will compete for the title of Eurovision king or queen. Whether you’ll be watching on TV or casting your vote amidst screaming fans in Kiev, you can join the fun and “cast your vote” at EuroLotto. Play Europe’s Favourite lotteries EuroMillions and EuroJackpot and GO FOR THE WIN!

EuroLotto’s Top 10 Most Expensive Houses and Who Owns Them

Where are the most expensive houses found? Who owns them? There was a time, when emperors and kings lived in palaces and castles, and the rich and the elite lived in luscious, similarly palatial buildings. However, today, there is hardly any space available to build such grandeur, nor does such architecture play well with modern era. But, that hasn’t stopped the rich & wealthy from finding the most luxurious palaces to live in. Some buildings are old architectures that are inhabitable, while others are new and wondrous constructions. So, just in case you wake up tomorrow morning to find out that you’re a jackpot winner and you’re in a for new place to call ‘home’. Here’s EuroLotto’s countdown of the most expensive houses in the world.

#10. 17 Upper Phillimore Gardens

Number 10 in our most expensive houses list is the gorgeous 10-bedroom mansion was once a prep school. Located in London, It has an, sauna, gym, an underground swimming pool and cinema, and it’s even equipped with its very own panic room. The interior of the house is covered with gold and marble, all encircled with priceless artworks. The luscious mansion is owned by Olena Pinchuk, founder of ANTIAIDS Foundation and daughter of Ukraine’s second president. The property is priced $128 million (€118 million).

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#9. Kensington Palace

This highly decorated palace is found in the Billionaires Row of London. Bigger plans are in the pipeline for Kesington Palace. An additional underground extension with a health centre, a tennis court and an auto museum are in the making. It is owned by Russian oil tycoon, Roman Abramovich, Abramovich owns the investment firm Millhouse LLC, and most notably, Chelsea Football Club. Kesington Palace is valued $140 million (130,000,000) and one of most expensive houses in the world.
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#8. Seven the Pinnacle

Located in Big Sky of Montana, it is the biggest privately owned land in Yellowstone Club. It is a private golf and ski community for the extremely wealthy. The property comes with several pools, heated floors, a wine cellar, a gym, and its very own ski lift. Timber baron and real estate developer, Tim Blixseth, owns this luxury estate with Edra Blixseth. The house’s worth is $155 million (€144 million).

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#7. Hearst Castle

A 27-bedroom castle located in California. The property’s became famous after being featured in the classic film, The Godfather. It has also played host to the most celebrated figures, like Clark Gable, Winston Churchill, President John F. Kennedy, etc. Owned by William Randolph Hearst’s trustees, this tourist and heritage site is a part of the California Park System, and is worth $191 million (€171 million)

#6. Ellison Estate

More of a compound than a residence, the California property consists of 10 building, a man-made lake, a koi pond, a bath house and a tea house. The estate is 23 acres, and it is owned by Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle and third richest man in the world. Its value is $200 million (€186 million)

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#5. 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens

It is located in London and is another luxurious building on Billionaires Row, near the house of Prince William and Kate Middleton. This residential building has 12 bedrooms, a Turkish baths, and indoor pool and a parking space that can accommodate 20 cars. The house belongs to steel baron Lakshmi Mittal, the head of the largest manufacturer Arcelor Mittal, and is one of Forbes’ 100 richest Indians. Its value is $222 million.

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#4. Four Fairfield Pond

Located at Sagaponack at New York, this palatial building is spread over an area of 63 acres, and it consists of 29 bedrooms, and even comes with its own power plant. Inside the building are 39 bathrooms and a 91-foot long dining room. It also has a basketball court, a bowling alley, tennis courts and squash courts. The building’s owner is Ira Rennert who owns the Renco Group. The mansion is valued at $248.5 million (€229 million)

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#3. Villa Leopolda

Located at Cote D’Azure in France and spread over an area of fifty, includes, a helipad, a greenhouse, an outhouse kitchen and a guest house bigger than any mansion owned by millionaires. It’s value? $750 illion (€694 million) making it one of most expensive houses in the world.

#2. Antilia

The second in our most expensive houses list is something of an architectural phenomena. This 27-story modern, across 400,000 square-feet with an untraditional décor is located in Mumbai, India. The palace has 3 helicopter pads and six underground. The mansion is has 600 people staff to maintain it. It is owned by Mukesh Ambani, the richest man of India, and owner of the Reliance Group of Companies. The palace is valued at $1 billion (€994 million).

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#1. Buckingham Palace

It is located in London and technically speaking, it is still a house, even though it is not for sale. After all, it is the residence of the Queen of England, and has 775 rooms, including 188 staff rooms, 78 bathrooms, 52 bedrooms, 19 state rooms and 92 offices. The owner of this property is the British Sovereign, currently Queen Elizabeth II who has been ruling since 1952. The valuation of the palace is $1.55 billion, as per the National Building Society.

While many know about the Buckingham Palace, many of these expensive residential estates are almost as unknown to the world as their owners are. There are some other expensive houses, like the most expensive apartment which is the Odeon Tower Penthouse in Monaco, owned by the Marzocco Family, the costliest celebrity home which is Santa Barbara Estate in Mentecito which belongs to television tycoon Oprah Winfrey, and the priciest castle, which is the Ashford Castle in Ireland.

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EuroLotto’s Top Ten Richest People in the World

Do you ever wonder about the richest people in the world? Who are they and what do they do? Winning a massive jackpot makes you undoubtedly filthy rich – take the example of the record breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot that was claimed back in January 2016 but even such a massive sum pales in comparison to what these tycoons are worth.

In a world of successful entrepreneurs, one’s success often measured by their net worth. The success, however, does not come overnight and is a product of years of hard labour, ingenuity and trials and failures.

We’ve done our bit of research and we’ve compiled a list of the ten richest people in the world, with their bank account sitting in the billions of dollars.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Top Ten Richest People in the World

  1. Ingvar Kamprad

The Swedish tycoon, founder and owner of the iconic IKEA, ranks as 10th richest in the world at a net worth close to $42.5 billion. The globe-reaching Swedish retail company is the biggest furniture selling company. We still think he need to work on the instruction manuals.
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  1. Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison is a renown American businessman and co-founder of Oracle Corporation. Ellison remained the CEO of his company until September 2014. His value net worth is at $43.4 billion, and currently sits as 9th richest in this richest people in the world list. Currently, he is the chief technology officer of Oracle and executive chairman. Ellison has achieved incredible things and he’s also known for his charitable donation, in fact, he’s donated up to 1% of his total wealth to charity and in case some of you are thinking that 1% isn’t much, the total sums up to 430,000,00!
Keep up the good work Ellison.

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  1. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, is perhaps the only person on this list that needs no introduction and it should come as no surprise to you that the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, is the 8th richest person in the world. His net worth is estimated to be around $49.7 billion. The American Internet entrepreneur, programmer and philanthropist founded Facebook from his college dorm room in Harvard. The website blew up and expanded rapidly and now plays host to 1.9 Billion users in 2016.
richest people in the world

  1. Carlos Slim

Slim is a Mexican tycoon, investor, business magnate and philanthropist sits at number 7 in our richest people in the world list. His net value is at $51.4 billion. Carlos Slim derives his riches from his large-scale holdings in a substantial number of Mexican companies through his union, Grupo Carso.
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  1. David Koch

David Koch is the Executive Vice President of Koch Industries. Valued at $55.2 billion, David is the 6th richest person in the world. Koch also owns 42% of the conglomerate that alongside with his brother, inherited from their father.

 richest people in the world

  1. Charles Koch

Brother of David Koch, and valued the same as his brother at $55.2 billion, the political donor American businessman, and philanthropist Charles Koch is the 5th richest person in the world. He is chairman of the board, co-owner, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries. Charles Koch owns 42% of the shares of the conglomerate.
richest people in the world

  1. Jeff Bezos

Bezos is the founding chairman and the largest shareholder of the online shopping conglomerate, Amazon. The American investor and technology entrepreneur has a net worth valued at $63.1 billion. He’s the 4th richest person in our richest people in the world list. Bezos has also invested in aerospace and newspapers. He is the owner and founder of the privately-funded aerospace manufacturer and developer, Blue Origin. Founded back in 2000, Blue Origin has starting conducting test flights in space since 2015, and has ambitions for commercial orbital spaceflight beginning in 2018. The starting cost to be in one of these flight is set between €170,000 – €190,000 per trip…

  1. Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is considered as the most successful investor in the world, he is a business tyvoon and a philanthropist, his net worth sits at $68.2 billion. He is the largest shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hatchway, the American international conglomerate holding company. He is the 3rd richest person in the world, is often referred to as the “oracle of Omaha” or “Wizard of Omaha,” and is noted for his restraints in investing and for his personal luxuries despite his grandiose wealth.

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  1. Amancia Ortega

Chairman and founder of the Inditex fashion group, best known for its international brand Zara, the Spanish business Tycoon has a net value of $75.8 billion and is the 2nd richest person in the world.

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  1. Bill Gates

Tech magnate, philanthropist, entrepreneur, programmer, and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has an unequal profile that makes him the richest person in the world, he is valued at $85.9 billion. Gates is also founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he has made amazing accomplishments in every sphere he has been involved in. Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in 2000 and as Chairman in 2008. He’s currently investing most of his time at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation but still remains firmly involved in his beloved Microsoft and is the technology adviser to the current CEO Satya Nadella.

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How The Lottery Changed The World

If you’ve ever played the lottery then you must know that lotteries around the world regularly change people’s lives, but did you ever stop and wonder what other incredible things the lottery has changed?  Here are a few examples of how the lottery changed the world with with a few amazing landmarks and stories that without the help of lottery would have never have existed.

Lotteries have been around for centuries: Lotteries have in fact been around as early as 187 B.C. During the Han Dynasty in what is today known as modern China. Those of you who have dabbled in the game of Keno, would be surprised to know this game originated from way back then and is still played to date and in online lotto sites. The lottery was first introduced to finance government projects. One of these famous landmarks and perhaps the most famous landmark in history is the Great Wall of China.

The Great Wall of China how the lottery changed the world
The Great Wall of China

Studies have recently showed  evidence of lottery games going back as early as the days of Moses. It is believed that in the Book of Numbers – the Old Testament revealed that Moses won land near the River Jordan by participating in the local lottery!

Jamestown Colony
In the early 1600’s, the Jamestown Settlement had experienced financial hardships and endured lack of supplies. To counter this issue, a lottery was set up to help replenish their stocks which included money and food. A total of four lotteries were established and even though it seemed to work for a while, complaints of fraud and embezzlement married with the impact it had on the poor caused the lottery activities to seize.

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Jamestown Settlement Map

The British Museum
A famous naturalist, physician and collector named Sir Hans Sloane, entrusted his 71,000 prized objects to King George II. The British parliament in return organized a lottery to raise funds to build a place to store these prized possessions. The building is now better known as the British Museum. Dedicated to history, art and culture, the British Museum holds more than 8 million works and today stands as a pinnacle of human culture from its beginning to the present, making this particular situation, a prime example of how the lottery changed the world.

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The British Museum

Ivy League Universities
Some of the most notable people that have ever lived found their success thanks to lottery funds, even if they were indirectly aware of it. Former US presidents’ Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush were both alumni at Yale University which was funded with lottery money, while former first lady Michelle Obama and president John F. Kennedy were both Princeton alumnus, both universities were funded with lottery money.

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Yale University

The 1976 Summer Olympics
Hosting the Olympics is expensive business. The infrastructure costs millions and millions and there’s no better way to get the financial boost you need than from the lottery fund. Just a look at Canada’s Olympic body who pumped C$37 million (€26.3million) into a fund campaign. “Own the Podium” launched in the hopes to bring in more medals. It really does bring a new meaning to the word, “The Games.”

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1976 Olympic Stadium

How The Lottery Changed The World and You

As we can see, these are a few examples of how the lottery change the world, lotteries have proved to be popular and successful throughout time. The instant gratification and wealth attracts potential lotto players to buy lotto tickets and has without a doubt given the world quite a few important moments and landmarks that we’ve cherished and will continue to cherish for centuries to come.

Whether you’ve recently been lucky in lottery or not, you should pat yourself on the back anyway for helping provide some exceptional places and events in history!

Should You Pick Your Own Numbers or Use Quick Picks?

 Should you pick your own numbers or use Quick Picks? Which is luckier?

Playing the lottery is fun and easy, but it also comes with a head-scratching question. Should you pick your own numbers or use Quick Picks? Which is luckier?

Many participants tend to lean towards choosing the same set of digits in every draw. These digits often revolve round important dates in the participant’s life, such as an anniversary or a birthday. Only participants can also opt for the Quick Picks option which automatically generates their digits. This leads EuroLotto to ask –  is one method luckier than the other?

Should you pick your own numbers or use Quick Picks? What do the odds say?

According to Powerball officials, the Quick Picks option is the most popular way of purchasing tickets with an estimated 70% to 80% of participants opting to do this. Per the common law of averages, this signifies that most jackpot-winning tickets come from Quick Picks.

Quick Picks generate numbers completely randomly, giving players better winning odds of covering the digits’ matrix in a lottery draw. Given that most special numbers picked are limited to calendar dates and therefore chosen from a smaller pool of 1 to 31. There is an increased chance that, should your winning numbers come up, the probability is you’ll be sharing the top prize.

Players going for Quick Picks option are less likely to share their fortune, it’s important to add that Quick Picks are not necessarily distinctive and it is entirely possible for the same batch of digits to be randomly picked for other players. Once such occurrence took place on August 7 2013, when the $448 million (€417 million) Powerball jackpot was split amongst three winners – two of which, had played by opting for the Quick Picks option.

 Should you pick your own numbers or use Quick Picks? Which is luckier?
Should you pick your own numbers or use Quick Picks? Which is luckier?

Another good reason for opting for the Quick Pick option is that totally random numbers are generated for each draw, somewhat aiding in the anticipation for some players. Participants who play the same numbers weekly, often become disinterested by time, making them more likely lo misplace or lose their tickets and in some cases, it has resulted in players not checking the winning numbers from each draw.

Take the example of the unfortunate UK player, Martyn Tott, who missed out on £3 million (€3.5 million) by failing to check his numbers after every draw. It wasn’t until almost six months later that his partner realised the winning numbers were the same numbers they’ve used in every draw. Those very numbers had come up after a special appeal was made on TV.

Their bad luck continued when they failed to store their ticket safely and couldn’t find it. Despite UK lottery officials confirming that the couple did, own the winning ticket at one point, they denied their appeal for a pay-out on their multi-million windfall since Tott was unable to present the winning ticket as proof of purchase.

 Should you pick your own numbers or use Quick Picks? Which is luckier?
Martyn Tott

Players who pick their own numbers can sometimes be affected by situations beyond their control. When MegaMillions made rule changes to its Mega Number pool which saw the reduction of the numbers’ pool from 1 to 46 to 1 to 15, it upset many players who were used to the original numbers’ system.

The Verdict

So, should you pick your own numbers or use Quick Picks?. One thing is for certain, there are both advantages and disadvantages with either method. What is guaranteed however, is that winning is a matter to luck – plain and simple. You may have your preference when it comes to purchasing lottery tickets, but as to which option is luckiest? The jury is still out.

Whichever option you prefer to play lottery with, EuroLotto offers a range of the wold’s biggest and best lotteries in the world. Click here to find out more

How To Avoid Lottery Scams

How to avoid lottery scams
How to avoid lottery scams

How to avoid lottery scams? An all too familiar question, powered by a €10,000,000,000 (€10 billion) a year industry. Scams have become so common nowadays, that people have little to no trust with anything that’s associated with lottery. We constantly receive questions from people asking ‘I want to play but how do I know this is not a scam?’  Therefore, we have decided to put a brief explanation of various types of lottery scams and how best to avoid them.

How to avoid lottery scams – You just won the lottery!

One of the most common lottery scams out there, usually comes in the form of an obscure email or a “signed” letter, informing that you’ve won a substantial amount of money, and in order for you to claim your prize you’d need to hand over your bank details  to pay off the taxes. The alleged “taxes” are what the scammers are in for and when the overall “prize” is over €100 Million the taxes can be tens of thousands of Euros.

Solution
Avoiding this sort of scam is not very hard at all. First, start by thinking if you’ve participated in a lottery recently? It’s not possible to win if you haven’t even played in any, right? Secondly, let’s assume you did recently participate in a lottery, the scammers’ letters almost never mention in which lottery you’ve won. Say you’ve recently indulged yourself in a few EuroMillions lottery tickets, Powerball or MegaMillions, you would remember which lottery you played and if the “winner’s announcement” does not mention the lottery name then it’s most probably a scam. Finally, you can always check the winning numbers on your ticket for the specific draw you’ve informed to have won. If your numbers were nowhere close to the actual winning numbers of the draw… Then unfortunately you did not win anything.

How to avoid Lottery Scams – The Scam Sites

The scam begins with an individual pretending to an official lottery operator. These are common scams, normally hosted online, and has all the bells and whistles of an official lottery website like EuroJackpot for example. These websites look exactly like the official websites, same façade, same features and same content with the only difference being, is that your payment will go straight to the scammers’ pockets and you will never receive your lottery ticket! Let alone any winnings.

Solution
It’s already hard enough having to cope with scams online all the time, but there are things that you can watch out for.
Inspect the URL line of the website, official websites don’t contain dashes or have any spelling mistakes on the product names. for example, if the URL reads megamilions.com (note, there is only one ‘l’ in million), then it probably isn’t the official website and you making this little typo mistake is exactly what scammers are waiting for. Additionally, always make sure the payment pages are SSL secure. There is a very easy way to spot this.
An SSL secure URL turns green at the top of your browser. Other security measures to take note of are certificates, and various official online security validation sites like Mcafee Secure and Norton SafeWeb.

If you find yourself in such sites, simply close your browser and restart by finding a trusted lottery website to do your business with. We at EuroLotto.com hope your online lottery experience would be enjoyable and wish you the best of luck for your next draw!

EuroMillions Winner Buys and Renovates House For Struggling Disabled Boy

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A Euromillions winner who hit the jackpot in 2012 is using a piece of her winnings to buy a house for a mother and her severely disabled son to live in. The house will also be fully adapted to accommodate to all their needs.

Gillian Bayford, United Kingdom’s 2nd biggest EuroMillions jackpot winner to date when she and her then husband won £148.6 million (€177 million) by matching all five main numbers and 2 Lucky Stars back in August 012’. Gillian has used her big fortune to build a property empire, buying many luxury flats and condos in the Carnoustie, Angus area.

But when she heard about the daily struggle Jenny McMillan and her severely disabled son Blake faced, she took it upon herself and decided to help, buying a house and paying for it to be adapted to meet all of Blake’s needs to make his life and easy and as comfortable as possible.

Four-year-old Blake suffers from a severe and rare debilitating neurological disorder called MECP2 duplication syndrome. He is completely unable to sit, or walk unaided, and also suffers from increasingly severe and frequent seizures, so requires round-the-clock care.

Although Jenny will not be the property owner, instead she will be renting it from Gillian at a reduced cost, Gillian has also vowed to pay for any and all renovations required for the mother and son to live safely and comfortably.

Jenny was overwhelmed by Gillian’s kindness. “I was totally in awe that Gillian would do something like this,” she said. “I’ll be able to look after Blake in a safe and secure environment and it means the world”

This isn’t the first time that a EuroMillions jackpot winner has used their winnings for the benefit of others. After they scooped £101 million (€120 million)  in 2011, Angela and Dave Dawes also made 20 of their closest friends and relatives millionaires, while UK record EuroMillions winners Chris and Colin Weir purchased a prosthetic limb for a young boy who would later go on to carry the Olympic torch.

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EuroLotto’s Top 10 Luckiest People on Earth.

Have you ever felt lucky? Most of us do, from time to time, but how lucky could you have been? Because you wouldn’t believe the luck some of these people have as we explore our edition of the ten luckiest people on earth. These are the luckiest people of earth. Enjoy!

#10 Woman finds €10.000 pearl in €0.50c oyster.
Now, why doesn’t this sort of thing ever happen to us? We buy seafood ALL THE TIME but we’ve never been as lucky as Terri Preece who came across a real pearl in one of her oysters. Terri beat the odds of a million to one and found a pearl in a €0.50c oyster. The pearl was estimated to be worth €10,000! Nice.

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Pearl in an Oyster

#9 Harrison Odjegba Okene – The sole survivor
29-year-old Harrison Odjegba Okene worked as a cook on a ship. The Nigerian man was in the loo when the ship capsized and began to sink. Harrison was not able to evacuate in time. All hope seemed lost and a gloomy end seemed imminent as the ship began to fill with water but fortunately, he made it into the engine room where an air bag formed. Rescuers found him three days after, dehydrated and hypothermic but very much alive. Harrison was the sole survivor among the 12-member crew, making him one of the luckiest people on earth.

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Harrison Odjegba Okene with his rescuers.

#8 Juliane Koepcke – Plane crash survivor
in 1971, Juliane Koepcke was flying over the amazon when the plane she was in was struck by lightning, decimating the fuselage. The then 17-year-old girl miraculously survived a 3.2km freefall with only a broken collarbone and a few cuts and bruises. Juliane survived in the jungle among wild animals for a few days, she fed on scatters of food from the plane crash until she was rescued. Juliane was the only survivor on that plane.

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Juliane Koepcke at the crash site.

#7 Reshma Begum – Out of the rubble
Reshma Begum was working as a seamstress in a factory in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital. As the day’s work began, a ripping, tearing sound and clouds of choking dust devastated the 18-storied building as it collapsed. Reshma Begum was lucky enough to be alive after explosion. She became trapped under the rubble, breathing only through a metal pipe. Fortunately, she was completely unharmed and was able to find some food and water, just enough to survive for 17 days, until the rescuers dug her out.

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Reshma Begum

#6 Tsutomu Yamaguchi – The man who survived a nuclear blast. Twice.
at number 6 of our list of luckiest people on earth, Tsutomu Yamaguchi was an employee at Mitsubishi during world war 2. He was on one of his business trips in Hiroshima when the first ever nuclear bomb dropped in 1945 blasted him unconscious. Luckily, though injured during the explosion, he somehow managed to survive. He promptly returned to Nagasaki to his family when on the 9th of August, the second attack took place. He miraculously survived again.

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Tsutomu Yamaguchi.

#5 Maarten de Jonge – The man who escaped death twice in four months.
It is known that your sense of intuition can give you a ‘bad ’feeling of what’s going to happen in the future. But how do you explain the weird case of Dutch cyclist Maarten de Jonge? Maarten escaped death twice in four months! He was scheduled to be on MH370, the famous flight that went missing over the ocean and never found in March 2014.

In another stroke of luck, he had also booked a seat in flight MH17 which later crashed, only to reschedule it at the last minute. (Apparently 15 minutes before flying) making thois one of the luckiest last minute escapes in history.

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Maarten de Jonge

#4 Fidel Castro – The invincible leader.
Cuba’s counter intelligence agency estimated that Fidel Castro has survived over six hundred and thirty assassination attempts! The majority number of these being planned by the U.S CIA, numerous mafia bosses, and even his own mistress among many, many others.

Fidel has survived a hidden poisonous hypodermic needles filled with lethal concoctions, a radio station  laced with LSD, his cigar being poisoned, exploding cigars, among many others making him the luckiest dictator to even walk on this planet and number 4 in our list of luckiest people on earth.

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Fidel Castro

#3 Nichiren – The man that was saved by “light”
The oldest entry and at number 3 of our list of luckiest people on earth – Nichiren was an influential 12th century monk who was sentenced to death for having written a prophecy that the Japanese rulers felt was mutinous, and undermined their absolute authority. As sheer luck would have it, Nichiren managed to escape his own execution when the executioner was struck and killed by a lightning bolt when he raised his sword. He was immediately released by the authorities due to the eerie circumstances.

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The Nichiren depiction

#2 Concetta Antico – The tetrachromat artist.
The human eye is filled with millions and millions of cone-shaped cells that help us interpret colours. Normally in humans, there are three types of these so called cone cells which allow vision of roughly about one million distinctive colours.

Reptiles, insects, birds and fish have a fourth type of cone cell that magnifies their colour perception, making them able to see in UV range. Although evolution has almost completely erased that fourth cone from mammals, there is still some evidence that a fractional group of humans may have a genetic variant that enables tetrachromacy.

A tetrachromat will be able to see, about 100 times more colours than an average human being (100 MILLION distinctive colours) Concetta Antico is a tetrachromat and the fact that she’s the only one (1:1 Billion) in the entire world who sees the world a lot more vividly than the others, makes her an extremely fortune person, one of the luckiest on earth.

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Concetta Antico

#1 Frane Selak – Seven times lucky, and then again.
Frane Selak, the Croatian man cheated death not once or twice, but an astounding SEVEN TIMES!

The man has so many stories that he honestly deserves a list by himself but we won’t let curiosity kill you – Here’s a recap of his amazing survivor stories.

  1. January 1962, he was traveling on a train that flipped off its tracks, and ended up in a freezing river, he survived with only a broken arm and hypothermia while 17 other passengers weren’t as lucky as he was.
  2. During his first (and only) plane ride, Selak was blown out of his seat in mid-air because of a malfunctioning door, and as pure luck would have it, he landed on a haystack. The plane crashed and none of other 19 passengers on board made it out.
  3. In 1966, the bus he was travelling in skidded off the road into a river, drowning the other four passengers on the bus. Frane, however, swam to safety with only a few cuts and bruises.
  4. Two years after the bus incident, Frane was trying to teach his youngest son about gun safety but he hadn’t realised that the safety trigger was off (Ironically enough) and somehow managed to shoot himself in the testicles. Selak survived the ordeal but his manhoods didn’t.
  5. In 1970, and 1973 he got into two accidents where both times his car caught fire. Apart from singed eyebrows, Frane managed to get out of both situations unscathed.
  6. In 1995, Frane was struck by a speeding bus, but only sustained minor injuries.
  7. In 1996, while trying to avoid a head-on collision on a mountain curve, he swerved into a guardrail, which couldn’t hold and gave way under the impact force. Frane, who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt at the time, was ejected upon impact from the side window right in time to watch his car plummet down the 90-meter gorge, escaping with only minor injuries. Again.
  8. And just when you’d think that eluding death an inhuman seven times would be enough luck for seven lifetimes, think again because two days after his 73’rd birthday, Selak won the Croatian National Lottery scooping up a total ‎€1 Million prize making him, without a shadow of a doubt, the number 1 in our list of the luckiest people on earth.
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Frane Selak

 

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