As anyone who has played the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Lotto knows, the game is all about chance. Players pick numbers and hope that they match the ones drawn by the lottery. But is it all just luck, or is there more to it?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, luck is "a force that brings good fortune or adversity." In other words, it's the randomness that determines whether something good or bad happens to us.
Does it take luck or math and statistics to win the PCSO lottery?
The story of a retired doctor of mathematical science, specializing in statistical computing, has spread throughout the world a long time ago. In 2010 Joan R. Ginther won the lottery for the fourth time in her life. Given that the probability of winning once in life is very low, the four wins of Ms. Ginther started a big wave of speculation. Is it due to hard work or simply luck?! If you conceive her professional specialty, it is difficult to resist the impression that she was not just born under a lucky star.
In seventeen years, Ms. Ginther's wallet was funded by a $20 million bag of money. Playing "Texas Lottery" was lucky for her. A scratch card in 1993, with a win amount of 5.4 million dollars. For the second time, fate smiled on her in 2006, when her account was credited a little less, because of only 2 million dollars. The situation repeated two years later when the prize was $ 3 million. It's not all. The last award turned out to be the biggest, which was $ 10 million.
What is more suspicious is that three out of four of Ginther's winning tickets were bought in the same place - in Bishop, while she lives permanently in Los Angeles. The organizers of the Texas Lottery to this day claim that no "lucky system" or deception was discovered, and Mrs. Ginther has a great fortune in life.
Lucky winners almost always become "broken"
It is a well-known fact that over 80% of PCSO Lotto millionaires lose their fortunes within ten years. This may seem impossible, but the reality is often harsh. Any amount of money can be squandered, as many lottery winners have found out. The problem is often a lack of money management skills. We are not talking about complicated investment plans, but simply running a necessary household budget. If someone cannot do this with their regular earnings, they are unlikely to magically acquire the knowledge to manage a large sum of money from a Lotto win. Often, lottery winners make risky decisions, then hide the fact that their investments are not doing well, and end up unable to afford anything.
Winning the lottery can sometimes turn out to be a curse. Suddenly, the winner must deal with problems such as protecting themselves against thieves and mafia, keeping their money secret, and deciding who to tell about their good fortune. After the initial joy, there is often a deep fear that sets in.
Although the chances of winning the Lotto are almost negligible, it is still a good idea to have a plan for "life after the win" - not just for dreams, but also for the financial security of your future.
Maybe, give luck to other people? PCSO Ticket as wedding present
Giving a PCSO lottery ticket as a wedding present is an interesting idea. It could be a fun and unique gift for the couple, and it could also bring them good luck in their marriage.
Of course, there are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to give a lottery ticket as a wedding present. First, make sure that the couple is interested in playing the lottery and that they are comfortable with the idea of gambling. Not everyone is a fan of lottery games, and it's important to respect the couple's preferences.
Recently Lotto gifts - scratches, already filled Lotto coupons, or Quick Picks becomes increasingly popular at weddings. Some say that such Lotto gifts are supposed to bring happiness to young marriages. Even if coupons or scratchcards do not turn out to be worth millions of pesos, you can repeat a proverb - "Love is blind, but luck in cards is not."
Source: Wikipedia about American four-time lottery winner