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Money. Gobs of it. In the blink of an eye — or the drop of a ball — it's all yours. Everyone dreams about striking it rich by winning a lottery. We all feverishly line up to purchase our tickets, and watch TV or scan the newspapers to see if we have won, even though the odds are better that we will be struck by lightning. Still, we persevere, because no matter what else happens this week, you can be sure that someone, somewhere, will win the big one. As the recent Powerball frenzy proved, lotteries are an unparalleled popular phenomenon. But what happens after the winners are revealed, and the checks have been issued? How does winning a lottery change one's life? Luck of the Draw profiles past winners of big lotteries, and how their windfall impacted their lives, mostly for the better, but interestingly sometimes for the worse, such was the case of a Florida widow who won $5 million in 1984; three years later, she lost her mansion and fancy cars, and owed the IRS $500,000 for back taxes. Eventually she was arrested for trying to hire a contract killer to take out her daughter-in-law, whom she blamed for her lottery misfortune. The book also depicts the past, present and future of lotteries in North America and the world over, and includes a special chapter on the revived phenomenon of big-time TV game show winners. Who wants to be a millionaire? Seemingly, everyone. In a country where eighty, percent of adults have played a lottery, creating a multi-billion dollar industry, Luck of the Draw is an insightful inside look at lotteries, its winners, and its losers.

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Jenn, September 2, 2006 (view all comments by Jenn)
Gudgeon writes about lotteries and includes neat facts, including people who have sued because they haven't won! He also discusses taxes and fear winners have after finding themselves holding a winning ticket.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781551520827
Author:
Gudgeon, Chris
Author:
Stewart, Barbara
Publisher:
Arsenal Pulp Press
Location:
Vancouver :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Gambling - Lotteries
Subject:
Lotteries
Subject:
Lottery winners
Subject:
Loteries
Subject:
Gagnants áa la loterie
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Games
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
49
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
175
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 11.84 oz

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