Editorial - Thursday, October 10: Of winners and losers
I PUT myself through university by working in a newsagency and am happy to report that I sold a couple of good winners.
I also had a few unknowing customers come in and hand tickets over with no idea that they had won - getting to surprise them with that news then was pretty great. I think my favourite story though is about a man who walked in to claim his $10,000-winning scratch-it.
When I popped it through the machine, a little message came up saying it was stolen.
My boss at the time and I had to work together to keep the man occupied while we called the police and let them know - luckily the police station was right next door.
The man got carted off and he definitely didn't get that $10,000.
Coming into so much money would be a shock and when I think about it, I am not sure I would know how to spend it.
But as history shows, there are plenty of people who manage to churn through the dollars and end up with less than they started with.
And of course there are always the long-lost relatives who come out of the woodwork when they hear the ka-ching of prize money being cashed in.
Hopefully, the lucky winner of Monday night's lotto is able to enjoy their new-found wealth without any of these complications. And while there's that little part of me that is slightly jealous (come on ,who isn't), as someone who has seen the look on people's faces when you tell them they have won, I am really excited for them.
I'd love to know what you would do if you won $1 million - head to our Facebook page and let us know. I'd go on a nice long around-the-world holiday.