Test Your Knowledge: Lottery Winners Quiz

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Test Your Knowledge: Lottery Winners Quiz
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The chances are slim that you'll ever win, but you know, someone has to. How much do you know about these lucky (and unlucky) lottery winners?
What was the jackpot of the January 2016 Powerball lottery?
$1.5 billion
The jackpot stirred up a frenzy of ticket sales in the United States.
$754 million
$222 million

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How many ticket holders won the 2016 Powerball?
three
The winners were from Florida, Tennessee and California.
two
one

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What were the odds of winning the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot?
about 1 in 520 million
about 1 in 340 million
about 1 in 292 million
In other words, you didn't win.

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How long did it take Canadian resident Sharon Tirabassi to blow her $10 million win?
less than 10 days
less than 10 months
less than 10 years
She immediately shared her winnings with friends and family and eventually blew it all.

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What cause did Bob Erb fund after winning $25 million in 2012?
water accessibility projects
marijuana legalization
He also pledged some of his winnings to charity.
AIDS research

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How much did Jack Whittaker win in the Powerball in 2002?
$314 million
At that time it was the largest amount ever awarded to a single ticket holder.
$243 million
$112 million

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Whittaker chose a lump sum for his Powerball prize. After taxes, how much of the $314 million did he get to keep?
$50 million
$88 million
$113 million
Whittaker wasn't exactly broke when he won -- he already had a net worth of more than $15 million before the lottery.

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How did 1998 Canadian lottery winner Gerald Muswagon die?
He was hit by a car.
A hit man killed him.
He hanged himself.
He lived lavishly until he was broke and then he committed suicide.

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How many people split the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2012?
three ticket holders
Each of the ticket holders got $218 million.
10 ticket holders
21 ticket holders

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Why did Joseph Rancoioli kill his wife, who won $5 million in 1991?
She squandered the money.
He poisoned her with painkillers after she secretly gave money to a love child from another man.
She left him.
She burned the money.

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In which state was the single largest winning ticket in history purchased?
Florida
The win was claimed by Gloria C. Mackenzie in 2013.
Michigan
Washington

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How old was Gloria C. Mackenzie when she won her record-breaking jackpot?
77
91
84
And as of 2016, she is still alive, rolling around (gingerly) in piles of money.

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Where did Mackenzie live before winning the lottery?
a large ranch home
a tiny duplex
With her winnings, she bought a $1.75 million home in a gated community.
with her impoverished son

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After taxes, how much did construction worker Americo Lopes win in 2009?
$49 million
$28 million
$17 million
He bought the ticket as part of a co-worker pool and then quit his job without telling them about the big win.

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How did Americo Lopes' co-workers find out that he had won the lottery?
He was on TV.
He told one of them.
They sued him for his betrayal and won.
They saw him driving a fancy car.

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What happened to Jeffrey Dampier, who won $20 million playing the Illinois lottery in 1996?
He was murdered.
His sister-in-law and her boyfriend killed him for the money; they were both convicted.
He died the next day.
He bought a national park.

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What percentage of lottery winnings over $5,000 go to the federal government?
0
0
Uncle Sam will gladly take his share of your winnings, no matter the size of your prize.
0

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At what rate are lottery winnings in Europe taxed?
0
There are taxes that you pay to play but your lump sum is not taxed.
0
0

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Where did Tonda Lynn Dickerson work before winning the lottery in 1999?
Walmart
Waffle House
She refused to share the winnings with her co-workers and was sued.
JP Morgan

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How much debt did Pennsylvania Lottery winner William Post III accrue before dying in 2006?
about $ 1 million
He was married seven times and his brother tried to kill him.
about $5 million
about $12 million

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What was the largest single-ticket win ever in the EuroMillions?
$171 million
$260 million
That ticket was played in 2011.
$442 million

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How do lottery odds compare to those at a casino?
They are better.
They are worse.
You are better off blowing your money in Vegas than buying lottery tickets.
They are about the same in the end.

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In 2006, workers at what Nebraska business shared a $365 million jackpot?
soybean processor
meatpacking plant
Of the eight people who won, several were poor immigrants.
beef ranch

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How much did Evelyn Adams win playing the lottery?
$55 million
$12 million
$5 million
She won in back-to-back years (1985 and 1986) and wound up blowing all of the money.

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What did 1993 winner Les Robins do with some of the $111 million that he won playing Powerball?
bought a yacht
built a kid's camp
Camp Winnegator was a dream realized for the teacher.
donated to cancer research

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What was the first thing that Brad Duke bought after he won more than $200 million in 2005?
cars
horses
bicycles
He bought two nice bikes and kept driving his older car.

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What did Georgia truck driver Eddie Nabors tell the media he would do after winning the MegaMillions in 2007?
go fishing
And his $80 million would buy him a nice fishing boat.
become a landlord
buy a fleet of trucks

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What did Allen and Violet Large do with the $11 million they won in the Canadian lottery?
gave it to charity
Violet was quoted as saying, "What you've never had, you never miss."
bought Microsoft stock
purchased a fleet of hot air balloons

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What did the Larges have to say about the money that they won in the Canadian lottery?
It was a big headache.
They were happy to give the money away to their favorite organizations.
It was an amazing blessing from God.
They were too busy to care.

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A 2004 study showed that what percentage of U.S. lottery winners continued to work after receiving their prizes?
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0
They often reduced their hours but they kept right on working.
0

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