Check out these Fun Lottery Facts Posted: Wednesday, 13 January 2016 Millions of people around the world play lottery every single week, so it should come as no surprise that a wealth of fascinating and fun lottery facts have emerged as a result. Digest these bizarre and sublime pearls of truth and never again will you be stuck for something to say when the conversation turns to lotteries! 1. Dreams can come true There’s a whole load of anecdotal evidence to suggest that for some people, dreams really can hold the key to successful lottery betting. For example, back in the 1970s one Spanish lotto player was perplexed when he dreamt of the number 7, seven nights in a row. His response to the dreams (naturally!) was to multiply the number by the number of dreams in which it played a part (making 48, maths nerds), and buying a lottery ticket ending in that number. Amazingly, he won the jackpot. Just a coincidence? We’re not so sure. 2. Canadian lottery winners need to be decent at maths Imagine winning a big lottery prize, only to be told you have to answer a maths question in order to claim your winnings! Sounds awful, right? Strangely, a number of Canadian lottery games actually require winners to do this. So called Skill Testing Questions (STQs) help Canadian lottery organisers to circumvent tricky government regulations on gambling. Don’t worry – the questions aren’t too hard. 3. The secret to Voltaire’s early success: lottery winnings Lotteries have been around for a really long time. Way back in the years 1728-1730, legendary French writer Voltaire made his early fortune through ploughing money into the French National Lottery – the literary genius had noticed that the odds in the draw favoured the public rather than the organisers, and ended up winning over a million francs. No wonder he had plenty of time to write his Candide! 4. The strange case of the murdered Thundercats writer and the lotto ticket Lotteries don’t always pay off for writers. When Thundercats writer Stephen Perry was murdered in 2010, one of the police’s key lines of enquiry was a missing $10 million lotto ticket sold near his apartment around the time of the crime. It proved impossible to link the two events, but this would not have been the first time a person has been murdered over a lottery jackpot – take, for instance, Abraham Shakespeare, the American who met a grisly end in 2009, three years after winning a $30 million jackpot in dubious circumstances.