The Most Deserving Lottery Winners: When Good Karma Strikes!

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There are loads of ways to boost your chances of winning a lottery jackpot during your lifetime, but there’s no escaping the fact that you also need good luck to be on your side to win… or is that good karma? Given that all of the incredibly good people featured in this article won big, we certainly think it could be! These must be the most deserving lottery winners ever.

The guy who discovered the true value of politeness

One lucky jackpot winner hit the headlines in his native New Zealand last year when he scooped an amazing NZ Lotto prize worth around €700.000. The anonymous player’s prize was significant, but it was the manner of his victory that was truly remarkable. He told local media that the big win would never have happened if another player hadn’t cut in line ahead of him when he was at the store buying his winning ticket.

The lucky winner stayed polite and kept calm in-spite of his fellow shopper’s faux pas: “I wasn’t in any hurry, so I just let them go ahead and didn’t say anything. I guess good karma pays off — if that hadn’t happened, they might have had the winning ticket not me.”

Good manners will pay off in all sorts of ways throughout your life – but probably never quite like this! The hero of the story has revealed he intends to use his winnings to buy a house with his wife.

“Speedy” the hard-working janitor’s gigantic payday

In our eyes, good karma doesn’t just belong to those who are kind or polite – it’s a reward for patience and hard-work too. By all accounts, Illinois high school janitor Dave “Speedy” Martinez possesses all four of these qualities in spades.

Having worked as a high school custodian since 1982, “Speedy” has earned a reputation as a dedicated worker and an all-round nice guy. Needless to say, then, that colleagues and acquaintances of the well-liked janitor were delighted when they heard the news that Martinez had won a scratch-card prize worth approximately €1.900.000.

Here’s an account of the win from the man himself:

“I started scratching off on the dining room table and thought it was just a hundred thousand at first and then I looked at it again and it said a hundred thousand times twenty and was just mind-boggling.

“I was jumping up and down and my wife was still half asleep.”

Speedy told NBC Chicago he plans to use his winnings to fund some home improvements, a holiday in Hawaii, and aptly enough, a day out at a NASCAR race in Daytona.

A life-changing win for a wonderful family

Let’s head back to the state of Illinois for this, our final heart-warming story.

Lottery winners don’t come more deserving than Lance Bradley. 74-year-old Lance and his wife, Helen, are foster parents to four boys between the ages of 8 and 20, the youngest of whom, Dalton, has Down’s Syndrome.

The Daltons had the good fortune to win a Lucky Day Lotto prize of $400.000 on June 20th 2015, and after years of their lives primarily for the benefit of others, they weren’t about to stop being wonderfully selfless just because they were suddenly rich.

Their main consideration has been to help their boys, by putting money aside to support them in the future, and by buying a winter home in Florida to ensure Dalton never need struggle through a cold Illinois winter again.

Just another case of beautiful people doing amazing things with lotto winnings. Now will somebody PLEASE pass us the tissues?

Your fortunes can change in just one moment

It’s amazing how much can change in a moment. Just take this incredible tale for example.

Roughly a year ago, in January 2016, the news broke that one of the most remarkable scratch-card jackpot wins of all-time had just taken place in the Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis. The winner was not your typical millionaire-in-the-making – in-fact, he was a Syrian refugee who had fled his home country when civil unrest broke out in 2011.

The hardships this man will have faced on his journey to France would be tough to imagine for some Europeans. But now, thanks to the French lottery, he was faced with a new and brighter future, funded by a million-euro windfall. He told La Parisien that he would use the cash to open a restaurant and bring members of his family to France from Syria.