Sometimes good things come in bunches, sometimes people go through hot and cold periods and have to settle for what they get. Most lottery players say when asked that if they were to win the jackpot, one of the first things that they would do is to quit their jobs. Since there are very few people out there who actually like what they’re doing, it makes perfect sense for them to stop working as soon as they cash in the jackpot. There are very few cases when things go the opposite way and players win the lottery after losing their job, but this is exactly what happened to Riley Gunn from Oregon.
Good things come to those who wait
The number of people who lose their jobs is still very high and it is not even surprising when someone is laid off and needs to make another career choice. Riley went through something similar earlier this year, but he didn’t lose his hope and one of these first things he did immediately after losing his job, was to purchase a lottery ticket. This is probably the best thing he ever did in his life, as that ticket brought him an amount of $1 million, which will translate into $670,000 after paying taxes.
The money couldn’t have come at a better time, because just as Riley Gunn confessed when interviewed by the media, Wolf Creek is not the place where jobs are abundant. For many of those who lost their jobs, the aftermath was particularly difficult and very few have recovered in a relatively short period of time. Although playing the lottery is not the kind of recipe for overcoming these stressful moments, it is refreshing to know that at least for Mr. Gunn, the games helped him find his way out.
Being cheap is never the answer
One of the main reasons for why people prefer to play the lottery instead of regular casino games, is that they don’t need to invest a lot of money for a chance to win big. A few dollars are all it takes to purchase tickets for some of the largest draw such as the Mega Millions, and at least in theory it is possible to win millions. The question is whether players should pay the additional dollar and have their potential payouts multiplied by four, or stick to the traditional lottery slip.
The debate is still on, but fortunately for Riley Gunn he made the right choice and was not cheap when it came to paying the odd dollar. If he wouldn’t have, the prize would have been be limited to $250,000 with almost 100,000 being subtracted as taxes. Luckily for him, he received the full amount of $1 million and is now on his way to acquiring a new house.