Celebrities or Lottery Players?
Despite having millions in cash, these attention magnets are spending quite some time and money on playing the lottery. I was surprised by the diversity of occupations involved; some are entertainers, others are into sports, etc. All of them are multimillionaires. At first, I was wondering, “Why would a wealthy person of that caliber bother playing the lottery?” Soon after that, I realized it was not about the money. Even I don’t play the lottery solely for the money part. The thrill and the excitement are what keep me coming for more.
Manchester United’s Mega Star – Wayne Rooney is a Regular Lottery Player
I open the list of celebrities who are playing the lottery with none other than Wayne Rooney himself. If you’re into soccer or as Europeans and the rest of the world call it football, you must’ve stumbled upon him by now. He has an estimated worth of over £80m or in USD that’s been around $115m. With a weekly wage of £260k, he can buy a lot of lottery tickets. But he’s not buying tons of tickets. In fact, one of his friends is doing it for him, and he buys only a handful of lottery tickets, but he never misses a lottery draw and talks about dedication.
It seems like celebrities who have a sport as their primary occupation is into a lottery. Chris Singleton has a different approach to playing the lottery. On one occasion, he spent roughly $100,000 on the Mega Millions lottery when the jackpot was over half a billion mark.
While we’re at sports celebrities, Terry Bradburry, a football player who was part of the Chelsea squad, won the UK National Lottery a few decades ago.
So Sportsmen Are the Only Celebs Who Play the Lottery? – Not Quite
It’s the opposite. Mega famous stars, coming from other industries like the movie industry, or show business, are also part of the lottery community. Take, for instance, the somewhat arrogant Simon Cowell. I can’t stand his face. I guess it’s due to his pretentious behavior shown on his show, the X-Factor. Regardless of my honest opinion about him, he’s a co-lottery player. He’s worth more than $550m, and he’s still playing the lottery regularly.
How about the commonly referred to as the Queen of Pop? Madonna used to be a passionate lottery player. Once, she even won over $130,000. Fortune favors wealthy people, unfortunately. Or it’s the other way around? Anyway, she donated the full prize amount to charity. Like she needed the extra cash.
The charming and for the ladies irresistible George Clooney has close ties with the lottery industry. In 2010 he and Elizabeth Hurley bought tickets for the SuperEnaLotto; it’s the Italian equivalent of the Powerball. They hoped they win big and donate all of the winning proceeds to charity. Although they failed, they still fulfilled their mission.
But, Why Do Celebrities Play the Lottery? – WHY?
Some have a hidden agenda; others like to attract attention, and then again, there are those who are genuinely into a lottery. Hugh Jackman, the actor who plays Wolverine in Marvel’s Universe, was buying tickets for his crew members as a way to bond them. Hugh noticed there was no chemistry among his co-workers and that he doesn’t know their names. Wolverine used the lottery as a way to connect with people. He’s the celebrity that probably buys the highest number of lottery tickets. However, he gives them all away.
On the other hand, Paris Hilton, the wealthy starlet, is seeking attention. Unlike Clooney and Hurley, who wanted to donate all of their winnings Ms. Hilton here shamelessly stated that she’d donate only 10% of her winnings. Despite having an estimated worth of a little over half a billion dollars, she’s still greedy!
The Largest Ever Powerball Jackpot Was the Push Some of Them Needed
Not long ago, I like other people who are not living under a rock, witnessed the largest ever Powerball Jackpot with a little over $1.5b. Now that’s seriously a lot of money. Even wealthy superstars were intrigued by Powerball. The lottery community hasn’t experienced something like this since who knows when.
Celebrities who’ve bought lottery tickets went rampant on Twitter, posting pictures with Powerball lottery tickets stating they hope they’d win the most desired jackpot of them all. Jessica Simpson was one of the pack members of celebrities affected by the Powerball madness. She stated that she was back in the lottery because she was too excited about it. Jessica was aware that she was not going to win since she doubts that rich people can win the lottery.
The former star of the show called Jersey Shore, Snooki, also got her hands on a Powerball ticket. Her tweets about the ticket were not well accepted by the public. In fact, the backlash was so fierce they made her feel bad. How unlikely is that? She’s the fierce Snooki for crying out loud!
Last but not least, Kim Kardashian posted about Powerball as well. Although we can’t take this as proof that she bought lottery tickets, it’s surprisingly pleasant to see a celebrity of her caliber “promote” the lottery. Stars playing the lottery are rather common. Boy, they’re made out of flesh and blood like I am, and they play the lottery. I could be a celebrity already if I lived in a world featured in the movie called “Truman Show.” Heck, I’d play the lottery even then.