We’ve all heard about crazed gamblers wasting away tons of money at casinos, but what impress us most are the winning stories, perhaps because we ourselves dream of hitting it big on that one lucky try. Women are known to exercise more restraint than men when gambling and for this reason we were curious about women gamblers and whether they had their share of good fortune.
In chronological order, here are the three biggest wins in recent history that come with some pretty extraordinary stories.
Sometimes Lady Luck is a double edged sword, and although she $35 million at a slot game Cynthia Jay-Brennan’s luck took a nearly deadly turn. She beat the odds of 1 in 175 million, she planned a trip around the world with her boyfriend only to then be hit by a drunk driver and end up paralyzed from the neck down. Now if that’s not an incredible story, then we don’t know what is. If you are looking for a silver lining consider that Cynthia actually beat the odds again, since her sister wasn’t as lucky and was killed on impact.
The lottery is simply a legalized form of gambling. Seeing as in the U.S, strict rules are set in place for gambling and casinos, the lottery is really the only place you can try your luck at winning a prize with one “bet”- the lottery ticket.
Gloria McKenzie is one of those fortunate lottery winners you hear about on the news, as she won the incredible sum of $590 million in 2013, by simply buying one ticket. The quirk about this success story is that someone else let the 84 year old take their turn in line, out of courtesy we wager. Sometimes you just have to let things run their course. Lucky for Gloria it seems there are still some gentlemen left in the world.
A more recent and fun story to feast your eyes on is the story of a woman that was one of three winners in the North Carolina Powerball jackpot of this year. For obvious reasons we cannot reveal the name of the woman, but her story is nonetheless heartwarming. A struggling mother, she had to work two jobs to support her children. This is obviously a grand task as it is but one of the kids also has cerebral palsy which complicates things tenfold.
She won a third of the $564 million prize money and vowed to start college funds for the children as well as use the money to spend more time with them and help her mentally afflicted child get the best care she can possibly find. All’s well that ends well, and we hope you’ve enjoyed these stories of woe and feat about women winners.