(Updated on 09/07/2016)



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    - Plants Representing Luck
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    - Lucky Symbols and Numbers
    - Wish Makers
    - Good Luck Gemstones




  • Two Lottery Tickets Won $1 Billion over the Weekend - Text + Audio - 8 January 2018
    "A lottery ticket sold in the state of New Hampshire won a jackpot of $559.70 million on Saturday night.
    Just one day earlier, a lottery ticket sold in the state of Florida won a $450-million Mega Millions grand prize."


  • Largest Single US Lottery Payout Gives Winner $759 Million - Text + Audio + Pictures - 24 August 2017
    "A very lucky person has won the largest single lottery payout in United States history - $758.7 million."


  • Opportunist thief steals pot of gold in New York – video - 30 November 2016
    "Surveillance footage released on Tuesday shows an opportunistic thief stealing a bucket of gold, worth $1.6m, from the back of an armored truck in Manhattan, New York. In the footage, shot in September, the man is seen walking past the unguarded vehicle, he then spots the gold, and quickly walks off with it. The man is still at large."



  • Euromillions: UK ticketholder claims £34m jackpot - 17 September 2016
    "A UK ticketholder who won a £34m jackpot in Friday's Euromillions draw has come forward to claim the prize...
    The biggest lottery prize in UK history is the £161m Euromillions jackpot won by North Ayrshire couple Chris and Colin Weir in 2011."

  • 'World's luckiest man': Dubai air crash survivor wins one million dollars on lottery six days later - 10 August 2016
    "I live a simple life, and now that it’s my time to retire, I feel like God gave me a second life when I survived the plane crash, and blessed me with this money to follow all this up by doing good things...
    If you ask me about my plans, I obviously want to help the children in Kerala who are less fortunate than others and need some financial help and medical support..."

  • British ticket holder scoops £148m EuroMillions jackpot - 11 August 2012
    "According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2012, the ticketholder will now be wealthier than the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who have land inheritance valued at £28m, actor Daniel Radcliffe with £54m and singer Adele at £20m.
    They will also be richer than Lewis Hamilton at £55m, footballer Wayne Rooney at £45m, at Twilight actor Robert Pattinson at £40m."


  • Hot tubs and walk-in wardrobes top lottery winners' wish lists - 18 May 2012
    "Hot tubs, walk-in wardrobes and pet dogs are the most popular items bought by lottery winners, a survey has found."
  • EuroMillions winners: we are now 'officially retired' - with a video - 11 October 2011
    "Dave and Angela Dawes reveal what they plan to do with the £101 million they have won from the EuroMillions jackpot."

    "The money will help out their families and friends...
    we've got 15 to 20 people that we are sort of going to make millionaires...
    we're going to buy a house over there (in Portugal) and we're going to get married next June..."


  • Lottery win: Euromillions couple are 'tickled pink' + a video - 15 July 2011
    "Colin and Chris Weir: "We were excited, exhilarated, we couldn't sleep."
    A couple from Largs in Ayrshire have been named as the winners of the £161m Euromillions jackpot...
    The most exciting aspect of their windfall is the opportunity to travel...
    They have also already decided to buy homes for their two children..."


  • Euromillion lottery win: what the Weirs will spend money on - 15 July 2011
    "They have given a few hints about what they might spend the money on."


  • Frano Selak: 'world's luckiest man' gives away his lottery fortune - 14 May 2010
    "A music teacher, Frano Selak, who was dubbed the world's luckiest man after cheating death seven times before winning the lottery has now decided to give away his fortune.
    The 81 year-old won £600,000 five years ago in the lottery in Croatia, to celebrate his fifth marriage, after earlier surviving plane and train crashes.
    He also survived other disasters...
    Now the pensioner has decided that "money cannot buy happiness" and has decided to live a frugal life.

  • Strangers to get €280,000 legacy - 16 September 2009
    "A WOMAN has left all her €280,000 fortune to about 200 people she met by chance through life.
    Jeannine Vromant, from Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, died in 2008 at the age of 86 and, having no family and having never married, decided to give
    pleasure to strangers who had helped her."




  • German motorway strewn with notes - 15 May 2009
    "A man in Germany discovered the dangers of driving an open-top car when an envelope containing 23,000 euros (£20,600) blew off the back seat.
    The notes rained down on the fast-moving motorway traffic behind him."


  • How Do People Spend Their Lottery Winnings? - Text + Audio - 13 January 2016
    "America’s Powerball lottery jackpot is over $1 billion. Where does the money go? Some winners start charities.
    Others buy gifts for family and friends. What others do might surprise you."




  • Lottery Ticket: Lotteries
    "Talking about luck and the lottery is really common in EFL ESL classes. I used this scene to lead in the topic.
    The scene sounds almost like a documentary, since it shows interviews of passers-by, saying what they would do if they won a very fat lottery ticket..."

    + a video