Lotto winners who made the most of their millions
Everybody knows the first thing they would do if they won the lottery: quit your job, pay off the mortgage, buy a holiday trip around the world.
But the tricky part of being a lottery winner is what comes next. You're millions of dollars richer, and your life has changed forever.
There are countless stories of people who have blown their winnings, lost their friends and family and ended up worse off than they were before.
But for all the sob stories of winners squandering their newfound fortune, there's a handful who have channelled their lottery luck into making a positive impact on the world – or have at least tried.
Here's some of the more interesting positive lottery winner stories:
When Jawdat Ibrahim won $A25 million in 1990, the Illinois State Lottery tried to deny him the winnings on a technicality.
He sued, and when he won, the court awarded him several more million dollars in damages.
The Chicago tow truck driver could suddenly afford to live anywhere, so he headed back to his hometown in Abu Ghosh, a largely Arab town outside Jerusalem.
There, he opened a restaurant and used it to host informal peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
And in 2010, Ibrahim broke the Guinness World Record for the largest serving of hummus.
The massive pile of dip was 6.1 metres across and weighed 4087kg - twice the previous record.
What makes it all the more impressive is that his winning ticket was the only one he ever bought.
Every sports fan has an opinion on how they would run things if they were in charge of their favourite team.
When unemployed Welsh mechanic Les Scadding won $A82 million in 2009, he decided to turn opinion into action.
Scadding became the major shareholder of Newport County AFC, and chairman of the soccer club in 2012.
In less than a year with Scadding in charge, Newport County was promoted into the Football League for the first time in 25 years.
After three years in the job, he resigned the position to move to Barbados, where he now lives.
Cynthia P Stafford
Cynthia P Stafford has argued "the law of attraction" is what led to her A$163 million lottery win.
The California account executive was raising her late brother's five children when she won the eye-watering sum in 2008.
But she quit her job so she could pursue her dreams as a movie producer.
Since then, she's made three movies, The Brass Teapot, The Inheritance and Polish Bar.
None of them have been wildly successful, but she's still living the dream in Hollywood.
California man Gil Cisneros was laid off from his job two weeks before he landed a lottery win worth A$388 million in 2010.
But the former Navy Lt Commander did not kick up his heels and relax with his massive cash prize.
Instead, he took on the political establishment by jumping into a congressional race.
Cisneros spent millions running as a Democrat in Orange County, a region famous for its strong Republican leanings.
But in November last year, Cisneros was successful, beating his opponent by a 52-48 per cent margin.
In his brief time in Congress he passed a bill helping female veterans adjust to civilian life.
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