Les Robins, Yancy Hicks, and Jackie Cisneros all share something in common: in addition to being lucky enough to win large amounts of money at the lottery, they’ve all enjoyed successful lives since their big wins. These three winners all exemplify the perfect lottery success story.
Les Robins, at the time a junior high school teacher, won $111 million in a Powerball jackpot in 1993. He founded Camp Winnegator, a 226 acre camp grounds which serves as a day camp to local Wisconsin children. He still visits the campgrounds, and is known to drive around the grounds in his Jeep, to see the status of his charity and enjoy the benefits of his good deeds. He also works as a volunteer basketball coach for another organization.
Les Robins had already identified his passion- as a teacher, he knew that he enjoyed working with kids. So, with unlimited wealth at his disposal, he made a hobby out of the things he enjoyed. As a volunteer basketball coach, he could still work with kids but on a much less rigorous schedule than as a teacher. Creating Camp Winnegator was a way to create a lasting legacy to children.
Mr. Hicks, after working at McDonalds for twenty-six years, won $1 million in 2008. Although this is a smaller sum than many multimillion dollar jackpot winners may have won, he has managed to turn it into a sound investment. Mr. Hicks’ lifelong dream was to own a Subway sandwich shop franchise, so he used his winnings to do so. Despite his great success, he has still managed to stay with the same group of friends as he had before his win. The only splurge purchase he made was a new Corvette.
Yancy Hicks did all the right things. He had already identified his dream- to own his own Franchise. After researching various restaurant franchises, he finally settled on a Subway sandwich shop franchise, well within his budget. Construction began in 2010 and will be completed soon. The lottery win made that possible. In addition, he certainly didn’t splurge on things he didn’t need and was careful with his new earnings. Finally, Yancy Hicks knew to be careful with saying “no” to people. He kept friends that he had made before his win, and didn’t let new people take advantage of him or his wealth.
In 2010, Jackie Cisneros, an overnight newsroom editor, won $266 million in the Mega Millions lottery. Her husband, Gilbert Cisneros, had purchased the tickets for her on a whim after picking up dinner to bring home. The timing on the win could not have been better- just two weeks prior, Gilbert Cisneros had been laid off from his job. Already a great story, what made it even more compelling and newsworthy was that Jackie Cisneros has kept her job. As she explained it, the job made her happy and she wanted to continue that. She couldn’t imagine a life without working, so of course she would continue to do so.
Jackie Cisneros is another example. She knows the things that make her happy- in her case, working at a job she enjoys which gives her satisfaction. She and her husband have done charity research (They plan to give to their church and to their alma maters) and are thinking about how to give gifts which will make them happy.
Though these three winners are by no means the only people with great lottery winner’s stories, they exemplify some of the success methods that enable one to become one.