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How Winning the Lottery Changed My Life : Windfall: A Blessing or a Curse? [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Hayes
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"What if you suddenly acquired a windfall of money and maybe a little fame? How would it change your life? This is my story, a true story of how my life changed since winning the lottery in April 2006. It includes the controversial reality show Million Dollar Christmas, which aired December 2007.

That reality show featured four out of the thirteen lottery winners (we were dubbed the Lucky 13), who consented to being filmed for a reality show. The show was about our lives as we prepared for our first Christmas as millionaires.

Out of the four stories, my story was the most talked about throughout the country. I received both positive and negative feedback from people across the United States.

My story in this book includes the love I received, the hate, the hopes, and regrets that come with a life-altering change. After reading this book, perhaps you will be able to answer this question: Is winning the lottery a blessing or a curse"


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About the Author

Sandra Hayes is a graduate of Columbia College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She also is a graduate of Webster University, where she received a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology. After working for many years for the Federal and State Government, she is now retired. She was born and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. She has many hobbies, including cooking, gardening, fishing, and traveling.

Product Details

  • File Size: 136 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467870463
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OAF2TI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The author, Sandra Hayes was on a PBS program discussing the recent record $645M jackpot and the impact of winning a lottery on individuals and their states revenue base. Based on the PBS radio program, I purchased the Kindle version for $3.49. That price represents a fair value for the book. The book is an extended pamphlet of 55 pages. I was able to read it in 35 minutes. The best part of the book is Sandra's description of her emotions when she won portion of the then record $226 million Poweball jackpot and her interactions with the office staff. Sandra was in an office pool and there were 13 winners. The winning group received an enormous amount of press coverage including appearing in a reality TV show.
Sandra provides several interesting insights on the process of receiving the money as well as how the winning were intertwined with her spiritual life. Also, she provide a brief but fascinating insight on being part of a reality show.

The book is a good outline of items that she needs to flesh out in order to get a final grade for finishing her memoir writing project. For example,
1) She mentions that there were several well known actors who approached the group to do a reality show; who were they and how did they interact with group?
2) She needs to expand on the sections where she mentioned that she provided charitable assistance to individuals and groups after she carefully checked out their story. What prompted her to become involved and make donation.
3) She should expand on how she acquired her legal and financial advisory team to prevent her from going bankrupt in 5 years. Did she rely on a friend or did she do research and identify individuals with expertise in managing large trust?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very short, disappointed February 16, 2012
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I don't want to get too down on this author or product. It is my doing that I didn't pay attention to how many pages this book had. I read it in less than 45 min. I was excited for an in depth look at a lottery winners life and experiences. However it is extremely simple in its writing and skims over every subject that it mentions. It even had the exact same paragraph repeated 2 or 3 pages later which I have never seen in a book before. I definitely do not think it is worth the almost $12 plus shipping that I paid for it. It reminded me more of a pamphlet than a book in its simplicity. Get this if you don't want much more than that.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigued February 28, 2012
By quept
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I must say that I enjoyed the book. It was refreshing to read about a lottery winner's experience. The fact that the writer wrote about most people misconception of winning was exhilarating. I was especially interested in the chapters that explained the process of receiving the winnings. That process was enlightening. Although it is an easy read I hungered for more depth. The price was more than reasonable. I can't wait for the next book. I loved it, waiting on more. If you are interested in the life of a lottery winner this book is a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story but extremely short. May 27, 2012
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This was a good book and interesting but it was really a short story. I wish that had been more clear before I purchased it. I feel like I got ripped off since it only took me a little over an hour to read the whole book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet February 16, 2012
By jim
Format:Paperback
I found book short but it had a warm and an inspiring sort of feel to it throughout. This story puts you in the moment, rather delightfully, without boring you with a lot trivial details. But also the book seems to give you a true feel of the author, who seems to have rather, a vibrant personality. I would love to hear more about her life changing experiences. I loved the book. I was worth the price. I hope she writes part two of this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Sweet Ginuine November 24, 2014
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This is a very short book, more like a pamphlet. However, it's full of heart and represents one woman's journey from the point she one the lotto to the way she lives her life having one the lottery. What the book lacks in detail it makes up in inspiration if it is your dream to win the lottery. In brief it alludes to strategies you will need to utilize to keep your new found wealth and avoid pitfalls brought about by those that want to use your new found wealth for their own personal interests. It also speaks to the new found joys a person may find that have nothing to do with the upgrade in material lifestyle, but rather the ability it affords one to increase in altruistic endeavors. In a nutshell it was short and sweet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad... February 22, 2012
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I found it interesting that I was able to hear a story from someone who really won the Lottery. A lot comes with winning. This is a story about someone's life and it makes me happy to be considered average. Money is nice to have but you will lose a lot of people if you don't make people rich and throw monet at them. Short but interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The book was a good short read with a happy ending. GOOD for her.
Published 2 months ago by shirley silver
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
This is one of the worst books I've ever bought. it's really more of a ramble than a book. It seems that there was no editor. The chapters consist of a few paragraphs.
Published 2 months ago by Deeds
4.0 out of 5 stars How Winning the Lottery Changed my Life......etc
Like this book because it gave you (the reader) a good, unvarnished picture of what it's really like to win a lottery.
Published 8 months ago by iabc
3.0 out of 5 stars overpriced!
this book is way too short for its price! it did give me a fairly good idea about what stuff one might go thru if they did win a big pot of money in the lottery. Read more
Published on December 20, 2012 by mint snow
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short
It's provides nice insight, but not enough detail. It definately could have been longer. More advice to winners would have been useful.
Published on December 19, 2012 by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars short BUT sweet
This book was very sweet as far as giving you an insight of how it feels intially finding out you won the lottery. It was very vague and short overall. Read more
Published on October 2, 2012 by niecypooh
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome!
At first I was not sure if I really wanted to buy a story about the experience of winning the lottery from someone who was already rich. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Lynn
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Sandra Hayes is a graduate of Columbia College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She also is a graduate of Webster University, where she received a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology. After working for many years for the Federal and State Government, she is now retired. She was born and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. She has many hobbies, including cooking, gardening, fishing, and traveling.

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