Why would big lottery payouts be hoaxes?

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Update 1/20/14

This is how works: if Joe Public ever researched this Crist 40M hoax, this story would come up first:

Tom Crist Email Scam: Lottery Winner Says Hoax Is ‘Unfortunate’

An email scam circulating the continent is exploiting the generosity of Calgary lotto winner Tom Crist.

Crist, who won $40 million dollars in lottery money last year, made headlines around the world when he announced he would funnel all his winnings into a charity set up in his late wife’s name.

0;I thought I was talking to Tom Crist, and he told me the story of his wife — I told him I understood how it is to lose someone you love, because I lost my parents and husband,” the single mother of two told the Sun, adding she will never see the $550 she lost to the scam. She also won’t be able to buy the puppy she had promised her son, Mitchell adds.

Of course, this hoax story is a sub-hoax to create confusion over the main hoax. A layer of the onion. Guess the perps read this blog. Welcome!

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Here’s a “couldn’t have written it better” story about a lottery winner.

Julie Kelly and her husband are expecting their first child in the New Year, but won’t have to stress about paying for their baby’s bottles or diapers.

via Soon-to-be mom wins lottery before Christmas – Calgary | Globalnews.ca.

I wonder why we don’t get to see the other two winners.

As many Canadians gather around their impossible to win tickets, dreaming away, I wondered again what the reason is that the big winners are probably hoaxes, or liars for hire.

Then it occurred to me, in explaining to two people who just bought a few tickets, why. (it’s good to be able to be a creative thinker – fakeology frees one’s mind for much creativity).

I think the odds of winning are astronomical, and as such, winning almost never come up. Instead of a problem, that can be an opportunity for the “gaming you” commissions. This allows them to stage the winners. Now they do need big winners, at least a few times a year. My guess is that big winners help account for more than half of their sales. Without the publicity of a payout of over say 30 or so million, they will only get their hard core gamblers, who are, for the most part, poor people.

Now, I’d say the occasional time the numbers may actually come up, and they get a legitimate winner. My guess is that happens less than once a year. The rest of the people you see winning BIG amounts are simply paid actors, including those that proclaim to have blown it all months or years later.

Since most are all about control, they can always script the winners and their profiles. This is the ultimate form of propaganda. They will hit all the emotional points with their winners. They will spread the “good cheer” in a very egalitarian way: young, old, black, white, brown, couples, singles, hetero/homo, etc. Controlling the outcome of this very widely subscribed to event is important. Lotteries, in Canada, are just as widespread as Tim Horton’s.


– If you play Lotto 649 twice a week, every week, for the next thousand years, your chances of winning the big jackpot are still only about one percent!
– Cheer up – the odds of winning the Lotto Super 7 (7 numbers, 1 through 47) are 62,891,499 to one!

Another fresh, quite unbelievable story (Tom Crist, as in Jesus Christ?):

A Calgary man who won $40 million says he will donate it all to charity.

Tom Crist was the winner of the Lotto Max jackpot on May 3.

Crist plays both Lotto Max and Lotto 6-49 by subscription, meaning players can pay for their selections for up to a year at a time.

Subscribers’ numbers are checked for them by the Western Canada Lottery Corp. after each draw and they are automatically paid any prizes won.

By subscription? How dangerous is that? Why would someone who intended to give it to charity play this way? Why wouldn’t he just give directly to charity? This story has so many memes that make no sense, which of course is the purpose of fake stories. Conflicting, contradicting: disinformation defined.


Update 12/19 from :


…esture even if you are already set. Crist, who won the jackpot in May, told the that his wife of 33 years, Jan, died almost two years ago of cancer. The lottery jackpot will be placed in trust and wi…

8 thoughts on “Why would big lottery payouts be hoaxes?

  1. tsisageya

    Let me be clear. I do not wish for money. I do not want a million dollars. Dollars are nothing but man-made special paper. Some want it to represent gold. Really? Gold? Are you kidding me? Some say that it no longer represents gold.

    At any rate, I think it’s called mammon worship. Go ahead, I want you to.

  2. tsisageya

    I think these things are distractions. There are some main issues, in my mind at least, that are way over, and beyond, such silly things.

    I do appreciate the fakeology but I don’t appreciate the distraction from more important things. IE war, death by the U.S., etc., etc.,etc.,

    1. tsisageya

      Let’s everyone play: If I had a million dollars…

      If I had a million dollars I would take care of my family. Then, I would take care of everyone else to the best of my ability. I’m not even sure what that means but I guess it means hiring people to do stuff to manage my million dollars.

      That makes me angry. I would probably just give it all away and have nothing to show for it. Poor me. I must not be worthy. (Vow not to cuss, vow not to cuss, vow not to cuss.)

  3. lux

    The media provides lots of horror stories about lottery winners supposedly losing it all and going down in flames in various ways. So much so that this sort of grim scenario has become part of the lottery world mindset, i.e., winning the lottery means you’ll probably come to a bad end one way or another. All quite convenient in explaining away the lack of visible lottery winners.

  4. columjaddica

    In most states they usually like to say that the money goes to education, but it usually goes into the “general fund”. At that point you could say it’s being used for education or any number of things, whatever is most convenient. Basically, money is fungible, and saying the funds are used for education when they are really all going into the same pot is fibbing at best.


    (Does anybody know how to get access to these kinds of studies and reports? With so much of it produced with public grants I find it really frustrating that it all sits behind a damn paywall)

  5. Gabriel

    Looks like the perps needed to get some money to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, www.today.com/news/canadian-lo…. Really, a retired CEO of an electric company is buying lottery tickets? At least with this one they were more obvious where the money ends up going. Guess they might have been reading your blog Ab and wanted to reassure us the money goes to good causes.

    1. ab Post author

      Your comment did get me thinking a bit that they do need to remind us that (at least in Canada) the big swindle is used for the common good (allegedly).

    2. Tom

      Yes, obviously, big winners are faked. With what we now know, the level of control and ‘legalised’ thievery, would clearly extend to that. That’s how they roll. Why wouldn’t they be faked? The 666 stands blatantly on the UK Lottery symbol. A badge of the brazen bullshitters.

      Big lottery wins are the only way many people dream of getting rich where I live.. It’s a powerful thing. I live on a housing estate of working class people.They talk about it every single day in my local shop. At work. Contrived narratives of fake winners are a gimme.

      Saturday Night prime time television presents the results. It’s the very, very, pits of empty entertainment.

      edit: excuse me posting this as a reply. It was meant as a general comment.

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