Level 2

A man in Florida was the single winner of the lottery. The jackpot was a record $451 million. The man is called Shane Missler and he is only 20 years old. It is the fourth largest jackpot in US history.

He chose to receive a lump sum of $282 million, instead of smaller payments over a longer time. Mr Missler took his ticket to the lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. He said that he wants to help his family and less fortunate people.

He said: “I intend to take care of my family [and] have some fun along the way”.

His lawyer said he decided to retire from his job after winning. Mr Missler had bought his ticket at a 7-Eleven convenience store in his hometown.

He says he is excited for the future.

 

Difficult words

Lottery: A game where people buy a ticket and one person wins a lot of money.

Jackpot: The biggest amount of money available in a lottery.

Lump sum: One payment, instead of more smaller payments.

Retire: When a person leaves their job and stops working.

Future: Tomorrow, next week, next year etc. Time that hasn’t happened yet.

Record: The best thing of it’s kind e.g. The man held the record for the fastest running time.

Fortunate: Having good luck.

Headquarters: The main office of a company.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

1. Lottery A. Largest
2. Jackpot B. Sweepstake
3. Lump sum C. Give up work
4. Retire D. Top prize
5. Future E. One time payment
6. Receive F. Thrilled
7. Excited G. Come first
8. Biggest H. Get
9. Winning I. After this

True or False?

1. A man won the lottery. T / F

2. The man is 30 years old. T / F

3. The man will stop working. T / F

4. The man is in Florida. T / F

5. The man gets $289 million. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Florida / man / A / in

2. excited / the / future / is / He / for

3. chose / He / receive / to / lump / a / sum

4. 20 / is / man / The / only

5. retired / job / his / He / from

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Largest Retire Headquarters
Chose Family Lottery
Million History Jackpot

A man in Florida was the single winner of the __________. The _________ was a record $451 _________. The man is called Shane Missler and he is only 20 years old. It is the fourth _________ jackpot in US _________.

He _________ to receive a lump sum of $282 million, instead of smaller payments over a longer time. Mr Missler took his ticket to the lottery _________ in Tallahassee. He said that he wants to help his _________ and less fortunate people.

He said: “I intend to take care of my family [and] have some fun along the way”.

His lawyer said he decided to _________ from his job after winning. Mr Missler had bought his ticket at a 7-Eleven convenience store in his hometown.

He says he is excited for the future.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Do you play the lottery?
4. What would you do if you won lots of money?
5. Are lotteries popular in your country?
6. Is gambling allowed in your country?
7. What do you think of the man?
8. Do you think lotteries are a good thing?
9. Do you think the man’s life will change?
10. Do you think money changes people?
11. Should rich people give their money to charity?
12. Should poor people be given money?
13. Is it bad for some people to have lots of money if other people don’t have any money?
14. How would you use $282 million to help people?
15. What would you like to ask the man?