Level 3

A man in Florida was the sole winner of the state lottery. The jackpot was a record $451 million, which is the fourth largest in US history. The man is called Shane Missler and he is only 20 years old.  He said that he had a feeling he would win the big prize and that he intends to have fun with it.

He chose to receive a lump sum of $282 million, instead of instalments over a longer period of time. In the US lottery winners have to immediately pay 40% of their winnings in tax. Mr Missler took his ticket to the lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, he was accompanied by his father and his lawyer. He said he has lots of plans for his winnings.

He said: “I’m only 20, but I hope to use it to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for humanity,”. He also said: “I intend to take care of my family, have some fun along the way and cement a path for financial success so that I can leave a legacy far into the future.”

His lawyer said his client had decided to retire from his job after winning. Mr Missler had bought his ticket at a 7-Eleven convenience store in his hometown, he selected the “Quick Pick” option which chooses numbers at random.

He says he is looking forward to 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.

Legacy: How a person is remembered after they die, usually in the form of money or property.

Client: A person who uses the services of a lawyer or similar professional.

Headquarters: The location of a company’s main office.

Instalments: When something is paid in small amounts over an agreed period of time.

Pursue: To go after something.

Intend: Your plan or meaning

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. Legacy E. One time payment
6. Client F. Thrilled
7. Excited G. Come first
8. Biggest H. Customer
9. Winning I. Inheritance

True or False?

1. A man in Tennessee won the lottery. T / F

2. A person has to be 21 to play the lottery in all US states. T / F

3. The man chose to receive his jackpot in instalments. T / F

4. The man took his mother and lawyer to collect his winnings. T / F

5. The man gets $289 million. T / F

6. He bought his ticket at a 7-Eleven using his favourite numbers. T / F

7. The man intends to retire from his current job. T / F

8. He said he isn’t sure what to do with the money. T / F

9. The man is worried about the future. T / F

10. Lottery winners in the US must pay 40% of the money to the government. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. the / man / A / in / sole / of / was / Florida / winner / lottery / state / the

2. he / said / big / win / that / had / a / he / the / prize / He / would / feeling

3. He / his / lawyer / accompanied / his / father / by / was / and

4. client / winning /  lawyer / His / said / decided / his / had / retire / his / job / after / from / to

5. future / says / looking / He / to / he  / is / forward / the

Listening and Vocabulary

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

British English:

American English:

Lawyer Winnings Humanity
Record  Lottery Feeling
Client Largest History

A man in Florida was the sole winner of the state _________. The jackpot was a _________ $451 million, which is the fourth _________ in US history. The man is called Shane Missler and he is only 20 years old.  He said that he had a _________ he would win the big prize and that he intends to have fun with it.

He chose to receive a lump sum of $282 million, instead of instalments over a longer period of time. In the US lottery winners have to immediately pay 40% of their winnings in tax. Mr Missler took his ticket to the lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, he was accompanied by his father and his _________. He said he has lots of plans for his _________.

He said: “I’m only 20, but I hope to use it to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for _________,”. He also said: “I intend to take care of my family, have some fun along the way and cement a path for financial success so that I can leave a legacy far into the future.”

His lawyer said his _________ had decided to retire from his job after winning. Mr Missler had bought his ticket at a 7-Eleven convenience store in his hometown, he selected the “Quick Pick” option which chooses numbers at random.

He says he is looking forward to 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 about the man winning at such a young age?
8. Do you think he will use the money wisely?
9. What do you think of gambling?
10. How do you think the man’s life will change now?
11. Do you think money changes people?
12. Should rich people be obligated to give their money to charity?
13. Should poor people be given money by the government?
14. Do you believe in luck?
15. Is it bad for some people to have lots of money if other people don’t have any money?
16. Is inequality a big issue in your country?
17. Do you think lotteries are a good thing?
18. What is your favourite US state?
19. Do you think winning the lottery is dangerous?
20. What would you like to ask the man?