lottery

Listen to Sarah, a young woman who won the Lottery.

Before you listen think about the questions.

Listen and decide if the statements are True or False.

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Have you ever tried bought a lottery ticket?

Do you really think you will win?

What would you do with the money?

Would you give any of it to family? friends?

=1. Sarah thinks her parents are educated people.

=2. She didn't enjoy writing novels.

!3. Sarah’s friends joked with her about the money .

!4. Sarah gave a large amount of money to her family.

=5. Her father didn’t want to move because he loved their garden.

!6.Sarah was surprised by her family’s reaction to the money.

!7. She says she learned most about writing from other students.

!8. She now owns a successful publishing company.

  1. She thinks her parents are educated people. True. Because her idea of being educated is when people read a lot.
  2. She didn’t enjoy writing novels. True. She prefers writing short stories.
  3. Sarah’s friends joked with her about the money. False. Sarah thought they were joking, but they weren’t.
  4. Sarah gave a large amount of money to her family. False. She tried to buy them a house but they wouldn’t accept it so she gave them a little towards a new car and a greenhouse.
  5. Her father didn’t want to move because he loved their garden. True. He had put a lot of work into it and was proud of it.
  6. Sarah was surprised by her family’s reaction to the money.False. She says her family had always been sensible about money.
  7. She says she learned most about writing from other students. True.
  8. She now owns a successful publishing company. False, She says she intends to start a company because she wants to help young writers.

I was brought up in an ordinary happy home. Myself my mother and father and one older sister. Ever since I was a small girl I have had a love or writing, my family thought this was surprising as they did not consider themselves educated people. I wasn’t surprised though because both of my parents read a lot which is my idea of being educated.

Anyway when I left school I trained to be a secretary but whenever I had time I wrote stories and poems. I even wrote a novel but I wasn’t comfortable writing longer pieces so I went back to short stories.

Anyway one day, just after I was twenty one the craziest thing happened. I won the lottery, not the first prize but still, it was half a million pounds. I was out with my mum when the draw was made and my friend rang me to tell me I had won. I though she was joking and I hung up, I even told my mum about the joke

But it wasn’t a joke. All of a sudden I was a very rich woman. Well, I was determined that I wasn‘t going to waste the money. Of course I wanted to do something for my family, so I offered to buy them a new house but my dad said ‘if you think we are leaving this house after all the work I’ve put into that garden you’ve got another thing coming! So in the end I gave them something towards a new car and a greenhouse.

I tried to give my sister some of it too but she wouldn’t take more than a little of it to buy a new dress and some small things she wanted. She said it was my money and she knew I would use it sensibly. None of this really surprised me; my family have always had a sensible attitude towards money.

So, there I was, twenty one with a fortune to spend. It soon became obvious to me that I didn’t want to be a secretary any more so i moved to America to do a degree in creative writing. I had a wonderful time on the course. I learned a lot from the lecturers but even more from the other hopeful writers on the course.

All this was fifteen years ago now and since then I have had several short stories published. Now I want to do something for other young writers so I am planning to set up a small publishing company. I1ll call it lotto publishing in memory of where my fortune came from.

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