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7 Meals That’ll Make You Feel Famous

Never cook again with your own personal chef!

Everyone likes to dream about what they’d spend their newfound money on when they win the lottery. Usually the first things that come to mind are big houses, luxury cars, and expensive, endless vacations.

If someone asked me though, I think one of the first things I’d do would be to hire a personal chef.

Think about it: not only do you never have to be stuck wondering what to eat, but you have someone who makes meals exactly how you like it!

If you want to feel famous when you eat, check out LottoExpress‘ list of 7 famous people and the foods their chefs made for them!

1. Michael Jackson: Enchiladas

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

Michael Jackson was the biggest pop star in history. He was known to be quite eccentric, and his food tastes were no different.

When it came to cooking for the King, Jackson’s personal chef in the 80s (named Mani Niall) recalls how difficult that task could often be.

Niall claimed that although Jackson was “vegetarian”, he “didn’t like vegetables”. This proved quite a challenge!

Eventually, Niall found the perfect cuisine: Mexican food. Dishes like spicy enchiladas became a fixture and the table. Jackson also loved tofu kebabs with Couscous and Moroccan Sauce!

(Source: People Magazine)

2. Queen Elizabeth II: Sunday Roast

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

From the King of Pop to the Queen of England, her Majesty has reigned in luxury for over 63 years. Yet she has always been partial to simple, traditional English fare, though sometimes with a twist!.

Owen Hodgson, her former chef, dishes on a secret cooking tip when prepping for the Queen: “When we cooked the Queen’s mushrooms we always added a smidgen of Marmite”. Sounds savoury and oh so English!

Her current chef, Mark Flanagan, claims that Elizabeth, like her subjects, enjoys a Sunday roast after church. Don’t serve her the rare stuff though; she always prefers the well-done end slice!

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. George W. Bush: Cheeseburger Pizza

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

Across the pond, another head of state was known for modest culinary tastes.

When he took over the Oval Office, U.S. President George W. Bush hired a kitchen team who could pull off his favorite comfort foods.

The First Couple were particularly fond of Tex-Mex, a type of cooking created in their native Texas. Their preferred Sunday meal was Huevos Rancheros (eggs and hot salsa on a tortilla).

But W.’s favorite guilty pleasure? Cheeseburger pizza.

According to White House chef Cristeta Comerford, this unusual dish consisted of a margarita pizza with ground beef, mustard, ketchup, and even sliced pickles on top –all the ingredients of a cheeseburger!

(Source: The Daily Beast)

4. Madonna: Macrobiotic Cuisine

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

Madonna’s long been known for her extravagant and odd lifestyle choices. And food is no exception!

For seven years, she employed Japanese chef Mayuni Nishimura, who travelled the world with Madge cooking healthy “macrobiotic” cuisine.

Macrobiotic cuisine involves eating only whole grains, beans, and vegetables. Nishimura insists that meals always contain fermented foods found locally, no matter where you are. This type of diet is thought to contribute to a longer, healthier life.

While no longer Madonna’s chef, Nishimura continues to promote a macrobiotic diet as a way to live a healthier lifestyle!

(Source: The National.ae)

5. Donald Trump: Milkshakes

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

Donald Trump has certainly made a lot of headlines lately! Over the past two years, he’s been touring America promoting his presidential campaign. And what’s more American than a milkshake?

Trump’s longtime former personal chef Joe Isidora recently revealed that The Donald has an obsession with milkshakes. “He loves milkshakes,” Isidora admitted recently.

And his favorite flavour? According to Isidora, it’s not just limited to milkshakes:

“I can tell you, milkshake or not, his favorite flavor is cherry vanilla.”

(Source: Inside Edition)

6. Kylie Minogue: Beef Tournedo

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

Kylie is one of Australia’s most famous actors and singers. She’s been in the limelight since the 80s, and is still going strong today!

She’s particularly known for her extravagant live performances and tireless tour schedules.

Her former chef, Giles Broe, recently revealed what Kylie’s go-to post-show dish is: beef tournedos with olives.

According to Broe, Kylie wolfed these tender cuts of tenderloin down frequently: “(Kylie is) often exhausted after a show: this is the perfect protein-rich pick-me-up.”

(Source: Toronto Sun)

7. Floyd Mayweather: Gumbo

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

“Money” Mayweather is one of the most successful and controversial athletes ever. He’s also one of the richest. And he’s famous for living an outrageously expensive lifestyle.

So when it comes to food, you know Floyd’s willing to spend big!

Enter Chef Q, whose real name is Quiana Jeffries. At $1000 a plate, She might be one of the most expensive personal chefs out there!

Chef Q is in on call for Floyd 24 hours a day, so she lives in a house down the street from his mansion.

As for what Money likes to eat? According to Q, he enjoys everything from oxtail to fried chicken to gumbo. He also loves to eat fish, usually salmon and tilapia.

(Of course, when he’s training, it’s all fresh juices and high protein, low-carb foods!)

(Source: Nextshark)


Well hopefully that list got your stomach grumbling and your mouth watering! As you can see, a personal chef will make you whatever you want, no matter how strange or how odd the time.

But they don’t come cheap! So where are you gonna find that money to pay your own personal chef? You can start by playing one of the world’s best lottery games with LottoExpress!

Bon Appetit!

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5 Wondrous Wildlife Safaris

Win the lottery. Go on safari. It’s that simple!

You’ve just won the lottery, and now you can kiss your boring old desk job goodbye forever!

And if you feel the call of the wild, it’s time to say “hakuna matata” and spend your lotto winnings on a luxurious wildlife vacation.

Here are five amazing places to check out for some of the world’s most amazing and unique animals!

1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

5 Wondrous Wildlife Safaris
Blue-footed boobies in Galapagos

Teeming with hundreds of species you won’t see anywhere else, the Galapagos should be the number one destination for any wealthy wildlife lover!

Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos and was dazzled by the unique ecosystem that he found there. In fact, the animals of the Galapagos were a major inspiration for his theory of evolution!

Numerous tour agencies on the island offer opportunities that range from family safaris to scuba diving and other amazing ways to see some of the rarest wildlife on earth!

What you’ll see: Giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, Darwin finches … and hundreds of other species!

2. Masai Mara, Kenya

5 Wondrous Wildlife Safaris
A Rhino in Kenya

Keep your arms and legs inside the jeep at all times. Seriously though, here’s the place to see all the big cats that could eat you, if they weren’t busy chasing wildebeest!

Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in the heart of the Serengeti is probably the most famous safari destination in the world.

Besides being a home for leopards and lions, the park is located in the middle of the “Great Migration” – the annual migration of millions of zebras, wildebeest, and gazelles.

Whether explored by foot, car, or even hot-air balloon, Masai Mara definitely puts the “wild” in “wildlife”!

What you’ll see: The “Big 5”– lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos – plus just a few zebras and wildebeests!

3. Komodo, Indonesia

5 Wondrous Wildlife Safaris
The Komodo Dragon

Don’t forget to pack your coat of armour when you travel to Komodo. This island in the Indonesian archipelago is home to a real-life dragon!

Reaching a staggering 3 metres in length, the Komodo dragon is the world’s largest reptile.

The best way to view Komodos and the island’s other impressive wildlife is to travel in large groups led by park rangers.

And make sure you let them know if you cut yourself shaving that morning – Komodos can smell blood from up to 18 kilometres away!

What you’ll see: Komodo dragons, macaque monkeys, cockatoos

4. Sichuan Province, China

5 Wondrous Wildlife Safaris
Pandas in Sichuan

Sichuan is in the heart of China, and is home to China’s most famous animal – the giant panda.

Though still highly endangered, this bamboo-loving bear has seen its numbers increase over the past several decades, thanks in large part to the province’s panda sanctuaries.

A guided tour will let you see giant pandas living peacefully in one of the many reserves throughout these sanctuaries.

And while you’re in the neighbourhood, maybe you’ll manage to see some of the other interesting wildlife of China like the Sichuan takin, a species of goat-antelope!

What you’ll see: Giant pandas, red pandas, Sichuan takins,

5. Vancouver Island, Canada

5 Wondrous Wildlife Safaris
A humpback whale in Canada

When you’ve had your fill of land-based adventures, head to Vancouver Island, off the West coast of Canada. There you can hop on a boat and get up close and personal with the whales!

Vancouver Island is smack-dab in the middle of the migratory routes of both humpback and grey whales. It’s also home to several permanent pods of orcas, an animal as iconic as it is majestic.

Take in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest coastline and prepare to feel tiny as you pull alongside these massive marine mammals!

What you’ll see: Humpback Whales, grey whales, orcas


These are just a few of the amazing places you can travel on your lottery fortune!

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Ranking Rio Performances for Every Lottery

With the Games winding down later this week, we take a lottery-themed look at how the home countries for the world’s best lotteries fared this summer!

Continuing our Games coverage, LottoExpress brings your our updated Lottery Games rankings! Each country is ranked according to their relative standing as of August 18.

1. USA (31 gold, 32 silver, 31 bronze)

No surprises here, as the United States continues its utter dominance on the biggest stage in sports. These have been a memorable Games for America, with some amazing feats accomplished by its athletes!

Top highlight: Swimmer Michael Phelps goes out in glory, winning gold in his last-ever Olympic race—the team medley 4x100—and announcing his retirement immediately after. He swears he means it this time, too!

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2. Great Britain (19 gold, 20 silver, 13 bronze)

Currently in a neck-and-neck race with China for second overall in the medal count, Great Britain is seeing the positive results of its Olympic program developed for the London 2012 games.

Top highlight: Track cyclist Jason Kenny absolutely demolished his events, winning 3 golds for Great Britain!

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Ranking Rio Performances for Every Lottery
Photo Courtesy of Mohammad Hassanzadeh (Flickr)

3. Germany (13 gold, 8 silver, 9 bronze)

Germany continues to rule the world of equestrian! Since its inception in the Olympics over 100 years ago, Germany has left its competitors in the dust in this sport.

Top highlight: Equestrian legend Isabell Werth added to her amazing collection of medals by winning gold and silver in Rio. She’s competed in five Olympics and has won more medals than anyone else in the sport!

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4. Australia (7 gold, 8 silver, 10 bronze)

Like the UK, Australia’s athletic funding in advance of the 2000 Sydney Games continues to pay off big, with Australia consistently ranking among nations with much larger representation at the games!

Top highlight: Emma McKeon is the ultimate team player! She’s won 4 medals at these games, 3 of which were in team relays!

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Ranking Rio Performances for Every Lottery
Photo Courtesy of Natação Rio (Flickr)
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5. Spain (5 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)

Spain’s athletes have continued to dazzle across many sports, and Rio was no exception! Whether in the water, on the track or on the court—the Spaniards have been at the top!

Top highlight: Three of Spain’s gold medals came in canoe events, with Marcus Walz and Saul Craviotto Rivero taking the men’s sprint events and Maialen Chourraut winning gold in the Women’s Canoe Slalom!

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6. Canada (3 gold, 2 silver, 9 bronze)

While known more for their prowess in the Winter Olympics, the Canadians have fared mightily in Rio! They’ve seen their excellent young athletes step up across many sports this summer.

Top highlight: Canadian teen sensation Penny Oleksiak won 4 out of 5 possible medals—including one gold—in her swimming events. At only 16, Penny is the first-ever Olympic medalist born in the 21st century!

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Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

7. Ireland (2 silver)

The Irish, famed for their boxers, have so far not experience success in Rio. But they’ve found it in the water, with silver medals in rowing and sailing events!

Top highlight: Brothers Paul and Gary O’Donovan took home silver in the Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls. That is some serious sibling teamwork!

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4 Amazing Rio 2016 Athletes and Their Home Lotteries

Caught up in Athletic fever?

We profile some of the world’s best athletes competing in the 2016 Games as well as the best lotteries from their home countries!

With the Summer Games underway, athletes from around the world are competing across hundreds of events in the hopes of achieving their ultimate dream—standing on the podium and seeing all their hard work and determination finally pay off.

Like these athletes, lottery players are always in the hunt for gold! So to inspire you in your quest for jackpot victory, LottoExpress brings you some amazing athletes competing in Rio, and the best lotteries from their home countries!

4 Amazing Rio 2016 Athletes and Their Home Lotteries
Michael Phelps. Photo Courtesy of Fernando Frazão (Agência Brasil)

Country: USA

Athlete: Michael Phelps

Sport: Swimming

Any discussion of the biggest winners in Summer Games history starts with Michael Phelps. He’s been to four Summer Games and has won more gold medals than any other Olympian in history.

Phelps, who came out of retirement in 2014, has already won 3 gold medals at this game, building on his legacy as one of – if not the – greatest Olympic athlete in history!

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4 Amazing Rio 2016 Athletes and Their Home Lotteries
The Pearls. Photo Courtesy of Land Rover Mena (Flickr)

Country: Australia

Team: The Pearls

Sport: Rugby Sevens

The Women’s Rugby Sevens team has already won big in Rio, taking home the gold medal!

The “Pearls”– as they are known back home – won decisively in Rugby’s grand return to the Olympics. The last time Rugby was in the Summer Games? Way back in 1924!

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4 Amazing Rio 2016 Athletes and Their Home Lotteries
Katie Taylor (in red). Photo Courtesy of cormac70 (Flickr)

Country: Ireland

Athlete: Katie Taylor

Sport: Women’s Boxing

Few athletes are as adored in their home country as boxer Katie Taylor.

Dominating the international lightweight boxing division since 2006, Taylor won the gold medal in the 2012 games in London and is heavily favoured to repeat as champion in Rio!

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4 Amazing Rio 2016 Athletes and Their Home Lotteries
Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Johnson (Flickr)

Country: Spain

Team: La Roja

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Okay, this one isn’t a lock to win it all, what with the USA Men’s Basketball team heavily favoured to win yet another gold medal. But if anyone can dethrone the champs, it’s the Spanish men’s team!

Led by a mix of decorated professional players like Pau Gasol and Ricky Rubio, this team certainly has the talent to pull off the ultimate upset this summer and take home the top hardware!

For a lottery as big as Pau Gasol is tall, check out Spanish Lotto 6/49 La Primitiva! Get your tickets for the “early one” for a chance at jackpots in excess of €101 MILLION!

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No matter which country you’re from, you can share in the excitement of the competition this summer and play one of the world’s great lotteries with LottoExpress!

Who knows, maybe you’ll be flying some new colours when you win the ultimate prize!

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5 Lavish Ways to Spend Your Powerball Millions

Hey Powerball players, remember the movie Brewster’s Millions?

It’s a 1985 comedy set in New York and stars Richard Pryor as Monty Brewster, a guy who strikes it rich. One day, Brewster inherits a whopping $300 million from his late uncle, on the condition that he must first spend $30 million in 30 days.

But according to the rules of the will, he isn’t allowed to give the money away. He also can’t gamble it away or acquire any belongings that he didn’t already have. So Brewster has to come up with some creative ways to blow the cash!

With the upcoming US Powerball draw clocking in at a lip-quivering US$361 MILLION, spending tons of dough Brewster-style should be no problem.

In honour of this record-setting jackpot, LottoExpress brings you five New York-inspired activities that cost a pretty penny:

 

1. Eat the world’s priciest breakfast

The menu at New York’s Norma’s Restaurant features “The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata.” Topped with 10 ounces of caviar, this insane omelet costs $1,000.

 

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The famous $1000 omelette. Source: blackholezoo.com

 

2. Buy a round for the house at a Yankees game

At $3 a pop, the famous Nathan’s frank might seem downright frugal. But with Yankee Stadium’s capacity at 49,642, the tab for everyone to eat one will run you $148,926!

 

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Yankee Stadium. Source: Wikipedia Commons

 

3. Take Jay-Z out for a night on the town

“Hova” knows how to party! Legendary hip-hop artist Jay-Z recently rang up a tab for over $250,000 on a night out with his pal Kanye West. An evening on the town with him will put you in an Empire State of Mind!

 

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A night on the town!

 

4. Book a room with a view

The $50,000-a-night Ty Warner Penthouse suite is a 4,300-square-foot palace atop NYC’s Four Seasons hotel. Complete with panoramic views of Manhattan, a 24-hour butler, and a personal trainer, why not make this your home base for your NYC adventure?

 

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The TY Warner Suite. Source: FourSeasons.com

 

5. Run for mayor

Just like Brewster, you could dump wads of cash into a crazy election campaign! Even real-life NYC politicians are no strangers to big spending: former mayor Michael Bloomberg spent a whopping $109 million on his successful campaign in 2009.

 

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New York might be the best city in the world to experience millionaire life, and LottoExpress is ready to help you try and win the big jackpot!

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Quick Pick: The Most Important Lottery Decision You’ll Make

Today we shed light on one of the most important choices a lottery player must make when trying to pick those winning lottery numbers—whether to quick pick or not!

This week, a single ticket in Indiana just took home the US$570-million US Mega Millions jackpot, and the US Powerball jackpot rolled to a whopping US$311 million. In honour of these historic jackpots, LottoExpress has an important question for all you lottery players out there:

Are you a quick picker?

We’ve previously discussed different number picking styles in this blog—from picking hot or cold numbers to considering the luckiest numbers to play—and today it’s all about randomness, baby!

To Quick Pick or Not?

Computerized quick picks (or random number generators) were first introduced to lottery games by the New York State Lottery in the late 1980s. Since then, quick picks have become the preferred method of choice for most lottery players: according to the US Powerball website, between 70-80% of lottery tickets sold are quick picks.

But believe it or not, whether to use a quick pick system to make one’s lottery selections is a topic of disagreement among lottery analysts.

Some Say Yes!

On the one hand, some experts say that quick picks are the right bet because they tend to cover the less commonly used numbers in each lottery’s number matrix (the full spread of numbers available to pick from).

For example, many people’s “lucky numbers” consist of birthdays, anniversaries, and other important calendar dates. (In other words, numbers between 1 and 31.) But for all major lotteries, the number matrix extends well beyond 31, meaning a whole range of numbers is left out.

Quick pick advocates suggest that randomly assigned numbers cover those higher numbers more effectively.

But Not So Fast …

On the other hand, some lottery observers insist that you should pick your own numbers, because there is a good chance that quick pick systems assign commonly used numbers.

By choosing your own numbers, you can avoid picking those common numbers, and instead focus on landing that perfect combination!

Experts who recommend picking your own numbers have another strong piece of advice: make sure that once you have your unique set of numbers, stick with it.

Remember: nothing could be worse than switching it up and watching your old numbers take home a big prize!

As for which system has more success? Well, it’s a wash: you are about equally as likely to win with a quick pick as you are using your own numbers.

So remember, whether you use your own secret formula to pick your perfect numbers, or put your fate in the hands of a computer, you have to play to win!

And with the US Powerball jackpot currently at an estimated US$333 million, LottoExpress gives you amazing options to score the win of a lifetime!

Now’s the best time to play: go pick those numbers, and good luck!

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