Lifestyle 13 August 2018
Everyone has dreamt of winning the lottery in their lives – and then daydreamed about how you would spend the large sum of money. For some of us, it would be buying your dream house, for others, quitting your 9 to 5 job and travelling around the globe – and then there are those that would find the money really handy when preparing their dream wedding or the perfect honeymoon. If you’d really try to test your luck, are there any tips that you could follow to increase your chances of winning the lottery or just winning in life?
Find the Right Game for You
The answer is somewhere in the middle: lotteries are games of chance, so the results are completely random. But all things considered, there are some tips that really work if you’d like to give it a go – and they are more geared towards practical aspects of playing the lottery. A crucial tip is to do some research beforehand and understand how each lottery game works, so that you can choose which one is more suited to you.
For example, some lotteries allow you to re-enter your ticket in second-chance games, which increases the odds of your tickets winning something in the end. Overall, players tend to go for national lotteries, like Powerball, that are more advertised and well-known – and also regularly provide huge jackpots. But this also means that the pool of people who purchase lottery tickets is wider.
Pick your Numbers Wisely
Instead, you could invest in a state lottery, which has a smaller entry pool and thus you have statistically more chances of winning – albeit a smaller amount of money. In that same vein, it is worth looking into scratch lotteries, where the odds of winning are higher even if the prizes are smaller. Another practical tip is to use numbers that are not so popular; numbers that are considered lucky by a lot of people, like 7 or 13, or numbers that come up often in drawings, like 32 or 23, tend to get chosen very often. This means that even if you win, you will split your earnings with a lot of other hopeful ticket holders out there. If you choose rare numbers instead, you may not exactly increase your odds of winning, but you increase the chances of holding on to a bigger chunk of the prize.
Consider Strategies and Extra Features
And then there is always the question of researching strategies for winning the lottery, like letting an online lottery site choose your lucky numbers for you – which means you can avoid everyone’s “lucky numbers” and go for rarer ones. There are also features that are unique to online sites, like the double jackpot, which doubles the maximum amount of your potential earnings, or the “hunt”, which automatically enrols you into a lottery until the jackpot is won. This means that you will keep “hunting” those big rollover jackpots, which translates into more money if you do win. Or you can activate combination bets, where you choose additional numbers and win if they come up in different variations.
There really is no right or wrong way to play the lottery, as ultimately it comes down to luck. But it sure helps if you keep some tips and tricks in mind in order to maximize your odds – or your winnings.
Women in the workplace have always experienced a certain degree of discrimination from male colleagues, and according to new studies, it appears that it is becoming even more difficult for women to get acclimated to modern day work environments, in wake of the #MeToo Movement.
In a recent study conducted by LeanIn.org, in partnership with SurveyMonkey, 60% of male managers confessed to feeling uncomfortable engaging in social situations with women in and outside of the workplace. This includes interactions such as mentorships, meetings, and basic work activities. This statistic comes as a shocking 32% rise from 2018.
What appears the be the crux of the matter is that men are afraid of being accused of sexual harassment. While it is impossible to discredit this fear as incidents of wrongful accusations have taken place, the extent to which it has burgeoned is unacceptable. The #MeToo movement was never a movement against men, but an empowering opportunity for women to speak up about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment. Not only were women supporting one another in sharing to the public that these incidents do occur, and are often swept under the rug, but offered men insight into behaviors and conversations that are typically deemed unwelcomed and unwarranted.
Restricting interaction with women in the workplace is not a solution, but a mere attempt at deflecting from the core issue. Resorting to isolation and exclusion relays the message that if men can't treat women how they want, then they rather not deal with them at all. Educating both men and women on what behaviors are unacceptable while also creating a work environment where men and women are held accountable for their actions would be the ideal scenario. However, the impact of denying women opportunities of mentorship and productive one-on-one meetings hinders growth within their careers and professional networks.
Women, particularly women of color, have always had far fewer opportunities for mentorship which makes it impossible to achieve growth within their careers without them. If women are given limited opportunities to network in and outside of a work environment, then men must limit those opportunities amongst each other, as well. At the most basic level, men should be approaching female colleagues as they would approach their male colleagues. Striving to achieve gender equality within the workplace is essential towards creating a safer environment.
While restricted communication and interaction may diminish the possibility of men being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment, it creates a hostile
environment that perpetuates women-shaming and victim-blaming. Creating distance between men and women only prompts women to believe that male colleagues who avoid them will look away from or entirely discredit sexual harassment they experience from other men in the workplace. This creates an unsafe working environment for both parties where the problem at hand is not solved, but overlooked.
According to LeanIn's study, only 85% of women said they feel safe on the job, a 5% drop from 2018. In the report, Jillesa Gebhardt wrote, "Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don't seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable." Unfortunately, only 16% of workers believed that harassers holding high positions are held accountable for their actions which inevitably puts victims in difficult, and quite possibly dangerous, situations. 50% of workers also believe that there are more repercussions for the victims than harassers when speaking up.
In a research poll conducted by Edison Research in 2018, 30% of women agreed that their employers did not handle harassment situations properly while 53% percent of men agreed that they did. Often times, male harassers hold a significant amount of power within their careers that gives them a sense of security and freedom to go forward with sexual misconduct. This can be seen in cases such as that of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. Men in power seemingly have little to no fear that they will face punishment for their actions.
Source-Alex Brandon, AP
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and founder of LeanIn.org., believes that in order for there to be positive changes within work environments, more women should be in higher positions. In an interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, Sandberg stated, "you know where the least sexual harassment is? Organizations that have more women in senior leadership roles. And so, we need to mentor women, we need to sponsor women, we need to have one-on-one conversations with them that get them promoted." Fortunately, the number of women in leadership positions are slowly increasing which means the prospect of gender equality and safer work environments are looking up.
Despite these concerning statistics, Sandberg does not believe that movements such as the Times Up and Me Too movements, have been responsible for the hardship women have been experiencing in the workplace. "I don't believe they've had negative implications. I believe they're overwhelmingly positive. Because half of women have been sexually harassed. But the thing is it is not enough. It is really important not to harass anyone. But that's pretty basic. We also need to not be ignored," she stated. While men may be feeling uncomfortable, putting an unrealistic amount of distance between themselves and female coworkers is more harmful to all parties than it is beneficial. Men cannot avoid working with women and vice versa. Creating such a hostile environment is also detrimental to any business as productivity and communication will significantly decrease.
The fear or being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment is a legitimate fear that deserves recognition and understanding. However, restricting interactions with women in the workplace is not a sensible solution as it can have negatively impact a woman's career. Companies are in need of proper training and resources to help both men and women understand what is appropriate workplace behavior. Refraining from physical interactions, commenting on physical appearance, making lewd or sexist jokes and inquiring about personal information are also beneficial steps towards respecting your colleagues' personal space. There is still much work to be done in order to create safe work environments, but with more and more women speaking up and taking on higher positions, women can feel safer and hopefully have less contributions to make to the #MeToo movement.