James and Sylvia Silverence surprise New York Lottery host Yolanda Vega when they kiss for the cameras.
We did an unofficial survey of winning couples receiving their check at lottery headquarters round the world. The first surprise was how few photos there were of couples kissing.
Of the 330 photos of winning couples we found, only 8 of them had puckered up for the camera. That’s just 3% who had kissed for their official lottery photo.
Gareth and Catherine Bull head for the fields to celebrate their £40 million EuroMillions win.
And another surprise – we found photos of only British or American lottery game winners receiving their checks.
There were no other nationalities, and this is because only a few lotteries require their winners to show up publicly. Players in most other games can remain anonymous.
Take a look at a few examples:
Dave Dawes and partner pucker up for the EuroMillions Lottery in 2011 with a £101 million win.
Les Scadding and wife Samantha oblige for the EuroMillions presentation. For £45 million it was worth it!
More Brits… Graham Nield and Amanda Vickers are happily celebrating their £6 million win outside in the UK National Lottery in 2013.
The Mega Millions presenter happily waits while USA winners Ralph and Mary Stebbings celebrate their $208 million Mega Millions win.
Even in 2001 they were kissing for the cameras. Brit winners Thomas and Rita Naylor (left) look awkward on the street, but for £15 million it doesn’t matter.
Harold Lerner took the winning check to a new high when he and wife Helen received the Mega Millions jackpot for a massive $258 million.
Only 2 only out of these 10 photos were American lottery winners. This left the 8 normally reserved Brits as clear winners in the kissing stakes.
But the question remains – why?
Is it because British photographers are more demanding? But the U.S. paparazzi can be just as aggressive given the chance – just ask any celebrity.
It remains an interesting puzzle!