Amount of money Americans spent on lottery tickets in fiscal 2009:

$53.1 billion
Americans spent $53.1 billion on lottery tickets in fiscal year 2009, according to La Fleur's 2010 World Lottery Almanac, down from $53.4 billion in fiscal year 2008.
Source: USA Today, 5/7/2010

  Largest lottery jackpot in American history:

$365 million
On February 18, 2006, eight workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant had the sole winning ticket (numbers 15, 17, 43, 44 and 48) in that days Powerball drawing, beating 1 in 146 million odds to win $365 million, the largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
Source: AP, 2/19/2006

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Odds of winning the Italian lottery drawing held on Aug. 20, 2009:

1-in-622 million
The Italian SuperEnalotto drawing on August 20, 2009 was for $204.3 million in tax-free money.
Source: USA Today, 8/20/2009

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Members of Congress who've won the lottery three times:

On Aug. 30, 2007, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) won $1,000 in a Wisconsin lottery drawing, after winning an identical prize in the Spring of 2006 and $250,000 in Dec. 2001. One of the heirs to the Kimberly-Clark Corp. fortune, Sensenbrenner was already worth a reported $11.6 million.
Source: Washington Post, 9/8/2007