New Book Asks, “Is Winning the Lottery as Lucky as it Seems?”

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Powerball winner addresses ups and downs of winning big in new book

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This is not just a rags-to-riches story, but a story that speaks about the highs and lows of life.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Since winning the Missouri Powerball in April 2006, Sandra Hayes has learned how to cope with the unanticipated pitfalls of a “dream come true.” Her new book, “How Winning the Lottery Changed My Life” (published by AuthorHouse), deals with the aftermath of a transformative life moment.

“Winning the lottery wasn’t the best thing that could have happened to me like a lot of people think,” says Hayes. “I received love and hate and dealt with both hopes and regrets. This is not just a rags-to-riches story, but a story that speaks about the highs and lows of life.”

A frank telling of the baggage that comes along with big winnings, “How Winning the Lottery Changed My Life” (published by AuthorHouse) confronts the hard truths that accompany immediate wealth and fame.

Overnight, Hayes went from unsuspecting St. Louis resident to lottery winner. With the win leading to the unfortunate complication of relationships, Hayes questions whether or not winning the lottery was a positive thing in her life.

After national attention, a role on TLC’s reality show “Million Dollar Christmas” and an upheaval of her personal life, Hayes believes she has found the answer to the question, “Is a windfall of money a blessing or a curse?”

“Change can be a good thing for you or a bad thing for you,” she says. “Make the change; do not let the change make you.”

“How Winning the Lottery Changed My Life
Windfall: A Blessing or a Curse?”
By Sandra Hayes
ISBN: 978-4678-7046-7
Paperback: $11.95
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About the author
Sandra Hayes resides in St. Louis with her fiancé. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia College and master‘s degrees in human resource management and educational technology from Webster University, she worked for years as a child support enforcement agency employee for the government. She was featured on TLC’s reality television show, “Million Dollar Christmas,” and remains one of the winning’s most notorious winners. Hayes retired after winning the lottery and later wrote “How Winning the Lottery Changed My Life,” her first book of many to come. She is currently working with her community council to create a program that helps young people.

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