Why Did These 12 Unlikely Celebrities Play The Lottery - Haven’t They Got Enough Stashed Away Already?

Retired billionaire Tom Crist won $40 million in the Canada Lotto Max.

BACK a little while we reported how a billionaire (above) won a $40 million lottery jackpot, and gave it all away.

But it's not only the super rich who have given the game a passing glance.

These following celebrities - and you'll recognise more than a few familiar faces - all confess to have played the lottery at some time.

X Factor's boss Simon Cowell says that he still plays the National Lottery in spite of his reported £200 million (US$327 million) fortune. "I still buy lottery tickets. I still play," said the music mogul. 

Paris Hilton bought 1500 entries in Italy’s national Superenalotto game in 2008. Apparently it’s not the first time Paris has played this game. She justified herself by saying: "If I won, I would donate 10 percent to charity benefits."

George Clooney made a block purchase of 1,000 SuperEnaLotto tickets, hoping to hit the jackpot so he could donate the entire sum to the people of Haiti for earthquake relief.

Actress Elizabeth Hurley, a good friend of George Clooney, also bought 500 SuperEnaLotto tickets to help the Haiti earthquake relief.

Madonna was one of SuperEnalotto lottery’s big winners in 2012. She donated her prize money, €120,000 in secondary prizes, to the construction of schools in Malawi, Africa.

TV comedian Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) tweeted "Just bought a Mega Millions ticket at the deli. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna win, so I also bought 363 million bucks worth of yogurt."

Actress Kirstie Alley (Cheers) said, "If I win the Cali lottery, I'd get 500 million, less 250 million off the top for the IRS, minus 100 mil to charities, minus..."

Rob Dyrdek of MTV's Rob & Big spent $700 on Mega Millions tickets. According to friends, Dyrdek, 37, purchased $700 in quick picks at his local AM/PM in Hollywood, paying cash.

Actor Adam Baldwin (no relation to Alec Baldwin) has said: "If I win, I'm buying @keder. RT @mpoppel." What that means we don't know.

Washington Wizards and 6' 9" basketball player Chris Singleton tweeted that he will spend $10,000 on lottery tickets, and he did.

Star Trek and Lost writer Damon Lindelof bought tickets for the Mega Millions, and said, "I'd be kicking myself for the rest of my life if they [the Numbers] came in and I hadn't played them because I'm greedy like that."

When Australian actor Hugh Jackman was filming Real Steel in Michigan in 2011, he bought 500 lottery tickets for every member of the film crew, every week. He explained, "It’s my way of paying taxes."