Britain's record lottery winners go public
Includes video report
A Scottish couple out of work due to ill health are Europe's biggest ever lottery winners, scooping 161.5 million ( 184 million, or US$260.5 million) in the EuroMillions multi-country lottery game.
Colin Weir, 64, and his wife Chris, 55, who have been married for 30 years and live in the seaside town of Largs near Glasgow, claimed the prize after Tuesday's draw which followed a series of rollovers.
The prize catapaulted them into 430th place in this year's Sunday T ...
Jul 15, 2011, 8:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Record £161m EuroMillions lottery jackpot claimed
Winner deciding whether or not to go public
The EuroMillions ticket-holder from Britain who won Europe's biggest-ever jackpot of 161 million (US$258.4 million) has claimed their prize, UK National Lottery operator Camelot has confirmed.
The individual is currently deciding whether to go public or remain anonymous.
Since Tuesday, Camelot has been urging people to check their tickets because the winner was losing about 9,000 a day in interest.
The lottery operator had said if the winne ...
Jul 14, 2011, 12:57 pm - Lottery News forum
One ticket sold in Britain wins biggest European jackpot ever
Worth 161 million (US$258.4 million) but still unclaimed, a Briton holds the lottery ticket that will place them amongst the richest people in the country.
When the lucky recipient of Europe's biggest lottery win to date does claim the prize, he or she will be launched straight into the list of the top 500 richest people in the UK, going straight in at number 430, shifting the likes of Sir Tom Jones and David Bowie down a notch in the rich list .
The ticket is worth just 4m less than the f ...
Jul 13, 2011, 10:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket frenzy as Euro Millions reaches record high
By Todd Northrop
Europe's multi-country Euro Millions lottery game emerged from Tuesday night's drawing without a grand prize winner, setting the stage for a mammoth record jackpot Friday: an estimated 185 Million (US$264.9 Million, or 166 million).
And Euro Millions jackpots are paid as cash not advertised annuity jackpots like the big American multi-state games.
If a single ticket wins the top prize, it will create the biggest winner in Europe ever.
To win a Euro Millions jackpot, ...
Jul 6, 2011, 11:13 am - Lottery News forum
Spanish lottery player wins €123M Euro Millions jackpot
By Todd Northrop
One lucky lottery ticket sold in Spain won the entire 123 million (US$174 million) jackpot in the Friday Euro Millions drawing.
The mega jackpot became so large so fast because the 11 countries participating in Euro Millions boosted the grand prize to 100 million this week to promote the new Tuesday drawings. When no ticket matched all five numbers plus the two lucky stars Tuesday, the jackpot grew to 123 million Friday.
This huge jackpot has been really exciting for p ...
May 14, 2011, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
Euro Millions launches new Tuesday draw with €100M jackpot
Euro Millions, the multi-country lottery game played amongst European countries, is set to implement changes to the game and launch a new weekly lottery draw on Tuesdays with a massive 100 million (US$143M) jackpot.
A sales frenzy is expected for the first draw as players have just four days to buy their tickets, which went on sale yesterday.
The special draw marks Euro Millions moving to twice a week, as well as other changes to the game which are designed to create bigger jackpots and mo ...
May 8, 2011, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
Store wins lottery prize on mistake ticket
Will 'give away' prize
Tesco Ireland, the Irish arm of supermarket group Tesco, is to give away a 500,000 (US$713,000) Euro Millions prize it won by accident on April Fool's Day.
The retail giant is understood to have won the huge prize inadvertently last week. A customer had asked for a 4 quick-pick ticket but was issued with a 9 ticket by mistake.
The customer was then issued a new ticket, while the 9 ticket was locked inside the cashier's register.
However, the following morning t ...
Apr 7, 2011, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Ex-wife gets millions from lottery winner 10 years after leaving him
A UK man who won $90 million in the lottery has been ordered to share his winnings with his ex-wife, who left him for another man 10 years ago.
Nigel Page, 43, had offered to give ex-wife Wendy who is the mother of his 13-year-old daughter $1.6 million as a gift, but she responded by seeing a lawyer and fighting for four times as much.
The court awarded Wendy a lump sum of $3.2 million which she can spend as she wishes after Page's push for it to be put into a trust for his daughter was re ...
Nov 22, 2010, 8:09 pm - Lottery News forum
£84.4M Euro Millions lottery jackpot claimed anonymously
If you see someone looking incredibly smug in the next few days, this could be the reason.
The winner of last week's 84.4 million (US$122.7 million) Euro Millions jackpot came forward on Sunday but has decided to remain anonymous.
It is not even known whether they are a man, woman or a syndicate.
By choosing to keep their identity secret, the record-breaking winner is likely to avoid the pleas that inevitably flood in to those who declare their wins.
But with such an enormous sum of ...
May 18, 2010, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
British lottery ticket wins £84.4M Euro Millions jackpot
Largest lottery jackpot ever won in Britain
A single lottery ticket purchased in Great Britain won Friday's 84.4 million (US$122.7 million) Euro Millions jackpot.
It is the highest lottery prize ever won in Great Britain.
The winning Euro Millions numbers were 1, 17, 31, 43, and 47 with the Lucky Star numbers 2 and 3.
The win comes four months after Nigel Page and his partner Justine Laycock won 56 million to become Britain's biggest lottery winners at the time. The couple, who live ...
May 16, 2010, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum