Homeless man wins Hungary's biggest-ever lottery
Uses winnings on foundation for addicts and abused
Unemployed, in debt and facing another year living on the streets in Hungary, L szl Andraschek spent his last remaining coins on a lottery ticket. Now the formerly homeless man has a choice of accommodation around the world after becoming one of Hungary's biggest lottery winners, with a prize of about $2.8 million.
Andraschek, whose 630m Hungarian forint win last September went unnoticed until he made a significant donation to a hostel for ...
Feb 17, 2014, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Spain holds annual Christmas El Gordo lottery draw
The winners of Spain's cherished Christmas lottery the world's richest celebrated around the country Sunday, a moment of joy and relief after another year of a brutal financial crisis.
Millions had been glued to their televisions on Sunday as 2.5 billion euros (US$3.4 billion) in prize money was distributed. The drawing is so popular that most of Spain's 46 million people watched at least part of the live four-hour show, hoping they would hear their ticket as school children called out the lu ...
Dec 22, 2013, 9:02 pm - Lottery News forum
German ordered to let ex-wife share in lottery win
A German federal court has ruled that a divorced man must pay his ex-wife 242,500 euros (US$328,000) out of his winnings from a lottery ticket because they weren't formally divorced at the time he won.
The Federal Court of Justice on Wednesday ended a lengthy legal battle between the pair, who had been separated for eight years when the man and his new partner won nearly 1 million euros in 2008.
The man only applied for and was granted a divorce in 2009.
The couple then battled their wa ...
Oct 16, 2013, 5:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Threat to boycott the UK National Lottery as tickets double to £2
UK National Lottery bosses came under fire last night as Britons voiced their outrage at today's price rise.
A poll carried out to coincide with the hike revealed 78 per cent of Lotto customers say the increase in price is unfair.
The price of a ticket will double from today to 2 a line, prompting furious players to threaten to boycott the game.
A survey of more than 1,500 people found 73 per cent of weekly players are either unhappy or very unhappy .
It also found more than half of ...
Oct 3, 2013, 7:28 pm - Lottery News forum
New twist on foreign lottery scheme
There's a new twist to an old scheme that continues to lure people in. Con-artists have come up with one more way to deceive potential victims of foreign lottery scams.
U.S. Postal Inspector Michael Larson said, He explained to me... I mean who doesn't dream of winning the lottery? He was contacted and told you have won the lottery and in order to collect that prize money you need to pay the taxes to get it out of the country and to the us.
The victim sent the money. In fact, he sent all ...
Oct 3, 2013, 6:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Ireland National Lottery to be sold for €405M
An Post and the operators of the UK National Lottery are in line for a 405m (US$551.6 million) buyout of the Ireland National Lottery after Public Expenditure Minister said the consortium was the preferred applicant.
Brendan Howlin said the bid by Premier Lotteries Ireland, a consortium consisting of An Post and its pension funds and the Camelot group who operate the UK lottery, had met the Essential Requirements and has submitted the highest License Fee proposal .
Discussion on finalizing ...
Oct 3, 2013, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Single mom finds €258,528 lottery ticket in her garbage can
A single mother from Galway, Ireland, nearly lost out on a 258,528 (US$351,482) lottery win all because she tossed her winning ticket into a garbage can.
But Lady Luck smiled on her when she eventually discovered the all-important ticket buried in the household garbage.
The Galway woman began a frantic search for the discarded EuroMillions ticket and eventually found it at the bottom of the garbage can.
She toasted her double whammy of good luck on Tuesday at the National Lottery HQ in ...
Oct 3, 2013, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Good Samaritan may get unclaimed lotto jackpot in Spain
Includes audio report
A city in northwest Spain issued a rather unusual lost-and-found notice this week:
FOUND: A lottery ticket bought more than a year ago, which entitles the owner to an unclaimed $6.3 million jackpot.
LOST: The ticket's owner.
From its El Gordo ( The Fat One ) Christmas lottery, to the summertime EuroMillions drawing, Spain is a country obsessed with playing the lottery especially in a dismal economy.
With unemployment above 27 percent, many Spaniards figure th ...
Sep 20, 2013, 9:25 am - Lottery News forum
Winning €6m Ireland Lotto ticket sold in Lahinch, Co Clare
The popular Irish seaside town of Lahinch, Co Clare is buzzing with excitement after someone bought the winning lottery ticket from Saturday's draw worth more than 6 million at a local supermarket.
Kennedy's Centra on Back Lane in the town sold the winning 4 Quick Pick ticket worth 6,158,375 (US$8.2 million) on Friday.
The winning numbers were: 4, 11, 16, 33, 43, and 45, with bonus number 10.
News of the massive win spread quickly through the town which is a popular destination for tour ...
Aug 19, 2013, 6:18 am - Lottery News forum
Australian woman accidentally buys duplicate lottery ticket and wins twice
A Melbourne, Australia, woman's forgetfulness has paid off to the tune of $835,149.68 (US$776,334) after she accidentally bought two entries in Saturday night's TattsLotto draw and won two division-one prizes.
Each entry netted the woman in her 30s a division-one prize worth $413,810.74, and her cumulative winnings including cash from several other divisional prizes came to $835,149.68.
The woman was told of her win on Monday, and initially believed the phone call from Tatts was a practica ...
Jul 23, 2013, 6:06 pm - Lottery News forum