Scotland decision could ride on a lucky lottery ticket
If Scotland votes to separate from the United Kingdom on Thursday, could nationalists have a lucky lottery ticket to thank?
Three years ago, Colin Weir, a former television cameraman, and his wife, Christine, a former psychiatric nurse, were enjoying a night watching CSI on the TV. Before going to bed, Christine decided to check their lottery ticket numbers. She checked, and then checked again: the couple from the seaside Scottish town of Largs had just won the 161 million (US$261 million) Eu ...
Yesterday, 5:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Couple brings lottery ticket on vacation not realizing it's a winner
A Dublin, Ireland, couple went on vacation with a wining lottery ticket and were oblivious to the fact that they'd won 250,000 (US$323,000).
The lucky winners checked the ticket yesterday after they came back from a trip in the sun.
They discovered they'd won the top prize in the Lotto Plus 2 draw on Saturday, August 16, and collected their quarter of a million euro check at Ireland's National Lottery offices today.
That ticket survived Barcelona, the pick-pocketing capital of the worl ...
Sep 11, 2014, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Couple recovers $50 million lottery ticket
A Canadian couple endured a roller-coaster ride of emotions when a lottery ticket worth $50 million went missing only to be found and returned by someone at their church.
Hakeem Nosiru won the Jan. 17 Lotto Max draw and was one day away from claiming the money when the signed ticket, which he taped to the inside his wife's purse for safekeeping, was missing after they attended church.
That sparked a frantic search of their home, with garbage bins being upended and their contents picked thr ...
Jun 3, 2014, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum
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