UK lottery winner says he's happier now that the money's gone
A small-time criminal who won 6.5 million (US$10.2 million) in the UK National Lottery but ended up homeless told yesterday how the win had been a curse .
Lee Ryan spent two years sleeping rough after blowing his fortune.
He now rents a two-room flat and earns less than 10,000 a year but insists that he is happier today than when he was a millionaire.
Mr. Ryan, 54, hit the jackpot in March 1995. At the time he was awaiting trial for handling stolen cars.
Nicknamed the Lotto Lag, he w ...
Nov 14, 2014, 7:28 am - Lottery News forum
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 ...
Sep 16, 2014, 5:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge rules boss must give waiter half of $1.7M lottery jackpot for predicting win
A restaurant boss in England was ordered yesterday to split a disputed 1 million (US$1.7 million) lottery payout with one of his waiters who claimed he dreamed they would win a fortune together.
Judge Mark Gosnell told Hayati Kucukkoylu he must hand 500,000 of the EuroMillions prize to Fatih Ozcan.
The High Court heard Ozcan was so convinced they would win he pestered Kucukkoylu into buying tickets with him, sharing the stake and jointly choosing the lottery numbers.
But when the waiter ...
Jul 15, 2014, 9:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Man's ex-wife wins lottery and makes him a millionaire
Milkman John Hay reckons his ex-wife is the cream of the crop after she made him a millionaire when she scooped the Lotto jackpot.
Doreen Hay was married to John for 12 years until they divorced in 1987 after growing apart .
But they stayed best of friends, meeting up every week for Sunday lunch.
So when Doreen, 70, and their son John Jr., 38, scooped 7.5 million in the UK's Lotto game, she called her ex immediately.
John, 59, said: When she rang after the win I was thrilled for her. ...
Jan 24, 2014, 5:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Two Scots fail to collect £1 million lottery prizes
Two people have missed out on the chance to become millionaires after failing to collect their lottery prizes in time.
The deadline for claiming the two 1 million prizes expired at 11pm Wednesday, more than 180 days after the EuroMillions draw on July 26.
One of the winning tickets was bought in Fife and the other in East Dunbartonshire.
The money, plus the interest it earned, has now passed over to the UK National Lottery Good Causes.
Earlier this week it emerged that another winner ...
Jan 24, 2014, 5:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner dumps husband to date Audi dealer
Includes video report
When lottery winner Gillian Bayford decided to spend some of her 148 million (US$204.3 million) windfall on a fleet of luxury Audis, she wound up taking more than the high-end cars away from the dealership.
For the mother of two has split from her husband and started a new relationship with the man who sold her the vehicles.
Alan Warnock has quit his job with the dealership and set up home with the multi-millionairess, telling friends he is 'very happy' with his ne ...
Dec 30, 2013, 7:38 pm - Lottery News forum
UK lottery winner recounts downsides of winning
Over the past 20 years Mark Gardiner has accumulated pretty much all the paraphernalia one might associate with a lottery winner.
There's the sprawling listed mansion with manicured grounds and kidney-shaped swimming pool, the gleaming Aston Martin in the garage, and the exotic holidays when he fancies them.
As he puts it: People write a list of what they'd do when they win the lottery, don't they? New house, flash car, lovely holidays, private jets. Well, I've ticked them all off.
Dec 27, 2013, 11:53 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lotto player wins $12.7 million but sticks with job helping elderly
'The old folks need me'
Winning 8 million (US$12.7 million) on the Lotto would send most people into a frenzy of excitement but for grandad Ron Elliot it was all in a day's work.
The kind-hearted widower, 67, told how he won the rollover jackpot on Saturday night then calmly went to work the next day at the care home where he looks after dozens of vulnerable elderly residents.
Ron also revealed he would continue in his 15,000-a-year role.
He said, I shall not be retiring any time soo ...
Nov 12, 2013, 8:25 am - 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
Struggling UK family facing a bright future after lottery win
A young family on the verge of losing everything have scooped a 5.8 million (US$8.9 million) lottery fortune.
Tracy Tyler, 37, and Adam Young, 30, from Epping, in the County of Essex, England, were struggling to make ends meet this time last week, after Mr. Young lost his job in June.
On Saturday night they paused the television program they were watching, as they do every week, to check their lottery ticket.
One-by-one, mother-of-two Miss Tyler circled the numbers, before looking up in ...
Jul 26, 2013, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum