Camelot beats off rivals to win UK Lottery for next 12 years
The UK national lottery is to be run by incumbent operator Camelot for the next 12 years after the group persuaded regulators it was more likely to meet the funding demands of the London Olympics and other good causes than outsiders Sugal Damani, an Indian conglomerate.
Camelot was selected as preferred bidder for the 10-year license, starting from 2009, even though the National Lottery Commission said some of the operator's projections particularly its pledge of average yearly sales of ...
Aug 9, 2007, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
U.K. Lottery operator wants to create global super-lottery
Camelot will launch the first ever global lottery draw if it wins the right to run Britain's game for another 10 years with players from all over the world generating jackpots of up to half a billion pounds (nearly one billion dollars).
The international lotto would dwarf the existing Euro Millions weekly game, in which nine countries have joined together to achieve astonishing top prizes of 125 million.
The new game would span the globe with some 50 countries already voicing interest i ...
Feb 9, 2007, 7:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Couple won U.K. Lotto, then gave most of it away
A couple from Sheffield who won 7.6 million (US$15 million) playing the lottery in 2000 have given away 6 million (US$11.8 million) of their fortune.
Ray and Barbara Wragg have made countless donations to charity and spent money on family and friends since winning the jackpot six years ago.
Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, which specializes in cancer treatment, and Sheffield Children's Hospital have been the main beneficiaries.
We decided that 7.6 million was too much for two pe ...
Dec 14, 2006, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Secrets of lottery millionaires
As the 2,000th UK Lottery millionaire pops the champagne, 16 former jackpot winners shared how their money has been spent and how their lives have changed.
I'VE BOUGHT AN ACRE OF THE MOON, VENUS AND MARS
David Copeland, 31, is single and lives in Hereford in a modest two-bedroom Sixties house.
Occupation: Former lab technician.
Won: 1,000,000 on January 4, 2000.
First purchase: On the day I won, I went to the supermarket and bought half a dozen bottles of champagne to s ...
Dec 11, 2006, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery, by the numbers
50 facts about the United Kingdom's #1 numbers game
96% of winners said money can buy you happiness.
2009 is the year Camelot's license to run the National Lottery expires.
13,983,816 to one are the odds against winning the jackpot.
2,000 millionaires have been created by the lottery since it began.
19bn has been raised for good causes.
28.7bn has been paid out in cash prizes.
14 millionaires, on average, are created each month.
20.1m is the largest single prize ...
Dec 11, 2006, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
The hidden Lotto millionaires
They have wealth beyond their wildest dreams but nobody knows. In the Irish province of Ulster some of the millionaires have made their identities known to the world, but most have not.
They are the next door neighbors who hide the secret that they are millionaires.
Some are scared their wealth will end lifelong friendships. And some worry that new found friends would be attracted by their money and nothing else.
They are the National Lottery millionaires who go to amazing lengths to ...
Dec 11, 2006, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery's most unlucky number: 13
The number 13 is the unluckiest ball in the National Lottery, according to records of organizers of the numbers' game in the U.K.
According to Camelot, the organizer of the lotto game in Britain, in the 12 years that the game was launched in the U.K., the number 13 has been drawn only 132 times.
Comparatively, the luckiest balls were 38, 25 and 31 which have been drawn a good number of times. The number 38 has been drawn a total of 199 times, 25 has been drawn 186 times and 31 a total of ...
Nov 14, 2006, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Britain may become the online gambling capital
Britain may bring in legislation allowing London-listed Internet gambling companies to move their headquarters to Britain, taking advantage of the United States legislature's faulty attempts to ban the popular online activity.
Plans to turn Britain into a world leader in internet gambling have been drawn up by ministers, according to internal Whitehall documents.
In stark contrast to America, where online gambling has in effect been outlawed, ministers want to attract offshore companies ...
Oct 8, 2006, 3:20 pm - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery computer glitch eliminated the number '9'
Thousands of United Kingdom Lottery players have been given free draw entries to make up for technical problems with computer-generated ticket numbers.
A database glitch hit entries for the new Dream Number game last month, operator Camelot said yesterday.
Some entries bought online or by text in the four days to July 17 did not contain the digit nine.
They were still entered for draws on either July 15 or July 19 both of which contained the digit nine somewhere in the seven winnin ...
Aug 16, 2006, 1:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Transsexual lottery winner regrets paying for gender reassignment
A transsexual who came to prominence in 2003 for funding her sex-change operation from a UK National Lottery win has revealed to her local newspaper that she now regrets paying 21,000 (US$40,000) for the procedure.
Mick Parltrow, then a 52-year-old lorry driver, won 250,000 (US$480,000) and travelled to Thailand for the operation. Although she does not regret changing sex, Melanie feels the lottery win was no blessing.
After the operation, Melanie returned to work, but problems at home ...
Aug 11, 2006, 3:06 pm - Lottery News forum