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
How a lottery win tore a family apart
Some lottery winners can't resist shouting their good fortune from the rooftops with a champagne-spraying celebration. Others prefer to keep their new-found wealth secret, fearful of begging letters and never-ending jealousy from friends and extended family.
Clyde Baxter had no doubt which route he preferred in the wake of a staggering 6.75 million Lottery win seven years ago. While he felt obliged to tell his parents and two of his siblings, he refused to tell two other brothers, presumabl ...
Aug 3, 2006, 11:54 pm - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery opens bidding for 10-year license
The United Kingdom National Lottery opened the competition for a ten-year license to run the operation on Thursday.
The license is currently held by Camelot, which has run the lottery under two licenses since its launch in 1994, and will also be bidding for this, the third.
Industry sources told Reuters on Thursday that Ladbroke and BSkyB were among a number of companies looking at how they might be involved, but it was early days.
Other companies that have shown an interest include Cab ...
Jun 29, 2006, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
UK online lottery company fizzles
Editor: Lottery Post previously reported that the creators of this 'alternative' UK lottery had allegedly enriched themselves more than the charities the lottery is supposed to support.
Are the owners squeezing out the profits and then leaving the company and its stockholders in the lurch?
It started out as a small but brazen challenger to the national lottery, hoping to capitalize on a stream of damaging stories that have caricatured many of the good causes benefiting from lottery cash a ...
Jun 6, 2006, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Protesters storm UK National Lottery set
Protesters from paternal rights group Fathers 4 Justice stormed BBC TV studios last night to hold up the UK National Lottery draw.
The broadcast was interrupted for several minutes before the 17 million (US$32 million) Superdraw jackpot got underway.
Protesters unfurled a banner proclaiming: 'Family Law Lotto. Next time it could be you.'
Although the group officially disbanded in January after some members were accused of plotting to kidnap prime minister Tony Blair's youngest son, L ...
May 22, 2006, 6:50 am - Lottery News forum
UK lottery sales rise by 5%
Sales of National Lottery tickets have increased by 5.2% to more than 5bn (US$9.4 billion), according to operator Camelot.
The 246.7m (US$464 million) year-on-year increase, which was partly due to the creation of new games, marks the third consecutive year of rising sales.
Players spent 5,012.8m across all games in the 12 months to 31 March.
Camelot's latest sales figures will be its last before the entry deadline for bids for the next licence to run the National Lottery.
May 15, 2006, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
UK Internet lottery making owners wealthy
New Internet-based lottery, which is supposed to donate its proceeds to charity, is instead enriching its owners
A charity lottery promoted as the fairer alternative to the National Lottery has awarded its directors shares and bonuses worth almost 10 million (US$18.7 million).
The lottery, called Monday, held its first draw this week and is being heavily advertised as a more altruistic way for people dissatisfied with the national lottery operator, Camelot, to have a weekly flutter.
May 11, 2006, 9:55 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery cash aids efforts to save the red squirrel
There are few of them left to enjoy it, but Britain's red squirrels have been awarded a 626,000 (US$1.09 million) Lottery grant supporting a project designed to save the native creatures from destruction.
Two of the 16 red squirrel reserves set up as part of a 1.1 million (US$1.92 million) scheme to reverse the dominance of the imported American grey squirrel are in North Yorkshire.
Some of the Lottery money will be used by the Save Our Squirrels project at Widdale, west of Hawes, ...
Apr 11, 2006, 11:03 am - Lottery News forum
UK lottery operator license up for grabs
The licence to run the national lottery is up for grabs again, but some hopefuls say that the bidding process favors Camelot, the current UK Lottery operator.
As the sun beat down on the Hyatt Regency hotel in M rida, on the Gulf of Mexico, several hundred delegates gathered inside last February for the World Lottery Forum.
Representatives of lottery operators from Niger to New Zealand were welcomed by Mexican president Vicente Fox. They were there for their annual conference to discuss th ...
Apr 3, 2006, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum