Brits addicted to online gambling
Britons spend 5 billion (US$8.82 billion) a year on online gambling, a survey revealed Friday. And 93 per cent of those with web access quizzed by Virgin Money, admitted they have placed at least one Internet bet.The average gambler spends between 10- and 20-a-week on gaming sites.The biggest players are Londoners with one in 10 punters in the capital gambling between 300 and 500 every week.Half of the 2,000 people polled say they only started gambling online in the past six months.Football ...
Oct 1, 2005, 4:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Milkman to return to 3am starts after Lottery win
A milkman who won 1.4 million (US$2.52 million) in the UK Lotto has vowed to continue his job - and its 3am starts.Colin Bradley, 44, and wife, Pauline, 48, from Preesall, Lancashire, hit the jackpot after ditching their regular numbers for a lucky dip.Today, Mr Bradley had a day off, sipping champagne instead of delivering pints, as he picked up a check from Camelot for 1,482,086 (US$2,665,433). Unlike lotteries in the United States, there are no taxes on UK Lotto prizes. I was awake at 3am ...
Aug 24, 2005, 10:50 am - Lottery News forum
Unclaimed UK Lottery Prizes Soar to £100m Record
Unclaimed UK National Lottery prize money rose to a record 100 million (US$182 million) last year, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport confirmed today.The figure the highest since the game was launched was up from 73 million (US$133 million) the previous year.After 180 days all unclaimed prize money plus the interest accrued goes to the National Lottery Distribution Fund, the DCMS said.The money is then allocated to good causes around the country.Lottery operator Camelot said the un ...
Jun 17, 2005, 2:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Public to get say over UK Lottery cash
The public could be set to get a say on where the remainder of the UK National Lottery's money goes. The new Lottery Bill could see Britons voting for their favourite good cause. It aims to increase competition in the bidding process for the licence to operate the Lottery.Next week, the Big Lottery Fund, which hands out 50 per cent of all good causes money, will launch a new televised competition.Called the People's Millions, the joint venture with ITV will allow viewers to vote for their favour ...
May 26, 2005, 1:48 pm - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery to roll out 'Fast-Pay' card
UK National Lottery operator Camelot is to launch a branded card that will enable shoppers to pay for lottery tickets at checkouts in thousands of retailers nationwide. The card, part of the National Lottery Fast Pay plan, will initially be rolled out to more than 1,000 Tesco stores by the end of the year.Other supermarkets, including Sainsbury's and Asda, are in talks with Camelot about adopting the system, which is designed to make playing its portfolio of games easier.Players fill out a draw ...
May 24, 2005, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery Sales Rise
UK National Lottery ticket sales rose more than 150 million (US$275 million) last year, thanks in part to soaring sales on the Internet and mobile phones.In total, interactive sales via the Internet, the Sky interactive service, and Play by Text on mobile phones were up more than 600% to 87.5 million (US$160 million).Total ticket sales rose to 4.77 billion (US$8.73 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 31, a 3.3% increase, and 60 million (US$110 million) more went to the 'Good Causes', w ...
May 23, 2005, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery winner 'saw it in tarot'
A woman who won more than 5 million (US$9.2 million) playing UK Lotto says she saw her win predicted in a tarot reading.
Deborah Mather, 47, from Chorley, Lancashire, bought a ticket for Saturday's Lotto draw after dealing herself the wheel of fortune card.
The mother-of-one thought she might have a 10 win, but instead scooped the 5,150,514 jackpot.
The cards told me there was a windfall to come - but I didn't think it was going to be this big, she said.
Mrs. Mather left her home to ...
May 18, 2005, 9:52 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery jackpot winners jailed
Two UK lottery jackpot millionaires were jailed for different crimes when they appeared at the same court Thursday.A judge told Surinder Singh, a 53-year-old drug addict and dealer, that he was not all persuaded that the 2.1 million (US$4 million) the chip shop owner had won on the National Lottery would ensure he kept out of trouble in the future and jailed him for nine months.Less than two hours later, Melvyn Howlett, a 45-year-old businessman who won 1.2 million (US$2.3 million), was sent ...
May 2, 2005, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
Cardinal demands U.K. lottery boycott
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics, called for a boycott of the UK National Lottery after it was revealed that the National Lottery gave 3.3 million (US$6.3 million) to Brook Advisory Centers and the FPA (Family Planning Association) both of which support abortions as a means of family planning.A total of 17 awards worth 1.7 million (US$3.3 million) have been made to Brook Advisory Centers and eight grants totaling 1.6 million (US$3.1 million) have gone to the FPA.Ca ...
Mar 14, 2005, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Single mother's 'clairvoyant' £9m lottery win
A single mother has walked off with a 9 million lotto win after a clairvoyant said she would have a big win .Divorced mother-of-one Sharon Creighton was told in a letter from the medium that she was due a big win just weeks before winning last Saturday's rollover National Lottery jackpot.Mrs Creighton, 40, told a press conference today: The clairvoyant that sent me a letter did say I'd have one big win and in the future have two smaller wins. That was about a month ago. It was in letters th ...
Feb 15, 2005, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum