Britain's record lottery winners go public
Includes video report
A Scottish couple out of work due to ill health are Europe's biggest ever lottery winners, scooping 161.5 million ( 184 million, or US$260.5 million) in the EuroMillions multi-country lottery game.
Colin Weir, 64, and his wife Chris, 55, who have been married for 30 years and live in the seaside town of Largs near Glasgow, claimed the prize after Tuesday's draw which followed a series of rollovers.
The prize catapaulted them into 430th place in this year's Sunday T ...
Jul 15, 2011, 8:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Record £161m EuroMillions lottery jackpot claimed
Winner deciding whether or not to go public
The EuroMillions ticket-holder from Britain who won Europe's biggest-ever jackpot of 161 million (US$258.4 million) has claimed their prize, UK National Lottery operator Camelot has confirmed.
The individual is currently deciding whether to go public or remain anonymous.
Since Tuesday, Camelot has been urging people to check their tickets because the winner was losing about 9,000 a day in interest.
The lottery operator had said if the winne ...
Jul 14, 2011, 12:57 pm - Lottery News forum
One ticket sold in Britain wins biggest European jackpot ever
Worth 161 million (US$258.4 million) but still unclaimed, a Briton holds the lottery ticket that will place them amongst the richest people in the country.
When the lucky recipient of Europe's biggest lottery win to date does claim the prize, he or she will be launched straight into the list of the top 500 richest people in the UK, going straight in at number 430, shifting the likes of Sir Tom Jones and David Bowie down a notch in the rich list .
The ticket is worth just 4m less than the f ...
Jul 13, 2011, 10:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Simon Cowell still buys lottery tickets
Simon Cowell says that he still plays the National Lottery in spite of his reported 200 million (US$330 million) fortune.
The X Factor' and Syco boss made the claims after he entered the Sunday Times' annual music millionaires' top ten list for the first time this year.
I still buy lottery tickets. I still play, said the music mogul, but then added slightly dubiously, but I tick the box that says no publicity so no one would know.
Generally, there is no box to be ticked unless the amo ...
May 5, 2011, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery sets sales record
UK National Lottery operator Camelot said a new-look Thunderball game and two special UK Millionaire Super Raffles have helped it achieve record ticket sales this year.
Camelot, which runs games including Lotto and National Lottery scratchcards, said it expects sales for the year to March 31 to hit 5.7 billion (US$9.3 billion), breaking the previous record of 5.5 billion set 13 years ago.
The group said the strong performance came at a time when most lotteries worldwide are reporting stati ...
Mar 4, 2011, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner flees Spain penniless as bank seizes villa and bar
When Lawrence Candlish won 5.5 million (US$8.8 million) playing the National Lottery in 1997 it promised to make his dreams come true, including buying himself the double hip replacement he needed.
The generous factory worker immediately shared his fortune with his many relatives, shelling out 370,000 (US$590,000) to buy seven houses in the same street in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear so that they could be close together.
Eventually he moved with his family to Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca t ...
Jan 24, 2011, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Ex-wife gets millions from lottery winner 10 years after leaving him
A UK man who won $90 million in the lottery has been ordered to share his winnings with his ex-wife, who left him for another man 10 years ago.
Nigel Page, 43, had offered to give ex-wife Wendy who is the mother of his 13-year-old daughter $1.6 million as a gift, but she responded by seeing a lawyer and fighting for four times as much.
The court awarded Wendy a lump sum of $3.2 million which she can spend as she wishes after Page's push for it to be put into a trust for his daughter was re ...
Nov 22, 2010, 8:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Lover found lottery winner's body
A lottery winner who hanged himself in his Leicestershire home in central England was found by a live-in lover his family had no idea existed, an inquest has heard.
Richard Lang died at his house in Broughton Astley, Leicestershire on May 18. The 31-year-old had won 867,454 in the U.K. National Lottery in 2005.
On Wednesday an inquest at Leicester Town Hall heard he was found by Joshua Jones, who told police he was in a relationship with the British Waterways worker.
But the inquest hea ...
Oct 30, 2010, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
£9 million lottery winner drank himself to death
A father-of-two who won millions in the United Kingdom National Lottery became so bored after giving up his job that he turned to booze and eventually drank himself to death.
Keith and Louise Gough won 9 million in 2005, and like many others Gough saw the win as the answer to his dreams .
But the couple, who were married for 27 years, separated just two years later after Gough gave up his job and began drinking out of boredom.
Speaking last year Gough lamented the devasta ...
Oct 25, 2010, 2:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Man wins £2.6M lottery jackpot, but doesn't wake wife
A British couple had two great reasons to celebrate last week firstly it was their ruby wedding anniversary, marking 40 years of marriage, and secondly they won 2.6 million (US$4 million) on the Lotto.
But after realizing that he had a winning ticket, Philip Sawyer, from Shard End, simply sipped his cup of tea, read his book and didn't wake his wife, Sandra.
The 60-year-old former car salesman was convinced that his wife had played a practical joke on him and made her check the numbers her ...
Sep 15, 2010, 2:19 pm - Lottery News forum