Letter outlining Britain's first lottery up for auction
The British tradition of national lottery has been traced back to the 16th century when a jackpot of 5,000 was up for grabs and participants had to wait three years to find out if they were winners.
A letter has emerged from Queen Elizabeth I, written in 1566, which gives instructions for collecting money, commanding that persons of 'good trust' be entrusted with the prizes.
The letter was written to Sir John Spencer, advising of 400,000 lots, each costing 10 shillings, with prizes to be p ...
Jun 14, 2010, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum
£84.4M Euro Millions lottery jackpot claimed anonymously
If you see someone looking incredibly smug in the next few days, this could be the reason.
The winner of last week's 84.4 million (US$122.7 million) Euro Millions jackpot came forward on Sunday but has decided to remain anonymous.
It is not even known whether they are a man, woman or a syndicate.
By choosing to keep their identity secret, the record-breaking winner is likely to avoid the pleas that inevitably flood in to those who declare their wins.
But with such an enormous sum of ...
May 18, 2010, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
British lottery ticket wins £84.4M Euro Millions jackpot
Largest lottery jackpot ever won in Britain
A single lottery ticket purchased in Great Britain won Friday's 84.4 million (US$122.7 million) Euro Millions jackpot.
It is the highest lottery prize ever won in Great Britain.
The winning Euro Millions numbers were 1, 17, 31, 43, and 47 with the Lucky Star numbers 2 and 3.
The win comes four months after Nigel Page and his partner Justine Laycock won 56 million to become Britain's biggest lottery winners at the time. The couple, who live ...
May 16, 2010, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner forgets wife's birthday
After Robert McIntosh win 4.4 million (US$6.75 million) in the Lottery, his wife expected a lavish birthday present but had to settle for a card.
Robert revealed yesterday that Susan's 47th birthday a week after their jackpot success had completely slipped his mind.
He said he failed to remember it because he was so excited about their huge Lotto win.
Speaking yesterday, Robert, 46, admitted, With everything happening, I forgot to buy her anything. I had a card but not a present. Housew ...
Apr 27, 2010, 7:10 am - Lottery News forum
Man threw away $153,000 lottery ticket
A British postal worker said his marriage ended and he has become a laughing stock at work because he threw away a $153,000 scratch-off lottery ticket.
Cemal Celikkanat, 38, a driver for the Royal Mail, said he thought the dollar amounts on the scratch-off card he purchased at Charnock News and Booze in Sheffield had to be in a row to win, but the card pays out for any three-of-a-kind dollar amounts, the Sheffield Telegraph reported Friday.
When I found out I felt dizzy and dropped to my ...
Apr 23, 2010, 8:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Bus driver wins £2m lottery jackpot three months after divorce
It was an amicable divorce and Helen Halstead was happy to wish her former husband the very best of luck for the future.
She couldn't have imagined how quickly that wish would be fulfilled.
Just weeks after their split, bus driver Kevin Halstead won 2.3 million (US$3.5 million) playing the Lottery.
His ex-wife is now coming to terms with the fact that, but for the divorce, Mr. Halstead might have been legally obliged to share his windfall with her.
Instead, she is making do with her ...
Mar 18, 2010, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
British couple wins $88M lottery, daughter says 'whatever'
Whatever , said the teenaged daughter of a British couple who won a 56 million (US$88 million) Euro Millions lottery.
When Nigel Page discovered he had won 56 million on the lottery he couldn't say a word while his stunned partner Justine Laycock, said: Oh my God .
But her 15-year-old daughter Georgia's reaction was like that of a typical teenager.
She just said, 'Whatever'..she was a typical teenager about it, said Ms. Laycock after the couple discovered they were Britain's biggest w ...
Feb 16, 2010, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
£5M U.K. National Lottery winner claims jackpot
The winner of a 5 million (US$8.2 million) National Lottery jackpot which had gone unclaimed for two weeks has come forward, operator Camelot said today.
Last week Camelot launched an appeal to find the lucky punter after the 4,908,817 top prize from Saturday August 29 was not claimed.
The ticket was bought in the Sheffield area.
We're delighted that the winner of this prize has now come forward and we hope that they will enjoy their win, a National Lottery spokeswoman said.
It wou ...
Sep 15, 2009, 12:11 pm - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery looking for £5 million Lotto winner
A city was bracing itself for a frenzy of back-of-the-sofa searching and sock drawer ransacking today after details were revealed of an unclaimed 5 million (US$8.2 million) lottery prize.
National Lottery operator Camelot said the 4,908,817 Lotto jackpot from Saturday August 29 was won by a ticket bought in the Sheffield area, but no one has so far come forward to claim the prize.
Now the search is on to trace the would-be millionaire.
A spokeswoman for Camelot said the draw made was du ...
Sep 15, 2009, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum
'Mind reader' lottery stunt debunked by British paper
The Lotto miracle performed by telly illusionist Derren Brown left millions mystified but today a British newspaper revealed how he might have done it.
The Sun reckoned the slick magician used a split screen technique to make it look like he had correctly predicted the six winning numbers in the midweek National Lottery draw.
Their conclusion came after we called in experts who analysed footage of Derren's Wednesday night show broadcast on Channel 4 at the same time as the draw was made on ...
Sep 10, 2009, 8:59 pm - Lottery News forum