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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

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

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

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. The
May 15, 2006, 9:27 am - Lottery News

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. B
May 11, 2006, 9:55 am - Lottery News

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

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

Woman 'hiding lottery win from husband'
A mystery woman claimed today she has won 1.5 million (US$2.65 million) from the UK National Lottery but has never told her husband.The woman, a mother-of-two who gave her name as Jane, called a radio show to reveal her astonishing secret.For the past three years she has hidden her fortune from colleagues, friends and family, she claimed.Her husband had a drug problem 15 years ago and she fears living the high life would tempt him back to his old ways.She also worries he would give up work an
Jan 20, 2006, 11:15 am - Lottery News

Lottery millionaire facing jail
A convicted criminal who won a 9.7 million National Lottery jackpot is facing another jail sentence seven months after saying he was turning over a new leaf .Former dustman Michael Carroll, 22, who has homes in Downham Market and Swaffham, Norfolk, has admitted affray after threatening teenagers with a baseball bat at a Christian Fellowship music event in Downham Market in May 2004.He entered a guilty plea during a Crown Court hearing in Norwich on Thursday and is due to be sentenced next mo
Jan 20, 2006, 7:51 am - Lottery News

£9.4 million lottery jackpot expires
A 9.4 million (US$16.2 million) UK National Lottery jackpot is going to good causes after the mystery winner failed to come forward by the deadline.The 180-day limit for claiming the 9,476,995 Lotto prize expired at 5:30 last night.It is the largest amount to go unclaimed since the National Lottery started over 11 years ago.The ticket was bought in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and Lottery organizers Camelot have made a concerted effort to alert people in the area about the missing winner.Now, t
Jan 3, 2006, 6:37 am - Lottery News