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UK officials consider donating unclaimed lottery prizes to tsunami aid
Calls are growing for national lottery operator Camelot to donate the 16.3 million (US$30.9 million) worth of unclaimed winnings from last year to Asia's tsunami appeal. I think it's a wonderful opportunity for Camelot. I can't imagine how they could possibly say 'no,' said Labour MP Stephen Pound. If the money isn't claimed, let's put it where it can actually do some real good, he told BBC Radio on Tuesday. What on earth could be wrong with that? Camelot says 16.3 million (US$30.9 million)
Jan 4, 2005, 11:17 am - Lottery News

Huge UK Lotto prizes yet to be claimed
The UK National Lottery operator Camelot has launched a New Year search for the winners of 16.3 million (US$30.9 million) in unclaimed prize money from last year.The biggest outstanding ticket was bought in Belfast in August and is now worth 7 million (US$13.3 million) - if anyone can find it.Winners have 180 days to claim their prizes before the money is donated to arts, sports and community groups.Anyone who believes they have a winning ticket can call the National Lottery line on 0845 910 0
Jan 4, 2005, 8:13 am - Lottery News

Young Couple Wins £5 Million UK Lotto Jackpot
A young couple are celebrating today after scooping a 5 million (US$9.6 million) Lottery jackpot.The couple, who have a five-month-old baby, won the early Christmas present on the Christmas Eve Lotto Superdraw.Lottery officials are due to reveal further details about the couple, from Porth, south Wales, at a press conference at the Vale of Glamorgan Country Club later this morning.But a Camelot spokeswoman said that the 20-year-old man is a software tester and his 21-year-old partner is a home-
Dec 30, 2004, 8:31 am - Lottery News

Secret Lottery millionaire leaves fortune to charities
A reclusive elderly woman has left her secret Lottery fortune to charity.Gail German hit the jackpot when she won 1 million (US$1.92 million) playing the UK Lotto, but no one in the tiny hamlet where she lived knew about it.When she died, most of the money was split between her local church, a hospital and hospices.Despite the big win, she continued to live alone in the small rural cottage where she had grown up until her death, aged 53.She left the house and its garden in Catsash, near Newport
Dec 29, 2004, 8:26 am - Lottery News

Four tickets win UK Lotto jackpot
Four lucky tickets have matched all six numbers drawn Saturday to win the 4.5 million (US$8.8 million) UK Lotto jackpot, according to National Lottery operator Camelot.The winning Lotto numbers were 5, 16, 22, 25, 27 and 30; the bonus ball was 33. The prize fund was 16.7 million (US$32.5 million).Draw machine Garnet and set of balls seven were used.The four winners will get 1.1 million (US$2.14 million) each while 16 ticketholders won 86,000 (US$167,461) each for matching 5 numbers and the
Dec 20, 2004, 8:29 am - Lottery News

Study Proves Number Bias in UK Lottery
When you next select your lottery numbers, be sure to pick 38. That is the conclusion of a previously unpublished report by the National Lottery Commission, which unearthed a series of statistical anomalies that, taken at face value, suggest the lottery might not be as random as was previously thought.Completed in early 2002, the nine-page document entitled 'The Randomness of the National Lottery' was meant to offer irrefutable proof that it was random. But the statisticians who produced the rep
Dec 11, 2004, 9:00 pm - Lottery News

North Wales couple hit UK Lotto jackpot
A retired school cook has scooped a 721,000 (US$1.4 million) lottery jackpot in the UK National Lottery.Eluned May Jones, 67, of Minffordd, near Penrhyndeudraeth, was one of four who shared Wednesday's 2.8m (US$5.4 million) top prize last week.The former assistant cook at Ysgol Cefn Coch has been trying for a decade, winning no more than the occasional 10 (US$19.22).Eluned, who runs a bed and breakfast with husband Ben, has stuck to the same numbers from the start.In recent years she has adde
Dec 9, 2004, 8:30 am - Lottery News

Syndicate Misses Out on Lottery Fortune
A school cleaner apologized to other members of his Lottery syndicate Friday after failing to put on a winning line that could have scooped them a share of an 8.5 million (US$16.2 million) jackpot.The group of 15 staff at New College, in Telford, Shropshire, could have won more than 100,000 (US$190,720) each after their numbers came up in Saturdays draw.But syndicate member Andrew Edwards said he did not fill in the 14th of the 15 lines on the ticket because not enough money had been paid into
Nov 30, 2004, 7:35 am - Lottery News

BBC to lose exclusive rights to show UK National Lottery draws
The BBC is to lose exclusive television rights to the UK National Lottery because Camelot believes its games would be better promoted on rivals such as ITV and Channel Five.The lottery operator, which is believed to be negotiating with several commercial broadcasters, wants to overhaul television coverage in 2006 when the BBC's existing contract to show the draw comes up for renewal.The company would now prefer an arrangement whereby the draws of its seven games are shown across different channe
Nov 15, 2004, 9:13 am - Lottery News

UK National Lottery Celebrates 10 Years
Celebrations to mark 10 years of the National Lottery have taken place across the UK on Saturday.More than 150 lottery-funded venues in cities including Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast have hosted dvents or opened their doors for free.The main dvents were held at London's Tate Modern art gallery, which was set up with 53m from the lottery.The celebrations included a Lotto birthday draw in the evening, with six people sharing the 10m prize money.The BBC's arts correspondent Torin Douglas said even
Nov 8, 2004, 7:48 am - Lottery News