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
Lottery ticket frenzy as Euro Millions reaches record high
By Todd Northrop
Europe's multi-country Euro Millions lottery game emerged from Tuesday night's drawing without a grand prize winner, setting the stage for a mammoth record jackpot Friday: an estimated 185 Million (US$264.9 Million, or 166 million).
And Euro Millions jackpots are paid as cash not advertised annuity jackpots like the big American multi-state games.
If a single ticket wins the top prize, it will create the biggest winner in Europe ever.
To win a Euro Millions jackpot, ...
Jul 6, 2011, 11:13 am - Lottery News forum
47 people pick winning Fantasy 5 numbers
Rare consecutive sequence drawn Monday
The Florida Lottery set a new record with 47 top prize winners in the Fantasy 5 game.
Lottery officials say each ticket matching all five numbers drawn Monday night is worth $4,581.74. The winning numbers were 14-15-16-17-18.
This is the most number of Fantasy 5 winners since 2001 when the Fantasy 5 matrix was changed from 26 to 36 numbers, making it more difficult to win. In 2005, 40 tickets matched all five numbers, which is the previous record u ...
Mar 22, 2011, 11:34 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
Maryland Lottery Pick 4 drawing generates huge payout
2,800 Maryland lottery players hit 4-4-4-4 combination
by Todd Northrop
Players of the Maryland Lottery's Pick 4 game hit a grand slam of sorts this weekend, and a payout record was tied in the process.
Lottery officials said Saturday's 4-4-4-4 drawing in the Pick 4 game paid out $7 million, which was the state's record for daily games.
The drawing took in about $458,000 in sales. Officials said 2,800 players had the winning numbers.
While players fare well when Pick 4 drawings r ...
Feb 28, 2011, 8:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Pick 4 lottery winners in huge line for record payout
As the coiling line of people inside the Thompson Center collapsed in on itself Friday morning, Illinois State Police Sgt. Carlton Riley radioed for backup to help figure out how to deal with the crowd.
All right, people, we got a problem now! Riley barked. I need you to pay attention and keep the line tight.
Riley might have had a problem, but almost no one else did. The estimated 600 people in line were there to claim a share of what may be the highest-ever total payout for the Illinoi ...
Nov 15, 2010, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum
Porn shop lottery winner doesn't reveal himself
Michigan Lottery pays out record $268.6 million on two multi-state jackpots won a week apart
By Todd Northrop
So who bought the huge winning lottery ticket at the porn shop in Highland Park?
Nobody is saying, not even Mike Greer, 49, of Farmington Hills, who came forward to collect the $128.6 million in Powerball winnings on behalf of Team Victory, a lottery club.
I didn't buy it, Greer said today. I never play. I'm sorry.
Greer acknowledged he was being intentionally vague abou ...
Nov 12, 2010, 5:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Pick 3 'triple' pays out record $2.88M to N.C. Lottery players
By Todd Northrop
Triple digits paid off in a big way for North Carolina Pick 3 players in the Monday, Sept. 6 evening drawing.
The 2-2-2 combination resulted in a record-setting prize payout of $2.88 million to more than 11,000 winning tickets.
This record payout is the highest since the Dec. 25, 2009 drawing, which paid out more than $2.28 million to players who chose the 5-5-5 combination.
Monday's drawing was the first time the 2-2-2 combination has been drawn since Pick 3 sales b ...
Sep 8, 2010, 3:50 pm - Lottery News forum