Single father wins £1 million from EuroMillions lottery after playing for the first time
Electrician recalls a voice in his head telling him to play the game
By Kate Northrop
Simon Waddup, 31, entered the National Lottery EuroMillions draw game for the very first time. As luck would have it, the impulse buy earned him a 1 million (US$1.25 million) prize.
While shopping at the local Aldi in Coventry, the lucky electrician repeatedly heard a voice in his head telling him to buy a lottery ticket on May 19. The nagging feeling persisted even as Waddup was on his way home.
Jun 2, 2020, 12:03 pm - Lottery News forum
British man who saved policeman's life during lockdown wins the lottery
A British water quality worker who helped save the life of a policeman after he had a heart attack on the bus during lockdown is celebrating a 1 million (US$1.2 million) lottery win.
Anthony Canty, who has worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic and says he plans to continue his job, said he told the officer about his big win in the May 5 draw of the UK's EuroMillions add-on raffle drawing.
He said 'good karma happens to good people', the 33-year-old said.
Canty, who has two childre ...
May 14, 2020, 9:08 am - Lottery News forum
UK National Lottery website down before drawing
Frustrated players unable to buy tickets for the 5 million draw
By Kate Northrop
A power outage in Watford, a small town 15 miles northwest of London, caused the UK National Lottery website and smartphone app to crash and continue to remain out of action just four hours before the big drawing of 5 million (US$6.2 million) on Wednesday.
The Camelot Group, the operator of the UK National Lottery, houses its headquarters in Watford.
Although the power outage was reported at 6:57 am and ...
May 7, 2020, 1:46 pm - Lottery News forum
UK man celebrates £58 million EuroMillions jackpot win
A United Kingdom man who won a 58 million (US$71.6 million) lottery jackpot celebrated by having a beer with his brothers at a 6-foot distance.
Ryan Hoyle, 38, said he was shaking when he got an email informing him he had become a multi-millionaire in Friday's EuroMillions draw.
The numbers drawn in the Friday, April 17, EuroMillions drawing were 16, 28, 32, 37, and 45, with Lucky Stars numbers 1 and 11.
Hoyle drove to his parents' house, passing his phone through the window for them to ...
Apr 23, 2020, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery-winning farmer shares potatoes with people in coronavirus isolation
A woman who used her lottery winnings to move to a farm in England supplied free potatoes to people in self-isolation due to COVID-19.
Susan Herdman, 51, moved to the farm after winning the United Kingdom National Lottery in 2010 and made a post in a local Facebook group offering to share her potatoes after learning of people stockpiling food and supplies due to the global coronavirus outbreak.
Herdman delivered potatoes to isolating families and a home for disabled children in addition to ...
Mar 25, 2020, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Amazon held talks on bid to takeover the UK National Lottery
Amazon held talks about bidding to run the United Kingdom National Lottery, The Mail on Sunday revealed.
The discussions fizzled out, but the US tech giant's interest raises the prospect of it entering Britain's gambling market at some stage.
Amazon, owned by the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, has more than 300 million active customer accounts.
It may have seen the Lottery as a chance to take the competition online and widen its reach.
City sources told The Mail that only prelimin ...
Mar 16, 2020, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum
UK Couple plans to spend lottery jackpot on new knees
A couple who won 1 million (US$1.3 million) in the United Kingdom's National Lottery plan to spend their winnings on a pair of replacement knees.
Malcolm and Bev Dixon, from Leigh in Greater Manchester, initially believed they had scooped 1,000 after matching five numbers and the bonus ball in last Wednesday's Lotto draw.
After becoming millionaires, the grandparents said the first thing they intended to buy was a new pair of knees for Mrs. Dixon, a 50-year-old pub landlady.
This win c ...
Feb 6, 2020, 7:20 am - Lottery News forum
UK National Lottery hacker jailed for nine months
A cyber-criminal has been jailed for nine months for committing offenses against the United Kingdom National Lottery.
Following a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation, Anwar Batson, 29, of Notting Hill, London, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 10 January. He admitted four offenses under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and one fraud charge.
The NCA was notified of the attack against National Lottery accounts in November 2016. The customer database affected contained around nine m ...
Jan 13, 2020, 10:22 am - Lottery News forum
One of the UK's first lottery millionaires reveals how she's lived off her $3.5 million win
UK National Lottery celebrates 25 years
Includes video report
Next week will mark a quarter of a century since the first National Lottery draw and to mark it, we have tracked down one of the first batch of millionaires it created.
The first draw was broadcast live on the BBC on 19 November 1994, with it hosted by TV favourites Noel Edmonds and Anthea Turner.
The first number drawn? 30. Followed by 3, 5, 44, 14 and 22 long before the relatively recent addition of numbers 50 to 59.
Jan 8, 2020, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery millionaires' 'dreams came true' after learning son is cancer free
It is just like all of our lifelong dreams came true.
That was the joyful expression of a UK couple who won a 2 million (US$2.6 million) lottery jackpot three days before finding out that their teenage son was clear of cancer.
John and Allison McDonald have described how their their Lucky Dip ticket matched all six numbers to scoop the Lotto jackpot on Wednesday, December 18.
Three days later, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, from Stockton on Tees, were given the news that their 15-year-old son ...
Jan 3, 2020, 9:52 am - Lottery News forum