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Slot machine saves German gambler as police arrive
Police said Thursday that two officers carrying out routine checks at an arcade in the western city of Bochum, Germany, late last week discovered that a man playing a slot machine faced an arrest warrant. He had been ordered to pay a 710 (US$910) fine or go to prison for 71 days after resisting police during a previous incident. Police say that as officers informed the man that he faced arrest, the slot machine started to flash and the beaming 37-year-old won a jackpot of 1,000 (about US$1 ...
Sep 29, 2014, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum

German ordered to let ex-wife share in lottery win
A German federal court has ruled that a divorced man must pay his ex-wife 242,500 euros (US$328,000) out of his winnings from a lottery ticket because they weren't formally divorced at the time he won. The Federal Court of Justice on Wednesday ended a lengthy legal battle between the pair, who had been separated for eight years when the man and his new partner won nearly 1 million euros in 2008. The man only applied for and was granted a divorce in 2009. The couple then battled their wa ...
Oct 16, 2013, 5:54 pm - Lottery News forum

Germany Lottery draw glitch caused announcement of wrong numbers
German broadcaster ZDF gave Lotto ticket holders a moment of false hope on Wednesday evening, after a glitch with the ball machine meant presenters read out the wrong numbers. At 6:50pm, 2.33 million people turned on their TVs to see if they'd won this week's lottery jackpot. But what presenters in the ZDF studio had not noticed was that that two balls, 46 and 47, failed to roll into the see-through Lotto drum. This meant that the first set of numbers 3,8,11,26,32,40 and 9 were void. The a ...
Apr 4, 2013, 11:57 am - Lottery News forum

Man refuses $4 million lottery win
According to the Ananova news service, a German pensioner who won 2 million (US$4 million) playing the lottery refused the cash because he didn't know what to do with it. The 70-year-old man from Hameln, Lower Saxony, went to the HQ of the German lottery association in Hanover after finding out about his win and told them he did not want the money. He reportedly said: What would I do with so much money? My wife has already passed away, my parents are dead, I have no children and no other ...
Sep 19, 2007, 2:31 pm - Lottery News forum

Germany debates online gambling
Premiers from the 16 German states were unable to reach unanimous agreement Wednesday on proposed laws to protect state gambling monopolies by banning online gambling in the country. The heads of the individual German states met to discuss the ban, which would have to be approved by the federal parliament. Three German states Bavaria, Saxony and Hesse have already introduced state laws. Most of the German states run lucrative monopolistic lotteries and are keen to protect these revenues, ...
Dec 14, 2006, 3:39 pm - Lottery News forum

Male nurse wins record German lottery jackpot
The biggest jackpot in the history of Germany's national lottery went to a male nurse. A 41-year-old male hospital nurse who is the father of three children, organizers said Tuesday, three days after the winning number was drawn. The man had phoned the West Lotto company from the hospital in the western Westphalia region during the morning, but asked that his name not be published. In the city of Muenster, West Lotto spokesman Elmar Bamfaste said the winner of the 37.7 million euro (US$47 ...
Oct 12, 2006, 4:24 pm - Lottery News forum

Analyst's outlook on Scientific Games downgraded
A Bank of America analyst on Monday downgraded Scientific Games Corp., which sells instant lottery tickets to more than 50 countries, saying that he was bearish on growth expectations in Germany. Analyst David Vas downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy, and lowered his price target by $5 to $31. Vas said that instant ticket sales from two cooperative contracts in Germany have been sluggish due to legislative issues hindering the company's distribution and advertisement of scratch-off ...
Sep 12, 2006, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum

Record lottery winner rushes back to work
Germany's biggest individual lottery winner had no time to celebrate after becoming $27 million richer because he was too worried about being late for work. When the salesman, who was not identified by WestLotto, arrived on Thursday to buy his weekly lottery ticket at a shop in the industrial Ruhr area he was told last week's 12-euro ticket that he hadn't bothered to check had won the jackpot. The man's reaction left the lottery operator dumbfounded. After he was told he had won the ja ...
Mar 18, 2005, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum

Officials form lottery pool in attempt to clear town's debt
Local officials in a small German town are banking on a lottery win to keep the local council from going bust.Town councilors in Blumberg near the Swiss border say their community of 10,660 residents has one of the largest debts in Germany, at 1,700 per head.The group of local politicians have now formed a lottery syndicate [pool], playing twice a week with their own money.Local finance officer Thomas Lauble said: The most important figures in my week are now the seven numbers drawn each Wedne ...
Feb 21, 2005, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum

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