Employee learns he won $5.8M in lottery, finishes 12-hour work shift
A pub kitchen manager scooped the UK's biggest ever scratch card jackpot of 4 million (US$5.8 million) while on his dinner break but then went back to finish his shift.
Dedicated Amadou Gillen, 46, bought two 10 scratch cards from a newsagents during a 12-hour shift at Wetherspoons.
He lit a cigarette and scratched the first to win 10 but then the second one revealed he had become a multi-millionaire.
But shocked father-of-two Amadou didn't tell anyone, and went on to work for another f ...
Jun 4, 2016, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
Scotland family celebrates third big lottery prize
By Todd Northrop
An elderly couple from Scotland are celebrating a 1 million (US$1.5 million) lottery payout that continues an amazing family run of Lotto luck.
Peter Fry, 90, and his wife Mary, 86, landed the huge prize in the Lotto Millionaire Raffle and have been hailed as Scotland's luckiest family. The couple, from Bo'ness, West Lothian, shared the win with their three daughters, Margaret, 64, Janet, 59, and Isobel, 57.
The family play together, purchasing five lines twice a week, ...
May 31, 2016, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Chinese media reports plans to restart online lottery sales
Chinese media is reporting that the government plans to restart its online lottery operations after ordering their suspension over a year ago.
This weekend, the Economic Observer quoted an anonymous industry insider saying that Beijing authorities were preparing to authorize a trial of a new online lottery regime, but only after the government crafts the necessary regulations. The source offered no timeline for when these new regulations might be ready.
Beijing ordered a 'temporary' suspen ...
Apr 17, 2016, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
Australian man accuses fishing buddy of stealing $3.5M lottery ticket
A dispute between two former fishing buddies who destroyed their friendship over a missing lottery ticket claimed to be worth $3.5 million (US$2.7 million) has ended up in an Australian court.
Preston man Ismet Porcic claims he bought and subsequently lost a winning Tattslotto ticket from an Essendon newsagent in September 2014 that ended up winning a one-sixth share of the $21 million (US$16.2 million) division one prize pool.
Mr. Porcic has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against ...
Apr 14, 2016, 12:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Man wins Russia's biggest ever lottery jackpot
A resident of the Siberian city of Novosibirsk has won 350 million rubles (US$4.7 million) Russia's biggest-ever lottery prize, the state-run lottery Gosloto said in a statement Monday.
The name of the lucky winner is unknown because he has yet to claim the prize, Yulia Gavrishova, a spokeswoman for Stoloto, the distributor of state lotteries in Russia, told government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta.
The man bought his lucky ticket in a Novosibirsk retail outlet.
The ticket cost 1,800 rubles ...
Mar 1, 2016, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
UK couple waits for house to be painted, then claims £32.5M lottery jackpot
A Cambridgeshire couple who won 32.5 million (US$45.5 million) on the lottery have been identified and they've revealed the bizarre reason they carried the winning ticket around for a week before claiming the massive windfall.
Retired schoolteacher Gerry Cannings, 63, and his wife Lisa, 48, were aware they had picked the winning numbers the morning after the draw but didn't celebrate until days later as their house was being decorated.
The couple, from Peterborough, wanted to wait until th ...
Feb 25, 2016, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
Irish lottery site and ticket machines hit by DDoS attack
Customers trying to buy tickets for the 12 million (US$13 million) Ireland Lotto draw found themselves unable to do so for nearly two hours.
The jackpot was the largest in 18 months.
Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), the Lottery's operator, has said the incident is under investigation.
During a DDoS attack, a website or online service's capacity to handle internet traffic is overloaded usually by automated programs set to flood the site with requests.
The attack began at 11:21 GMT on ...
Jan 21, 2016, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Canadians need to be creative about buying, redeeming Powerball lottery tickets
Includes video report
With Canadians in a frenzy to get a piece of the U.S. Powerball draw, consumer advocates say people should exercise caution before forking out cash for tickets.
No one matched the Powerball numbers this weekend, meaning the already-record setting prize is now at an estimated $1.3 billion US almost $2 billion Canadian.
The next draw is Wednesday, and the odds to win are close to one in 300 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.
It's expected ...
Jan 12, 2016, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
Dutch court rules woman who won lottery during divorce can keep it all
A woman who won a 2.1 million (US$2.3 million) lottery prize during a divorce has no obligation to share it with her ex-husband, according to a Dutch court decision published on Tuesday.
The Amsterdam District Court ruling said the couple had listed the shared assets they wished to divide at the time they filed for divorce on Oct. 20, 2014, though the divorce was not formally granted until June 2015. The woman won the Post Code Lottery on New Year's Day 2015.
The man had argued that he and ...
Dec 29, 2015, 2:14 pm - Lottery News forum
African migrants win big in Spain Christmas lottery
About 35 African migrants, including at least one rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat, are among the top prize winners of Spain's Christmas lottery, according to the owner of the lottery agency that sold more than 1,000 tickets that shelled out 400,000 euros (US$438,000) each.
The winners who bought the tickets in the southern coastal city of Roquetas de Mar included migrants from Senegal, Mali and Morocco, agency owner Jose Martin told La Voz de Almeria newspaper in a story publis ...
Dec 24, 2015, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum