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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

Beach town hits jackpot in Spain's El Gordo lottery
With wide smiles, elated lottery winners popped corks on bottles of sparkling wine Tuesday in the southern beach city of Roquetas de Mar, where tickets bearing the top prize number in Spain's Christmas lottery were sold. The winning number 79140 appeared on 1,600 tickets in the lottery known as El Gordo (The Fat One), with each ticket holder winning 400,000 (US$434,800). The lottery has taken on special importance in recent years as Spain struggled through a real estate bubble and the Euro ...
Dec 22, 2015, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum

$50 million Lotto Max winners finally revealed after 2-year fight to remain anonymous
The winners of the $50 million Canada Lotto Max ticket, sold in Langley, British Columbia, in March, 2014, say they will be continuing with their lives, like normal. Friedrich Mayrhofer, 67, his wife, Annand, and his son, Eric, have been named as the claimants of the prize only the second $50 million jackpot in B.C. history. The family tried to stay anonymous and claim the prize, but that's against British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) rules. The winning ticket was presented to of ...
Dec 18, 2015, 6:24 pm - Lottery News forum

Australian woman's winnings stolen after she posts selfie with winning ticket
Includes audio report By Todd Northrop A Perth, Australia, woman who won $825 on the Melbourne Cup horse race was shocked to find someone else claimed her winnings before she could, using details from her celebratory Facebook selfie. Chantelle told radio station Triple M she was thrilled to have won hundreds after picking 101-to-1 shot Cup winner Prince of Penzance. She posted a selfie of herself posing with the winning ticket to celebrate. When we found out we naturally took a bit o ...
Nov 4, 2015, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum

Cash-strapped church in Italy asks parishoners for lottery tickets
A cash-strapped parish in northern Italy has come up with a controversial idea to help it raise funds, by asking parishioners to give scratch cards instead of the customary monetary offer during mass. Churchgoers will be told about the scheme, called 'scratch and win', during masses this weekend after it was announced on a flyer affixed to the door of San Martino in Cigola, near Brescia. We all know we need help, read the flyer. So with a smile and without making givers uncomfortable or i ...
Oct 19, 2015, 10:53 am - Lottery News forum

What do Disneyland, an indoor slide, and a popcorn maker have in common?
Answer: They're all items that a family from Ireland want to purchase after winning the lottery. A couple with a young family from Dublin, Ireland, have won a Lotto jackpot prize of 7,384,790 (US$8.4 million). The pair didn't realize they were winners until almost two weeks after the draw, which was on on Saturday September 19. They purchased their ticket, a 40 Quick pick play valid for 8 draws, in the Supervalu store at Killiney Shopping Centre in Dun Laoghaire on September 15. Howe ...
Oct 12, 2015, 9:17 pm - Lottery News forum

Serbian lottery chief resigns amid drawing scandal
Includes video report The head of Serbia's national lottery has resigned after a television graphic during this week's draw appeared to predict a winning number. The incident triggered outrage and dominated front-pages in the Balkan country, where Serbs had hoped the lottery was above the corruption that permeates much of national life. Police said they have questioned six people during an investigation into whether the winning combination had been set up in advance. The affair erupt ...
Jul 31, 2015, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum

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