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
Australian lottery winner accused of hiding win reaches deal with pool members
A group of people who sued a Melbourne, Australia, co-worker after he allegedly failed to distribute the winnings of a AU$16.6 million (US$12.3 million) lottery pool ticket have reportedly struck a deal with him.
However that deal may not include an agreement to share the jackpot with the members of his lotto pool.
The Geelong man is accused of keeping the big win to himself, cheating the other members of the pool out of their share of the $16.6 million group draw last October.
A Curren ...
Jul 13, 2015, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner's first purchase: a new shower door
A man from west Dublin, Ireland, has described winning 500,000 in the EuroMillions multi-country game as a pleasant shock .
He was the sole winner of the EuroMillions Plus 500,000 top prize in last Friday's draw.
EuroMillions Plus is an add-on game played only in Ireland that enters the first five numbers on your EuroMillions game ticket in a special Plus drawing held in Ireland the same evening. Adding EuroMillions Plus costs an extra 1 over the regular cost of a EuroMillions ticket.
Jul 6, 2015, 11:11 am - Lottery News forum
China reveals misuse of $2.7 billion in lottery funds
China has uncovered widespread misappropriation of 16.9 billion yuan (US$2.72 billion) of funds from its state lottery program, underscoring the extent of official corruption as the country tries to root out graft.
Funds were misappropriated through the buying and building of office buildings and hotels or embezzled, the National Audit Office said in a report on its website.
The state auditor said the irregularities accounted for a quarter of the total of lottery funds received in its 2012 ...
Jun 25, 2015, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Irish lottery pool playing same numbers for 27 years wins €5.9 million
A lottery pool that has been playing the same numbers in the weekly Ireland Lotto draw for 27 years has finally seen them win big.
The group of seven have won 5,900,958 (US$6.6 million) between them giving each an individual share of 842,994 (US$950,000).
The winning ticket was bought at Tesco on Ash Road in Mullingar, Co Westmeath on May 9th.
Since the 1980s
Speaking about the win, a member of the group said, We've played the same numbers since Lotto began in 1988 and the most we'd ...
Jun 3, 2015, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Austrailian lottery pool members believe co-worker kept $16.6m jackpot to himself
Members of a Victoria, Australia, lottery pool are taking Tattersalls Sweeps to court, alleging a former colleague kept a $16.6 million lottery win to himself.
The members want the Victorian Supreme Court to order Tatts to provide the name of the winner of Austrailian Powerball jackpot draw 961 in October last year, who they believe to be their colleague, and how the ticket was bought.
The syndicate, a group of 14 Geelong workers, believe the man was one of three winners of a $50 million d ...
May 26, 2015, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
China's beloved national lottery suspected of massive fraud
China loves its national lottery, but now some very suspicious goings-on with the game has ignited a scandal that's capturing the country's attention.
As in most other places, the drawing for China's lottery the only form of gambling the government allows outside of Macau is televised nationally, conducted by the China Welfare Lottery Issuing and Management Center, an agency of the government.
But something appears to have gone wrong Sunday night, when the drawing for a 50-billion-yuan ($8 ...
Jan 27, 2015, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
Spain's El Niño lottery spreads $663M in winnings
A lottery on Tuesday spread 560 million (US$663 million) among jubilant ticket holders throughout Spain, which is struggling to emerge from a financial crisis that has left it saddled with high unemployment.
The El Ni o (The Child) lottery is held each Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6, and the 400 top prize tickets, each worth 200,000 (US$236,700), were all sold in Leganes, a southwest Madrid working-class suburb.
Horns are blowing, the phone doesn't stop ringing, it's crazy and a huge, hu ...
Jan 7, 2015, 1:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Man finds €350,000 Irish lotto ticket in his wallet a month after the draw
In Ireland, a Wexford man is ending 2014 on a very high note after discovering he's won 350,000.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a 6 Lotto ticket with Plus on 29 November in Centra on the Errigal Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12.
He won the top prize in the Lotto Plus 1 draw that evening, worth 350,000, but remained oblivious to his good fortune for a month.
I just found out yesterday, he said.
I scanned the ticket in the shop and it said to contact the National Lottery, s ...
Dec 30, 2014, 3:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Spaniards celebrate 'El Gordo' victories in world's biggest lottery
Thousands of Spaniards including humble restaurant workers and care home residents celebrated wins in the world's biggest lottery draw on Monday, scooping up shares in over 2.2 billion euros (US$2.7 billion) in prizes doled out across the country.
El Gordo, or the Fat One , is the top award millions vie for every year in the traditional Christmas lottery, which had Spaniards on tenterhooks for four hours as the ceremonial draw took longer than usual to throw up the big prizes.
The Gordo pa ...
Dec 22, 2014, 10:24 pm - Lottery News forum