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Almost €15 million in Ireland Lottery prize money goes unclaimed
At a time when so many are strapped for cash, the prospect of a lottery win has never been more alluring. Yet according to figures obtained from the Ireland National Lottery, 14.7 million (US$18.9 million) in lottery prize money was left uncollected last year alone. Whether they ended up down the back of the couch or in the wash, winning tickets worth 90 million have gone unclaimed in the last five years. Among the forfeited windfalls last year were a 350,000 Plus 1 prize, from a ticket so ...
May 15, 2013, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum

Numbers from Afghanistan net $371K lottery win
A Douglasville, Georgia, woman has won a $371,516 Georgia Lottery prize with numbers she received from her husband working in Afghanistan. Carol Hicks, 37, won the prize as one of two players to match all five winning numbers in the April 2 Fantasy 5 drawing. My husband called me from Afghanistan, and he asked me to play these numbers, Hicks said. Winning numbers from the drawing were: 1-6-10-17-39. RaceTrac #0439, 5897 Fairburn Road in Douglasville, sold the winning ticket. The sec ...
Apr 9, 2013, 3:10 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

$2.7 million lottery winner down to his last $10
Dad-of-two Roger Griffiths, 42, used to drive a Porsche and vacation with the super-rich in New York and Monaco. He and wife Lara lived in a 670,000 home, sent their children to a 10,000-a-year private school and plotted to double their wealth through property and stock market investments. Roger also splurged on a fleet of fancy cars and luxuries like tailor-made suits and Cartier diamond jewellery. He even blew 25,000 making a record after getting his old student band back together. Th ...
Mar 25, 2013, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum

$50 million lottery winners outed by spiteful letter to new neighbors
A $50 million lottery winner in Adelaide, South Australia, was the target of a spiteful letter outing him to his new neighbors, and he says he has an idea of who produced it. A leaflet style letter giving in-depth details of the former North Haven family's spending since they had a $50 million windfall in an Australian Powerball draw last August was dropped in dozens of letterboxes surrounding the family's new beachside mansion last week. [Although it has the same name, Powerball in Australia ...
Mar 23, 2013, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum

Jamaica making new efforts to curb lottery scams
Jamaican officials said Thursday that they are hopeful new legislation will finally result in a stream of convictions and lengthy sentences for fraudsters behind a multimillion-dollar lottery scam that has swindled mostly elderly Americans out of their retirement savings for years. National Security Minister Peter Bunting told reporters that the law reform act will result in a vastly accelerated number of successful prosecutions of swindlers who have made the island a center for cross-border ...
Mar 15, 2013, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum

76-year-old man trapped hunting for lottery ticket
A 76-year-old man trapped himself in an underground waste paper container in Amsterdam after he clambered in to hunt for a lottery ticket. Police said in a statement the elderly man managed to open the container and climb in Thursday because he feared he had tossed out a lottery ticket along with other used paper. Passers-by heard him calling for help and alerted the police who freed him with the help of firefighters. The bad news? The man didn't find his lottery ticket. Thanks to Or ...
Jan 3, 2013, 10:10 am - Lottery News forum

Three times lucky for lottery-winning family
A family in Norway has hit the lottery jackpot for the third time in six years and the wins have so far all coincided with the birth of a new baby. The latest lucky winner is 19-year-old Tord Oksnes who won 12.2m Norwegian krone (US$2.1 million) last week on the country's national lottery. Before him, his 26-year-old sister Hege Jeanette had pocketed 882,000 (US$1.4 million) in 2010, only four years after their 58-year-old father Leif won 441,000 (US$712,000) on the same lottery. The lu ...
Sep 26, 2012, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum

12 arrested in conspiracy to rig Mexico lottery drawing
Twelve people, including four public employees, are accused of attempting to embezzle 160 million pesos ($12.1 million) from Mexico's national lottery, authorities said. Around $8 million of the money has been recovered, the Attorney General's Office and several other federal agencies said in a joint statement. The announcement followed a front-page story in capital daily Reforma that revealed some details of the scheme to rig the Jan. 22 drawing. Four directors of state-owned lottery a ...
Jul 20, 2012, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum

Australian teen lottery winner still goes to work
By Allison Cooke and Beverley Hadgraft Seven months ago, I was a typical 19-year-old working in a Melbourne [Australia] warehouse, packing books and earning $17 an hour to help pay my way through university. Then, suddenly, I was a millionaire. Have I been partying ever since? No. I'm one of four kids from a single-parent family doing it tough and Mum has instilled in me the value of a dollar. I won my prize last November after buying two tickets for a BoysTown lottery a charity that he ...
Jun 24, 2012, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum