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Siblings fight over lottery jackpot
Father died day after winning The family of an Australian man who won almost $2 million in a lottery and died the next day has been fighting over who is entitled to the money. Townsville Supreme Court has heard the fighting between Lajos Szanto's four children occurred over the wording of their father's will and whether or not he had bought the ticket for himself. Lajos Szanto won $1,818,181.82 on February 13 last year, but was not able to enjoy his winnings after he died a day later, h ...
Apr 19, 2011, 6:30 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner flees Spain penniless as bank seizes villa and bar
When Lawrence Candlish won 5.5 million (US$8.8 million) playing the National Lottery in 1997 it promised to make his dreams come true, including buying himself the double hip replacement he needed. The generous factory worker immediately shared his fortune with his many relatives, shelling out 370,000 (US$590,000) to buy seven houses in the same street in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear so that they could be close together. Eventually he moved with his family to Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca t ...
Jan 24, 2011, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum

Mobster caught by tracing lottery ticket
A notorious Italian mobster who dodged justice for 20 years was reportedly finally under lock and key overnight after he was traced via a lottery ticket. Convicted double killer Riccardo Piras went on the run in the late 1980s before he could be locked up for life for the brutal murders of two drug dealers. One victim's corpse was reportedly dissolved in acid, while the other was tossed on a garbage dump as a chilling warning to rival gangs. Piras, 59, evaded capture for two decades but ...
Dec 9, 2010, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum

Israel Lottery draws same numbers twice in month
The odds may have been in the trillions-to-one range, but lightning has indeed struck twice for some lucky lottery players in Israel. The national bi-weekly lottery draw Saturday led to the astronomically improbable result of the same six double-digit balls being pulled in less than a month. The Miphal HaPayis state game picked 36, 33, 32, 26, 14, 13 and the strong number 2 as the winning combination. But a quick look at the results caused panic and amazement: the same first six numbers ...
Oct 18, 2010, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum

Elderly woman loses $300K to Jamaican lottery scam
People ripped off by one scam could be targeted for dozens more. A database of easy targets is now being used by con-artists. Stuart Childers said a stack of documents he showed WFTV Wednesday is paper trial of the hundreds of wire transfers his 75-year-old mother sent to scam artists. She put it to us she wanted to leave a legacy, do something good for the family, Childer said. Childers said his mother fell victim to a Jamaican lottery scam and gave the thieves close to $300,000 in a ...
Oct 7, 2010, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum

Store owner jailed one year for stealing $5.7M lottery ticket
A former convenience store owner who cheated a customer out of a $5.7 million lottery ticket has been sentenced to a year in jail. Hafiz Malik, 63, sat quietly as Ontario provincial court Justice Rebecca Shamai pronounced sentence Tuesday at Old City Hall courthouse in downtown Toronto. Dressed in a black T-shirt and grey slacks, the white-haired Malik listened intently to the judge's reasons. In December, Malik had pleaded to fraud. He admitted to tricking a customer, Lorraine Teich ...
Jun 16, 2010, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum

Nick of time: N.Z. man claims lottery prize 1 day before expiration
Talk about cutting it close. A man in Auckland, New Zealand claimed his lottery prize of $391,581 just 24 hours before the ticket would have expired. He had kept the ticket in a drawer a year ago and forgotten about it. The first division winning ticket was sold 12 months ago in Ponsonby. As far as we're aware this is the first time a major prize has been claimed the day before its expiry date. If the winner had waited another day he would have unfortunately received nothing, Fox Ne ...
Apr 20, 2010, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum

Masked Israeli lottery winners collect country's biggest jackpot
An Israeli couple finally picked up the country's biggest ever lottery jackpot three months after they won, and they wore masks to hide their faces from the public. The couple are determined to keep their identities protected, but they still agreed to take part in the prize-giving ceremony in front of television cameras and newspaper reporters. Before stepping into the glare, they donned big red cardboard masks. The disguise failed to hide the man's bald patch but the woman wore a huge bla ...
Apr 14, 2010, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum

Irish Lottery jackpot up to €15m for tonight's draw
Cash-strapped workers tired of the economic doom and gloom will be rushing to pick up their Ireland Lotto ticket today with tonight's jackpot approaching a cool 15 million (US$20 million). The life-changing jackpot has been rolling since March 10 and this draw will be the ninth since it began. The bumper pot includes 4m from the unclaimed prize fund, which holds on to money that was never picked up by winners. More than 2m from this fund was added into the jackpot on St Patrick's Day, a ...
Apr 10, 2010, 2:10 pm - Lottery News forum

Bus driver wins £2m lottery jackpot three months after divorce
It was an amicable divorce and Helen Halstead was happy to wish her former husband the very best of luck for the future. She couldn't have imagined how quickly that wish would be fulfilled. Just weeks after their split, bus driver Kevin Halstead won 2.3 million (US$3.5 million) playing the Lottery. His ex-wife is now coming to terms with the fact that, but for the divorce, Mr. Halstead might have been legally obliged to share his windfall with her. Instead, she is making do with her ...
Mar 18, 2010, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum