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.
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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
Britain's youngest lottery winner still broke, but expecting twins
A lottery winner who frittered away her 1.9 million (US$3 million) fortune on drink, drugs and luxury items is expecting twins and she says the feeling is even better than when she hit the jackpot.
Callie Rogers, who was 16 when she matched all six numbers to become Britain's youngest lottery winner, is pregnant with two boys and due to give birth next month.
She said it meant she can finally live life to the full, having learned the hard way that money cannot buy happiness.
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May 12, 2012, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
Entire town, except one guy, wins $950M lottery
Just a few weeks ago, the 70 households in the isolated farming village of Sodeto were struggling under the double whammy of Spain's economic downturn and the ravages of a severe drought.
Some were even thinking of passing up Spain's huge Christmas lottery, known as El Gordo the fat one which is something of a national obsession. But they bought tickets out of loyalty to the homemakers' association here, which makes a small percentage on the sales.
And then, their number came in.
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Feb 2, 2012, 4:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Spanish Christmas lottery pays out billions
Days before Christmas, a tiny town of 2,000 in cash-strapped Spain found itself richer by 720 million (US$940 million) Thursday after scooping the top prize in the nation's famed Christmas lottery.
Billed as the world's richest, the lottery dishes out some 2.52 billion (US$3.29 billion) to winners across the nation.
The top prize dubbed El Gordo (The Fat One) was split among the holders of tickets bearing the number 58268. The number appeared on 1,800 tickets, giving winners 400,000 for th ...
Dec 23, 2011, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Yuck! Taiwan dog poop lottery draws thousands
An innovative scheme to keep the streets of northern Taiwan clean has seen thousands of citizens dutifully collecting bags of dog poop in the hope of winning $2,000 in gold.
More than 4,000 residents of New Taipei City, which surrounds the capital, have signed up for the competition since it was launched in early August, and have so far collected 14,000 bags of the stuff.
The outcome of the campaign beat all our expectations, Lai Lien-chueh, from the city's environmental protection bureau ...
Dec 7, 2011, 3:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Man dropped from lottery syndicate wins share in court
A Melbourne, Austrailia, accountant has won his share of an $867,000 Tattslotto first division prize, three years after he was dropped from a 10-member Big Kahuna house syndicate.
A thrilled Danny Watson and his legal team beamed outside court after a magistrate found a newsagent and his company guilty of false and misleading conduct over the handling of the syndicate.
The magistrate said Mr Watson, a regular participant in the Fitzroy agency's system 17 entry, was entitled to damages of $ ...
Nov 13, 2011, 11:47 am - Lottery News forum
Struggling couple wins $10M lottery jackpot
Australian couple played the same numbers for 36 years
The overjoyed $10 million (US$10.5 million) winners of Thursday night's Australian Powerball game don't want to be named, but said they had been struggling to make ends meet on one income for years.
It will be life-changing, they said.
They plan to use some of the money to secure their financial future and some to help out their family and friends.
The couple played the same numbers for 36 years across a variety of lotto games.
Aug 26, 2011, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum