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Tatts Group buys New South Wales lottery for A$850m
The state government of New South Wales has sold its lotteries business to Tatts Group for A$850m (US$764m) after an auction process that attracted both Australian and international bidders. The total proceeds of the sale will exceed A$1bn after A$160m of cash and other assets from NSW Lotteries are transferred to the government. Melbourne-based Tatts, which operates lottery businesses in three Australian states and two territories, faced competition from a consortium led by Ontario Teachers' ...
Mar 3, 2010, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum

Bad news for record S. African lottery "winner"
A deaf South African cleaner besieged by begging relatives after a newspaper reported he had scooped a 91 million rand (US$12 million) lottery jackpot was not the winner, the draw's organizers said on Tuesday. National Lottery spokeswoman Thembi Tulwana said the real winner of Friday's South Africa PowerBall draw was an unnamed 43-year-old woman, and not 52-year-old Stanley Philander, a Cape Town hardware store cleaner reported to have carried off the record rollover prize. Tulwana said Ph ...
Feb 17, 2010, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum

Confucius lottery tickets draw ire
Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher who prodded his fellow countrymen to seek their fortunes in a decent manner, would now find his portraits and sermons printed on lottery tickets, the only form of gambling allowed by the Chinese government. Late last month, lottery stands in east China's Shandong province began selling Confucius-themed tickets that carry a top prize of 300,000 yuan ($44,000). But the tickets have drawn ire from netizens and columnists who claim that putting Confuc ...
Feb 3, 2010, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum

One winner in Israel's largest-ever lottery drawing
7 million tickets were purchased for the largest cash prize in Israel's lottery history but only one person won, taking the first prize of NIS 74 million (US$19.5 million). The jackpot was the result of 22 consecutive weeks without a winner. After taxes are cleared, the winner will go home with a cool NIS 55.5 million, getting into 2010 with a wide grin on his or her face. As of Monday morning, the prize winner had not come forward to collect the prize check. The previous high winner wa ...
Dec 28, 2009, 4:18 pm - Lottery News forum

El Gordo lottery awards more than $3 billion
Spain's Christmas lottery showered hundreds of thousand of euros in prize money on the country's capital Tuesday. The top prize of the lottery, ranked among the world's richest, went to holders of tickets bearing the number 78294. The number appears on 1,950 tickets, and each holder stood to win euro300,000 ($430,000). Organizers said the tickets bearing that number were sold in a lottery office in the central Madrid area of Cuatro Caminos. Two of the lucky ticket holders were immigrant ...
Dec 24, 2009, 2:51 pm - Lottery News forum

Spain's Christmas lottery is still "El Gordo"
In tough times, Spaniards trim trees, not their lottery ticket purchases Includes video report On the morning of Dec. 22, Spain will be glued to radios and TV sets. A monotonous chant of children's voices will float through the air of homes, cafeterias and offices for hours. It is the lyrical event of the season, a kickoff to Christmas celebrations. Children dressed up in navy blue and gray uniforms sing, not Christmas carols, but the winning numbers and prizes for the Loteria de Navida ...
Dec 18, 2009, 8:11 am - Lottery News forum

Poland proposes online gambling ban
Following weeks of political scandal, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is determined to ban online gambling in the EU-member state. The new legislation will outlaw all gambling that takes place outside land-based casinos, including online gambling, while imposing higher taxes on legal gambling operators. The first draft of the proposed reform will be ready in two weeks. Internet gamblers may shrug off yet another crack down on their favorite past time, given that numerous countries have i ...
Nov 11, 2009, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum

Five-time lottery winner accused of taking ticket from group
It will be up to the courts to decide if a Calgary-area man's amazing run of lotto luck will continue. Seguro Ndabene of Airdrie, just north of Calgary, has already won the lottery four times in the past five years including two wins of $1 million, another of $100,000 and a fourth prize of $50,000. But his biggest win of all $17 million in a Super 7 draw back in January is being disputed. Ndabene's claim as sole winner is being questioned by a man who alleges the winning ticket was part ...
Oct 28, 2009, 9:52 am - Lottery News forum

China gets lottery fever after massive jackpot
Water-cooler talk across China has been awash with theories on how to spend a fortune after someone from Henan province won nearly 360 million yuan (US$52.7 million) on Thursday. The prize is the country's biggest jackpot to date. Despite the fact that the lucky winner has not yet stepped forward to claim the prize, many have an opinion on how much happiness it might buy. It's incredible. That was the verdict of 75 percent of the 140,000 people taking part in an online survey yesterday ...
Oct 13, 2009, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum

Bulgarian lottery repeat probed
The Bulgarian authorities have ordered an investigation after the same six numbers were drawn in two consecutive rounds of the national lottery. The numbers 4, 15, 23, 24, 35 and 42 were chosen by a machine live on television on 6 and 10 September. An official of the Bulgarian lottery said manipulation was impossible. A mathematician said the chance of the same six numbers coming up twice in a row was one in four million. But he said coincidences do happen. Minister of Physical Educa ...
Sep 16, 2009, 2:34 pm - Lottery News forum