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£5M U.K. National Lottery winner claims jackpot
The winner of a 5 million (US$8.2 million) National Lottery jackpot which had gone unclaimed for two weeks has come forward, operator Camelot said today. Last week Camelot launched an appeal to find the lucky punter after the 4,908,817 top prize from Saturday August 29 was not claimed. The ticket was bought in the Sheffield area. We're delighted that the winner of this prize has now come forward and we hope that they will enjoy their win, a National Lottery spokeswoman said. It wou ...
Sep 15, 2009, 12:11 pm - Lottery News forum

Now broke, teen lottery winner blew through $3M
British teen lottery winner Callie Rogers, 22, blew through nearly all of a jackpot of over $3 million, spending a substantial amount of it on cocaine. Rogers told local British media that her ex-boyfriend Nicky Lawson got her hooked on cocaine and that she spent 250,000 (about US$406,000) on the habit. I was spending a fortune on cocaine, a nasty evil drug that tears your life apart, Rogers was quoted as saying. I'll be honest. About a quarter of a million pounds of my win has been waste ...
Sep 2, 2009, 6:15 pm - Lottery News forum

Italian villager wins record $210M lottery jackpot
A resident of the castle-topped Tuscan village of Bagnone won more than 147 million (US$210.6 million) in Europe's biggest lottery jackpot, and seemed intent on trying to stay unknown. The winner bought the ticket for 2 at a bar in the central Italian town of 2,000, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Florence. The lucky inhabitant, who has yet to come forward, can choose to remain anonymous and has 90 days to claim the cash. Local residents popped bottles of sparkling wine at the ...
Aug 25, 2009, 3:04 pm - Lottery News forum

Not "mentally ready", lottery winner waits six months to claim jackpot
A 48-year-old small businessman from Newcastle, NSW [Australia], has waited six months for the right psychological moment to claim a $2 million (US$1.65 million) Lotto prize won in January. I'm a bit of a crazy sort of bloke. I had the winning ticket in a tin in a safe spot so there was no rush, the winner told stunned NSW Lotteries officials today. I actually thought about leaving it another couple of months. There was something about claiming that much money that I wasn't ready for, I ...
Aug 22, 2009, 8:26 pm - Lottery News forum

Unemployed man wins £4.5M Ireland lottery jackpot
Plans to travel overseas: I ve never been abroad Winner urged by financial expert to seek planning advice Northern Ireland's new Lottery millionaire Seamus Duffy revealed that he was feeling lucky in the run up to hitting the 4.5 million (US$7.4 million) jackpot. The unemployed father-of-six from Greysteel in Co Londonderry, said he had enjoyed a few less exciting Lottery wins in the weeks before the big one. But despite his winning streak, he never expected to scoop such a fortune. ...
Aug 12, 2009, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum

Italy Is a 'Mad House' for Lottery
Neophytes do it. Financially pinched town councils do it. Even people who usually shun gambling as a cunning ruse for the state to raise taxes do it. With a record 119 million (US$177 million) jackpot at stake in Italy's state lottery, millions have been gripped by lotto fever. It's become a bit of a mad house, said Paolo Valli, owner of the neighborhood Bar del Pino in southern Rome, where the number of wagers has tripled in the past month for the SuperEnalotto, which has not registered ...
Aug 7, 2009, 8:31 am - Lottery News forum

Lotto machine rejects winning ticket
In South Africa, a Durban woman has asked Lotto operator Gidani to investigate its scanning machines after her winning ticket was declared invalid. Wanda Bromehead, said she had checked the newspaper and knew she had won R88 in the May 16 draw. But she was surprised when the teller behind the counter ran her ticket through the scanner and the screen displayed the words No Winner . The teller was asked to scan the ticket three more times, and the message was the same. Doubting herself ...
Jul 20, 2009, 1:01 pm - Lottery News forum

True love: lottery winner reveals secret only after engagement
He wore shabby clothes, drove a wreck and took Lisa on cheap dates. Then they got engaged and Joe revealed the truth: having been stung by other women, he'd concealed his 10 million lottery fortune from her. Lisa Johnson treasures a ring given to her by husband Joe even though it is unremarkable, with a tiny stone, and cost less than 200 from High-Street jeweler H. Samuel. It was her Christmas present during their first heady months of dating, and when he presented it to her, she was thril ...
Jul 11, 2009, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum

Two winners to share record A$106 million Australian lottery
A couple from Queensland state and a man from South Australia will share more than A$106 million (US$86 million) as the only jackpot winners in the nation's record lottery drawn last night. Holders of the winning Oz Lotto entries, who asked to remain anonymous, will each take about A$53 million in the second-largest single payouts in Australian lottery history. The previous record jackpot of A$58.7 million was won on a single ticket last year. The first division prize pool, created after 1 ...
Jul 1, 2009, 2:00 am - Lottery News forum

Woman checks old lottery ticket, wins $10 million
An Australian student worried about her parents' money problems rifled through a pile of her lottery tickets Thursday and discovered that she had won 13 million Australian dollars (US$10 million) 10 months ago, a state lottery agency said. The student, living in the west coast city of Perth, received the winning ticket for a draw on July 22 last year as a gift from her father, Western Australia state agency Lotterywest said. By discovering her parents' financial worries were over, the luck ...
May 28, 2009, 11:04 am - Lottery News forum