UK National Lottery hacker jailed for nine months
A cyber-criminal has been jailed for nine months for committing offenses against the United Kingdom National Lottery.
Following a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation, Anwar Batson, 29, of Notting Hill, London, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 10 January. He admitted four offenses under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and one fraud charge.
The NCA was notified of the attack against National Lottery accounts in November 2016. The customer database affected contained around nine m ...
Jan 13, 2020, 10:22 am - Lottery News forum
Builder who won $138 million lottery jackpot promises to keep working
A UK builder named as the winner of the 105 million (US$138 million) EuroMillions jackpot has pledged not to stop working despite landing the life-changing fortune.
Father-of-three Steve Thomson said he felt like he was having a heart attack he realized he had the winning numbers on his Lucky Dip ticket and was a gibbering wreck as he told wife Lenka. A Lucky Dip ticket is one in which the computer selects all random numbers instead of the player choosing the numbers to play.
The 42-year-o ...
Dec 30, 2019, 11:13 am - Lottery News forum
A reporter won the lottery and quit her job, live on air — only to find the payout was about $5,500
A Spanish television reporter appeared to celebrate and quit her job on live television after realizing she had a winning El Gordo lottery ticket. It was a decision for which she would later apologize.
On Sunday, Valencia community journalist Natalia Escudero was covering Spain's annual Christmas lottery, called El Gordo (The Fat One), when she found out that she was also a winner.
The state-run lottery is the world's richest draw, boasting 2.24 billion euros (about $2.43 billion) in prize ...
Dec 26, 2019, 8:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Winners across Spain celebrate results of 2019 El Gordo Christmas lottery
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Just eight minutes after the draw began, the top prize was called for the number 26590
The winning number in this year's Christmas lottery popularly known as El Gordo (The Fat One) is 26590. The lucky five-digit figure corresponding to the top 4 million prize was sung out by two children from San Ildefonso school as per tradition at 9.19am just eight minutes after the draw began.
The first prize-winning number in the hugely popular draw was sold at lottery offices ...
Dec 23, 2019, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
French lottery operator stock price surges after $2.1 billion IPO
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Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) SAEM shares soared as much as 20% after the French lottery operator raised about 1.89 billion euros (US$2.1 billion) in the country's largest initial public offering since the 2005 sale of power producer Electricite de France SA.
The government sold 52% of the company at the top of the marketed price range for institutional investors. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire hailed a spectacular success that boosts the appeal of Paris as a financial ce ...
Nov 24, 2019, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
France sells its lottery for $2 billion
France will bank 1.8 billion euros (US$2 billion) from selling down its stake in the country's lottery operator, according to the final price set on Wednesday in a listing that will serve as a test for France's privatization push.
President Emmanuel Macron's pro-business government kicked off the biggest wave of privatizations in over a decade with the initial public offering (IPO) of Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), the organization that operates the country's lottery. It is seeking to raise money ...
Nov 22, 2019, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Australian man wins lotto jackpot twice
A Melbourne, Australia, man is busy counting more than $46 million after he won the top prize in Oz Lotto twice.
The St Albans man had forgotten he had two entries in Tuesday's $70 million draw, each marked with the same numbers.
I'm speechless. I can't believe it, he told officials, who alerted him to his double bounty.
Both tickets had the same marked numbers which he'd been playing for 30 years.
I play every week. I have always marked my entries, but I have never chosen the numb ...
May 6, 2019, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
Australian man wins $23 million lotto draw — twice
A Melbourne, Australia, man is $46.6 million richer after winning the lotto not once, but twice.
The blue-collar worker from St Albans in the city's north-west was stunned after he was informed that two of the three winning entries for the $70 million Oz Lotto prize on Tuesday night were registered to him.
The man had marked both entries with the same numbers, which he has been doing for three decades.
When we reached out to the division one winner from Melbourne to let him know he'd w ...
Mar 27, 2019, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
Two Mexico lotteries set to merge
In a bid to reverse its deficit Mexican lottery La Loter a Nacional para la Asistencia P blica (Lotenal) will merge with the other state lottery Pron sticos para la Asistencia P blica (Pron sticos).
Lotenal which owes $540m in back taxes will merge with Pron sticos as it responds to the challenge set by President Andr s Manuel L pez Obrador, said the agency's director, Ernesto Prieto Ortega.
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Mar 11, 2019, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaican lottery winner wears 'Scream' mask to hide identity
A lottery winner in Jamaica who seemingly wanted to remain anonymous chose quite the mask to conceal his face.
Dressed in a mask of Ghostface a character in the Scream movies with a signature white face and long, wide-opened mouth the winner, only identified as A. Campbell, collected his winnings of roughly $158,400,000 in Jamaican dollars, which equates to over $1,171,400 in U.S. currency.
Campbell, according to the Jamaica Star, became sick when he found out he won the Super Lotto in Nov ...
Feb 12, 2019, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum