China reveals misuse of $2.7 billion in lottery funds
China has uncovered widespread misappropriation of 16.9 billion yuan (US$2.72 billion) of funds from its state lottery program, underscoring the extent of official corruption as the country tries to root out graft.
Funds were misappropriated through the buying and building of office buildings and hotels or embezzled, the National Audit Office said in a report on its website.
The state auditor said the irregularities accounted for a quarter of the total of lottery funds received in its 2012 ...
Jun 25, 2015, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Irish lottery pool playing same numbers for 27 years wins €5.9 million
A lottery pool that has been playing the same numbers in the weekly Ireland Lotto draw for 27 years has finally seen them win big.
The group of seven have won 5,900,958 (US$6.6 million) between them giving each an individual share of 842,994 (US$950,000).
The winning ticket was bought at Tesco on Ash Road in Mullingar, Co Westmeath on May 9th.
Since the 1980s
Speaking about the win, a member of the group said, We've played the same numbers since Lotto began in 1988 and the most we'd ...
Jun 3, 2015, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Austrailian lottery pool members believe co-worker kept $16.6m jackpot to himself
Members of a Victoria, Australia, lottery pool are taking Tattersalls Sweeps to court, alleging a former colleague kept a $16.6 million lottery win to himself.
The members want the Victorian Supreme Court to order Tatts to provide the name of the winner of Austrailian Powerball jackpot draw 961 in October last year, who they believe to be their colleague, and how the ticket was bought.
The syndicate, a group of 14 Geelong workers, believe the man was one of three winners of a $50 million d ...
May 26, 2015, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
China's beloved national lottery suspected of massive fraud
China loves its national lottery, but now some very suspicious goings-on with the game has ignited a scandal that's capturing the country's attention.
As in most other places, the drawing for China's lottery the only form of gambling the government allows outside of Macau is televised nationally, conducted by the China Welfare Lottery Issuing and Management Center, an agency of the government.
But something appears to have gone wrong Sunday night, when the drawing for a 50-billion-yuan ($8 ...
Jan 27, 2015, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
Spain's El Niño lottery spreads $663M in winnings
A lottery on Tuesday spread 560 million (US$663 million) among jubilant ticket holders throughout Spain, which is struggling to emerge from a financial crisis that has left it saddled with high unemployment.
The El Ni o (The Child) lottery is held each Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6, and the 400 top prize tickets, each worth 200,000 (US$236,700), were all sold in Leganes, a southwest Madrid working-class suburb.
Horns are blowing, the phone doesn't stop ringing, it's crazy and a huge, hu ...
Jan 7, 2015, 1:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Man finds €350,000 Irish lotto ticket in his wallet a month after the draw
In Ireland, a Wexford man is ending 2014 on a very high note after discovering he's won 350,000.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a 6 Lotto ticket with Plus on 29 November in Centra on the Errigal Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12.
He won the top prize in the Lotto Plus 1 draw that evening, worth 350,000, but remained oblivious to his good fortune for a month.
I just found out yesterday, he said.
I scanned the ticket in the shop and it said to contact the National Lottery, s ...
Dec 30, 2014, 3:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Spaniards celebrate 'El Gordo' victories in world's biggest lottery
Thousands of Spaniards including humble restaurant workers and care home residents celebrated wins in the world's biggest lottery draw on Monday, scooping up shares in over 2.2 billion euros (US$2.7 billion) in prizes doled out across the country.
El Gordo, or the Fat One , is the top award millions vie for every year in the traditional Christmas lottery, which had Spaniards on tenterhooks for four hours as the ceremonial draw took longer than usual to throw up the big prizes.
The Gordo pa ...
Dec 22, 2014, 10:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Northern Ireland woman wins life-changing £12.9M EuroMillions jackpot
Mary Hamilton of Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland is celebrating winning 12,935,936.30 (US$20.3 million) in the multi-country EuroMillions lottery game.
At a press conference Tuesday morning at the Culloden Hotel Northern Ireland's latest lottery millionaire Mary Hamilton enjoyed a glass of Champagne to mark her big win with a Lucky Dip [Quick Pick] ticket.
The 65-year-old furniture store employee has said she and husband Alexander (67) are going to spend it and her first purchase will be ...
Nov 20, 2014, 5:53 am - Lottery News forum
Chinese lottery winner claims jackpot in bear costume
Includes video report
To pick up his giant check worth 520 million yuan (US$84.8 million) in lottery winnings, a Shanxi man disguised himself in a silly cartoon bear costume yesterday morning, providing perhaps the most delightful-looking press conference of the year.
The 520 million RMB issued by Shanxi province's welfare lottery is the third largest jackpot handed out in Chinese history (though not the highest handed to a bear). The winner said that he spent between 20,000 to 30,000 RMB ...
Oct 14, 2014, 7:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Irish winners anonymously claim €86m EuroMillions jackpot
Ireland's newest millionaires have claimed their 86.7 million (US$109.2 million) winnings but will be keeping their identities a secret for now.
The National Lottery has confirmed a syndicate (pool) from Dublin collected their EuroMillions fortune from its offices in Dublin city center yesterday.
It was announced after the draw last Friday that the 86.7m prize had been won in Ireland. It is the third biggest win in the history of the National Lottery. (See $111 million EuroMillions jackpot ...
Sep 30, 2014, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum