One of the UK's first lottery millionaires reveals how she's lived off her $3.5 million win
UK National Lottery celebrates 25 years
Includes video report
Next week will mark a quarter of a century since the first National Lottery draw and to mark it, we have tracked down one of the first batch of millionaires it created.
The first draw was broadcast live on the BBC on 19 November 1994, with it hosted by TV favourites Noel Edmonds and Anthea Turner.
The first number drawn? 30. Followed by 3, 5, 44, 14 and 22 long before the relatively recent addition of numbers 50 to 59.
Jan 8, 2020, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
90-year-old ND woman lost $400K to Jamaican lottery scam — but she was paid back just $287
Life savings gone for good
A 90-year-old North Dakota woman who was robbed of her life savings by a Jamaican lottery scam says she has been paid back only $287 of the $400,000 she's owed.
Edna Schmeets of Harvey, a small central North Dakota town about 77 miles northeast of Bismarck, was the victim whose case launched what became the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam case prosecuted in the U.S. All 31 defendants have been prosecuted, including 14 Jamaican nationals who were extradite ...
Nov 11, 2019, 12:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery winner puts half of $500,000 prize into Bitcoin
An Illinois resident who won $500,000 in the state lottery has revealed he put half of it into Bitcoin (BTC) back in May.
Reddit user Joxnlol posted an image of himself clutching the Illinois state lottery check on Nov. 5, with the caption: Did this. Then put half into BTC in May. Remind me in 8 months if I f****d up.
Later, Joxnlol posted multiple images of himself and the winning ticket as proof of his claim.
65% gain to date
Joxnlol's winning ticket sealed him the $500,000 bounty ...
Nov 5, 2019, 9:44 am - Lottery News forum
'You assume all the money noise stops when you finally have it'
What would you do if you suddenly came into a large amount of money? Would you upgrade your home and invest the rest, putting just a little aside to build a shelter for orphaned orang-utans, just as you once said you would? Actually, you're far more likely to drive a succession of sports cars into swimming pools a visual representation of the proverbial car crash your life is likely to become as you fritter away your cash bonanza.
A study at Vanderbilt University in the US found that lottery ...
Oct 14, 2019, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
What's it like to suddenly become rich?
We've all daydreamed about an unexpected windfall that would change our luck. But what's it really like to come into money? Meet five people who did.
Desiree Home: lottery winner, 1,000,000 (US$1.2 million)
Our routine was always the same. Wayne, my husband, would pop into the post office on his way to work to get our lottery tickets, and he'd get up early the morning after the draw and check the numbers. He'd forgotten to check the Tuesday night Euromillions till the Thursday.
Aug 7, 2019, 2:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma couple surprises clerk with portion of lottery winnings
Includes video report
What would you do if you hit it big with the lottery?
Many people often dream about paying off debt, going on vacation or helping others if they suddenly struck it rich.
Now, an Oklahoma couple is putting their money where their mouths are.
Officials with the Oklahoma Lottery say that a couple recently won a $50,000 Powerball drawing when they purchased a misprinted ticket that someone else didn't want.
Earlier this week, the couple surprised the clerk that s ...
Mar 29, 2019, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Money really does lead to a more satisfying life
New research suggests that more money really does lead to a more satisfying life. Surveys of thousands of Swedish lottery winners have provided persuasive evidence of this truth.
Lottery winners said they were substantially more satisfied with their lives than lottery losers. And those who won prizes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars reported being more satisfied than winners of mere tens of thousands.
These effects are remarkably durable. They were still evident up to two decades aft ...
Aug 25, 2018, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery proceeds being misused by Gov.
Includes video report
The Pennsylvania Lottery advertises it benefits older Pennsylvanians, every day.
But in the last decade, billions of lottery dollars have been diverted, an investigation found.
According to the state lottery, 27 cents of every dollar spent on lottery tickets goes into the state lottery fund. The rest pays prizes and lottery administration costs.
The point of the lottery program is to have people age at home and maintain their independence, Renee Cunningham of ...
Sep 28, 2016, 12:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery teams with PayPal for online payments
The Michigan Lottery is teaming with PayPal to offer players a new way to fund their online accounts.
Starting Monday, the lottery says players may use PayPal to fund accounts to play online games. To make a deposit into their lottery account, players must have a balance in their PayPal account or the account must be linked to a financial institution account.
Players also may withdraw winnings and direct them to their accounts with the payments system company.
Lottery players can win up ...
Apr 15, 2016, 7:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Offshore gambling site laundered $2 million in Amazon gift cards, Feds say
The operators of an offshore gambling website that accepts online lottery wagers used Amazon gift cards to launder nearly $2 million over the past few years, a Department of Homeland Security investigator alleged in a recent application for a seizure warrant filed in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
The filing alleges that the Costa Rica-based gambling site, 5Dimes, instructed U.S. customers to use Amazon gift cards to fund their 5Dimes online gambling wagers, in an effort to skirt th ...
Mar 15, 2016, 7:53 pm - Lottery News forum