Employee learns he won $5.8M in lottery, finishes 12-hour work shift
A pub kitchen manager scooped the UK's biggest ever scratch card jackpot of 4 million (US$5.8 million) while on his dinner break but then went back to finish his shift.
Dedicated Amadou Gillen, 46, bought two 10 scratch cards from a newsagents during a 12-hour shift at Wetherspoons.
He lit a cigarette and scratched the first to win 10 but then the second one revealed he had become a multi-millionaire.
But shocked father-of-two Amadou didn't tell anyone, and went on to work for another f ...
Jun 4, 2016, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
Scotland family celebrates third big lottery prize
By Todd Northrop
An elderly couple from Scotland are celebrating a 1 million (US$1.5 million) lottery payout that continues an amazing family run of Lotto luck.
Peter Fry, 90, and his wife Mary, 86, landed the huge prize in the Lotto Millionaire Raffle and have been hailed as Scotland's luckiest family. The couple, from Bo'ness, West Lothian, shared the win with their three daughters, Margaret, 64, Janet, 59, and Isobel, 57.
The family play together, purchasing five lines twice a week, ...
May 31, 2016, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lotto players furious over 5-number payout
'Teachable moment' for people who play multiples or patterns
Imagine beating the odds of 1 in 144,415 only to find out that your prize payout was just 15 (US$21). That's what thousands of UK Lotto players experienced Wednesday night.
National Lottery winners were left in anger last night after those who matched five numbers ended up with less money than people that matched only three.
Players with five winning numbers in Wednesday's Lotto draw ended up with just 15. This compared to 25 ...
Mar 24, 2016, 9:17 am - Lottery News forum
Ex-wife of big UK lottery winner still wouldn't take him back
The ex-wife of the man who won a 32.5 million (US$45.5 million) lottery jackpot has said she would not take her former spouse back, even with his multi-million fortune.
Jenny Brown, 61, used to be married to Gerry Cannings, 63, who was announced yesterday as the lucky winner of the second biggest ever Lotto jackpot.
But management consultant Ms. Brown, who has since remarried, said: My new husband asked if it would have been worth being married to him for 32 million. No. I don't envy him a ...
Feb 26, 2016, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
UK couple waits for house to be painted, then claims £32.5M lottery jackpot
A Cambridgeshire couple who won 32.5 million (US$45.5 million) on the lottery have been identified and they've revealed the bizarre reason they carried the winning ticket around for a week before claiming the massive windfall.
Retired schoolteacher Gerry Cannings, 63, and his wife Lisa, 48, were aware they had picked the winning numbers the morning after the draw but didn't celebrate until days later as their house was being decorated.
The couple, from Peterborough, wanted to wait until th ...
Feb 25, 2016, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
Largest-ever UK Lotto jackpot has players... angry?
By Todd Northrop
In the United States, a record jackpot is cause for celebration and waves of ticket-buying, but in the United Kingdom players are bemoaning tomorrow night's record 42.2 million (US$62.62 million) Lotto jackpot and threatening to boycott the game, according to local media reports.
Apparently having a jackpot won frequently is more important to Brits than the size of the pot.
Tomorrow's record 42.2 million jackpot is the result of a record 10th rollover. The reason for th ...
Dec 29, 2015, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery fears website error caused players to discard winning tickets
By Todd Northrop
The United Kingdom National Lottery is putting out an urgent call for players to re-check their Lotto tickets from the Oct. 10 drawing because the Lottery published the wrong numbers on their website.
To promote the re-launching of the revamped Lotto game on Oct. 10, the UK National Lottery held an expanded raffle drawing that awarded 25 prizes of 1,000,000 (US$1.5 million). During a normal drawing the lottery would award just one prize of 1,000,000.
When the winning ra ...
Nov 1, 2015, 5:46 pm - Lottery News forum
UK couple credit dog with discovering lottery double-win
A couple who won nearly 150,000 (US$231,000) playing the multi-country Euromillions game doubled their prize after their dog found a second winning ticket for the same amount.
Shortly after Jane and Alan Slater's numbers came up in the draw on September 29th, their dog Ruby disturbed another forgotten ticket in their car.
It was tucked in a catalog in the car and flew out when Ruby and a second family dog jumped in after a walk.
The two tickets, for the same draw, were each worth 149,08 ...
Oct 15, 2015, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum
£1 million EuroMillions prize goes unclaimed
A United Kingdom lottery player from Leicestershire has missed out on the chance to become a millionaire.
UK National Lottery bosses announced that the deadline to claim the EuroMillions win expired at midnight yesterday.
The winning ticket, bought in Leicester, would have allowed the holder to claim a EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker prize from the draw on Tuesday, December 23.
A National Lottery spokesman said that as the deadline has now passed the money, plus the interest it earned ...
Jun 23, 2015, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lotto game to change in October
Harder to win, but guaranteed millionaires
Lotto players in the United Kingdom will have to select their winning numbers from a pool of 59 rather than 49 under sweeping changes to the game taking effect later this year.
The UK National Lottery operator, Camelot, said the enhancements would give players a better chance of winning and becoming a millionaire.
It said a new Millionaire Raffle would guarantee at least one millionaire per draw, the average winning jackpot was expected to be t ...
Jun 16, 2015, 4:41 pm - Lottery News forum