UK National Lottery operator Camelot knew manager was spying on rivals
A manager at Camelot, the operator of the United Kingdom's National Lottery, used false identities to gather intelligence on rival companies, according to an official investigation.
Alexia Latham, a media relations manager, used three aliases to glean information over a 10-month period as Camelot fought off competitors to win a lucrative 10-year license.
On one occasion, Latham, 34, posed as a student using the name Karen Dikins and a fake e-mail address to dupe a leading lottery consultan ...
Feb 25, 2008, 3:51 pm - Lottery News forum
£10 million lottery winner blows fortune, in debt
When hospital porter John McGuinness won a 10 million (US$19.5 million) British National Lottery jackpot, he thought his good fortune would never end.
Eleven years later, he is deep in debt, looking for a job and applying for public housing.
Some say it's all because he accepted an invitation to join the board of a football (British soccer) club.
Thanks largely to a disastrous 4 million investment in the lowly Scottish side Livingston FC, McGuinness, 44, owes more than 2 million and is ...
Feb 12, 2008, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner's sweet wish
Retired hospital porter Steve Smith, who is suffering from a potentially fatal heart defect, won almost 19 million (US $38 million) on Britain's National Lottery but said he would give it all up if he could spend a few more years living with his wife Ida.
I have a one in 10 chance of living. It's like a ticking time bomb, said the 58-year-old Smith, enjoying a bittersweet glass of celebratory champagne with his wife Ida.
Smith, who has an aortic aneurysm, told reporters when collectin ...
Feb 6, 2008, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Bank details of lottery winners found by road
The bank details of 200 wealthy people including 3 UK lottery winners have been found by the side of the road after apparently falling out of a couriers van.
The details belonged to the customers of finance firm Prudential and included items such as checks and other personal documents that criminals could use to steal the identities of those people.
The documents were found near a access road for Junction 11 of the M4 near Reading by a vehicle recovery driver. The documents were on the ...
Jan 11, 2008, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Britain's biggest lottery winner says jackpot ruined her life
Emerging from a cramped flat in the run-down Scottish town of East Kilbride, the dowdy middle-aged woman does not look out of place.
Clutching a handful of plastic carrier bags, she struggles down the street alongside the school-run moms and Asbo kids on their way to the chip shop.
The weather has turned her recently permed hair into a shapeless frizz and her lackluster skin is devoid of make-up. Dressed in old jeans and a baggy top, another empty day unfolds.
Her look is not one whic ...
Oct 25, 2007, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
California looks to British lottery model
California is seeking to become the first US state to privatize its lottery to raise as much as $37 billion ( 18 billion, 26 billion), with some of the funds used to finance governor Arnold Schwarzeneg ger's sweeping health care reforms.
Some of Wall Street's biggest investment banks have made unsolicited approaches to the state to convince it of the merits of privatization.
Goldman Sachs, Lehman Bros, JP Morgan, Bear Stearns, Citi, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS have all made pit ...
Oct 20, 2007, 8:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery fraudster spared prison
A Belfast woman who falsely claimed more than 40,000 (US$75,000) in benefits after she had won nearly 60,000 (US$110,000) playing the UK National Lottery has been spared jail.
In June 2000, Leanne Thompson, 29, from Bloomfield Parade, scooped 58,518, but failed to declare her change of circumstances to the benefits agencies.
The mother-of-three admitted making false statements to obtain benefits.
Belfast Crown Court Judge Her Honor Kennedy suspended a one year sentence for two year ...
Oct 10, 2007, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Mom gets son's age wrong and wins lottery
A lucky mom has revealed how a mistake over her son's age won her a lottery fortune of almost 1.3 million (US$2.5 million).
Janet Baddick forgot to change 26 one of her regular numbers to 27 after her son Darren's 27th birthday.
But when 26 came up in the draw last week it meant Janet scooped 1,298,223.
Celebrating with husband Nick, left, Janet said, I normally update my numbers when somebody has a birthday but I had forgotten to do it this time. Thank goodness I didn't.
Oct 10, 2007, 8:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Study reveals online gambling led to *fewer* gambling problems
A report released by the British government's Gambling Commission today reveals that problem gambling has not increased over the last eight years, despite widespread speculation to the contrary.
In fact, there may be fewer problems today than before gambling was legalized in Great Britain on the Internet.
The British Gambling Prevalence Survey is a large-scale nationally representative survey of participation in gambling and the prevalence of problem gambling in Great Britain. The first B ...
Sep 19, 2007, 5:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Briton claims UK's biggest lottery win
Someone in Britain is a lot richer on Tuesday after claiming the country's biggest ever lottery win 35,425,411.80 pounds (US$71 million).
The winner matched all five main numbers and both lucky star numbers, 23, 40, 42, 43, 49, plus 2 and 6, to claim the entire Euro Millions jackpot from the August 10 draw.
Camelot, which operates the British arm of the trans-European lottery, said the lucky ticket holder had now come forward and the prize had been paid out.
It is the largest jackpot ...
Aug 14, 2007, 10:58 am - Lottery News forum