UK Lottery to roll out 'Fast-Pay' card
UK National Lottery operator Camelot is to launch a branded card that will enable shoppers to pay for lottery tickets at checkouts in thousands of retailers nationwide. The card, part of the National Lottery Fast Pay plan, will initially be rolled out to more than 1,000 Tesco stores by the end of the year.Other supermarkets, including Sainsbury's and Asda, are in talks with Camelot about adopting the system, which is designed to make playing its portfolio of games easier.Players fill out a draw ...
May 24, 2005, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery Sales Rise
UK National Lottery ticket sales rose more than 150 million (US$275 million) last year, thanks in part to soaring sales on the Internet and mobile phones.In total, interactive sales via the Internet, the Sky interactive service, and Play by Text on mobile phones were up more than 600% to 87.5 million (US$160 million).Total ticket sales rose to 4.77 billion (US$8.73 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 31, a 3.3% increase, and 60 million (US$110 million) more went to the 'Good Causes', w ...
May 23, 2005, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery winner 'saw it in tarot'
A woman who won more than 5 million (US$9.2 million) playing UK Lotto says she saw her win predicted in a tarot reading.
Deborah Mather, 47, from Chorley, Lancashire, bought a ticket for Saturday's Lotto draw after dealing herself the wheel of fortune card.
The mother-of-one thought she might have a 10 win, but instead scooped the 5,150,514 jackpot.
The cards told me there was a windfall to come - but I didn't think it was going to be this big, she said.
Mrs. Mather left her home to ...
May 18, 2005, 9:52 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery jackpot winners jailed
Two UK lottery jackpot millionaires were jailed for different crimes when they appeared at the same court Thursday.A judge told Surinder Singh, a 53-year-old drug addict and dealer, that he was not all persuaded that the 2.1 million (US$4 million) the chip shop owner had won on the National Lottery would ensure he kept out of trouble in the future and jailed him for nine months.Less than two hours later, Melvyn Howlett, a 45-year-old businessman who won 1.2 million (US$2.3 million), was sent ...
May 2, 2005, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
Cardinal demands U.K. lottery boycott
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics, called for a boycott of the UK National Lottery after it was revealed that the National Lottery gave 3.3 million (US$6.3 million) to Brook Advisory Centers and the FPA (Family Planning Association) both of which support abortions as a means of family planning.A total of 17 awards worth 1.7 million (US$3.3 million) have been made to Brook Advisory Centers and eight grants totaling 1.6 million (US$3.1 million) have gone to the FPA.Ca ...
Mar 14, 2005, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Single mother's 'clairvoyant' £9m lottery win
A single mother has walked off with a 9 million lotto win after a clairvoyant said she would have a big win .Divorced mother-of-one Sharon Creighton was told in a letter from the medium that she was due a big win just weeks before winning last Saturday's rollover National Lottery jackpot.Mrs Creighton, 40, told a press conference today: The clairvoyant that sent me a letter did say I'd have one big win and in the future have two smaller wins. That was about a month ago. It was in letters th ...
Feb 15, 2005, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
Crumpled lottery ticket left in drawer wins $5.6 million
Joanne and David Austin from West Hull collected a check for 3 million (US$5.6 million) nearly a month after becoming one of five ticket holders to share a 15 million (US$28 million) UK Lotto Superdraw on January 8th.The couple only realized they had a winning ticket after an advertisement in the local papers.The winning numbers were: 7, 10, 17, 23, 28 and 29.Joanne Austin said she had rummaged through her kitchen drawer and pulled out a pile of old lottery tickets, and was shell-shocked whe ...
Feb 7, 2005, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
Group finds winning lottery ticket a month after the drawing
A lottery pool of shop workers who play the UK Lotto spoke today of their delight at discovering that an unchecked lottery ticket left in their office was worth 5 million (US$9.4 million).The winning ticket was found in a plastic cup a full month after the lucky workers numbers came up in the Christmas Eve Lotto Superdraw, matching numbers 15, 19, 24, 36, 37 and 49.The 12 members of the pool, who worked at Pennys clothes shop and Penmark Cards, in Allestree, Derbyshire, could not conceal their ...
Jan 26, 2005, 10:47 am - Lottery News forum
Loyal Staff Stays on the Job after Lottery Jackpot Win
A group of 25 factory workers today pledged to finish an important order for their bosses, despite scooping a UK National Lottery jackpot of more than 14 million (US$26.3 million).Each member of the winning syndicate at Gymphlex Sportswear manufacturers netted 577,858.76 (US$1,085,852) in Wednesdays draw.But the group, who make up about a third of the workforce at the firm, were in bright and early the next day to work on an important overseas order.Speaking as they celebrated at the factory i ...
Jan 24, 2005, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
UK National Lottery gives $22.5 million to tsunami appeal
The UK National Lottery today pledged 12 million towards reconstruction projects in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.The Big Lottery Fund, which distributes lottery cash to good causes, said the money would fund a three-year programme to help rebuild communities and restore local infrastructure.Sir Clive Booth, the chairman of the fund, said the lottery wanted to respond quickly and effectively to public opinion that lottery cash should go to devastated areas.He said: Money is n ...
Jan 6, 2005, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum