The man who lost a $5 million lottery ticket
Like many who buy a Lottery ticket, Martyn Tott never seriously contemplated the possibility that he would actually win.
Of course, it would have been wonderful, but he was largely happy with his rather humdrum life. When he realized he'd scooped the 3,011,065 jackpot, however, his opinion changed somewhat.
Suddenly, a social life that revolved around Chinese takeaways, pints of ale and Saturday nights spent rock 'n' roll dancing at the local town hall seemed positively mundane.
So, too ...
Dec 19, 2012, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
EuroMillions lottery jackpot of $102 million goes unclaimed
In the United Kingdom, a mystery lottery player has lost out on a 64 million (US$102.5 million) fortune after the deadline to claim the prize expired and the money was handed to charity.
The unlucky individual, who bought the winning EuroMillions ticket in Hertfordshire on June 8th, had until 11pm yesterday to collect the massive windfall.
But despite a National Lottery publicity campaign, the would-be multi-millionaire missed the 180-day deadline making the 63,837,543.60 prize the biggest ...
Dec 7, 2012, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
UK couple wins massive EuroMillions lottery jackpot
Lottery winner Adrian Bayford has already been bombarded with requests for cash following his huge 148 million (US$232.5 million) win despite being away on vacation with his family.
The tiny shop which he jointly runs with his best friend in the Suffolk town of Haverhill has seen dozens of letters pour through its doors since he went public with his huge win on Tuesday.
His best friend and business partner Richard Hudspith who is keeping the Suffolk Music Centre running said the requests f ...
Aug 20, 2012, 6:18 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery winner jailed for benefit fraud
A man who won nearly 5 million (US$7.8 million) in the UK National Lottery, but fraudulently claimed about 13,000 (US$20,200) in benefits, has been jailed for nine months.
Edward Putman, 46, who was convicted of rape in 1993, won the life-changing sum in September 2009.
But he continued applying for housing benefit and income support and even wrote to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and his local council claiming he was broke and could not even afford to eat.
In reality he wa ...
Jul 24, 2012, 10:13 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery to create 100 millionaires in special Olympic drawing
A one-off National Lottery draw will create 100 millionaires as a 'thank you' to players for helping fund the London Olympics.
The EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw will take place on the night of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 27, a National Lottery spokesman said.
The event guarantees a million-pound check for 100 UK players, breaking the world record for the most millionaires created in a single draw.
National Lottery players are contributing a whopping 2.2 bill ...
May 25, 2012, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
Britain's youngest lottery winner still broke, but expecting twins
A lottery winner who frittered away her 1.9 million (US$3 million) fortune on drink, drugs and luxury items is expecting twins and she says the feeling is even better than when she hit the jackpot.
Callie Rogers, who was 16 when she matched all six numbers to become Britain's youngest lottery winner, is pregnant with two boys and due to give birth next month.
She said it meant she can finally live life to the full, having learned the hard way that money cannot buy happiness.
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May 12, 2012, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
Teen told to clean room, finds winning lottery ticket
By Todd Northrop
A 19-year-old supermarket worker has let the world's teenagers down by proving that moms are usually right.
Not that Ryan Kitching should resent his mom's nagging too much her constant badgering to tidy up his room led to a 50,000 windfall.
For two weeks Ryan of Penicuik, Midlothian resisted his mother Susan's requests to clear away the clutter in his bedroom.
I had just got back from the gym and she wasn't even home at the time but I knew I'd be in trouble if I did ...
Mar 5, 2012, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum
Irish $16M lottery winner still claiming over $6,000 a year in benefits
An Irishman is still claiming disability benefits in the UK after winning over $16 million in the lottery.
Michael O'Shea, who grew up in Co. Kerry and resides in Nottingham, made headlines in October 2005 when he and his wife Jean won 10.2 million on the Euro Millions lotto jackpot.
Since becoming a millionaire overnight, the father of three has been paid almost $50,000 ( 31,500) in disability benefits, the Daily Mail reports.
However the 72-year-old retired builder is doing nothing il ...
Feb 8, 2012, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
Woman wins £5.4m lottery jackpot after tip from dead brother in a dream
When Deana Sampson won 5.4 million (US$8.6 million) in the UK National Lottery in 1998, her life couldn't have changed more dramatically.
With just 7.64 to her name, she was living in a council house in Sheffield in a loveless marriage and was struggling to bring up two children on just 79 a week in benefits.
On top of that, she'd lost three close family members in nine years, including her disabled brother Glyn four months earlier. She was just about ready to give up on life.
But then ...
Oct 25, 2011, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Son of UK lottery winner says his mother kicked him out years ago
Lottery winner says she wants to rebuild relationship with her son
The son of Euro Millions winner Angela Dawes today claimed that his mother kicked him out when he was 12 and has not spoken to him since.
Steven Leeman, now 17, said that Ms. Dawes, 43, threw him and his father John, 44, out of her home after she had affairs with other men.
The teenager also claimed that she has refused to acknowledge his existence, answer his phone calls and blanks him when they meet on the street.
Oct 12, 2011, 10:34 am - Lottery News forum