UK Lottery sets sales record
UK National Lottery operator Camelot said a new-look Thunderball game and two special UK Millionaire Super Raffles have helped it achieve record ticket sales this year.
Camelot, which runs games including Lotto and National Lottery scratchcards, said it expects sales for the year to March 31 to hit 5.7 billion (US$9.3 billion), breaking the previous record of 5.5 billion set 13 years ago.
The group said the strong performance came at a time when most lotteries worldwide are reporting stati ...
Mar 4, 2011, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner flees Spain penniless as bank seizes villa and bar
When Lawrence Candlish won 5.5 million (US$8.8 million) playing the National Lottery in 1997 it promised to make his dreams come true, including buying himself the double hip replacement he needed.
The generous factory worker immediately shared his fortune with his many relatives, shelling out 370,000 (US$590,000) to buy seven houses in the same street in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear so that they could be close together.
Eventually he moved with his family to Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca t ...
Jan 24, 2011, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Ex-wife gets millions from lottery winner 10 years after leaving him
A UK man who won $90 million in the lottery has been ordered to share his winnings with his ex-wife, who left him for another man 10 years ago.
Nigel Page, 43, had offered to give ex-wife Wendy who is the mother of his 13-year-old daughter $1.6 million as a gift, but she responded by seeing a lawyer and fighting for four times as much.
The court awarded Wendy a lump sum of $3.2 million which she can spend as she wishes after Page's push for it to be put into a trust for his daughter was re ...
Nov 22, 2010, 8:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Lover found lottery winner's body
A lottery winner who hanged himself in his Leicestershire home in central England was found by a live-in lover his family had no idea existed, an inquest has heard.
Richard Lang died at his house in Broughton Astley, Leicestershire on May 18. The 31-year-old had won 867,454 in the U.K. National Lottery in 2005.
On Wednesday an inquest at Leicester Town Hall heard he was found by Joshua Jones, who told police he was in a relationship with the British Waterways worker.
But the inquest hea ...
Oct 30, 2010, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
£9 million lottery winner drank himself to death
A father-of-two who won millions in the United Kingdom National Lottery became so bored after giving up his job that he turned to booze and eventually drank himself to death.
Keith and Louise Gough won 9 million in 2005, and like many others Gough saw the win as the answer to his dreams .
But the couple, who were married for 27 years, separated just two years later after Gough gave up his job and began drinking out of boredom.
Speaking last year Gough lamented the devasta ...
Oct 25, 2010, 2:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Man wins £2.6M lottery jackpot, but doesn't wake wife
A British couple had two great reasons to celebrate last week firstly it was their ruby wedding anniversary, marking 40 years of marriage, and secondly they won 2.6 million (US$4 million) on the Lotto.
But after realizing that he had a winning ticket, Philip Sawyer, from Shard End, simply sipped his cup of tea, read his book and didn't wake his wife, Sandra.
The 60-year-old former car salesman was convinced that his wife had played a practical joke on him and made her check the numbers her ...
Sep 15, 2010, 2:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner has lucky numbers tattooed on his arm
It's not something most of us would need reminding about, but delighted Wayne Hughes has immortalized his 1.1 million (US$1.7 million) lottery win by having it etched on to his arm.
Shop worker Hughes, 34, marked the windfall with a tattoo that reads, Sat 7th Aug 2010 along with his lucky numbers, 13, 16, 22, 25, 31, 39.
Hughes found out he was a winner after his mother checked his ticket and called him with the good news.
He raced over to her house and checked and double checked his ti ...
Aug 14, 2010, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Boss wins lottery, stays on job for his staff
A Briton who won a 7.7 million (US$11.9 million) in a lottery has promised to continue working for the sake of his employees who had even worked for free to save his recession-hit firm.
There is no longer any need for Ivan Westbury, 64, to go to work. But he has pledged to keep working to save the jobs of his 30 employees.
Westbury, who supplies lightning protection, shared the win with his wife Susan.
It couldn't have come at a better time. Everyone's job is secure.
The employees ...
Jul 27, 2010, 4:33 am - Lottery News forum
One of Britain's youngest lottery winners, dead at 29
One of Britain's youngest lottery millionaires has been found dead at 29.
Stuart Donnelly was discovered at the luxury home he bought after winning almost 2 million (US$2.98 million) when he was 17.
When he hit the jackpot in 1997, sharing the 25 million prize fund with 12 other winners, he toasted with Coca-Cola because he was too young for champagne.
But his instant riches made him unhappy and he appeared increasingly unable to handle the strain of being a millionaire, friends said.
Jun 25, 2010, 6:54 am - Lottery News forum
Letter outlining Britain's first lottery up for auction
The British tradition of national lottery has been traced back to the 16th century when a jackpot of 5,000 was up for grabs and participants had to wait three years to find out if they were winners.
A letter has emerged from Queen Elizabeth I, written in 1566, which gives instructions for collecting money, commanding that persons of 'good trust' be entrusted with the prizes.
The letter was written to Sir John Spencer, advising of 400,000 lots, each costing 10 shillings, with prizes to be p ...
Jun 14, 2010, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum