National Lottery computer fiasco cost winner £800,000
A systems failure at the lottery operator Camelot caused terminals in shops to crash as they tried to issue tickets for the main Lotto draw and even halted Internet sales.
The dramatic reduction in takings for the post-Christmas draw caused the jackpot to be trimmed from the 4.2 million (US$6.1 million) estimated on Christmas Eve to 3.4m (US$5m).
Camelot apologized publicly after the problem which may also have prevented a potential jackpot winner from buying a ticket.
A single player w ...
Dec 29, 2008, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum
Hollywood stuntman in Harry Potter film celebrates magic $10.5M lottery win
A stuntman who has rubbed shoulders with some of Hollywood's leading stars was celebrating today after scooping a 7 million (US$10.5 million) lottery windfall.
Mark Lisbon, 42, who has performed stunts in films such as Tomb Raider, Batman Returns and In The Name Of The Father, has his partner Jane Surtees to thank after she picked the winning numbers in last Wednesday's U.K. Lotto rollover jackpot.
Lisbon, who doubled for Gary Oldman as Sirius Black in the film Harry Potter And The Prisone ...
Dec 12, 2008, 10:10 am - Lottery News forum
International super lottery to create jackpots of $500 million or more
A massive, multi-country lottery with $500 million jackpots is expected to launch within four years
Camelot, operator of the United Kingdom's lottery, has been in talks with firms in 48 countries, including Australia and the US, to launch a global draw.
The plans involve a monthly game creating up to 100 millionaires plus a once-a-year super prize likely to be on a holiday such as New Year.
They are being drawn up in response to the public's love of big-prize draws.
The National lott ...
Sep 12, 2008, 12:56 am - Lottery News forum
A life of leisure doesn't cut it for lottery winner
A hairdresser who won a lottery jackpot as part of an office pool has opened her own hair salon just yards from the shop where she used to work.
Natalie McGuire, 27, was part of a pool of fellow employees that won a 2.9 million (US$5.4 million) UK National Lotto jackpot last year.
But after living the high life and visiting places like exotic Mauritius in the Indian Ocean she has opened her own salon employing three of the other girls from her pool.
Natalie, from Castlemilk, said, The s ...
Aug 25, 2008, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
£7M lottery winner goes back to work
A train driver who won a 6.9 million (US$12.8 million) lottery fortune has booked a return ticket and gone back to work on the railways.
Carl Prance gave up his job of 34 years for a string of dream holidays when his family hit the jackpot.
But just 10 months later he's getting up at 5am to drive 30 miles in his luxury Jaguar to start his 6am shift.
Prance, 50, missed the lure of trains so much after both his father and grandfather spent their lives on the railways.
He said, Some peo ...
Aug 25, 2008, 8:11 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners plea for a wife for their son
After winning a 2.3 million (US$4.3 million) UK Lotto jackpot, Bob and Pat Green are hoping money CAN buy love for son Stewart.
The couple made a plea to find a wife for the 33-year-old, who still lives at home.
Bob, 64, joked, We've lived in the same house 20 years and Stewart still lives with us.
He is not engaged or married, so if there is anybody who can help him out, he's looking for a rich lady with sporting interests.
Motorbike-mad Bob, who owns and runs a garage with Pat, 6 ...
Aug 13, 2008, 1:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Engineer plays fortune cookie lottery numbers and wins the jackpot
Played numbers for 4 years before they hit big
To most of us, fortune cookies are just a charming detail at the end of a meal and their vague prophecies and snippets of folk wisdom are not to be taken seriously.
But to Danny Williams, the numbers printed on a slip inside one cookie seemed to promise a real fortune and his hunch came true as they won him a Lottery jackpot.
The 23-year-old engineer beat million-to-one odds to win a share of the top prize in the National Lottery.
Jul 21, 2008, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Britain's first nudist Lottery winners enjoying their win
After winning a small fortune playing the Lottery, most winners would find it hard to resist spending a few thousand upgrading their wardrobe.
Not Brian Tucker and Margaret Dallard. They are, after all, nudists, and generally doesn't have much use for clothes.
Instead, they held a little soir e for a select group of friends at the Invicta Sun Club to celebrate their Lottery win.
It was a rather chilly evening, so Brian and Margaret took the rare step of keeping on their clothes. Many ot ...
Jul 21, 2008, 7:43 am - Lottery News forum
Man quits lottery pool, then wins with Quick Pick
Mark Weir won a 2.7 million (US $5.3 million) Lotto jackpot, and then told the members of his former lottery pool, You won't get a penny .
Father-of-two Mark, 45, hit the jackpot with a 1 Quick Pick ticket he bought in last Wednesday's UK National Lottery draw after failing to win anything for years in his office lottery pool.
As he picked up his winnings yesterday, plastics factory machine operator Mark, from Darlington, Co Durham, said, The lads at work won't be getting a share.
May 28, 2008, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
$10M lottery winner squanders fortune
He does odd jobs to make ends meet, claims welfare benefits, and lives in a 15 (US $30) a night guest house.
It's hard to believe that just three years ago, ex-British soldier Peter Kyle hit the lottery jackpot of 5.1 million (US$10.1 million).
Today, the 55-year-old divorc e has squandered all his winnings and is virtually destitute, reported The Daily Mail. It is claimed he also owes money.
A source told The Daily Mail that Kyle lost his money after making a string of ill-advised in ...
Apr 14, 2008, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum