'Mind reader' lottery stunt debunked by British paper
The Lotto miracle performed by telly illusionist Derren Brown left millions mystified but today a British newspaper revealed how he might have done it.
The Sun reckoned the slick magician used a split screen technique to make it look like he had correctly predicted the six winning numbers in the midweek National Lottery draw.
Their conclusion came after we called in experts who analysed footage of Derren's Wednesday night show broadcast on Channel 4 at the same time as the draw was made on ...
Sep 10, 2009, 8:59 pm - Lottery News forum
'Mind reader' will predict UK Lotto numbers on show Wednesday
So-called mind reader Derren Brown is to perform his most audacious stunt yet predicting the lottery results on his British TV show.
The television personality plans to forecast the Wednesday night draw as it is screened live on BBC1.
And the bearded illusionist will rattle lotto chiefs by telling viewers how to do it. Sadly, Derren will be filmed at a secret location as he predicts the balls tumbling out of the National Lottery machine when it's too late for lottery players to buy a ticke ...
Sep 7, 2009, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Now broke, teen lottery winner blew through $3M
British teen lottery winner Callie Rogers, 22, blew through nearly all of a jackpot of over $3 million, spending a substantial amount of it on cocaine.
Rogers told local British media that her ex-boyfriend Nicky Lawson got her hooked on cocaine and that she spent 250,000 (about US$406,000) on the habit.
I was spending a fortune on cocaine, a nasty evil drug that tears your life apart, Rogers was quoted as saying. I'll be honest. About a quarter of a million pounds of my win has been waste ...
Sep 2, 2009, 6:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner loses ticket, awarded unspent portion from couple who found it
Amanda Stacey and her husband, Michael, who found a winning lottery ticket on the floor of a shop and collected the 30,000 prize have been ordered to pay back half the money to the person who originally bought it.
The couple spent half the money clearing debts, buying new carpets and treating their children after Mrs. Stacey spotted the slip in a Co-op supermarket in Swindon, Wilts.
However, Dorothy McDonagh, who had bought the 1 Daily Play ticket, called the UK National Lottery operator C ...
Jul 25, 2009, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
True love: lottery winner reveals secret only after engagement
He wore shabby clothes, drove a wreck and took Lisa on cheap dates. Then they got engaged and Joe revealed the truth: having been stung by other women, he'd concealed his 10 million lottery fortune from her.
Lisa Johnson treasures a ring given to her by husband Joe even though it is unremarkable, with a tiny stone, and cost less than 200 from High-Street jeweler H. Samuel.
It was her Christmas present during their first heady months of dating, and when he presented it to her, she was thril ...
Jul 11, 2009, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Euro Millions lottery winner is gardener and 'nice chap'
Onion-growing granddad Brian Caswell will jet to Rio and buy a flash car after claiming a 25 million (US$40.8 million) Euro Millions lottery jackpot.
But the 74-year-old, who won half the Euro Millions jackpot last Friday, said he and wife Joan, 72, would not move far from their modest home in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
CCTV footage captured the happy winner punching the air at his local newsagent on learning he had won on Saturday.
He is Britain's third-biggest Lotto winner ever and t ...
Jun 18, 2009, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
National Lottery win turned couple into benefits cheats, says judge
Brian and Wendy Rushin had lived blameless lives until they won the money in 2002 and became misers .
They were so protective of their wealth that they saved it in an array of accounts and used it only once, to buy a new fridge.
Mr. Rushin, 74, and his wife, 72, also continued to claim housing and council tax benefits, taking thousands of pounds they were no longer entitled to over three years.
The pair were facing prison after admitting a string of fraud charges at Leicester Magistrate ...
Apr 27, 2009, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
Early talks for a joint Powerball-British lottery game
Will Powerball marry up with the British lottery or even Euro Millions, creating the largest lottery jackpots on the face of the earth?
Maybe. But Charles Strutt, director of the 32-member Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball from offices in Iowa, said it was still too early to tell.
According to Ed Van Petten, Kansas Lottery director and a former chairman of the multi-state Powerball group, talk of a world lottery game has been around since 2000.
They've been back at ...
Feb 12, 2009, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
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