UK Lottery Draw Supports the Heritage Motor Centre

The UK lottery draw raises money for a number of good causes around the country, some small and some much larger. One of the most spectacular of course was the 2012 London Olympics but another very obvious recipient is to be found just south of the M40 motorway at Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Set in 65 acres of well-tended parkland next to the elegant Aston Martin headquarters and the Jaguar/Land Rover Design and Engineering Centre, the Heritage Motor Centre houses a professional conference centre as well as nearly 300 exhibits tracing the development of the British car industry over more than 100 years.

Display of Race and Rally Cars at the Heritage Motor Centre Supported by UK Lottery Draw


The centre opened in 1993, combining the collections previously held at Studley, Warwickshire and Syon Park, London, much of it the property of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. This trust was created in 1986, supported by British Leyland (later Rover), inheriting in it’s turn vehicles and archives held by Leyland Historic Vehicles (set up in 1975) and BL Heritage Ltd. (1979).

The new centre is owned by a charitable trust and was built in a stunning Art Deco style, which provides a dramatic view to visitors as they arrive.

In 2006 the centre was redeveloped with the help of a £1.3 million grant from the UK lottery draw. After five months, the new centre was opened by the Princess Royal.

But don’t get the idea the UK lottery draw was supporting a static and musty museum. There is always something going on at the Heritage Motor Centre. There are regular meetings of enthusiasts in the large car parks outside the centre and those who arrive in a classic car pay a reduced entry fee; the day after I visited owners of Morris Minor Travellers were meeting at the site. At other times there are classic vehicle shows and rallies as well as shows covering other areas such as toys, model railways and even model aircraft.

The centre hosts specific exhibitions too: at present there is a display celebrating 100 years of Aston Martin cars.

As you arrive at the site you realize there is a lot going on: behind the Heritage Motor Centre is the banked Jaguar/Land Rover test track and you can hear powerful cars going through their paces. There is an extensive restoration and maintenance workshop in the building where five technicians look after the exhibits and prepare them for the many exhibitions and rallies they attend as well as for the Centre’s own displays.

For an extra fee, visitors can also book a demonstration ride in a Land Rover or pilot a four-wheel drive vehicle around the off-road course on site. Twice a day there is a guided tour of the centre and a restaurant, extensive conference facilities and even a wedding venue are available for use.

In 2008, the centre’s archive store was updated too. This area contains some 1 million documents, photographs and films related to the British car industry over the last 100 years. In 2005, the UK lottery draw provided money for the purchase of the Nick Baldwin collection of important archive material.

But it doesn’t even stop there: the Heritage Motor Centre owns some 300 significant vehicles with only around 180 on display at any one time. There are plans in place for an extra building to house the cars not normally on display as well as a new workshop facility and the UK lottery draw has already provided money for the planning stage. Hopefully the UK lottery draw will be closely involved in all stages of the development.

The UK lottery draw gets involved in many fascinating and deserving projects and the Heritage Motor Centre is certainly one to make players of the UK lottery draw proud. Why not pay the centre a visit, talk to the friendly staff and volunteers and know you are supporting one of the most interesting and significant museums?

If you want to find out more about the Heritage Motor Centre, visit their website.


Get More From Your National Lottery Draw Numbers

A little while ago Camelot, the administrators of the British National Lottery announced there would be changes made to the main Lotto draw, resulting in more money being available when you match National Lottery draw numbers. The time has come for those changes to be implemented.

As of Saturday 5 October 2013 the tickets will increase in price from £1 to £2 (in line with the Euromillions draw) and the minimum jackpots will increase from £3.9 million to £5 million on a Saturday and from £2.1 million to £2.5 million on a Wednesday.

Young Lady Holding Twenty Pound Notes


The smaller prizes for matching National Lottery draw numbers will change in value too. The larger prizes will actually reduce in value, matching 5 National Lottery draw numbers plus a Bonus Ball used to net the player £100,000 but this will now become £50,000. Equally just 5 numbers matched brings £1000 instead of the previous £1500.

Match 4 National Lottery draw numbers however and the reward increases from £60 to £100: similarly, matching 3 numbers now brings £25, instead of £10.

Bear in mind the prizes can increase according to the amount of ticket sales and the number of winners.

The biggest change however is that Camelot are bringing in a raffle system, similar to that already existing in the UK Euromillions draw. The prize fund available is also £1 million (as in the European lottery) but, for the Lotto draw, this is divided between 50 players, each receiving £20,000 in addition to anything they might win by selecting the right National Lottery draw numbers.

There is an interesting twist to the new raffle scheme, however, as the number of raffle winners will increase as the jackpot rolls over. Every time the top prize rolls over, another 50 x £20,000 raffle prizes are added to the Lotto draw. This means a quadruple rollover will result in 250 raffle winners!

To launch the new look National lottery there will be two special draws on Saturday 5th October and Saturday 12th October 2013. On both these nights the jackpot will be guaranteed to be at least £10 million and there will be a massive 1,000 winners of the £20,000 raffle prize.

The new tickets will go on sale on 3 October 2013. Don’t forget that, although you will be paying more, the National Lottery draw numbers you select will give you the potential to win more than before.


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Latest Lottery News Brings Relief to Victim of Stolen Ticket Case

Whenever a lottery player realizes they have won the jackpot, he or she always finds a safe place to hide to secret the ticket before they can claim their prize. In the latest lottery news this week however one poor winner nearly lost his ticket to an unscrupulous staff member at his local store.

Robert Miles of Syracuse, New York bought a scratch-off ticket in his local convenience store in October 2006. He realized he had won money and recognized the sum was a life-changing $5 million. Shop assistant Andy Ashkar, son of the store’s owners, managed to persuade Miles that he had in fact only won $5000 and offered to buy it off him for $4000.

American Convenience Store at Night

Strangely the latest lottery news shows that Ashkar waited five years to claim the winnings. In March 2012 he finally turned up at the lottery office and offered to take a lesser amount in return for anonymity.

The lottery authorities smelt a rat and issued a news release to see if anyone else claimed the ticket. Robert Miles contacted the police, who then approached the lottery company on behalf of Miles.

During a long trial, a colleague of Robert Miles, Ramon Rosario, testified that he had been with Miles outside the store when they scratched off the two cards they had bought and that Mile shad become excited when he realized he had won the jackpot. Miles then returned alone into the store. The situation was further complicated by the fact that Miles and Rosario had been using drugs that day.

Ashkar was finally sentenced in July this year to a minimum of eight and a third years with a possible maximum of 25 years for the fraud. Unfortunately Robert Miles’ troubles were not yet over as it was only on the 23 August that the latest lottery news reported that a judge finally decided he was entitled to the winnings.

Miles told the court, “For 6 years I suffered, my family suffered, because I was taken advantage of.”

Ashkar took advantage of the rule that says stores can only pay out up to $600 in winnings and any higher amount has to claimed directly from the lottery administrators.

It is not clear what Robert Miles will do with his winnings but no doubt the latest lottery news will report his intentions. I should imagine he is just relieved that his ordeal is over.

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Big Winners in US Lottery Latest News

The lottery latest news has brought two interesting stories from America this week. Clearly the Mega Millions and PowerBall lotteries are worth playing.

The first item of lottery latest news comes from the organizers of the Mega Millions draw. According to a press release, the draw is undergoing some changes in October this year; the success of the lottery means moves are underway to increase the number of winners in each prize draw.

The costs of each ticket will remain at $1 but the minimum jackpot will rise from $12 million to $15 million and the weekly rollover will increase by at least $5 million if there are no winners. There will also be changes to the number of balls used in the draw, which means the chances of winning a prize will increase to one in fifteen.

Triangular View of Person Filling PowerBall Lottery Form

At the same time, in the lottery latest news, a massive jackpot has been drawn in the Powerball draw. On Thursday 8 August 2013 a jackpot of no less than $448 million was drawn.

Three tickets shared this vast sum and as yet one still remains unclaimed.

One of the winners, Paul White, a project engineer from Ham Lake, Minnesota, used to be criticized by his family for playing the lottery but now he has $58.3 million (after taxes) in his bank account, it seems they may change their tune. Paul told reporters “I’ve totally been waiting for this day my entire life.”

The divorced father of two has already employed a lawyer and financial advisor and is looking forward to making previous daydreams reality.

The lottery latest news shows that both the other tickets were sold in New Jersey, the first time in 20 years that two jackpot tickets were sold in the same state, and one was divided between a syndicate of county employees in a maintenance garage.

The 16 Orange County workers waved a replica cheque for $86 million (before taxes) at a press reception and told reporters they were “very happy, happy, happy.”

The area had recently been devastated by Hurricane Sandy so the money is particularly welcome in a community trying to rebuild; one of the winners indeed lost her home to the storm.

Each member of the syndicate will receive $3.8 million (after taxes) and one member, Barbara Jo Riivald, found the win particularly significant as her father had drawn up the legislation creating the state lottery programme.

The group is pretty close-knit and only one is considering leaving work. The lady who lost her home in the storm, Darlene Riccio, told the press conference “It has been an extremely tough year, but when we lost everything, this whole group really pulled together and helped me through.”

We wish all the winners the very best for the future and look forward to hearing more about their good fortune in more lottery latest news.

The Euromillions Prize Draw Changes the Lives of A Scunthorpe Couple

On the 26 July this year the Euromillions prize draw did not produce a jackpot winner but that does not mean there were no winners at all. Of course there were people who took away between £250,000 and £2.70 in smaller prizes but there were also 100 players who received £1 million in the Euromillions prize draw Millionaires Raffle.

Every week of course someone takes away £1 million as a result of this draw in addition to any other prize they have won in the Euromillions prize draw.

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One of the 100 lucky people on 26 July was Dave Long of Scunthorpe. The 58 year old discovered the winning ticket in the waste bin and, despite the inevitable excitement such a win creates, he and his fiancée, Kath Mackenzie, did not touch the money for a few weeks. Wisely they immediately placed the sum in the bank where it accrued interest.

This does not mean they will not use their new wealth however. Following the advice of lottery experts, the couple took a holiday on the Norfolk Broads to plan their future.

Top of the list for the pair, who have been together for 12 years, is a wedding next year. Dave has also decided to leave his lorry driving of 21 years to take early retirement. Although he enjoyed the job he felt the time had come to enjoy what he feels is important in life.

The couple’s plans also include a season ticket for Liverpool football club, a cruise, a new car and a camper van.

We hope their Euromillions prize draw win will be the start of a new and exciting phase of life together.

Read more about this lucky couple on the This Is Scunthorpe website.

Aston Martin: Ideal For a UK Lottery Winner

It is quite common to hear of a new UK lottery winner telling the press that he or she will be buying a new car with their winnings. Obviously the jackpot total will determine the car any UK lottery winner will choose, many just say ‘a new car,’ but it doesn’t stop those of us yet to match all the numbers from dreaming what we would choose.

One marque we might consider is celebrating 100 years of existence this year and, frankly, one of their models is on my dream list.

Aston Martin Virage on The Lawns of Wilton House


In 1913 Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin formed Bamford and Martin Limited, originally to sell Singer cars in London. Martin raced cars at Aston Hill near Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire and Bamford and Martin decided to start making a limited number of their own cars.

The first car was a development of a 1908 Isotta-Franschini car but with a Coventry-Simplex engine. This model combined Lionel’s name and that of his favourite racetrack – Aston Martin.

The first production facilities were created on Abingdon Road, Kensington, London and began work in March 1915. Sadly the First World War intervened and both Bamford and Martin went off to fight.

Fortunately both men survived the war and restarted production at Abingdon Road. The years between the wars were difficult with ownership of the company changing hands several times but there was always an involvement in racing. In 1926, both Bamford and Martin had now left the company and production moved to a former aircraft works in Feltham, Middlesex.

The Second World War ensured production moved to aircraft components but, in 1947, tractor manufacturer David Brown Limited under the chairmanship of David Brown bought Aston Martin and resumed car production. It was he who leant his initials (DB) to subsequent models of cars right up to the present DB9.

Racing success continued, more (now highly collectable) models were produced and in 1963 the famous DB5, with its connection to James Bond, began production.

In the intervening years, like so many car companies, Aston Martin has had financial problems and several owners: including Ford between 1987 and 2007.

Aston Martin has always survived as it attracts people like a UK lottery winner with its classic designs and charisma. While many may buy Ferraris and Lamborghinis to make a statement, others, such as a UK lottery winner, buy an Aston Martin to show a certain restrained sophistication.

Cleverly the company has recently resumed an interest in motor racing, essential to keep a sporting heritage, particularly in GT racing. Sadly, however, he was at the wheel of an Aston Martin when Allan Simonsen died at the Le Mans 24-hour race earlier this year. But the Aston Martin image has been helped not only by the connection with James Bond but the use of Prince Charles’ DB6 as a going-away car at the Royal Wedding in 2011.

If you are a UK lottery winner and want one of these gorgeous cars, you have a choice between the Vantage, DB9, rare Zagato, a four-door Rapide or the beautifully designed recent addition, the Vanquish. Each still looks wonderful and that noise is spine tingling! Every drive is an event.

Don’t think either that a UK lottery winner would be forgotten by the company if he or she buys one of the cars. It is said the design of each individual car is held at the purpose-built factory at Gaydon in Warwickshire and, should the car need restoring, it can be done so to the original specifications. Aston Martin also have a dedicated servicing division.

So, if I should become a UK lottery winner, I will certainly be looking to add one of these cars to my garage!

Find out more about this remarkable marque at their website.


The War on the Scammers Email Continues


Nearly everyone online has received a scammers email at one time or another. Indeed, many of us regularly receive a scammers email encouraging us to send money or provide personal details in exchange for lottery winnings.

Of course, we should never respond to such correspondence as there are never any winnings to be received and the senders of the emails are only after our money or information.

Nonetheless, criminals are making huge amounts of money from these frauds, with a particular problem being criminals from Jamaica targeting vulnerable victims in the USA.

Man Relaxing With Laptop On Outside Terrace

to snuff out the sources of this heart-breaking crime but, as the rewards are so enormous and the criminal influence so deep-seated, rooting out the perpetrators is taking a great deal of time.

All areas of the US are affected by the scammers email and a recent article in the Kennebec Journal sets out the problems and latest progress from the perspective of the state of Maine. It is estimated that Americans are losing around $300 million a year to these frauds with individuals losing up to $85,000 or more a time. Sadly, as victims are often unwilling to admit their mistake, the total losses could be even greater.

Of course a scammers email or letter can be received by anyone around the world: the Canadian government’s anti-fraud centre, for example, received 2815 complaints in 2012 regarding Jamaican sourced lottery scams.

Please, if you receive such a scammers email, do not reply. You might consider reporting it to your local police but you should then certainly delete it.

Do not become a victim of these heartless criminals.

Agricultural Support Body Helped by the English Lottery

Money from the English lottery has helped a wide range of good causes since it’s inception in 1994. Cultural, heritage, health, sport and other charities have benefited to the tune of £30 billion over the years.

One very worthy cause recently received a much-needed donation from the English lottery. Hill farming is one of the most lonely and stressful occupations available.

Farmers work round the clock every day of the week to keep their business going, having to turn their hand to a wide range of skills, before being paid a minimal amount to cover their annual costs. According to Government statistics, farmers are twice as likely to commit suicide as the rest of the population.

The problems can be particularly pronounced in wilder areas and the English lottery was able to give £450,119 to a support group for farmers in one such region. Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services Ltd. is a company and charity owned by local people employing eight staff and a large group of volunteers dedicated to supporting farmers and communities in the Teesdale area of County Durham.

Teesdale Sheep on a Hill Overlooking Teesdale


UTASS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to give support and advice to those who need it. They are there to assist with understanding and completing complex forms, distributing information connected with difficult agricultural legislation, liaising with appropriate bodies to help relieve hardship, coordinate training courses, running evenings for local teenagers, organizing community events and just offering help and advice when needed, among many other services.

But the English lottery is not the only organization that has realized the importance of a group such as this: the Prince of Wales’ own Countryside Fund has provided help. Prince Charles visited the UTASS in October 2012 and featured the organization when he was invited to guest edit the BBC’s Countryfile programme in March this year.

The English lottery money did not come too soon for the UTASS as their members have had to deal with severe weather over the last year. The organization has had to recruit ‘helping hands’ volunteers to assist farmers with day-to-day tasks made overwhelming by the difficult conditions. At the same time, negotiations have lead to Barclays Bank offering a financial package to help farmers cope with the money problems severe weather can bring.

Once again money from the English lottery has been shown to make a difference. Keep buying your English lottery tickets and 28 pence from every pound will go to deserving good causes like Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services Ltd.

Find out more about the UTASS on their website.

Sailing Couple Win UK Lottery Draw


Sailing Boat by a Suffolk Warehouse

Usually winning then jackpot in a lottery leads to new holidays but, for a retired couple from Ipswich in Suffolk, hitting the jackpot in the UK lottery draw meant the end of a holiday.

Richard and Cathy Brown were looking forward to a ten-week sailing trip around Britain in their 40-foot yacht ‘Brave.’ They had reached as far as Newcastle when Richard decided to check the UK lottery draw results on his new smart phone.

The couple had been playing the UK lottery draw since it’s launch in 1994, buying a month’s worth of tickets at a time. Richard told reporters, “As we were settling down for the evening in Newcastle I decided to use the app I’d just downloaded as a bit of an experiment.”

As Cathy watched, Richard started to match the numbers showing on the screen. They got more and more excited as the realisation dawned they had won. Richard turned to Cathy and said, “You’re a multimillionaire!”

After a stiff gin and tonic the couple rang Camelot, the administrators of the UK lottery draw, and confirmed they were the winners of the £6,123,395 top prize. A few days later Richard and Cathy made the customary visit to a Camelot advisor to receive the money and plan their future.

All the plans the couple had before their win have simply become more affordable. Their yacht will not change but their adventures will. There will be more trips on the boat but also charter trips abroad and a visit to Cathy’s sister in Canada.

Cathy said, “It’s been magical to think about our hopes and dreams for the future, knowing that when we get back we can make a difference to our live but also those nearest and dearest to us.”

Already content with their busy lives, Richard and Cathy are quite happy to consider a new house and car but will not let their UK lottery draw win change them. They are determined to stay in Ipswich and commented, “We have great friends and we already had a great life before the win, this is simply the very nice, top-of-the-range, icing on the cake.”

We wish the best of luck to this contented couple.

The British National Lottery Anniversary Run


View of Inside of London Olympic Stadium

It hardly seems possible but it is nearly one year since the London Olympics, supported by the British National Lottery, took place. To mark the anniversary, there will be a series of athletic events at the end of July this year.

On 21 July however the first of the events after the Olympics will be a 5-mile anniversary run to celebrate the continued involvement of the British National Lottery in British sport.

The National Lottery Anniversary Run route explores the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before ending in the Olympic Stadium itself. This enables ordinary ‘hobby’ runners to experience crossing the finish line in what is now a famous sporting venue. Each runner has the opportunity to bring two members of their family or friends to cheer them across the line.

Children have an opportunity to take part too with a shorter family friendly course available.

The winner of six gold medals, Sir Chris Hoy will start the run on the 21st July and has already said he will be available to encourage the 10 000 runners around the course. He said, “I know how crucial the National Lottery’s support was throughout my career and I am looking forward to being able to play my part in what promises to be a memorable day.”

There will be a number of sports stars and celebrities running too to mark the support of sporting projects by the British National Lottery. The lottery has so far invested a total of £4 billion in this area, £2.2 billion towards the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games alone.

But the Anniversary Run also commemorates the ongoing involvement of the British National Lottery in funding more than 1300 athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 2013 Anniversary Run clearly demonstrates that the London 2012 Olympics were not the end of sports funding from the British National Lottery.

Discover more about the 2013 National Lottery Anniversary Run on the dedicated website.