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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
 

Euromillions Prize Draw Surprises Norwegian Player

 
 

Norwegian Church Amongst Snowy Trees

 

Winning a lottery jackpot can change lives and so it was with a winner of the Euromillions prize draw on 3 May this year.

Norwegian businessman Yngvar Borgersen had forgotten he had even bought a ticket for the lottery. He and his son watched the lottery draw on television at home when they heard the Euromillions prize draw jackpot had been won by a person in Skien, their hometown. The sum, 102 million Kroner (£11 million or $17 million), was a new record for a Norwegian winner.

63-year-old Yngvar and his wife went to Turkey on a business trip. Sitting in their room in the Orient House hotel, Istanbul, he found he had a missed call from the Norwegian lottery administrators, Norsk Tipping. His wife persuaded Yngvar to call the company as “it could involve a very large sum.”

Finally on Saturday morning they received confirmation of their good luck. Yngvar celebrated the win with a bottle of champagne with his work associates. He returned to work on the Monday.

The family business, Water and Engergiteknikk, works in the drilling industry and Yngvar initially told reporters he was unlikely to buy any of the usual trappings of a lottery winner but was more likely to purchase a drilling rig for the company.

Subsequently, however, the businessman has used £280,000 of his winnings to help his local football team, Odd Grenland, keep hold of their top defender, Fredrik Semb Berge. Interestingly, Yngvar shows how good he is with money as the agreement means he will receive 25% of any future transfer fee the club receives for Berge.

The story of Yngvar Borgersen shows how winners of the Euromillions prize draw can keep a cool head and help the community too.
 
 

Latest Lottery News: Player Wins Lottery Four Times

 
 

Young Businessman Smiling as He Holds Up Dollar Bills

 

Most of us play the UK lottery draw, European prize draw or one of the global international lotteries hoping to win a prize. But 72-year-old Melvyn Wilson of Woodbridge, Virginia in the USA has just won his fourth major lottery win.

In 2005, Mr. Wilson won three prizes of $500,000, $25,000 and £1 million in just 10 months. Not surprisingly he then retired from his job as a postal worker – but he carried on playing the lottery. Incredibly he has just won another $500,000: his total winnings are now $2.025 million.

The odds of winning a jackpot can be calculated, but the chances of winning four such prizes are totally unknown.

Interestingly, the $2 million jackpot for the last Virginia state draw has yet to be claimed.

Mr. Wilson is keeping his intentions close to his chest but, when he was asked on what he will spend the money, he just said: “I invest in Melvyn.”

There has been one previous four-time lottery winner; Joan Ginther, a professor at Stanford University, California won $21 million from four jackpots between 1993 to 2010.

It seems it is worth playing the lottery even if you have already won a prize!
 
 

Lottery Latest News: Lucky Areas of Britain

 
 

Magnifying Glass Lying on Ten Pound Notes

 
Latest statistics from Camelot, the administrator for the British National Lottery and the European prize draw, show the luckiest places to live in the UK. Following stories published here on UKLotteryDraw.com, we can hardly be surprised to see which area comes top.

Ilford in Essex, the scene of George Traykovs two wins recently, is the luckiest place in the country. Interestingly, this was also the case in 2011 so the regions luck seems to be consistent. If you live in the area statistics show you have a 1 in 6722 chance of winning a lottery prize.

Second on the list is Newcastle with a 1 in 6884 chance and third are the Medway towns in Kent with a 1 in 6972 chance. The Medway towns have produced 35 lottery millionaires since the British National Lottery started.

Despite the statistics, this does not mean you should move to Ilford to get rich. In theory every ticket bought, wherever you are, has the same chance of winning.
 
 

The British National Lottery Rewards Two Friends

 
 

Older Couple Celebrating With a Glass of Champagne

 
Two close friends of 38 years have reason to celebrate playing the British National Lottery. Joe McKay and Henry Milne, aged 63 and 60 years respectively, live in Greenock, Scotland and first met in 1975. They began to play darts together and, a few years ago, decided to also play the British National Lottery.

The two played the lottery for years before, on 16 March this year, they finally received their reward.

That particular week it was Henry’s turn to buy the tickets but left it to his wife, Margaret. She paid for five Lucky Dip lines in the Saturday draw but it was not until the following Tuesday that Henry remembered to check the tickets.

He went into shock when he saw they had matched all six numbers. Joe’s telephone was engaged and Henry was in no state to drive so his two daughters drove him to his friend’s house to share the good news. Joe did not believe they had won and it took both Henry’s daughters to persuade him.

Henry told reporters: “It’s just such an amazing thing to have happen to us, especially as we are nearing retirement age. We’re just two regular guys who like a pint in the pub.”

Joe worked in the building trade but had recently been laid off due to a lack of work so the win could hardly have come at a better time for him. His first purchase will be a new car, as his present one needs replacing. Henry is happy working in his job as a heavy goods driver but would not discount taking a holiday with his wife.

Once again the British National Lottery improves the lives of deserving winners. We wish them the very best of luck.
 
 

Latest Lottery News: Lottery Prizes Go Unclaimed

 
 

Bags Full of Gold Pound Coins

 
We imagine that everyone who buys a ticket in the British National Lottery or the European prize draw (or any other lottery for that matter) would keep it safe and carefully check it against the winning numbers in the draw but it seems that is not necessarily the case.

Two reports have emerged this week of lottery winners who do not appear to have realised there is money waiting for them.

The Belfast Telegraph reports a prize of £92,991 from the British National Lottery has yet to be claimed. The ticket was bought in Newtownabbey on 17 April but nobody has come forward.

If this situation continues until October this year, the money will be passed to one of the many good causes supported by the lottery.

At the same time, the This Is South Wales website revealed that a Millionaire Raffle ticket from the 16 April European prize draw has not been claimed.

The £1 million prize would change a life considerably. It is possible the winner checked the main draw numbers but forgot they could be eligible for a prize through the related Millionaire Raffle.

Again, the prize has to be claimed by October or it will be lost and passed to charity.

If you live in these areas and still have your old tickets, please check them again: otherwise search the house to see if you have mislaid a ticket. It might be well worth your while!
 
 

Wiltshire Great Grandfather Wins UK Lottery Draw

 
 

Older Man Throwing Money Into The Air

 
Many of us play the British National Lottery or the European prize draw hoping to win a prize but John Alford of Trowbridge in Wiltshire won three times on the same day.

The 76-year-old great grandfather usually buys his tickets at his local shop but last week he was in the local Asda store and decided to buy three tickets there. He was pleased to win £2 on a Scratchcard and took the other two tickets home.

John and his wife, Pauline, didn’t look at the tickets until last Sunday morning. When they finally checked the draw numbers they found they had won another £5 on Thunderball but were stunned to find they had also won £1.4 million in the Lotto draw of the UK lottery draw.

Like so many other winners, the couple’s first plan is a holiday to get used to their good fortune.

Find out more about the lucky winners on the ThisIsWiltshire.co.uk website.