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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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!
 
 

Latest Lottery News About the Irish Lottery

 
 

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Each global international lottery seems to have made an appearance in the latest lottery news but the Irish National Lottery has had more coverage than most.

The Irish Times reported this week that some €14.7 million ($19 million or £12.4 million) remained unclaimed last year. Under Irish law, winners have only three months to collect their winnings: after that time the money returns to the present lottery administrator, An Post, for marketing purposes.

Over the last 5 years unclaimed prizes have totalled an amazing €90 million: 2% of total ticket sales. Amazingly the largest unclaimed prize was for €3.4 million drawn in June 2001.

Last month the Irish parliament, the Dáil, passed a bill to put the 20-year licence for the National Lottery up for sale.

Any new private sector administrator will pay a sum upfront for the licence and will be expected to return a significant income to the government to be distributed to good causes (as in many other countries). Indeed, the new licence will also change the use of any unclaimed prizes, returning the money for use in good causes rather than for marketing programmes.

Until now ticket sales until now have been restricted but the new measures mean this will no longer be the case, raising more income than before.

The Irish National Lottery started in March 1987 to support initiatives in areas of sport, heritage and culture. From that day the draw administrators have been a government-run body overseeing the running of the state Lotto and the Irish section of the Euromillions prize draw.

At the end of last year the Irish National Lottery had achieved sales of over €12 billion with €6.7 billion paid out as prizes and €4.2 billion given to various good causes.
 
 

Hard Economic Times Mean Fraud Is On The Increase

 
 

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We all dream of winning money on the British National Lottery or on the Euromillions prize draw and some unscrupulous operators play on this by sending out emails, texts, and letters or calling us on the telephone telling us we have won money. Unfortunately all they want is our personal details or for us to send them money.

A recent report from the British Citizens Advice Bureau shows that the harder economic times are persuading more and more people to send out scam correspondence in the hope of getting some easy money. Sadly, their schemes work all too often, causing embarrassment, financial hardship and stress to their victims.

A study from the Office of Fair Trading quoted in the CAB report tell us that lottery scams cost the British public £260 million each year with around 140,000 victims suffering. Separate data shows a further £60 million is raised from another 380,000 victims over other scams defined as prize draw or sweepstake fraud.

We have to be vigilant to ensure these scammers do not manage to get the better of us. The reality is if it seems too good to be true then it probably is – walk away.

Remember a scammer’s email will always look very inviting.

The frauds will not only offer you a supposed British National Lottery or European prize draw jackpot, they take many forms. Read the CAB report to find out more and how to stay away from these scams.
 
 

Latest Lottery News: Unexpected Lottery Winners

 
 

Looking Into The Sun At The Shot At Dawn Memorial in Staffordshire

 
The latest lottery news this week has produced two stories that show that lotteries can produce winners in ways you might not expect.

As reported on the Independent.ie website today, the administrators of the Irish National Lottery found themselves paying out more prizes than expected this week.

Saturday’s lottery draw included the number 9. However the ball concerned was incorrectly labelled and one digit did not have a line under the 9. This means when the numbers were recapped at the end of the draw the number was read out as a 6.

Fortunately the National Lottery administrators have held up their hands to the mistake and are paying out to anyone who had won a prize with 6 in their numbers. This means they may have to fork out an extra €54,000.

Read the whole story on the Independent.ie website.

At the same time, news has reached us of an unusual group of volunteers helping restore a war memorial.

Thirty-five lottery winners got together and helped build a path at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. They spent two days on the project, at the ‘Shot at Dawn’ memorial, digging the path before raking on the surface.

Peter Brusby, who won £1.4 million from the National Lottery in 2005, explained that the volunteers had the spare time now so they had decided to give something back.

Thinking of the memorial, he told a Press Association reporter, “It’s a marvellous place and it just brings back what sacrifices have been made, and I think we should put something into that.”

It is good news to hear that lottery winners are being so thoughtful following their own good fortune.
 
 

Exploring the Four Types of Lottery Games in the U.S

 
 

A Hand Holding Four Megamillions Lottery Tickets

 
Most of those who wish for a financial miracle, are looking towards state administered lotteries with confidence and hope that one day they will get lucky. In the absence of a national lottery, there are 43 distinct lotteries managed by various states and also a handful of multiple state lotteries. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for those who feel lucky, especially with no limitations being in place for people who reside in a different state than the one in which they intend to play the lottery.
 
The three types of number games
 
There are over 200 lottery games played throughout the United States, but they can be grouped in four categories and three of them are number games. One number games imply the fact that the player selects one number that has three, four and recently five digits, and then choose whether he intends to play this as a straight or a box. For the straight to be a winner the exact number needs to come, while the box will reward the player even if the digits come in a different order.
 
Multi-number games can be with one or two sets of numbers ranging from 1 to a certain value that is predefined, and the payouts depend on how many numbers are correctly predicted. The order in which the chosen numbers come doesn’t matter but it is difficult enough to predict all six numbers and that’s why the prizes are so generous. Among those with two sets of numbers, games such as Powerball or Mega Millions are very popular due to the huge rewards. The odds for someone to win in either of these games are dismal, but this doesn’t prevent fun seeking individuals from playing week after week. More over there are four types of games ran by state administered lotteries in the United States to learn more about them visit Lotterycrunch.com and participate in amazing lotteries from all around the world.
 
Keno type and other lottery games
 
Keno games are very popular throughout the United States and their resemblance with multi-number games is uncanny. The difference resides in the fact that the player chooses 10 numbers that range between 1 and 82 and twice as more numbers than the player selects are being drawn. This means that in a regular Keno game 20 numbers are drawn and once again the payouts vary depending on how many numbers one can predict.
 
Some states have their own games that resemble a more or less conventional lottery game, and the Kicker is one of those who don’t stray too far from traditional lotteries. In this case the difference is that the players are purchasing cards that have prearranged numbers, otherwise the rules stay the same. Last but not least there are states like California that run horse racing games such as the Daily Derby.
 
 

The Hungarian Global International Lottery

 
 

Parliament Building And River Danube Budapest Hungary

 
Interest in the British National Lottery, the Euromillions prize draw and the Mega Millions draws has lead to a renewed interest in many other world lotteries.

The Hungarian lottery draw is one such global international lottery worth investigating. A lottery has actually been in existence in the country since 1763 when the first draws were held in Buda and Bratislava.

Since that time, many players have benefited from the prizes given out by this global international lottery.

The player selects six numbers from 1 to 45 and, as in other lotteries, a jackpot is paid out for matching all six numbers with those drawn on a Sunday evening. Lesser prizes are awarded for matching three, four and five numbers too.

In the last Hatoslottó draw, on Sunday 17 February 2013, for example, there was no jackpot winner but a player did win 281,700 Hungarian Forints ($1269.29 or £832.42) for matching 5 numbers. As in other draws, the jackpot will roll over to next Sunday’s draw.

Indeed, the Hatoslottó jackpot has been rolling over for the last few weeks and now totals Ft 685 million (over £2 million or $3 million).

The oldest lottery in Hungary is in fact the Ötöslottó draw, where the player matches five from a range of ninety numbers to win the jackpot. At present, the jackpot for this draw stands at Ft 730 million. The draw for this lottery takes place every Saturday.

The payouts may not seem particularly large but in 2009 a 15-man police force resigned after winning the equivalent of more than £10 million in the Hungarian lottery. Equally another anonymous winner won around £15 million in 2003, so the money is there to be won.

Playing a global international lottery like this can be exciting and you can choose from a wide range of up to 47 such draws on theLotter.com to make the whole experience even more enjoyable.
 
 

UK Lottery Draw: Making The Most Of 2013

 
 

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Well, here we are in 2013. I don’t know about you, but a new year always makes me think what I have done over the last 12 months and what the next year holds. One thing that could radically change your life this year is to win a substantial amount on the British National Lottery, the Euromillions prize draw or another global international lottery.

In fact, you can easily play any of more than 40 lotteries around the world without leaving the house. Get your tickets from theLotter.com, for example, and you have access to that many lotteries. 761,063 players on theLotter.com have received more than $23 million in prizes and recent results show this total is growing.

The individual jackpots are growing too – one winner of the top US Mega Millions lottery won $656 million and the Euromillions prize draw record to date is over £600 million. True, these prizes were not won by players of theLotter.com but who knows about the future?

One of the attractions of playing lotteries through theLotter.com is the multi-draw tickets and discounts you can use. They really make playing the lotteries an exciting pastime and provide information on more than 70 lotteries. Why not join and try the different ways of playing?

Don’t forget that the lotteries don’t only pay out jackpot prizes. The other ‘lesser’ prizes can be life changing too. Would £100,000 make a difference to you? This is available on many of the lotteries offered for matching a few numbers.

But why stop at playing the lotteries? The affiliate scheme connected to theLotter.com, MyLotto.com will help you earn an income from recommending theLotter.com to your friends, family and colleagues. Visit MyLotto.com and find out more.

Who knows if your life could radically change in 2013? Taking advantage of all theLotter.com and MyLotto.com offer and you could face 2014 with a great deal more pleasure.

And who knows how many people you could help along the way?
 
 

Latest Lottery News: The Sad End Of An Illinois Winner

 
 

Magnifying Glass On US Dollar Bills

 
A winner of a global international lottery usually looks forward to a better future, especially if they take the advice generally available from lottery administrators. The latest lottery news however has thrown up a sad situation in Illinois.

In June 2012, 46-year-old Urooj Khan had travelled to Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage and, on his return, vowed never to gamble again. But he could not resist one last lottery ticket, which he bought at his local 7-Eleven convenience store. It was a scratch card and he immediately revealed his win in front of the store employee.

Mr. Khan was astonished to find he had won $600,000. Store employee Ashur Oshana told an Associated Press reporter, “He kissed my hand and gave me $100. He was really happy.”

After taxes, Mr. Khan received a cheque from the global international lottery for $425,000 at an Illinois Lottery ceremony soon after. An owner of a small chain of dry cleaner stores, he announced he would put some of the money into his business and some to a children’s hospital.

The cheque for the money was issued on 19 July and was cashed on 15 August 2012. Sadly, Mr. Khan did not enjoy the money: he died on 20 July, the day after receiving the cheque.

The initial cause of death was deemed to be natural but, in a twist worthy of Agatha Christie, a relative put the findings in doubt. A second autopsy was carried out and it was revealed the winner of the global international lottery had died of cyanide poisoning.

Police have now launched a new investigation and are likely to exhume Mr. Khan’s body. Lottery winnings in Illinois normally pass to the relatives.

Perhaps another good reason to keep quiet about a lottery win!

We will try to follow this story in later latest lottery news.