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.
 
 

The UK Lottery Draw Helps Make Us Healthy

 
 

Mother and Son Trying Yoga at Organized Outside Event

 
The money from the British National Lottery and the Euromillions prize draw has been shared with some pretty good causes over the 20 or so years they have been running in their present guise.

One of the biggest recipients of this money is the field of health. In March this year the Big Lottery fund announced a further donation of £40 million to a health-related project. This means that over the last five years no less than £1 billion has passed to health and well-being projects from the coffers of the UK lottery draw.

The latest funding is in response to research undertaken by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), published in the Lancet, which shows Britain lagging behind other European countries with regards to sickness, health and life expectancy.

Overall the study did find that health has improved since 1990, but other countries have performed significantly better. Mortality rates have actually worsened specifically for men aged between 30-34 years old and for all men and women between 20 – 54 years old. Over all groups, the cases of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, cirrhosis and drug use disorders (among others) have increased. Tobacco, substance abuse and a high body-mass index were noted problems. It was felt diet and inactivity were also major contributors to the number of people disabled by illness.

The money from the UK lottery draw supports initiatives that combat these problems. The ‘Well-being’ fund looks to improve physical activity, improve our diet and tackle mental health issues.

The National Lottery Good Causes body also undertook their own study through YouGov Plc. They found that 45% of people in the United Kingdom felt they did not have the time to worry about their health. 38% also felt money prevented them from improving their lives.

The Chair of the Big Lottery fund in England, Nat Stone, said: “Our £40 million comes at a crucial time as recent research highlights cost is a barrier for many people when it comes to their health and well-being. It will build on a range of free initiatives that we have funded in the last five years which target people in deprived communities and have been proven to work well. It will directly help hundreds of thousands to lead a healthier lifestyle and become more active.”

It is good to know that money from the British National Lottery and Euromillions prize draw is being put to such a healthy use.
 
 

Two Taxi Drivers Save Elderly Lady From Scammers Email

 
 

Black and White Image of Cab Driver Leaning Against His Car
 

As discussed in previous articles, lottery scams are still very common. The criminals who operate the fraud are very clever and persuasive: often they form a relationship over a long period of time, which convinces their victims they are genuine.

Sadly what seems to be a genuine lottery win is often simply a criminal, or group of criminals, trying to get money from their victim, either directly or via their personal details.

Hopefully more and more people are beginning to understand the problem and are turning away when approached in this way. Too many times however, vulnerable victims are being caught and are losing huge amounts of money.

A particularly galling aspect of this crime is the victims are often too embarrassed to admit they have been duped or, even worse, they do not believe well-meaning people who advise them to pull away from the influence fraudsters hold over their victims.

Wink News in Florida, USA recently reported on two taxi drivers who acted when a regular customer looked like she was falling for the persuasive story of one of these criminals.

Jackson Jackreese is a driver with a local cab firm and became concerned when an elderly passenger told him she had won a global international lottery and had to send a stranger a money order of thousands of dollars. The taxi driver acted quickly and told of his worries to the police and bank staff who were able to stop the issuing of the money.

Such was the influence of the fraudsters however that the lady became annoyed with Mr. Jackreese’s actions and stopped using his company. She started using another taxi firm but did not expect what happened next.

Once again the victim took a taxi to her bank to issue a money order to the scammers. Her driver this time, Tony Strong, also picked up on what was happening and told bank officials who once again put a hold on the money. He also reported the whole affair to the local place fraud unit.

We can only hope the lady concerned has understood the situation and will not send any money.

Read the whole story on the WinkNews.com website.

Please treat any unsolicited claim of lottery winnings with suspicion and do nothing but report the correspondence to your local police.
 
 

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

 
 

Young Woman Holding a Fan of Euro Banknotes

 
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.
 
 

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!
 
 

Hard Economic Times Mean Fraud Is On The Increase

 
 

Young Man Sat At A Table With His Head In His Hands

 
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.
 
 

The Mary Rose Benefits from the British National Lottery

 
 

The Hull of the Mary Rose Undergoing Preservation

 
Arguably the most famous shipwreck is that of the RMS Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic in 1912 after leaving for her maiden voyage from Southampton. However an equally interesting sinking took place around the coast at Portsmouth some 367 years before.

It is likely the Mary Rose was built around in 1510 in Portsmouth but the first documented reference to this great ship was in the 1520s when she was recorded as being in the River Thames. She was one of the capital ships of Henry VIIIs ‘Navy Royal,’ which became the Royal Navy of today.

The Mary Rose distinguished herself by fighting against French ships several times before being refitted in 1535. In July 1545, she sallied out of Portsmouth to face the French once again. It is unclear what happened but whilst King Henry was dining on another ship, the Henry Grace a Dieu, the Mary Rose heeled over and sank with the loss of hundreds of men.

There were several attempts to salvage the ship but to no avail. As the years passed by the wreck was covered by the soft silt found at the bottom of the Solent, which sealed the hull from erosion. Every now and again artifacts from the ship would be found on the seabed: tantalizing evidence that kept the legend of this great ship in mind.

In 1982, a team finally managed to raise the majority of the ships hull in the full glare of television cameras, following her rediscovery in 1966 and many years of excavation and planning. More than 10,000 artifacts were collected and preserved.

Now began the preservation of the timbers and the items recovered. From the very beginning, the Mary Rose Trust received some £9.5 million from the British National Lottery to get the work done and a makeshift museum was built to house the ship and the exhibits.

In recent years, progress has been made to build a proper Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth, just yards from that other great ship, HMS Victory. The project required £35 million for completion and the British National Lottery funded much of it with a £23 million grant.

The Mary Rose is the only 16th Century ship on display in the world. The new museum, to be opened on 31 May 2013, houses not only the hull but also the now 19,000 artifacts found with the wreck. Exhibits include items in a remarkable state of preservation, ranging from the skeleton of the ship’s dog to leather sandals and books.

With the help of the British National Lottery money, the preservation of the ship’s timbers is in its latter stages. Visitors can still only see the hull through a series of windows but it is hoped these will be removed in four or five years time so the ship can be seen in its entirety.

The Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dame Jenny Abramsky, said, “It’s incredibly exciting that, after much painstaking conservation work, the Mary Rose is finally ready to go back on show in a wonderful new space where she will undoubtedly wow all who come to visit.”

It is exciting that money from the British National Lottery is being put to such good use.

Find out more about this fascinating project on the Mary Rose website.