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.
 

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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.
 

Three Exploding Rockets in a Firework Display

 
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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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.

 

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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.
 
 

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.