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.
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.
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.
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.
There have been a number of debates as to whether it is better for a winner on a global international lottery to make the win public or to stay anonymous.
One winner of the British National Lottery jackpot has decided the best thing is to stay quiet.
A player of the UK lottery draw living in Hampshire has decided to keep the news to himself, Camelot, the administrators of the British National Lottery have announced. The lucky player matched all the numbers in the draw on Saturday 26 January 2013 and collects £1,314,707 – one third of the jackpot as two other winners matched the same numbers. We believe it is a gentleman that has won and that he played online.
Both Camelot and the press have agreed to respect the wishes of the new winner. Such winners can opt for anonymity and the agreement ensures the administrators and the media stay quiet.
On balance it seems this was the right decision. Often it is not winning the jackpot that causes problems but rather the fame that can come with it. No doubt this latest winner is receiving advice as to how best to enjoy his good fortune without drawing attention to himself.
Presumably he is being told to not change him lifestyle too radically too soon and to take a holiday to get used to the new situation.
Here at UKLotteryDraw.com we wish the very best of luck to the new lottery winner.
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.
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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.
Being young these days brings with it more and more challenges with student debts, pressure to buy expensive products and the difficulty in buying a home but one young man from Brighton has solved the problem by becoming a UK lottery winner.
Computer programmer Alex Wheatley, who lives with his parents and sister, regularly plays the UK lottery draw but only plays theEuromillions prize draw when the jackpot rolls over. He bought a ticket for the Olympic celebration draw on Friday 27 July 2012 as the jackpot had built to an exciting £118 million. Playing online, he noted he had £6 in credit so he used that to buy three Euromillions prize drawtickets.
He tends to forget that he has bought the tickets so it was Sunday evening before he remembered to check the winning numbers. There was a message about a win on his tablet but he was not worried, as he has won between £2.60 and £10 before. He investigated further and found he had not only recovered his £6 stake but that he was one of 100 Millionaire Raffle winners on Friday.
Not believing what he saw, Alex double checked on his laptop and then calmly walked into the living room where his parents were watching television and said, “I don’t want to jump the gun but I think I’m a millionaire!”
Family and friends all helped him celebrate the win that evening and a few tears were shed.
Like so many winners, Alex is very sensible about being a UK lottery winner and happily went back into work the next day. Oddly he was thinking of asking for a pay rise! He is quite content about staying at work but, not surprisingly, a house is top of his shopping list. Alex has also promised to pay off his parents mortgage and his sister will move into the house with him.
Winning the Euromillions prize draw has set Alex Wheatley up nicely for life.
It is quite common for anyone online to receive a scammers email purporting to be from a global international lottery claiming the recipient has won a top prize. Of course, as previously explained on this site, if you have not already joined a lottery, you are not going to win anything. Nonetheless millions of pounds or dollars are being conned out of innocent people every year.
The country of Nigeria has always been considered to be the usual source of a scammers email although Canada has also been discovered as the origin of such scams. In recent years however a new country has started to produce such emails, letters or telephone calls: Jamaica.
Under pressure from the American government, the Jamaican authorities have begun a crackdown on the scammers and their findings are not far short of astonishing.
The Jamaican Observer newspaper reports that those who send a scammers email are racking in millions of dollars every week. They earn so much money that they simply waste it away in ridiculous ways such as washing cars in champagne. Almost anyone can earn in excess of US$120,000 using a mobile phone and a list of leads freely available from large corporations. Such lists provide personal details the victims would be horrified to know are being shared.
The scams grew massively five years ago after a Government crackdown on the drugs trade. One scammer was reported to have earned in excess of $800 million but was murdered in a row over the money. There seems little doubt that the lottery scams finance serious crime.
During the year 2010, it is estimated that scammers raised US$30 million from victims in the state of Minnesota alone. One lady in Florida sent $400,000 to a Jamaican criminal.
As so much money is involved, it should come as no surprise that government officials are implicated. In July two were arrested as part of the investigation – one was the mayor of Montego Bay, where many of the call centres are located. Fortunately this indicates that action is being taken against those who send the scammers email or make illicit telephone calls. Even so, the Jamaican Labour Party has criticised the Government for not doing enough to eradicate the problem.
The Opposition leader, Andrew Holness condemned a rise in killings linked to the crime and the lack of action on the part of the Government in implementing anti-crime legislation.
All this activity in Jamaica just goes to prove that we must all stay vigilant against any scammers email or telephone call. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is not true.
Please do not fall victim to a scammers email, letter or telephone call
Winners of lotteries such as the Euromillions prize draw and the UK lottery draw are proving that they can be responsible and help other people change their lives just as their good fortune has changed theirs.
The best example of this are Chris and Colin Weir of Largs, Ayrshire who, you may recall won a £161 million Euromillions prize draw jackpot in July of last year.
At the time of their win, the couple were pretty conservative with their plans but subsequently they began to come up with more definite ideas. One use they found for their fortune was to donate £1 million of their Euromillions prize draw money to the Scottish National Party. They also decided to buy cars for themselves and for friends and buy a new house.
Since that time the couple have also started to sponsor young sports hopefuls. Robbie Mason, also from Ayrshire, started riding in showjumping events only four years ago but has already represented Scotland and has won medals.
His father heard of the Weirs’ generosity and wrote them a letter. The couple rang him back quickly and offered £100,000. The Masons were astonished but very excited too.
Robbie is 14 years old and he used the money to buy a new pony and a new lorry. Where once Robbie had to travel with the horses, they can all travel in comfort. As Robbie said, “This money really has changed our lives.”
Chris and Colin Weir have really shown that a lot of good can be done with money won from the Euromillions prize draw.
See more on this story on the Horse and Country TV website.