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!
 
 

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.
 
 

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.
 
 

Lottery Latest News: Beware Lottery Fraud

 
 

Lottery Fraud Message On Smartphone

 
For some time now we at UKLotteryDraw.com have been warning of the large number of scams purporting to be from lottery administrators announcing that the recipient has won a large prize. Scammers email, phone, text or mail to say that the money can be made available if the victim either provides their personal details or sends an amount of money as an ‘administration fee’ (or some other plausible reason).

The KDSK programme, 5 On Your Side, described such scams in the St. Louis, Missouri area on their website, KDSK.com. Scammers are to be found operating from a wide variety of countries, including Canada and Nigeria, but the threat to Americans seems to be largely from Jamaica, for some reason (read our article on the Jamaican fraudsters).

The sad truth is that many innocent people are losing their life savings to these people, who are netting millions of pounds or dollars every year. Police forces in the originating countries are moving in to crack down on this crime but the industry is still booming nonetheless.

The only real way to combat this dreadful crime is to educate potential victims so they do not respond to such approaches.

No matter where the source of the scammers email (or whatever media they use), the rules are always the same:

1. To be in a lottery, you must have first bought a ticket or joined a syndicate. No lottery will operate without participants buying tickets; if you have not paid for your entry, you are not going to win a prize.

2. Lottery administrators NEVER send you any sort of notification of your winning a prize. It is always up to you to claim your prize by approaching them.

3. Never, ever provide personal details or send money to anyone who approaches you unexpectedly. A scammers email or letter can look very official and texts and telephone calls can be very persuasive but do not respond.

Do not even click on links within the email as they can download viruses or other malware to your computer. Equally, do not press any button on your phone if prompted by a telephone caller or message: in such a situation you may well be passed through to a premium rate number, for which you will pay.

4. If any other evidence is needed, a scammers email or letter will use strange language that indicates that English is not the user’s first language. If anything rings alarm bells, go with your gut feeling and back away.

5. The best response is to do nothing at all. Delete the fraudsters email, destroy the letter, put down the telephone, or delete the text. You cannot be caught out if you refuse to play along. Your local police force might be interested however so you might consider taking the letter, copy of the email, the text or details of the telephone call to them.

The old adage ‘if it seems to good to be true, it probably is not true’ is very appropriate.

Please do not encourage these criminals.

To find out more about UK lottery draw scams, visit the National Lottery website. The ActionFraud website is also useful.
 
 

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.
 
 

UK Lottery Draw Money Helps Preserve Our Maritime Heritage

 
 

SS Shieldhall Tied Up In Port And Welcoming Visitors

 
In these times of financial restraint, charities and good causes find it harder to get money to continue their good work. At the same time more people than ever are playing the British National Lottery and Euromillions prize draw in the hope that they will win a prize that would remove their monetary worries.

Fortunately around 28% of the money received by the two lotteries is used to fund worthwhile projects around the United Kingdom. This means the players of the British National Lottery and Euromillions prize draw are helping cash-strapped charities.

A group of enthusiasts in Southampton have just received one such award. For a number of years, the steamship SS Shieldhall has been carefully tended by a group of enthusiasts but modern standards have meant an extra burden on their finances and the real possibility that the ship might have ended up in the scrapyard.

In June 2012, the Heritage Lottery Fund provided £143,600 as a contribution towards a full inspection in a dry dock in Falmouth to identify any problems with the Shieldhall. This was given following a busy period for the volunteers of Solent Steam Packet Limited, the company responsible for the ship, which participated in the celebrations surrounding the Cunard Jubilee celebrations and in the Titanic anniversary commemorations.

Hard work by volunteers was rewarded again on 2 April 2013 when the Heritage Lottery Fund announced it’s support of a 3-year project, ‘Saving Shieldhall – Learning Through Conservation in Action.’ The funding for the scheme now totals £1.4 million and enables a programme of major repairs and modifications.

Once the money from the British National Lottery has enabled the completion of the work, SS Shieldhall will be the focus of a wide range of community activities. Not only will the ship be used for passenger trips but she will also provide opportunities for apprentices and other young people to learn about maintaining and running shipping.

Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre is even ready to work on arts projects connected to the vessel.

Although built to a classic 1930’s design, Shieldhall was first launched on the Clyde in 1955. Her first role was as a sewage vessel, carrying treated sludge out to sea, and running pleasure cruises during the summer months. After ownership by Glasgow Corporation, Southern Water bought the ship before she was retired in 1985. The preservation charity then purchased her in 1988. She is a prime example of ship engineering common during the end of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

The British National Lottery money will enable many more people to learn about their maritime and engineering heritage. Perhaps SS Shieldhall will also fire the enthusiasm of a new generation for a career on the water.

Find out more about SS Shieldhall on the dedicated website.
 
 

Online Lottery – Gaming Tradition with a Modern Edge

 
 

Jackpot Image On Purple Laptop

 
People have been playing lotteries for a very long time. In fact, lotteries began on an official basis as far back as 205 BCE! In Europe, the first ever national lotteries were drawn by the kings and queens themselves as somewhat of a royal event. Since then it has become a staple in every country and is easily the most popular form of gaming across the population as a whole. It goes without saying, then, that the online lottery was only a matter of time, and it too has become a smash hit amongst gamers and lotto fanatics alike.
 
The online lottery is, as the name implies, an online version of the traditional lottery that originally made the game famous. This means that players are able to purchase their lottery tickets online and even partake in a series of other related things as part of the fun. This can include catching up on the latest lottery results (both online and offline events), reading stories from the latest big winners, comparing all the latest odds on the most popular lotteries both locally and nationally, being able to purchase discounted lottery tickets and even take part in free lottery events for online players only.
 
One of the most popular forms of online lottery is 49’s Lotto, otherwise known as just “49’s”. 49’s Lotto is a British lottery that is all about the draws. There are two lottery draws taking place each day, every day of the week. A total of six main numbers are drawn with a bonus number known as the ‘booster’, from a pool of 49 balls (hence the name 49’s Lottery). Players can win a whopping £601 for just 3 matching numbers on a £1 ticket!
 
Most online betting sites have a lottery-dedicated page, and it is here that you can ensure your ticket in the next big draw. William Hill Sports is a good place to go if you’re new to the craze, as they have all the big events covered and an easy-to-navigate site. Just click on the event that fancies you and let the fun begin! You can visit us at sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/lotto/49S/49-s-6-ball.html
 
 

How To Get Your Project Funded By The UK Lottery Draw

 
 

Villagers Celebrate After Saving Their Pub With Lottery Money

 
When you play the British National lottery or the Euromillions prize draw it can be easy to forget that your money will go towards good causes around the United Kingdom.

To date around £29 billion has been paid to deserving projects by Camelot, the administrators of the UK lottery draw. The causes supported cover a wide range from arts bodies, the Olympic Games, athletes, conservation groups, education initiatives, health issues and heritage projects in all corners of the country. Recipients range from large national organisations to a few people trying to save a community asset.

Up to this month around 28% of lottery money has been allocated for good causes. Of the rest 50% has been paid out in prizes, 12% as lottery duty, operating costs 4% and around 5-6% as commission for retailers.

So what happens if you have a project you think might be eligible for UK lottery draw funding?

The first step is to carefully define exactly what it is you want to do. You will need to understand the unmet want you intend to satisfy. This may come from your own observations but should also involve discussions and research with other people in order to get a full picture of what is needed. Make sure another body or a public initiative is not already meeting the need.

Down a detailed plan of your project. You will be asked about the need for the project and so you should include evidence that the scheme would be worthwhile. The plan should show how people or the environment would benefit and what exactly you want to achieve with the project.

There are some useful resources to help you on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Once you have an idea of what exactly you want to do, then you will need to get some idea of the costs. This will vary from project to project so it is worth asking all those to be involved. Understand exactly what would be needed to achieve your goals and consult with the people you would work with (such as service providers or builders) and ask for their estimates.

The distributors of the UK lottery money will be happy to help with your application.

There are several ways to apply but, if you are not sure where to begin, you might try the National Lottery funding finder.

Whatever the project you want the British National Lottery to finance we wish you the very best of luck with it. Hopefully we will soon be reporting your success here on UKLotteryDraw.com.
 
 

Lottery Latest News: Jackpot Winner Stays Anonymous

 
 

Crowd Of People All Looking In Different Directions

 
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.
 
 

The UK Lottery Draw: Young Golfer Wins £100,000

 
 

Saunton Sands Hotel From The Beach

 
We all get excited every week when the British National Lottery numbers are drawn as we hope we will be the next UK lottery winner and scoop the jackpot. But we tend to forget that some of the lesser prizes can also change lives.

Take the example of Shaun Saunders from Braunton in Devon.

Shaun is a keen amateur golfer and thought his luck was all bad when he recently lost out on a £18,000 Mini as a prize in a Sports Foundation Day at his local club. The car was available for the player who achieved a hole-in-one when Shaun teed off on the 17th. His ball flew straight into the hole – and bounced out again.

That same day however, Shaun, with his wife, Laura, bought a lottery Scratchcard from a convenience store on the way home. They were astonished to find they had won £100,000 from the British National Lottery. “Laura and I were in complete shock when we realised we had won the prize,” Shaun said, “We still are to be honest.”

The disappointment of the golfing loss was soon forgotten and the couple are now planning what to do with the money. They currently live in a flat but are now planning to buy a new house with a garden and entertain their friends.

Shaun works as an Assistant Manager at the Saunton Sands Hotel, where Laura is also the Bar Manager. They met at the hotel and they married there too.

Shaun told reporters, “Things like this don’t happen to people around here very often so we will definitely be making the most of it and celebrating.”

Another happy couple courtesy of the British National Lottery.