Lightning really does strike twice—at least it did for David and Kathleen Long, who’ve won the £1 million EuroMillions jackpot for the second time in two years.
In UK gambling news almost too incredible to believe, David and Kathleen Long of Scunthorpe, England, have won their second £1 million EuroMillions jackpot. The lucky lottery winners in UK beat odds of 283 billion to 1 to win the tenth biggest EuroMillions jackpot to be awarded in Great Britain.
A spokesman for UK national lottery company Camelot said that: “This is an extraordinary situation where somebody’s been fortunate enough to win twice. As you can imagine, we see winners who win once who are very, very shocked. It must be even more shocking to win twice.”
While most fans of online casinos in UK are dumbfounded by the Long’s luck, David Long said that he knew all along that he’d win a second £1 million EuroMillions jackpot.
“I always knew I’d win, even the first time. I just had a feeling it was going to be me. I tend to play when I know there are lots of prizes on the go. Last time I knew I had a good chance because there were 100 prizes of £1 million. Last Friday night I was passing the local shop and saw there were 10 £1 million prizes on EuroMillions and a nice car and thought yeah, I’ll give that a go.”
Listening to his gambling intuition definitely paid off!
The New Democrats (ND) and Progressive Conservatives (PC) strongly feel that making gambling more accessible carries too many risks. For one, there is no sure way of monitoring under-aged gamblers from going on the online website.
Secondly, the site will prey on fragile gamblers. And last, but certainly not least, the ND and the PC feel that the government is not moving forward, by using a gambling strategy to get rid of its debts and to boost economy. Let us see what all sides have to say, through trusted news media.
Northumberland News: Ontario Launches online Gambling site
Ontario welcomed its first online gaming site, PlayOLG, launched last Thursday, January 8, 2015, by The Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG). OLG disclosed that, in keeping with Canadian gambling laws, the provincial government will be getting further tax revenues,thanks to the site,in addition to the $1.8 billion already being paid.
Relief is probably what was felt when PlayOLG went live, following a series of pre-trial testing. OLG had solicited members of its OLG Rewards program to test the site to see if it was internet-worthy. Gamblers will be able to play the virtual versions of games they would normally play in a casino.
So people can play blackjack, baccarat, single person poker and slots. Lottery tickets for Lotto Max and Lotto6/49 may be bought on the site although not from a mobile device. Mobile applications will be made available to the public, at a later date, when the online site will establish enough new games to do so.
Registration and a weekly maximum bet of $9, 999 are mandatory. However players can also obtain cash directly from bank accounts or credit cards. The expected amount to be deposited by the average gambler is about $75 to $80 weekly. PlayOLG hopes to attract some of the $500 million currently being spent on unregulated online sites in the province.
John Wisternoff, OLG Vice President, exclaimed that the company was thrilled with the milestone launching in Ontario, especially in the company’s move to modernize. Ontario follows in the footsteps of British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and all the Atlantic provinces who paved the way in offering online gambling in Canada.
The Progressive Conservatives (PC) were among those who were less than enthused about the launch. The PC harshly criticized the Liberals as searching for “nickels and dimes in the couch cushions, rather than trying to control their spending”. The New Democrats reiterated the view, adding that “the Liberal government’s gambling strategy isn’t progressive and will put vulnerable people at risk”/
Decidedly, in a bid to ease its $12.5 billion deficit by 2017-18, the liberal government may be heading for “social problems down the road from expanded gambling” warns Catherine Fife, also of the PC. She adds that “The research and the evidence points to expanding online gambling leading to increased addiction and increased debt”, said Fife.
Guelph Mercury: Ontario Launches Online Gambling Website
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) pledged to pay out more money to the provincial government when it launched its new online site, PlayOLG. This is a first in Ontario, following in the footsteps of British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec, who have already established online gambling in Canada.
The site was launched on Thursday, January 8, 2015. Gamblers can now indulge in casino-style games including blackjack, baccarat, poker, roulette and slots online. Players can also buy lottery tickets directly on the new OLG site.
OLG says that as Ontarians currently fork out $500 million a year on illegal online gambling sites they may turn to PlayOLG, as the legal and welcomed alternative. Ontarians will be asked to register to access the new site. Players will have to set obligatory weekly maximums on a weekly basis and may withdraw cash from bank accounts or use credit cards.
The Star: Ontario’s new online gambling website carries risks, says addiction centre
Both victory and downfall is being predicted by a spokesperson from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health with regards to the government’s gambling strategy. This is in reference to the OLG launching of Ontario’s first online gambling site, last Thursday, January 8, 2015.
The Manager of education and community resources at the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, CAMH, Robert Murray said of PlayOLG, that the new online site may attract new gamblers who hadn’t dared to venture on to unregulated gaming sites.
Murray feels that since the PlayOLG has been endorsed by the government, under gambling laws, the gamblers will come out in numbers as it seems to offer convenience and a sense of security. This means though, that consequently, it will cause problems and may even lead to bankruptcy and suicide.
In its defense, Ryan Bissonnette, an OLG spokesperson, says gamblers will have $9, 999 limit per week. Only players 18 and up can play if they are an Ontario resident and must play within the province. He added that responsible gambling was key and PlayOLG offers privacy, safety and security.
OLG is keen to get some of the estimated $400 million to $500 million being injected into gambling elsewhere by some 500,000 Ontario gamblers. To get this much more clients and money, they are willing to pledge to hand over an estimated $375 in revenues to the province, over five years.
Ontario has now joined the ranks of British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and all of the Atlantic Provinces who already have online gambling sites offering gambling online guides, which feature slots and table games and which also sell lottery tickets.
Toronto Sun: OLG’s online gambling site launches provincewide.
PlayOLG, the first online gambling site, was launched on Thursday, January 8, under government approval. OLG hopes the venture will bring in around S375 million in profits, over the next five years. It declined however to reveal the total revenue projected or how much the private sector operator should expect to be getting.
Play-for-real and Play-for-free games include blackjack and single person poker games like Kitty Glitter were being offered to players. Tony Bitonti, OLG spokesman, revealed that a preview, by invitation only, was extended to 50, 000 loyal customers.
Thanks to the sneak treat and feedback from the mostly pleased 3,500 cutomers, who accepted the invitation, the company was able to carry out improvements on the registration and verification, before the provincewide launch went ahead. A password protection and identity verification were established to prevent underaged players from accessing the site.
The venture however raised a lot of criticism from the Progresseive Conservative party (PC) and the New Democrats party (ND). Vic Fedeli, a MPP of the PC, said that the government only approved the venture so it could get some easy money by preying on the vulberable people who will be taken in by the online site.
In the face of such accusations, OLG retaliated by saying that it has made it mandatory for gamblers to pre-register, and to set up up a $9, 999 deposit on a weekly basis. PlayOLG also offers voluntary controls for time-limit play requests. Under 18s cannot buy lottery tickets either.
OLG is hoping that people in Ontario will move away from the grey area market sites where they are spending between $400 and 500 million a year, and play on the PlayOLG site instead. With an expected revenue of over $375 to be accumulated in the next five years, it is no wonder that OLG boasts of ‘excitement being only a click away’ to lure the over 19 year olds to play online.
After winning GBP1 million at the lottery, a young couple from Basingstoke will finally get the honeymoon they’ve been dreaming about.
Booking a trip to Australia – that’s the first thing David and Sam Mackie will be spending their lottery winnings on. The couple just won the new EuroMillions Mega Friday draw last week, allowing them to take a much-deserved vacation for the first time since they got married two and a half years ago.
David and Sam, who have two young boys, have already started to plan their trip. Since they got married, they haven’t even had a chance to get away for a honeymoon. They’ve been together five years and their last vacation was a week in Cornwall, but now the pair can finally afford to go somewhere special: to Australia. And since Sam is expecting another baby, they also made plans to buy a new house.
The surprising win comes after a chance purchase, on Halloween. It’s usually Sam who buys the ticket, but this time David opened the computer to find the National Lottery website opened, so he went ahead and entered the EuroMillions draw. According to online gambling news, he received good news the morning after.
ITV: Young couple finally get honeymoon after £1m lotto win
David received an email saying there was good news waiting for him and urging him to check his account. “I usually joke that I am off to check my million when I get the email, but this time I didn’t. I just said to Sam I was off to look at my GBP3,” he said.
He logged on and checked his balance, but it was the same as the day before. In an interview with local reporters, he admitted it took him some time to notice the message which said he had won GBP1 million.
The 32-year-old IT manager said: “This is an amazing opportunity and the more we found out about the trip, the more we realized what a big deal it was. I have been to Australia a couple of times but recently only got abroad for stag weekends. Sam has only ever been on a plane to Leeds, it really is a once in a lifetime chance and I already have the forms to apply for passports for Sam and our boys.”
The pair considered Las Vegas for a honeymoon trip, but since family comes first they didn’t afford it. “We are really family orientated and now being able to share this trip with our children will be even better,” David explained.
David said his wife didn’t believe him when he gave her the good news. She checked the account herself and saw the message was still there, but it wasn’t until they called Camelot – the company authorized to operate the lottery service, under British gambling laws – that it all started to feel real.
Herald Scotland: Delayed honeymoon for lottery pair
A young couple will finally have their honeymoon after winning GPB1 million in the new EuroMillions Mega Friday draw. David and Sam Mackie got married two and a half years ago, but have not even been on a honeymoon or on a trip abroad. The family from Basingstoke, Hampshire will finally be taking a vacation to Australia, together with their two sons.
David, who works as an IT manager, told reporters: “I called my wife but she didn’t believe me. Once she saw my face, and I think I was shaking by this point, she decided to check. We both logged off and back on again to the account and the message was still there. I then had to wait 15 minutes to call Camelot and that was when it started becoming real.”
Mrs. Mackie is currently on maternity leave and the couple will also buy a house for their expanding family. They already signed the paperwork for a new development which they had previously considered, but had been unable to afford until now.
“They had been going quickly and there were only a few plots left. Luckily the one we wanted was still available and we got it. It is amazing to be in that position. I stress about mortgages and money and it is completely life-changing to not to have to worry any longer,” David explained.
Western Daily Press: Euromillions Jackpot: Tickets for new Mega Fridays 25 x £1million prizes and getaways to Makepeace Island released next Friday and last Friday of every month
The National Lottery is launching “mega Fridays”, a new EuroMillions lottery game which will create 25 millionaires. On the last Friday of every month, players will have a shot to win once-in-a-lifetime prize and multiple GBP1 million guaranteed rewards.
In addition to the jackpot prize, the first launch draw will give lucky players the chance to take home one of the 25 available GBP1 million prizes. There is also a private getaway up for grabs, taking the winners themselves and seven other people to Makepeace Island in Australia.
“Next week promises to be hugely exciting for EuroMillions players here in the UK. There’s a chance to win one of 25 guaranteed GBP1 million prizes and we’ll be giving each winner a head start on the millionaire lifestyle with a once in a life time getaway to their own private island,” a National Lottery spokesperson told reporters.
“As well as the chance to win life changing prizes, EuroMillions players also help contribute to the GBP33 million players raise for National Lottery projects every week.”
Officials say GBP69 million have been returned to the Olympic lottery distribution fund.
Last year Hugh Robertson, the former minister for sport and tourism, promised to pay lottery distributors part of their money back by July 2014. The Government official promised to return between GBP100 million and GBP150 million of unspent funds and proceeds from the sale of the Olympic athletes village.
Now Helen Grant, who has taken over his position, announced that money has been placed in the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund. The news came through a letter sent to the Directory of Social Change (DSC).
According to gambling news, the previous government raised GBP675 million from lottery distributors to help pay for the 2012 London Olympics, with the biggest part of it coming from the Big Lottery Fund. After the end of the Olympic Games, National Lottery minister John Penrose said contributors would most likely be paid back by 2030 or 2031.
Third Sector: Government says £69m of Olympic money is set to be returned to lottery distributors
Earlier in July, the Government paid back an initial GBP79 million of the promised GBP150 million. Back then, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said the rest of the money would come “later in the year”.
This month Helen Grant, minister for sport and tourism, sent a letter to the DSC saying that the GBP69.2 million sale of the Olympic Village was completed on August 6. The money resulting from these proceeds has been placed in the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund, Grant said.
“The process for the final closure of the OLDF is now under way, and the balance will be moved to the National Lottery Distribution Fund for allocation in the usual proportions to good causes,” she wrote in the letter.
Under the country’s gambling laws, the National Lottery distributes good-cause money to lottery distributors such as the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England.
DSC policy and research director Jay Kennedy said: “It is a good thing that now we know the village deal has concluded, the GBP69 million refund is happening and it isn’t going to drag on further into the end of the year.”
“But the government had originally said that this money from the athletes village sale would be coming back in July along with the GBP69 million in unspent OLDF funds.”
UK FundRaising: Big Lottery Refund campaign secures £148m refund
Led by the Director of Social Change, the Big Lottery Refund campaign to persuade the Government to return GBP425 million of Olympic money to the lottery fund was supported by 3,600 charitable organizations. The first signs that the campaign was making an impact came at the end of July, when authorities made an initial payment of GBP79 million out of the amount owed.
Considering that former sports minister Hugh Robertson promised to pay GBP150 million by July 2014, the partial refund was paid only at the very last minute. Out of the GBP79 million returned, GBP60 million is going to the Big Lottery Fund, and the rest to other lottery distributors.
“This is a brilliant victory for our supporters – their hundreds of letters to MPs and Ministers, statements to the press, and awareness-raising have held Government to account,” Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research at DSC said in a statement.
“I want to thank them for their efforts. Without their support and pressure, I honestly believe Government might have just siphoned this cash off somewhere else. Now that it has been returned to the Lottery it can benefit charitable good causes across the country.”
The Telegraph: We want our share of the £528million Olympic surplus now, say charities
After the UK Government used money from lottery funds to organize the 2012 London Olympics, charities are asking for the money back. Last July, some organizations have accused ministers of pocketing hundreds of millions of pounds instead of returning what they borrowed.
This happened soon after sports minister Hugh Robertson disclosed that GBP528 million had been saved from the Olympics’ and Paralympics’ budget. The Government was planning on giving the money to the Treasury, but charities have criticized the decision claiming that part of the money should be returned to the Big Lottery Fund, after officials raised GBP425 million from lottery causes to help fund the Olympics and Paralympics Games.
Jay Kennedy, director of Policy and Research at the DSC told reporters: “Now that this money has gone unspent there really is no morally defensible reason why charities should not be paid back. There is a concern that the Government is playing politics with this money and using it to bring down the headline deficit figure.”
In its defense, the Big Lottery Refund argued that, despite having nothing to do with elite sports, it became the biggest Olympic lottery contributor. The amount it raised could have funded more than 10,000 charities, the organization said.
Without fancy marketing campaigns or gambling bonuses, the national lottery manages to be a huge success in China. Over the past few years, the lottery market – especially the sports lottery – has been experiencing a steady growth.Today, the industry is worth more than $480 billion and now experts say its value could increase even more as players will rush to place bets on the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The sports betting market is already a very lucrative one, but the major football event could boost profits by $13.5 billion to $16.2 billion, analysts say.
Want China Times: World Cup boosts China’s already blooming sports lottery
Most popular forms of gambling are forbidden in China, but the national lottery made its debut in 2009 to allow local players to bet on football and basketball sports scores. Since then, football has proved to be especially popular and profitable. The fact that the Chinese lottery offers both better chances of winning and bigger prizes helped business flourish.
In 2010, during the World Cup in South Africa, the football prediction lottery alone sold $10 billion, marking a growth of 120% compared to the same period in 2009. In fact, this amount came very close to the total lottery sales made in 2009.
The lottery industry makes more than $480 billion. Most of it comes from brick-and-mortar businesses, but the internet sports lottery also contributes with an impressive $67 billion, with 14 billion coming from mobile platforms. According to Su Guojing, who founded Chin Sports Lottery, such periodic sports events boost sales by about 25%-30%.
Inside World Football: World Cup gives China Sports Lottery a big boost
China’s blooming sports lottery is expecting further growth over the coming month, due to the World Cup which could increase revenues by $13.5 billion to $16.2 billion. The country offers few options for gamblers, but sports betting is very popular among locals. Betting on Chinese lottery results is also profitable for players, as both their chances of winning and the prizes offered are higher than usual.
In 2013, sales reached an impressive $494 billion, with $67 billion of all wagers being placed over the internet and via mobile devices. Su Guojing, founder of China Sports Lottery, believes this year’s World Cup could boost lottery ticket sales by 25% to 30%.
The Ministry of Finance, which oversees the legal lottery business, has recently reported a 12.6% increase in lottery sales in May. The welfare lottery made 16.2% more sales over the last month, while sports lottery sales went up 8.2%. The first five months of 2014 brought a 13.9% increase in sales. The online lottery industry is also on the rise, with sales going up nearly 63%.
People Daily: Chinese lotteries to score during World Cup
The sports lottery sector is in for a big sales surge around the 2014 FIFA World Cup. During the 2010 soccer event, lottery sales in China hit four billion yuan ($648 million), increasing by 500% year-on-year and 400% compared to the previous month.
Records show more than 600 million Chinese residents now have access to the Internet. The online lottery business has flourished over the past few years and revenues keep going up, especially during major sports events.
An executive of 500, the New York-listed Chinese lottery service provider, told reporters: “We estimate that the World Cup will boost our sales of Internet-based sports lotteries by at least 70 percent.”
Huatai Securities is even more optimistic, predicting an increase of 150% in online sports lottery sales of sports lotteries.
Investors are becoming interested in the growing Chinese lottery market and companies are now seeking niches – including physical stores, online service and mobile Internet service – to help increase their profits.
Big companies are looking to improve their marketing strategies to attract more players and 500 is even offering a jackpot of 100 million yuan for players who successfully predict the results of all 63 World Cup matches.
China Daily: World Cup boosts Chinese sports lottery sales
According to the China Sports Lottery Administration Center, this year’s edition of the World Cup has helped boost the national sports lottery sales. Daily sales have gone up from less than 100 million yuan to more than 400 million yuan since the event started on June 12.
Local gambling news report China’s leading online lottery agent 500 is making roughly three to five times more sales than the daily average. However, it is common for profits to increase during important international sports events.
Official data shows total lottery sales, including welfare and sports, are up by 18.3% on a year-to-year basis, coming close to 310 billion yuan in 2013. Sales made online reached 42 billion yuan last year, accounting for 13.58% of the total amount.
Powerball lottery ticket, according to Kentucky Lottery officials, worth $128.6 million dollars was sold prior to Saturday night’s drawing. Up to this point. The powerball lottery ticket remains unclaimed and only today, Monday the 28th December, will officials be able to narrow down which business the ticket was sold in.
Anyone who bought a Powerball lottery ticket in Kentucky is going to want to double-check it. Kentucky lottery officials say there was a single $128.6 million winning Powerball ticket sold in Georgetown, making it the largest jackpot ever won in Kentucky.
Kentucky Lottery spokesman Chip Polston said that prior to this jackpot, the largest jackpot won in Kentucky was $89.3 million in January, 1996. He said the last Powerball winner in the state was December 12, 2007, when a Bullitt County man won $33.6 million.
The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing will be reset to $20 million. Lottery officials said a ticket sold in Kentucky won a $128.6 million jackpot in Saturday night’s drawing. One ticket in Florida matched five numbers, but not the Powerball number, to win $200 thousand.
The winning numbers were 32-36-37-41-52 and the Powerball number was 30. Thousands of tickets matched lesser winning Powerball combinations.
Someone is holding a ticket for the largest Powerball ticket ever sold in Kentucky — $128.6 million.
Chip Polston, spokesman for the Kentucky Lottery, said Sunday that the winning ticket for Saturday’s Powerball jackpot was sold in Georgetown but that the holder or holders of the ticket have yet to come forward.
Lottery officials also couldn’t identify the store where the ticket was sold until Monday for security reasons, he said.
“We can’t wait to greet our first Powerball jackpot winner in two years,” Polston said. The odds of winning Saturday’s jackpot were more than 1 in 195 million.
The largest jackpot won previously in Kentucky was $89.3 million awarded in January 1996, and the last Powerball win in the state was in Dec. 12, 2007, when a Bullitt County man claimed a $33.6 million jackpot.
A $128.6 million powerball lottery ticket was sold in Georgetown, Kentucky and at this point, as one of the largest state jackpots ever won, it has not been claimed.
Yet so far no one has come forward to claim what would be the state’s biggest promotions, with a Winning Powerball Ticket cash prize of monsterous proportions. Officials are beginning to suspect that the USA Powerball Lotto ticket was lost, misplaced, or thrown away.
Officials are even asking folks to go look in drawers, purses, wallets, pockets or inside the car because the winning ticket just has a 180 day life, and after the six months are gone (on Wednesday April 30, 2012), the ticket will expire and become quite useless.
If the ticket is unsigned, then it’s the old “finders-keepers” rule, so just because you haven’t played, doesn’t mean that you can’t win if you happen to find the winning ticket and sign it first.
Overall odds of winning the USA Powerball Lotto jackpot prize are 1 in 195,249,054.
Good luck on your treasure hunt Connecticut!
The teenage lottery winner‘s parents who currently live on the dole in one of the finest council homes on a lavish estate in the best part of Hackney, London along with her younger sister and brother.
The newest millionaire will purchase a stylish and expensive house and remain living there, even planning a construction of a separate bathroom within her own suite.
The family’s current council home has but one toilet, so in the morning rush for the dole lines, disability and welfare benefits, there was always a large queue for the bathroom.
“It didn’t really sink in at first, I just thought I had won some money and then when I found out I rang my family and they were crying down the phone. It’s been a struggle and things like that, it has always been quite tight.”
“When I told my younger sister I had some ‘big news’ for her and to sit down, she said, You are pregnant? You’ve been shagging like a cat in heat all month with them Jamaican boys. I burst out laughing and said, ‘No, I’ve won the lottery’.”
The 1 in 14 million chance of winning has come at the right time for the teenage lottery winner, according to Stacey. Stacey also plans to buy her older sister Kirsty, 21, a home for her and her young son Alfie due to the fact that she’s recently been made redundant.
Colin and Chris Weir of Ayrshire, Scotland beat the astronomical odds to pick up a cool (and untaxed) £161,653,000 ($250,000,000) check at MacDonald Inchyra Hotel in Polmont, near Falkirk after winning the lottery jackpot.
Mr. Colin Weir, 64, has worked as a Studio Manager and TV cameraman for the past 23 years while Mrs. Chris Weir, 55, is a retired psychiatric nurse.
They were married for 30 years, are avid football supporters and like the rest of Scotland bought their lucky lottery jackpot tickets hoping for the best The couple has a girl and a boy, now in their early 20’s (she is a single dancer/writer and he is in telephone-sales) .
Colin, who claims to never drink was hitting the bottle of single malt £800 Scotch like an old pro when he described the feeling of learning that the rest of his life will be nothing but peaches and cream from the lottery jackpot money – “When we first kent we won, it felt like a dream. Everything spun around likes in slow motion. But it feels like a good thing, ken? Something we is no afraid of likes, but for us to enjoy with the bairns. ”
At this point his wife took over as Mr. Colin began chugging champagne like a thirsty Loch Nest monster.
“We now have so many new opportunities to explore but we won’t spend a lot of the lottery jackpot money. For us, it will be a gradual change with choices to be made,” Scotland’s newest millionaire said.
“All our lives we have lived within our means and been comfortable. We appreciate that this lottery jackpot money brings about a whole new life for us and our family.
We would like to say ‘God Bless’ and good luck.
The brothers, from a poor background are both overloaded with university loans and since they were children, they always dreamed about becoming potato farmers.
The Swedish lottery winners, on the way back to their tiny flat from class, they decided to spend $100 on a package of lottery tickets. Perhaps it wasn’t the smartest move in the world, but for these wonder twins it was a decision of a lifetime. The drawing was for one of the biggest lotto jackpots in Swedish history at a jaw dropping $11,416,526 dollars.
The twins are extremely shy and private and demanded complete anonymity from Svenska Spel, the Swedish owned government gambling monopoly, prior to picking up their check for the prize.
The brothers, who are studying the latest methods of potato farming, completely forgot about the tickets until the following week. Svenska Spel already knew there was a winner and very surprised that nobody was showing up for so long to pick up the prize. Eventually the brothers called at noon after they checked their tickets and saw the winning one.
The brother would only say “Since we are studying both of the money so amazingly perfect. Now we can solve this loan and do not think about it. So it feels great. Then we will certainly give us a trip. But above all, this win put cruelly gold in daily life, where money is well on our accounts. Being Swedish lottery winners is great!”
Indeed it is, indeed it is.
Leroy Fick, the lottery winner, is unapologetic and frankly spoke to reporters about his mooching off the gullible program. Leroy’s motto is – ‘If it’s free, it’s for me and morality is for philosophers.’
The same prevalent way of thinking has proven time and time again why people such as the big lottery winner can get over on the system. Our safety net is but a dream carried on the backs of hard working citizens who must pay taxes to support elite gamblers like Leroy Fick
Leroy, who is a Caucasian, told reports that he notified the agency upon becoming a big lottery winner, and was told that he could continue to collect the schmorgasbord of tax payer funded food each week for the rest of his life. Leroy is 54 and looks healthy as a shark.
It turns out that according to US poverty guidelines, winning the lottery and becoming the big lottery winnerbig lottery winner is considered a ‘liquid asset’ and not ‘personal income’ and thus doesn’t count when calculating a person’s poverty level. It’s no wonder that with rules like these that the entire world wants to run to the United States.
In another slap in the face for the American taxpayer, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) took almost 50% of the winnings in taxes as personal income despite the big lottery winner smirking right at them.
Tourist wins big, a cool $1 million on his birthday vacation in Philippines, calls it the best birthday gift he ever had. Mr. Joe decided to buy a lottery ticket after purchasing some beer at a shopping store next to his hotel.
Mr. Joe., an Australian citizen, purchased the ‘pick 6’ lottery tickets more out of habit than forethought. Back home, in Melbourne, Mr. Joe has been playing the weekly lottery as far back as he can remember. So even on vacation in Angel City Philippines, he couldn’t resist doing the same.
The day was Friday the 13th and Mr. Joe remembers joking with some friends at the local bar that the night before he had a dream that a tourist wins big , what they jokes was the number one prize in Philippines. He later forgot all about the lottery tickets as he was spending the full month partying and celebrating his 50th birthday.
When a few days later he ran across the tickets, he checked the numbers online only to discover that he won 43,017,157.80 in local currency – which is the equivalent of exactly 1 million US dollars.
There are no provisions in the Philippines gambling laws to forbid foreign residents or any language that a tourist wins big. A number of community activist groups are howling with rage, demanding changes.
Large groups of poor locals are hot mad over the foreigner’s win as well. The locals, who live on the equivalent of 50 cents daily, feel it is unfair for a rich foreign tourist to win so much money.
We wish Mr. Joe the best of luck getting outside Manila, and hope that tourists wins big again in what is considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world, alive with the million dollars. Online Online sports betting businesses are paying 50 to 1 odds if you think the lottery winner will not be able to get out of the country alive.
More news to follow on this developing story.
Lottery stories can often make outsiders feel warm, others definitely don’t. A year ago, Ms. Kneen and Mr. Crockford of Canberra, Australia were happy in love; just another couple in their mid-twenties, strolling through the park, holding hands and whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears.
Today, the Federal Magistrates Court concluded a vicious yearlong battle over the ownership of a $3 million dollar lottery ticket that Ms. Kneen purchased along with Mr. Crockford.
In reality, there were no strolls in the local park for Ms. Kneen, unless it was to visit her heroin dealing, pimp x-boyfriend Hassan, or to sell her body for another sweet shot of bliss. Mr. Crockford, who made his daily bread robbing drug dealers at the same park, met Ms. Kneen after a particularly successful heist.
It was love at first sight.
For the next three years the couple has been off and on living together between frequent drug relapse, prostitution arrests and endless police visits for domestic violence.
Exactly a year ago Ms. Kneen bought a Powerball ticket on the way back to the flat she shared with Mr. Crockford, when she learnt she had won $3 million.
The couple went to Melbourne together to pick up the winning and the check was even made payable to his bank account. A week later Hassan the pimp, and Mr. Crockford’s baby mama convinced each of their former partners to take all the money and run.
The money was frozen until this week Magistrate Stuart Lindsay made a ruling as to the ownership of the lotto ticket. The Magistrate said both parties were ”very poor witnesses” who lied to help their own cases.
”Whoever bought the lotto ticket that day, there was an understanding that it was a joint ticket and that they would share the winnings,” the Magistrate ruled.
$1,600,000 was awarded to Ms. Kneen since she earned less than her former lover, Mr. Crockford, who was awarded $1,400,000.
A lucky married couple from North York in the State of New York won $15,347,907 from Lotto 6/49 after playing the same numbers each week for the past 30 years.
Despite looking as happy as if told the world will end in 10 minutes when stuck in traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, the couple said they are smiling inside. Mama Mia! If they are smiling inside, they deserve an Oscar for Best Performance because I’ve seen a deer’s expression in the headlights one time, right before my new Mini Truck vaporized it, and the deer looked happier. I was on the way home to play a special tournament at Millionaire Casino, an excellent establishment.
The family has a ritual, every Sunday morning; they wake up and practice smiling. That’s a joke. Relax. Aye?!?
So, as I was saying, every Sunday morning, about 7a.m, the husband, Bob Maggiacomo, goes down to the corner bodega to check his numbers. He did it the past Sunday, and did not even win one dollar.
Then he takes a closer looks at the winning numbers, and he thinks them the same numbers his wife plays every week for 30 years. So he goes and wakes up his wife, Eleanor Canavan. Not even a hyphenated Maggiacomo-Canavan but plain old Canavan. No respect no more!
His wife plays a combination of their birthdays, and they look at the internet, and what do you know, they won! Well since it was Easter and all they had to wait till Tuesday. They signed the ticket and left it right there o the dresser in full sight. Now that’s not smart. If someone breaks in and finds such a rare artifact, and sign it they gotta dig a hole again or give him a third of the share.
I guess Shaquan, Vinny Ungats or Chivalos weren’t working that day because nobody stole it. They got the check on Tuesday, and are thinking of going to Nino’s for the sauce and linguine with 40 neighborhood friends. They said they plan to move to Bensonhurst in Brooklyn and live there retired.
So the moral of the story is, that you have to play to win! I play only at Millionaire Casino and win big. They use Vegas Technology, accept Americans and is one the most trusted names in the industry. They have a special promotion today, so go look, it hits the spot.
Two friends and co-workers from Indiana, who now describe themselves as retired welders, are splitting the $221.7 million dollar Powerball jackpot. The two buddies who have the appearance and demeanor of Abbot & Costello or Laurel & Hardy have been pooling $4 each Wednesday, playing the Hoosier Lotto for the past seven years that they’ve been working together at Munich Welding Inc.
On April 6, It was Darin Fox’s turn. The 32 year old unmarried welder (the skinny guy in the photo), who lives with his mama and enjoys hunting and super sized trucks was attracted by the 200 million dollar Powerball sign.
So this week on a lark, he decided to spend $2 on the regular Hoosier game and invest the other $2 for a Powerball ticket. Hel let the machine chose the numbers. “The sign with the amount was what made the decision for me to split it up,” Fox said Thursday.
When the next morning he saw the numbers hit he called in sick from work and has been on a vacation ever since. He called his buddy Todd Reardon, 38 and married with an 11 year old son who enjoys big trucks, hunting and cooks a mean BBQ, (the big guy in photo) who at first wouldn’t believe his friend.
“I said boy, boy you lying like a gutter snake in the chicken coop. You been smoking the devil lettuce again or hitting the hooch like that time you climbed on top of papy’s pig barn naked as a jaybird hollering that you is George Washington? Put your mama on the phone so she can slap some sense into your thick head,” said the ever joking newest multi-millionaire Mr. Todd Reardon.
The men took the lump sum payment and aftet feed and taxes, each received a cool $40,000,000 check. The men will owe additional taxes but have already hired lawyers, investment advisors and money managers to make sure they will never have to weld stainless steel toilets again.
Both winners only play single hand Jackpot Deuces video poker and enjoy playing online poker as well.The men said they plan to buy bigger trucks, homes for their families, and lots of hunting land.
Seven lucky Computer Geeks somehow figured out a way to crack the 176 million to 1 odds to win the monster $319 million Dollar Mega-Millions Lotto Jackpot.
The seven computer nerds, who work in Albany, New York for the Homes & Community Renewal Agency, are each expected to walk away with $19,100,000 in cash after taxes.
The yet unidentified ‘Lucky Seven’ are consulting financial planners, attorneys and are currently holed up at an undisclosed location. Sources report that the winners range in age from mid-twenties to mid-fifties, and include a 54-year old man who earns $75k a year, a 41 year old woman earning $85K a year.
Since lotto tickets are considered a ‘bearer instrument’, same as cash money, the lotto commissioner is advising the lucky winners to sign the winning ticket as quickly as possible. “If the owner lost an unsigned winning lotto ticket, the finder could simply sign it and claim the money,” the lotto commissioner said.
The winning ticket is safely deposited inside the vault of one of Albany’s largest banks, according to sources connected with the winners. The winners have up to 365 days from today’s date to claim the prize, which is the third largest in US History.
“Ninety-nine percent of the people coming in winners do it that way these days. Three-hundred and nineteen million is an unimaginable amount of money. Most want a plan before they get their hands on the money,” said state lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman.
Mega millions winners and the lucky owners of one of the two winning tickets sold in the 360 million dollar (£246m), 42 state Mega Millions lotto stepped forward on January 8, to claim half of the cash prize. The $360 million prize, the second largest in US history, will be evenly split between Jim & Carolyn McCullar and the yet unknown individual who can produce the second winning ticket.
Jim McCullar, 68, chose the winning numbers (4, 8, 15, 25, 47, and Mega Ball 42) at a Safeway Supermarket in his hometown of Ephrata, a tiny enclave of 7500 residents in the eastern part of Washington State.
Curiously, the yet unclaimed second winning ticket was sold just 120 miles away, at a rural potato farming community of Post Falls, Idaho. In a second strange twist, the first three winning numbers (4, 8, 15 and Mega Ball 42) were a major part of the plot of the mega millions winners number one rated American TV show: Lost.
Jim McCullar arrived with his wife of 42 years and just eight dollars in his pocket to pick up the oversized 190 million dollar check. The retired couple has six children, 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The lucky mega millions winners have 2 months to decide whether to accept a lump sum of $90 million (after the 25% federal tax) or 26 installments of $5.5 million each year.
Idaho has a state tax unlike Washington; so the lump sum will be just 83 million dollars for the second, yet unknown winner. The mysterious second winner has just 190 days to produce the mega millions winners ticket and claim the prize or the ticket will become void.
Every week, eight employees at the Hacienda Hills Country Club in The Villages, Florida, get together and buy lottery tickets. Each one puts a dollar into the pool, and the money is used to buy the tickets. The friends always agreed that if they won, the money would get split evenly.
A few weeks ago, they hit the jackpot, winning $16 million with one lucky ticket. But that week, only seven people pitched in. Jeanette French, 72, wasn’t at work the day the winning ticket was purchased. Usually, when someone isn’t at work on lotto day, one of the others will pitch in a dollar. But nobody spotted French, and the winners say they don’t want to share with her. French feels that she has a right to one-eighth of the winnings, and she’s decided to do something about it.
French is taking her claim to court, and the judge has ordered the Florida Lottery to hold on to the winnings until a decision is made. The group chose to take a lump sum of $9 million, so if French is not included in the pot, each lotto player will get $1.3 million cash. If they decide to share with her too, everyone gets $1.1 million. Both sides have lawyers and the battle wages on.
“It’d be an awful shame for money to end friendships,” said French’s attorney Tom Culmo. But however the judge decides to end this disagreement, at least one person is going to come out of it unhappy.
Neil Jones and his partner Julie Kirkham were facing a bleak Christmas. Jones works laying tile, but business has been bad, and the couple were forced to borrow money to make it through the holidays.
“We’ve just been scraping along,” he said. “We borrowed some money so we could get through Christmas, knowing that in the New Year there were a couple of jobs possibly in the pipeline.”
Down to his last £13, Jones decided to throw caution to the wind, and he went out and bought three lottery tickets at Bargain Booze in hometown of Fenton. His risky strategy paid off, because now the self-employed 47-year-old is a millionaire.
One of the tickets Jones bought was a winner in last Wednesday’s draw, netting the couple a £2,446,436 jackpot. The winning lotto numbers were 14, 16, 23, 24, 25 and 43.
“At first I thought we had won £10, and then I realized we had all six numbers. I called to Julie to come and check the ticket too as my hands were shaking so much. She thought I was pulling her leg.”
Kirkham is just as excited as Jones. “My head is in bits and I can’t think straight,” said the sandwich shop assistant.
The couple plans to buy a house and take a holiday in Egypt.
The largest lottery jackpot in the history of the Philippines was recently won by a player that has yet to be identified. The jackpot, which has been building without a win for over six months, paid 741 million pesos (16.8 million dollars) on a game called Lucky Pick. The numbers game has over 29 million possible outcomes, and the winner managed to choose the right one.
Even though nobody knows who the winner is, everyone seems to have advice. Crowds of people are hanging around the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) hoping to catch a glimpse of the winner. Local celebrities are urging the winner to build schools, or to donate some of the money to charity. But not everyone is positive – the lotto winner is already receiving threats.
Archbishop Oscar Cruz yesterday urged the winner to flee the country. “It’s best for the person and his family to hide and go abroad rather than stay here and be recognized by people,” he said. The bishop believes that once the winner’s identity is known, the person will be in danger of being kidnapped or threatened for money.
Cruz is the founder of both the People’s Movement against Jueteng (an illegal numbers game played in the Philippines) and the People’s Movement against Gambling. In June 2010 he called for the disbanding of Philippine gambling monopoly PAGCOR. “PAGCOR is a government corporation,” Cruz said. “It makes the government itself a social malediction for promoting corruption, indolence and dependence among the people.”