Lottery

  • French lottery winner to give away 50 million May 30, 2014

    Amid all the gloom over a stagnating economy, serial scandals and a surge in support for the far-right, France finally had a good news story to celebrate on Friday. A man who scooped more than 72 million euros on the Euro Millions lottery has decided to give 50 million of his...
  • US man throws away USD 1.25 mn worth winning lottery tickets April 14, 2014

    New York: A man in the US lost out on USD 1.25 million when he threw away winning lottery tickets in trash. The man bought 25 tickets with the same numbers from Zhou Grocery on South Queen Street in York more than a year ago, but never claimed the prize. The tickets...
  • Ticket sold in California wins $425M Powerball jackpot February 20, 2014

    Milpitas: The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in central California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in US history. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 1, 17, 35, 49,...
  • Unemployed Indian villager falls for phishing text on phone, travels 1700 km to claim bogus 'BBC lottery' February 10, 2014

    An unemployed villager who fell for a phishing text on his mobile phone travelled a thousand miles from his village to the BBC office in New Delhi to claim the cash he believed he won in a 'BBC lottery'. Forty-one-year-old Ratan Kumar Malbisoi received the text in 2012 that said he...
  • Kerala launches lottery to help poor girls' wedding January 2, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has decided to launch a weekly lottery to mobilise funds for providing financial support for wedding of girls from poor families. The scheme, "Mangalya lotteries", was approved by the state cabinet on Wednesday. The proceeds from sale of tickets of the draw would be utilised for giving...
  • US: Woman wins part of Mega Millions lottery, to split $648 million December 19, 2013

    A 56-year-old Georgia woman played numbers from family birth dates to win half of a near-record $648 million Mega Millions jackpot, but the buyer of a second winning ticket sold in California has yet to come forward, lottery officials said on Wednesday. Ira Curry purchased the ticket Friday at an Atlanta...
  • 67-year-old wins multi million-dollar Florida Lotto again October 31, 2013

    A US man who won a multi million-dollar jackpot playing the Florida Lotto has done it again. The Florida Lottery says 67-year old James Bozeman Jr has claimed a $3 million jackpot from the drawing held on August 31, 2013. Last year, Bozeman claimed a $10 million jackpot. He purchased both winning tickets...
  • Nigerian arrested in Delhi for 2010 online lottery fraud June 25, 2013

    Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Police have arrested a Nigerian national from New Delhi in connection with a 2010 online lottery fraud case in which a man from Warangal district of the state was duped to the tune of Rs 36.50 lakh. Based on information given by New Delhi-based Foreigners Regional Registration...
  • US: 84-year-old Florida woman wins $ 590 million jackpot June 6, 2013

    Washington: An 84-year old woman from Florida has won the $ 590.5 million Powerball lottery, the second largest US jackpot, officials have announced. Gloria Mackenzie opted to take a lump-sum cash payment of somewhat smaller amount of $ 370.9 million, rather than receiving the full winnings spread out over 30 years,...
  • West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee plans to ban online lottery May 22, 2013

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Tuesday that the government would ban online lottery "Online lotto". The necessary notification regarding the issue will be issued soon, she said. Describing "Online Lotto" as a social problem, she said it led to fights between family members. "Online Lotto was started during the...
  • US Powerball jackpot could go higher than $600 million May 19, 2013

    Austin: The Powerball jackpot Saturday night could be even higher than the record $600 million being advertised, possibly rivaling the largest lottery jackpot in US history, a Texas Lottery official said on Saturday. "Oftentimes, the advertised amount is lower than what the actual jackpot ends up being," said Kelly Cripe, a...
  • Sreesanth dropped from State Lottery advertisement May 17, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Tainted pacer S Sreesanth, arrested in spot-fixing allegation case, was on Friday dropped from the advertisement for the state run Kerala Lottery. Sreesanth, who appeared in the advertisement for 'Karunya Lottery', was removed from the celebrities advertisement panel, State Lottery Directorate officials said in Thiruvananthapuram. The Rajasthan Royal IPL team...
  • US: H-1B visas for 2013 may be decided through lottery March 31, 2013

    Washington: The much sought H-1B visas could be decided through lottery in 2013, industry experts and officials feel, based on initial feedback from companies, as the US starts accepting applications from Monday. If it happens it would be for the first time since 2008 that the fate of thousands of applications...
  • US: Indian-origin lottery winner death still unclear March 2, 2013

    Chicago: Autopsy of Indian-origin businessman Urooj Khan, who died in 2012 after winning a $1 million jackpot, found no trace of cyanide in his body apparently because it dissolves quickly, a medical examiner has said. "The route of administration of cyanide cannot be confirmed in the autopsy," Dr Stephen Cina,...
  • US: Indian-origin lottery winner's body exhumed January 19, 2013

    Chicago: The body of a 46-year-old Indian-origin businessman in Chicago, who died of cyanide poisoning days after he won a million dollar lottery, was exhumed in a bid to find answers to his mysterious death. Judge Susan Coleman of the Probate Division of the Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois...
  • US: Indian-American lottery winner's body to be exhumed January 12, 2013

    New York: A US court has given the go-ahead for exhumation of the body of an Indian-origin businessman in Chicago, who died of cyanide poisoning under mysterious circumstances days after he won a million dollar lottery. Judge Susan Coleman of the Probate Division of the Cook County Circuit Court in...
  • 'Poisoned Indian-American lottery winner had no enemies' January 9, 2013

    Chicago: The wife of an Indian-American lottery winner in Chicago who was poisoned with cyanide said Tuesday she was devastated by his death and cannot believe her husband could have had enemies. Shabana Ansari said a day after news emerged that 46-year-old Urooj Khan's death in July was the result...
  • Kerala: Crackdown on illegal sale of lottery tickets August 8, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Lotteries Department on Tuesday issued a warning to agents against illegal sale of tickets outside the state and also sale of tickets of the same numerical endings in sets. In an advertisement, the department said that the licence of such agencies will be cancelled without prior notice and...
  • Kerala lotteries cross the borders July 28, 2012

    Palakkad: Kerala lotteries cross the borders illegally and are sold like hot cakes in other states like Tamil Nadu, where lotteries are banned. Palaniswamy with a bag on his shoulders is a regular traveller by the Shoranur-Coimbatore MEMU train leaving Palakkad junction at 3.45 pm which reaches Coimbatore one hour...
  • UK: Forgotten lottery ticket fetches couple 1 mn pound June 2, 2012

    London: A British couple left their million pound prize winning lottery ticket stuck to their fridge for two months and only found that they had struck it rich when tipped off by their newsagent. Alan, 46, and Kim Elliott, 45, from Aspley, Nottingham had bought the ticket on March 23...
  • US: Three winners in record $656 mn lottery April 1, 2012

    Atlanta: The largest lottery jackpot in US history - a whopping $656 million - will be shared by the buyers of three winning Mega Millions tickets in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland - but their identities remained a mystery, lottery officials said on Saturday. A pre-dawn call alerted Denise Metzger, manager of...
  • Jackpot worth $2.5 mn goes unclaimed in China August 1, 2011

    Beijing: A lottery jackpot worth over 16 million yuan (around $2.5 million) has gone unclaimed in China - making it one of the biggest unclaimed lottery wins in the country. The winning ticket was sold May 30 in Nanjing, capital of southern Jiangsu province. Till July 29, no eligible winners presented...
  • Dumped by girlfriend, man goes on to win jackpot March 16, 2011

    London: A woman in Britain, who dumped her man as she wanted "lots of sex", has now been described as "the unluckiest woman in the country" as her partner went on to scoop up 17.8 million pounds in a lottery. Kerry, 31, dumped trucker Matthew Breach, 37, for being dull. They...
  • Kerala Assembly witnesses turmoil, adjourned February 22, 2011

    Thiruvananathapuram: Kerala Assembly was adjourned on Tuesday after members of the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and Opposition Congress-led UDF created a tumult over the functioning of Bhutan lotteries. Speaker K Radhakrishnan adjourned the House for the day after going through other business when the first adjournment for an hour failed to pacify...
  • Lottery system for nursery admission worries parents December 6, 2010

    New Delhi: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry proposed new guidelines, giving sleepless nights to anxious parents who want to get their children admitted to nursery schools. The seats for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) are likely to increase by 25 per cent. Some schools also have a management quota of...
  • Cong derosters Singhvi as party spokesperson October 7, 2010

    New Delhi: The Congress derostered its own spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi, on Wednesday, till the controversy over him appearing for lottery king Santiano Martin is resolved. Singhvi will not be the voice of Congress party at least for some time. The party leadership is upset at Singhvi becoming the legal...
  • Boss wins lottery, stays on job for his staff July 27, 2010

    London: A Briton who won a 7.7 million pounds in a lottery has promised to continue working for the sake of his employees who had even worked for free to save his recession-hit firm. There is no longer any need for Ivan Westbury, 64, to go to work. But he has...
  • A mistake makes Australian woman millionaire June 28, 2010

    Melbourne: A woman in this Australian city doubled her lottery winnings after mistakenly buying two tickets for the draw. She won a $ 1.4 million. The woman, who chooses her numbers by her children's birthdays, bought an extra ticket that helped doubled her winnings. "I thought my ticket had expired so I...
  • Mumbaikars receiving fraud mobile SMSes April 23, 2010

    An SMS promising to make you a millionaire - a new tactic by the famed Nigerian fraudsters who then ask victims to pay up money to claim the lottery. Many Mumbaikars have received these messages in the last few days that seem to come as promotional bulk SMSes. ...
  • British lottery winners gift home, car to maid February 28, 2010

    London: The British couple who scooped a £56 million ($96.24 million) jackpot have rewarded their hardworking house cleaner with a home worth $4 million and a luxury car. Nigel Page, 43, and Justine Laycock, 41, rewarded Denise Kelso with their four-bedroom home which she helped them keep spotless for years. The generous...