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UK Lotto Wades Through a Sea of False Lottery Claims

On 9 January 2016, the record £66 million UK Lotto jackpot was won by two ticket holders. The owners of the first ticket, Carol and David Martin from Scotland, came forward relatively soon after the draw. The other £33 million has yet to come forward. But that doesn’t mean that no one has come forward to claim the prize. Indeed, UK Lotto, the National Lottery, and Camelot (the UK lottery operator) have been dealing with hundreds of false lottery claims for nearly two weeks now. Will the real winner please stand up?!

The Princess Anastasia of lottery searches

Like the search for the missing Princess Anastasia after the Russian Revolution, all kinds of folks are crawling out of the woodwork making up unlikely and convoluted stories. Susanne Hinte, 48-year-old grandmother of four, had an interesting tale to tell to the National Lottery. She brought a heavily-damaged UK Lotto ticket to the official lottery offices and claimed that she had accidentally washed the ticket in a pair of jeans. The organisation was immediately suspicious as all the details like the barcode, draw date, ID number, and raffle number were washed out, but the winning numbers could be clearly seen. Camelot officials said that if they really suspected Hinte was telling the truth, the first line of action would have been to request the CCTV footage from the store where the ticket was claimed to be purchased. This footage was not requested, which shows that Camelot already knew that the store in question was not where the winning ticket was sold. The store clerk has his doubts however, saying that he remembers Hinte coming into the store and purchasing the ticket — but that doesn’t mean she purchased the winning ticket.

Soon after Hinte’s claim, it was revealed in the media that she is accused of t theft and due for trial on 1 March of this year. She also has tried to claim £200 on a “winning” damaged scratchcard. Was the excuse the washing machine? No, the culprit was a wayward puddle that time around.

False lottery claims are not worth the legal risk

Besides being a terrible thing to do, making a false lottery claim is not worth the legal and financial risk to a person. Camelot has already said that their have been hundreds of false claims for the £33 million jackpot and that they will ‘take action’ to the fraudsters who waste their time. Obviously if a person legitimately wonders if they won, no charges would be pursued. Shula de Jersey, a criminal attorney in the UK, stated that an intentionally false claim would be classified as “fraud by false representation” and could carry hefty charges and fines. And why even bother making such claims? The lottery organisations have numerous ways to find out where and when the second winning ticket was bought. Making a false lottery claim is a game you’re guaranteed to lose big time.

The best way to keep your ticket safe

If the ticket holder of the second winning ticket has indeed lost or damaged their ticket, it is likely that they will never know or receive their winnings. The best way to avoid losing or damaging a lottery ticket is to get your UK Lotto tickets online through theLotter. When you purchase your tickets through our site, a representative from our local offices purchases the ticket on your behalf from an official retailer. The representative then scans the lottery ticket and sends it to your customer account so you have proof of ownership. Then the ticket is placed in a secure safe until the draw is completed. theLotter will let you know if you win any secondary or jackpot prizes, so you’ll never be left out of the lottery loop! Don’t be a lottery ticket victim, play it smart with theLotter!

2016: The Year of Record Lottery Winners

The year has only just begun and it’s already solidifying its place as the greatest year in the history of lottery! In the past couple of weeks, we’ve witnessed Powerball’s billion dollar world jackpot record and UK Lotto’s £66 million record. So, will the record lottery winners please stand up?

Scottish Pride – UK Lotto record lottery winners go public; one winner still unknown

Five years after Chris and Colin Weir’s spectacular £161 million EuroMillions win — the UK’s largest lottery win ever — another Scottish couple smashes a lottery jackpot record. David and Carol Martin, from Hawick, took home half of the £66 million UK Lotto record jackpot on 9 January. There must be something extra lucky about lottery players in Scotland.

The Martins did not think they were going to win. In fact, they left the ticket on their mantelpiece unchecked on the night of the draw. A friend visited their house the next day and told them that there were two winners from the draw and urged them to check their numbers. As they enjoyed their breakfast of black pudding and bacon rolls, the Martins checked their numbers and couldn’t believe their eyes. “We must have checked it another ten times or more,” said David Martin.

How will the Martins spend their newly won wealth? The couple, married nearly three decades, said they would like to retire earlier than expected, purchase a home in the countryside, and a second home somewhere warm and sunny. The first thing they actually purchased was a first-class plane ticket to the UK for their daughter who is in Australia.

The other £33 million winner has yet to come forward and claim their prize. Even though the record jackpot was split, the £33 million payouts still set the record for largest individual wins in UK Lotto history.

$1.6 billion Powerball winners go on national television… before any prizes are claimed!

Lottery winners are often in shock after finding out they’ve won a large sum of money. And $528.8 million is certainly a large sum of money! But the behaviour of one of the three $1.6 billion winners have left some people shaking their heads. John and Lisa Robinson of Mumford, Tennessee went on the Today Show to do an interview before they even turned their ticket into the lottery office.

This is strange behaviour indeed and put them at risk of injury and theft — they could have been left with nothing. Thankfully everything went off alright and the ticket was claimed without a hitch. The couple chose the lump sum option, giving them $327.8 million before taxes. When asked why they opted for the lump sum, they said they are “not guaranteed a tomorrow.”

The Robinsons flew back to Nashville after doing their interview in New York and accepted their check in front of a packed press conference on 15 January. They brought their daughter Tiffany and their dog along for the event — the dog fell asleep during the conference, bringing a smile to much of the audience.

The Robinsons plan to pay off their mortgage and their daughter’s student loans, as well as donate to their church and various charities that are close to their heart. They also plan to continue working and when asked why, Lisa Robinson said “why not?”

The owners of the other two winning tickets have not come forward yet. The tickets were sold in California and Florida. The winners have 180 days from the draw in question to claim their winnings. The 13 January Powerball jackpot was the largest jackpot in the history of lottery. The winning numbers were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and Powerball 10.

New Year’s Resolution: Become a 2016 Lottery Millionaire

The world is welcoming another year, which means it’s time to make resolutions. Is it time to quit smoking or lose those extra 5 kilos? New Year’s resolutions are about creating a new, improved you, and nothing says improvement like winning the jackpot. So purchase a ticket to our picks of the week and resolve yourself to become a 2016 lottery millionaire!

Our 2016 lottery picks

Some very big jackpots are being offered this week from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Whichever lottery you choose, theLotter wishes you all the best in 2016!

US Powerball – $334 Million

The 2016 lottery leader is clear. US Powerball has rolled over dozens of time and is now offering a life-changing $334 million jackpot. Play now for your chance to get the best New Year’s present ever. Huge jackpots at the start of the year seem to be a tradition for US Powerball — a $564.1 million epic jackpot split by three winners on 11 February 2015 and a $425.3 million jackpot was one by a single ticket holder on 19 February 2014. Want to increase your winning chances? Join our 500-line Powerball syndicate now.

Loteria del Nino – €630 Million Prize Pool

People all around the world were charmed by Loteria de Navidad – El Gordo and its amazing prize pool. Spain is ready to charm you again with Loteria del Nino, one of the biggest annual raffles in the world! Loteria del Nino works in a similar way to El Gordo: 100,000 separate tickets are printed 40 times and then each copy is divided into 10 shares. One in 100,000 players will become jackpot winners and there are more than 37,000 different ways to win with every full ticket. The entire prize pool is worth €630 million, including a €2 million jackpot. Buy 4 or more shares at theLotter and receive a 10% discount!

UK Lotto – £46.5 Million

Nothing says ‘new year, new you’ like a making lottery history. The UK Lotto has rolled over to a staggering £46.5 million, beating its previous record of £42 million. And if you purchase a UK Lotto ticket, you automatically get a chance to be a raffle winner too! The Lotto Raffle guarantees one £1 million and twenty £20,000 winners with every draw. Just like the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker, an auto-generated code is printed on each ticket — all you have to do is match and win!

 

This Spanish Lottery Ad Will Make You Cry Tears of Joy

Spanish proficiency is not necessary to appreciate and tear up at this lottery ad! Loteria de Navidad – El Gordo, the Spanish Christmas lottery, just released an emotional ad that looks as though it was created by Pixar Studios. Watch ‘#Justino’ below and turn art into reality when you purchase a Loteria de Navidad share today!

A lottery ad fit for the Oscars

#Justino was created by the Madrid office of Leo Burnett, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. The creative team masterfully produced this animated film and committed themselves to creating a whole social media life around the project. The factory where the ad takes place has its own Facebook profile, and Justino, the lead character, has his very own Instagram account. The lottery ad is a worldwide smash success: #Justino is the number one trending Twitter topic in Spain and number five in the world. The YouTube video has almost 5 million views.

The animated short follows Justino, a late-night security guard at a factory that manufactures mannequins. All the workers leave well before he arrives each night, so he spends his entire shift by himself. While he never sees his coworkers, he creatively uses the mannequins in order to bond with them. Unbeknownst to Justino, his colleagues adore his antics and reward him with a huge Christmas present courtesy of the Loteria de Navidad – El Gordo raffle.

Final days to enter the world’s biggest lottery raffle

Feel the joy like #Justino for real. Buy a share in the Loteria de Navidad raffle for your chance to win big — the raffle features €2.24 billion in total prizes and a €4 million jackpot prize. The draw date is 22 December 2015, so don’t delay! Merry Christmas and good luck — Feliz Navidad y buena suerte!

theLotter’s Biggest Win Ever: Spotlight on Oregon Megabucks

From NBC to the Daily Mail, theLotter is in the news this week! Why are we getting so much press? Because one of our players won the $6.4 million Oregon Megabucks jackpot! Congratulations to our biggest winner ever and we look forward to many more of our players becoming big winners in the future!

The Mystery of Oregon Megabucks

Why a mystery? Well for most lottery players out there, Oregon Megabucks is a complete unknown. They only pay attention to lotteries with huge jackpots like US Powerball, Mega Millions, and EuroMillions. Huge jackpots are undeniably awesome, but some of the smaller lotteries we have here at theLotter are just as fun to play and offer life-changing jackpot amounts as well. With excellent winning odds and amazing jackpots going as high as $30 million, Oregon Megabucks is a shining star in the constellation of US state lotteries.

To play Oregon Megabucks, just choose six numbers ranging from 1 to 48. To win the jackpot, match all six winning numbers. Besides the jackpot, there are three secondary prize divisions. Add a feature called the Kicker at time of purchase and any secondary prize amount will be multiplied by four!

Meet Our Winner!

M.M. from Iraq considers playing the lottery to be a fun hobby. A hobby he’s very good at it turns out! Indeed, he only had bought a few tickets before he struck it rich. He decided to play Oregon Megabucks and his numbers matched the winning numbers for 24 August $6.4 million draw: 15, 27, 32, 39, 44 and 45. After getting all the necessary paperwork to fly to the US, M.M arrived in Oregon and claimed his winnings. The Oregon Lottery confirmed him as the winner and allowed him to claim anonymously for safety reasons due to situations in Iraq. M.M chose to take the annuity option instead of lump sum, so he’ll receive $256,000 before taxes every year for the next 25 years. Wow!

theLotter got on NBC! Read the article here.

Lightning Strikes Twice: A Tale of Multiple Lottery Winners

Constance Carpenito, from the Boston area, won $1 million recently by buying an instant lottery ticket. Most would consider that a ‘once in a lifetime’ event, but for Carpentio, it was more like déjà vu.

The Lucky Ones: Multiple Lottery Winners

Constance Carpenito – As stated, Carpenito just won $1 million playing a scratch-off ticket from the Massachusetts Lottery. The instant game she played was called Diamond Millionaire and it’s made her a Double Millionaire! Nineteen years ago in 1996, Carpenito purchased another instant ticket from the same exact Stop & Shop corner store in Stoneham, Mass., her hometown. She also won $20,000 with yet another ticket bought at that shop. Carpenito is not only loyal to her local store, but she’s a loyal lottery player — purchasing about $20 worth of tickets each week. As always, you can’t win if you don’t play!

Ann Lepine – During the Yukon Gold Rush of the late 1890s, many fortune hunters came through Fort Smith in the Nortwest Territories of Canada in search of their pot of gold. A century later, one resident of this sleepy town with a population of less than 3,000 won her fortune not by gold, but through paper in the form of two winning Canada Lotto 6/49 tickets. In February 2011, Ann Lepine won an incredible CAD$7.6 million jackpot. This wasn’t the biggest jackpot ever won by someone in the Northwest Territories, however. In 2007, Lepine’s then husband, Barkley Heron, purchased a Lotto 6/49 ticket that ended up winning CAD$11.3 million! Lepine said she couldn’t explain why she was so lucky — she’s even mastered Vegas, winning $25,000 in casino slots. Perhaps her luck has something to do with the fact that lottery playing is her major hobby, spending about CAD$300 on lottery tickets each week.

The Oksnes Family – The family that plays together, stays together… and WINS! Three members of the Oksnes family from Austevoll, Norway have won huge jackpots from their country’s national lottery. Family member Hege Jeanette Oksnes thinks that their luck has something to do with her children. Her father, Leif, won 4.2 million Krone ($486,800) in 2006. One day later, Hege gave birth to her first child. Then three years later, Hege herself won 8.2 million Krone ($950,400) one day before her second child was born. Finally, her brother Tord won 12.2 million Krone ($1.4 million) in 2012, a few months after the birth of her third child. There are no plans for a fourth child at present. “My husband thinks we have enough money now,” Hege told the media.

Feeling extra lucky like these multiple lottery winners? Keep playing your lucky numbers right here at theLotter!

Make This Friday the 13th Lucky

Friday the 13th conjures up images of black cats crossing our paths, men in hockey goalie masks, and medieval superstition. It’s time to take back Friday the 13th for the side of good. Play these lotteries and get lucky this Friday!

Mega Millions – $200 Million

This US mega lottery has had two jackpots go past the half-billion dollar mark and holds the world record for biggest jackpot ever with $656 million in 2012. Over the past several weeks, the Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to an impressive $200 million. Mega Millions is a great lottery to play for Friday the 13th because it has a history of superstitious winners. In May 2010, Mary Shammas decided to buy a Mega Millions ticket because her left palm started itching and she took it as a sign. She ended up winning a $64 million jackpot. In September 2014, Rick Knudsen had a premonition he would win a great fortune. He then proceeded to buy a couple items and the total amounts came out as even numbers, no decimals. You guessed it — Rick took this as a sign and bought a few Mega Millions Quick Picks. He won $180 million. Are all signs pointing to a lottery jackpot in your future?

EuroMillions – €129 Million

To counter the curse of Friday the 13th we may have to use a bit of super magic. The EuroMillions Superdraw was held last Friday with a €100 million guaranteed jackpot. Two rollovers later and we’re at €129 million. Who wouldn’t want to enter the lottery history books as a EuroMillions Superdraw winner? And it’s not just the Superdraw that will conquer Friday the 13th — it’s EuroMillions itself! The first EuroMillions draw took place on Friday the 13th, 2004. Eleven years later and the lottery is stronger than ever — holding numerous European lottery records and making thousands of people’s dreams come true. Talk about the luck of the draw!

France Loto – €13 Million

No lottery gets into the Friday the 13th spirit as much as France Loto. Just like EuroMillions, the first France Loto draw was held on a Friday the 13th. To commemorate their good fortune, the lottery holds a special Superdraw with a guaranteed jackpot of €13 million every Friday the 13th. 2015 has been quite the lucky year with a total of three different Friday the 13ths. France Loto is also lucky because it has ten amazing prize divisions and attractive winning odds. More than 150 multi-millionaires have been created by France Loto since 2002!

We hope that Friday the 13th will bring you some lottery luck so that you can start Saturday the 14th as a new millionaire!

The Spectre of the EuroMillions Superdraw

Bond. James Bond. All around the world, people are clamouring to see Spectre, the latest installment of the James Bond franchise. We love 007 too, but we have some other digits that might be of interest: 100,000,000. Superdraw. EuroMillions Superdraw.

There is every reason to believe that this film will be a box-office hit just like all the dozens before it, however the latest Hollywood business reports estimate that the film would have to make $650 million worldwide to break even. With a budget of $250 million, it is one of the most expensive movies of all time, and its expenses don’t end there. Between marketing, promotion, and profit sharing, the film studio needs to make that magic $650 million mark.

Less than 90 movies have ever made $650 million or more at the box office and only one James Bond movie — Skyfall — ever managed the feat. So we have a proposal. We wanted to say ‘an offer you can’t refuse’ but that’s a whole different story. James Bond needs to play for the €100 million EuroMillions Superdraw jackpot on Friday, 6 November. The €100 million prize will give Bond the budget buffer he needs to keep going strong for decades to come.

But what is the best way for Bond to play EuroMillions if he’s serious about winning? Bundles! No question about it. He may prefer his martinis shaken, not stirred, but Bond definitely needs to Bundle up to win big. theLotter has the privilege of offering the Aston Martin of lottery options: the Extra Bundle. Step into luxury with 1206 chances to win €100 million: one personal entry, one 1000-line syndicate share, one 150-line syndicate share, and one 55-line syndicate share. M would definitely approve of this action.

Should Bond want to play something closer to his heart and homeland, he can opt for our newest EuroMillions UK syndicate with 500 lines. Providing Bond with 500 chances to win the £72 million EuroMillions Superdraw (approx. exchange rate to €100 million) to help him be able to keep calm and carry on his duties is the least we can do.

Do you want to follow in 007’s footsteps and travel to exotic locations, hang out with beautiful people, and drink classy cocktails all day? Then get your EuroMillions Superdraw tickets today because a €100 million windfall beats a Skyfall any day!

Lotteries That Go Bump in the Night

We love Halloween in all its carved pumpkin, costume party, trick-or-treating glory. It seems perfectly fit for the autumn weather of Ireland, where it originated as Samhain. We have a treat for all our readers to welcome Halloween 2015: tales of oh-so-creepy lotteries! Some of these you don’t want to win.

Elagabalus, Evil Lottery Pioneer

Not many people can come as close to pure evil as Emperor Elagabalus, who ruled the Roman Empire from 218 to 222 AD. At the ripe old age of 14, this psychopathic prodigy took the throne by bloodshed. He must have liked the feeling, as he continued to shed blood throughout his reign. One of his favourite activities was to hold public lotteries in Rome. Attendance was mandatory and he would send lottery tickets flying toward the crowd in catapults. If you won, you could get such amazing prizes as bees, flies, dead animals, and even death sentences. Not very lucky. Horrible Histories, a British children’s show, even wrote a song called “Evil Roman Emperors” to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Bad featuring Elagabalus and his lottery torture. If you won a lottery prize, I’d give you bees, dead dogs and flies…

Shirley Jackson Sends Shivers Down Readers’ Spines

After Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery was first published in the New Yorker on 26 June 1948, she received a furious response from readers who were utterly shocked and horrified by its plot. Shock and horror is usually expected when one reads a horror story, but Jackson’s story is written more like a nostalgic travelogue with pleasant details about a small New England town. Then — BAM! — the ending hits the reader with absolute horror. The Lottery is now considered one of the greatest American short stories and has been adapted for stage, screen, and radio. The story has also influenced episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Simpsons, South Park, and one of the driving scenes of The Hunger Games.

Hungry for a Lotto Win, Katniss?

Obviously stop reading right now in case you’ve never read or seen any of the Hunger Games trilogy. In Hunger Games, we meet a girl named Katniss who lives in District 12 with her young sister. There are 12 districts ruled by the Capitol, who creates a cruel game in order to stamp out rebellion. A lottery drawing called The Reaping is held every year in which one boy and one girl is chosen from each district. The ‘winners’ then fight each other to the death in an arena for the pleasure and entertainment of the Capitol.

Illinois Lottery Halloween Raffle

Finally, a creepy lottery you actually want to win! Every Halloween, the Illinois Lottery holds a special Halloween raffle — this year’s raffle features over 8,000 prizes, including three $1 million winners. The winners are chosen on 1 November after all the scariness of Halloween night has died down. The Halloween raffle is advertised with clever slogans like “Freak Out, Cash In!” While this is a special treat for the state’s players, remember that you can participate in a millionaire raffle twice a week with the UK Millionaire Maker and France My Million raffles right here at theLotter!

Man’s Best Friend Doubles EuroMillions Win

Dogs have been man’s best friend for millennia with good reason. They’re loyal, adorable, and they magically can double your EuroMillions win!

We’ve all heard of bloodhounds, but Ruby the dog may be the world’s first tickethound. Ruby lives on the Isle of Wight with her owners Alan and Jane Slater. Jane is a hospital catering assistant, while Alan works as a customer relations manager for Wightlink, the local ferry company.

The Slaters have been playing the same numbers for the past 20 years, but they usually do not buy multiples for the same draw. However, for the 29 September EuroMillions draw, Alan purchased a second ticket not knowing that Jane had already bought one. As luck would have it, their lucky numbers matched all but one Lucky Star on this particular draw, netting them £149,089 per ticket.

Alas, one of the winning tickets was stuffed inside of a catalogue and left in their car, entirely forgotten. One could surmise that each believed the first winning ticket was theirs as neither knew a second existed. Here comes Ruby the tickethound to the rescue!

Ruby celebrated her second birthday in posh style by jumping into the car after a walk and dislodging the ticket from its hiding place. Jane told the press that the ticket floated down in slow-motion, like they were in a movie. When they discovered that this ticket was also a £149,089 winner, they burst into tears.

As for the money? Alan plans on retiring earlier than expected and Ruby is getting extra treats as a reward for her role in this whole adventure. Good girl, Ruby!

A Lucky 50-Year-Old Woman Wins $310.5M Powerball Jackpot


Julie Leach, a 50-year-old woman, was the sole winner of the 30 September US Powerball draw. She won a mind-boggling amount of $310.5 million – the second largest jackpot ever to be won in the state of Michigan.

Julie Leach of Three Rivers, Michigan, managed to swoop the first prize win, matching all 6 winning numbers on the 30 September draw; 21-39-40-55-59 and Powerball 17. Although she’s been an avid lotto player for many years, Leach’s Powerball jackpot win almost didn’t happen; according to her, the ticket was bought last minute at a gas station after her boyfriend suggested she’d buy one, because of the high jackpot.

Following her boyfriend’s suggestion, Leach purchased 10 Powerball plays and tossed them in her purse. As she waited for her lunch at a drive-through the following day, Leach remembered that she had the tickets in her possession. She then took out her mobile phone to check the results. “First, I checked to see if I had matched the Powerball number. When I saw I had matched it, I started checking the numbers on that line one-by-one. When I saw I had matched three, I remember thinking: ‘Well that’s pretty cool, I won like $200.”

Being in a state of shock, Leach had trouble believing she had won, and so she checked her ticket again several times. Coming back from her lunch break, Leach asked her co-workers to re-check as well, which received some raised eyebrows: “Both of my co-workers thought I was playing a joke on them”. But after realisation sank-in, Leach gathered her belongings and left her workplace of twenty years… never to return.

Leach then drove home to share the news with her boyfriend, who was sleeping at the time. After she’d woken him up and told him the news, the couple cried and laughed for hours, trying to process what was happening. Next the couple informed their families, with whom they plan to travel the world. Among other plans the couple have are paying off debt and buying new houses for themselves and their loved ones. They won a staggering $140 million cash prize (after taxes), so fulfilling those dreams shouldn’t be too difficult.

Do you want a chance to become a lottery winner? Come play US Powerball online and start winning now!

National Lottery Breaks a Lottery World Record

When we announce a lottery world record, it’s usually followed by details about jackpot size and lucky winners. National Lottery broke a different kind of world record — a Guinness World Record — in London this week.

On 7 October, National Lottery celebrated its 21st year of operation by hosting the world’s largest gathering of lottery millionaires in one place. 110 lottery millionaires came to the event in total, which was enough to break the previous record. The record was confirmed by the Guinness World Records.

Four thousand lottery millionaires have been created throughout National Lottery’s history with their prizes totaling an exhilarating £11.5 BILLION! There have been some notable wins for National Lottery players throughout the years, including Chris and Colin Weir who won £161 million, the largest lottery winners in Europe, in July 2011.

The record for world’s largest gathering of lottery millionaires wasn’t the only record National Lottery broke during their anniversary event at Bernie Spain Gardens in London. The event participants broke the record for world’s longest cork popping relay by opening 285 bottles of champagne in a row.

It’s been a week of fun, celebration and changes for National Lottery. The UK lottery operator implemented significant changes to UK Lotto, one of the nation’s favourite lottery games. Starting today, 8 October, the guess range for UK Lotto will increase from 49 to 59. The UK Lotto Raffle was also changed from 50 £20,000 prize winners every draw to one guaranteed £1 million winner and 20 £20,000 winners every draw. In honour of this new change, this Saturday’s draw will feature 25 guaranteed £1 million winners!

Continue to play National Lottery’s wide selection of games including UK Lotto and EuroMillions UK, and maybe the next world record will be set by you!

Most Valuable Lotteries of Summer 2015: US Powerball and La Primitiva

Wednesday night marked the Autumnal Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere. On this, the second day of autumn, we look back on the MVLs (Most Valuable Lotteries) of summer: US Powerball and La Primitiva.

US Powerball

No ifs, ands or buts about it: US Powerball is the lottery champion of the world. The US Powerball jackpot has skyrocketed to a delectable $301 million after 16 rollovers! There hasn’t been a jackpot winner since the first of August, and the current jackpot is the second highest Powerball jackpot of the year. If you want to be the lucky ticket holder that makes the jackpot fall, then maximise your chances with Bundles. There are three options to choose from, but the Bundle with the greatest odds is the Extra Bundle. By purchasing the Extra, you’ll get 756 chances to win the Powerball jackpot! The Extra Bundles includes one personal entry, a 500-line syndicate share, a 200-line syndicate share, and a 55-line syndicate share. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Top 5 Powerball Jackpots of 2015:
* $564.1 million – 11 February
* $301 million – still in play!
* $188.9 million – 3 June
* $136 million – 14 March
* $110 million – 1 August

La Primitiva

La Primitiva’s jackpot may not be as huge as US Powerball’s, but it’s got history on its side! Spain’s 250-year-old lottery proves that the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is wrong, wrong, wrong. All this summer, La Primitiva has been rolling over and over again — that’s a good boy! With more rollovers than we can count, La Primitiva has already surpassed its previous jackpot record of €72.6 million won in February 2014 by nearly €20 million. Do you want to make lottery history and take home the record-breaking €95 million La Primitiva jackpot? Like US Powerball, we recommend Bundles. Right now, the Premium Bundles offers a personal entry, a 200-line syndicate share, and a 84-line syndicate share for a total of 285 chances to win! Good luck and may history be on YOUR side!

A Fortune Cookie Wins the Florida Lotto

Let’s face it, everyone loves dessert, but some of us feel guilty about the extra calories. For one man in Florida, eating his dessert was the healthiest choice he could make!

A Cookie Worth a Florida Lotto Fortune

Some people have all the luck. Richard Davis, a resident of Boca Raton, won $10 million in the 22 August draw of the Florida Lotto. Davis chose the lump sum option, subsequently walking out of Florida Lottery headquarters last Tuesday $7 million richer.

We all dream of winning a lottery jackpot and all it took to make Richard Davis’ dream come true was a trip to a North Carolina restaurant and a very special fortune cookie. Earning its name, the fortune cookie provided Davis with the winning numbers in August — 26, 39, 16, 29, 46 & 45.

This restaurant must have made a huge impression on Davis, because he always plays the same five sets of numbers — each from a different fortune cookie he got at the restaurant. While only the convenience store where Davis bought the ticket will get a commission, we think that $7 million more in the bank is at least worth a rave Yelp review for the restaurant. Well done, unnamed restaurant. Well done, fortune cookie.

Use Your Lucky Numbers Today

Whether you get your lucky numbers via a fortune cookie or you prefer your luck sugar-free, Florida Lotto is a great game to use those numbers. Florida Lotto is one of the largest US state lotteries with a long history; its record — $106 million — has stood for 25 years, set all the way back in September 1990!

To play Florida Lotto, pick (you or the cookie) six numbers ranging from 1 to 53. Match all six and you’re the jackpot winner. You can also add a multiplier, called the Xtra, when you pick your numbers. The Xtra increases the second and third tier prize amounts by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times, depending on the draw. It also guarantees the fourth tier prize will at least triple in size. Additionally, purchasing the Xtra adds a fifth prize not normally given — match just two numbers and you’ll win $2. Just something to sweeten the deal.

Good luck and don’t forget to order dessert!

Fiesta of Fortune: A Journey Through Spanish Lottery

With a new record-breaking La Primitiva jackpot on the horizon, Spanish lotteries are definitely en vogue. With exceptional lottery games and raffles, we expect Spanish lottery to be in fashion for a long time!

Let the journey begin!

On theLotter, there are five exciting options for Spanish lottery enthusiasts. Whether you prefer daily lotteries, huge jackpots, great odds or exhilarating raffles, Spanish lottery has something for you!

BonoLoto: Want a chance to win millions of euros nearly every day of the week? If you dislike waiting for lottery draws to take place and want to get results quickly, BonoLoto is the right choice for you. With draws happening six times a week — every Monday through Saturday — you only have mere hours to wait after purchasing your tickets to found out whether you’re that day’s winner. To play BonoLoto, pick six numbers from 1 to 49; match all six and you’ve won the jackpot. A bonus number is picked automatically which only determines the second prize. BonoLoto jackpots start at €400,000 with a record of €7 million set all the way back in 1990.

El Gordo: El Gordo means the big one, and it’s a great choice for people who like steady, decent-sized jackpots. El Gordo jackpots start at €5 million and have gone as high as €33 million. Pick five numbers ranging from 1 to 54 and an additional number ranging from 0 to 9. Another reason to play El Gordo is its marvelous secondary prizes: nine prize divisions in total. To win the jackpot, all five main numbers and the additional number must match, but there are many different combinations that will make you a secondary winner. You could even be a winner without matching any main number! El Gordo draws happen every Sunday.

La Primitiva: If you’re a history buff and a fan of huge jackpots, La Primitiva will be your go-to game. La Primitiva has its roots in the royal courts of 18th century Spain, where it began as an initiative to raise money for the treasury in 1763. It was popular for around a hundred years and then took a hiatus, returning in 1985. It not only has an impressive history, but impressive jackpots as well! But why not combine both? We’re in the midst of seeing lottery history made as La Primitiva’s jackpot reaches well past its previous record jackpot of €72.6 million. To participate, choose six numbers ranging from 1 to 49 with a bonus number — a reintegro number — automatically picked for you. The reintegro is only used for the second prize division; to win the jackpot just match all six main numbers. Draws take place every Thursday and Saturday. Want to be the historic winner — play today!

Enter the amazing world of Spanish raffles!

For a taste of something different, try out Spain’s raffle offerings. And for more information on lotteries versus raffles, read our Ultimate Guide to Lotteries vs. Raffles.

Loteria Nacional: Loteria Nacional is a wonderful monthly raffle with odds of winning a prize at around 1 in 3! How does it work? There are 100,000 unique raffle codes between 00000 and 99999. Each of the 100,000 tickets are then printed 10 times and divided into 10 shares for individual purchase. Depending on the prize pool, there are 14 to 16 prize divisions to win. The current raffle, which will be held on 14 November, offers a prize pool of €84 million with a jackpot worth €1 million.

Loteria de Navidad: Welcome to the world’s biggest lottery raffle! Loteria de Navidad means Christmas Lottery, and — as its name suggests — is held once a year during the Christmas season. The next draw will occur on 22 December 2015, but tickets are already available for purchase. Like Loteria Nacional, the Spanish Christmas Lottery raffle has 100,000 raffle codes ranging from 00000-99999. Each Loteria de Navidad ticket is then copied 160 times and each copy is split into ten shares, meaning that there are a total of 160 million shares available. The odds of winning any prize is 1 in 4 and the odds of winning the jackpot prize in 1 in 100,000. Loteria de Navidad features the largest prize pool in the world — €2.24 BILLION! The jackpot prize for the 2015 raffle is worth €4 million. Feliz Navidad indeed!

Thank you for coming along on this Spanish lottery journey with us! Which lottery or raffle will you choose?

National Lottery Commercials Are Like Their Games… Pure Delight!

UK National Lottery is on a roll with their new advertisement campaign, #PleaseNotThem. Don Draper himself would be jealous of how hilarious their latest commercial is. See for yourself!

The concept of the #PleaseNotThem advertisement campaign is that if you don’t play, then the prize will go to a terribly infuriating person instead. After all, someone has to win! The latest commercial features Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, a British television personality and home design consultant. He’s been featured on programmes such as Changing Rooms and Popstar to Operastar. While he seems like a lovely chap, it would be best for everyone if he failed to win a lottery jackpot. Why? Well, for one thing, he plans to use the prize money to redecorate Stonehenge. Watch the latest National Lottery commercial here:

Save a world heritage site and make sure you win instead! This weekend is full of great lotto opportunities, so don’t miss out. On Friday, the National Lottery is holding their monthly Mega Friday. Purchase a EuroMillions UK ticket and not only will you have a chance to win the £10 jackpot, but 10 guaranteed £1 million UK Millionaire Maker winners will be announced. But wait, there’s more! The ten raffle winners will also win a holiday to a private island off the coast of Cambodia!

Can’t get enough National Lottery? We don’t blame you! Play UK Lotto online and take home £3.8 million this Saturday night. The druids are on your side!

This Week’s Real Lottery Winners

Mansions, luxury cars, holidays — we all dream of winning the lottery and how we would spend that cash. But did you know that lottery profits help fund government programs and charities around the world? We’d love to share two great stories showcasing this week’s real lottery winners.

Virginia kids hit the jackpot

It was announced this week that the Virginia public school system received $534 million from the Virginia Lottery during the 2015 fiscal year. Over half a billion dollars went to helping kids learn — now that’s a real reason to celebrate! According to Virginia law, all proceeds from the lottery must fund the state’s K-12 public education system. Lottery profits total approximately 8% of the public school budget in the state of Virginia.

Kids aren’t the only lottery winners in Virginia however. Virginia Lottery issued a statement saying that lottery players in the past fiscal year have won an astounding $1.1 billion in cash prizes. $12.4 million of those prizes went unclaimed; the unclaimed money was donated to Virginia’s Literary Fund, an education charity. Local retailers also earned $104 million from lottery ticket commissions during the fiscal year.

A church in Wales receives a helping hand

The good news keeps coming this week! St Elvan’s Church in Aberdare, Wales is in need of a bit of a makeover and the Heritage Lottery Fund has stepped up to the plate to help the historic church. The Heritage Lottery Fund, which distributes money raised by the UK National Lottery, has awarded the church a £55,100 grant for its renovation plans. Good luck to them!

Playing the Lottery: A Win-Win Situation

Now is the time to play your favourite lotteries online at theLotter! You can help yourself by winning wonderful cash prizes from lotteries around the globe as you help others at the same exact time through lottery funds. A total win-win situation!

Billion-Dollar Baby: New US Powerball Rules

The summer temperatures are heating up, but fall is just around the corner. Along with the changing of the seasons, comes even bigger lottery changes for US Powerball. On 4 October, new US Powerball rules will take effect. What does this mean for you?

A billion-dollar jackpot in the near future?

Currently to play US Powerball, you pick five main numbers from 1 to 59 and one additional number — the Powerball — from 1 to 35. Beginning this October, the ranges for both main numbers and Powerball will change significantly. The range for main numbers will increase to 69, while the range for the Powerball will decrease to 26. This will affect the overall odds of winning the jackpot. The new odds will decrease to 1 in 292,201,338. Lower odds means a higher amount of rollovers, and since US Powerball has a no-limit jackpot, we may see a $1 billion jackpot sooner than expected.

The odds of winning ANY prize increases

It’s not all doom and gloom by far. While the jackpot and second prize winning odds will decrease, the overall odds of winning any cash prize will increase. Right now you have a 1 in 32 chance of winning any of the prize divisions. After the October changes, your chances will be 1 in 25! The new rules were made with the intention of boosting the amount of total Powerball winners per draw.

The third prize gets bigger and better

If you match four main numbers and the Powerball, you win the $10,000 third prize. With the new rules, however, that increases to a whopping $50,000! Make sure to always add the Power Play when purchasing your tickets — the Power Play is an optional add-on that multiplies the secondary prizes from 2 to 5 times depending on the draw. A player could potentially win an amazing quarter million dollars with the Power Play!

What won’t change is how much fun US Powerball is to play and win! Keep playing it global at theLotter and good luck!

Throwing Away Lottery Tickets — A $10,000 Mistake

Playing the lottery is very simple: you buy the tickets and check your numbers later to see if you’ve won a prize. For one man in Georgia, his journey to a lottery win was a little more complicated.

From trash to treasure

Cedric Jackson of Rome, Georgia frequently plays the lottery and he thought that his luck was awash once again. He told a store employee at Rick’s Food Mart to throw away two lottery tickets he thought were worth nothing. He left the store, but hours later, he saw the winning numbers again and realised his mistake. Both tickets were worth $5,000 and he binned them! In what must have been a major panic, Cedric went back to the convenience store and asked the employee to go through the rubbish bin to recover the tickets. The worker found nothing.

A $10,000 mistake made in a flash. Cedric, who at this point must have been in crisis mode, went out back to the dumpsters and went through the day’s rubbish. Still nothing. Cedric left the store empty-handed and defeated.

But that wasn’t the end of the story. No, this story has a hero by the name of Sarabjeet ‘Ricky’ Singh, the owner of the convenience store, who found the tickets in the rubbish bin in his office later in the day. Singh tracked down Cedric and by Sunday, the man and his $10,000 tickets were reunited in blissful harmony. To celebrate, Cedric Jackson purchased a couple scratch-offs to try his luck further at Rick’s Food Mart.

An important lesson learned

Throwing away lottery tickets is never a good idea. Fortunately for Cedric Jackson, the employees and store owner he encountered were honest, good people who went above and beyond to find his tickets. But there is a better way to play the lottery without worry. By purchasing your lottery tickets online at theLotter, you’ll never have to worry about losing a ticket or missing out on a cash prize. We purchase tickets on your behalf and then keep them in a secure safe until the draw date. You can see a scanned ticket in your account so you know you have the ticket you bought. When the winning numbers are drawn, we check for you if you’ve won the jackpot or any secondary prizes and then the money is transferred into your account. Quick, simple, safe. And absolutely no rubbish bins or dumpsters necessary.

Man Struck by Lightning, Wins the Lottery

No one can ever be truly lucky or unlucky all the time. We all have our ups and downs, good days and bad days. For one man in Nova Scotia, his ups and downs have caused a media sensation and scientists have put the odds of his life’s most dramatic events at 1 in 2.6 trillion.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Peter McCathie was 14-years-old when he was struck by lightning. The odds of being struck by lightning in Canada in a given year is 1 in about a million. Most people that get struck do survive — roughly 1 in 10 are killed statistically. McCathie’s experience was even stranger as it happened on a day with beautiful, almost perfect weather. Speaking to CTV in Canada, he said: “I was trying to lock the boat up, it was a very sunny day, there was one big, white cloud in the sky and the lightning bolt came through the trees and hit me.”

McCathie’s relationship with lightning didn’t end when he was 14. Later on, he saw his daughter get struck by lightning and also survive. Perhaps conductivity runs in families.

At this point, McCathie must have thought that he was the unluckiest man in the world and that nothing on the other end of the odds spectrum would come his way. In fact he told CTV that “I honestly expected to get hit by lightning again first.” But something must have made him believe he could turn his luck around when he purchased a Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket with one of his coworkers. And my, how his luck changed.

The ticket ended up being a winner and the two ticket holders will split a prize amount of CAD$1 million. Between his brush with lightning, his daughter’s own lightning strike, and his lottery win, scientists estimate him to be one of the most odds-defying men in existence at 1 in 2.6 trillion!

Do you prefer something with better odds?

Sure, ‘Man Struck by Lightning, Wins the Lottery’ makes for a good headline, but who really wants to go through all that trouble? Skip the odds-defying hassles and play it smart with theLotter. Go to our theSmart list and play the world’s top lotteries with the best cost-benefit ratios. Get on the road to lottery victory and stay away from lightning!