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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.

The Winners Behind the 5 Biggest Jackpots in History

Playing the lottery is all about those hours after you buy the ticket and the draw itself takes place, during which everything is possible in your imagination. And there is always someone, who is just as ordinary as you and me, to whom the extraordinary happens, as every jackpot has to be won in the end. Read the stories of the five biggest lottery winners in history. If you pay attention, you’ll notice that the top spot of $700 million in the Powerball lottery still doesn’t have a name tag attached to it and nothing says it couldn’t be yours!

1. Powerball – January 2016 – $700 Mln

Currently we are living extremely exciting times, as a new lottery jackpot world record is in the making! After 16 rollovers and no winner since November last year this Powerball jackpot made an amazing jump from $450 Million to $675 Million after this Wednesday’s draw and was pushed to $700 million the next day. Who will take home this jackpot and be the lottery champion of the world? You just  have to play and keep your fingers crossed!

2. Mega Millions – March 2012 – $656 Mln

This jaw-dropping prize had been holding the throne as the biggest lottery jackpot for almost three long years, until the current Powerball jackpot came along.  In the draw held on March 30, 2012, a monumental $656 million was split by three winning tickets: from Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland. The winner from Kansas stayed anonymous, while the Maryland winners later stepped forward as “The Three Amigos”; three Maryland public school system employees. Merle and Patricia Butler from Illinois were the happy owners of the third winning ticket!

First reaction to the win: According to Mr. Butler, Mrs.Butler giggled for almost four hours after he’d told her they won

3. Mega Millions – December 2013 – $648 Mln

The third largest lottery jackpot ever, and Mega Millions’ second-largest jackpot, was paid out in December 2013. Back then the main prize was $648 million and the win was split by two ticket holders: one in Georgia and one in California. The Georgia winner was the first to reveal herself as Ira Curry. She had chosen her numbers based on family birthdays and the family’s lucky number seven, which turned out to be the Mega Ball in that draw. The Californian winning ticket belonged to Steve Tran, who hadn’t even realized he’d won, before the winning ticket was almost lost in a pile of other old tickets that he hadn’t got around to check.

Epic first phone call after the win: Steve Tran called his employer to say: “I’m really sorry, boss. I hit the jackpot. I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow or ever.”

4. Powerball – May 2013 – $590 Mln

In May 2013, the Powerball lottery took the third spot of lottery jackpots of all times and it is still the biggest lottery win ever paid out to a single winner. The Florida pensioner Gloria MacKenzie became $590 million richer with a quick pick ticket filled out at the local supermarket, and Mindy Crandall became a household name for kindness, when it was revealed that she had let Mackenzie cut her in the line to the lottery tickets.

Facts & figures: Mackenzie comes from the small town of Zephyrhills, where the city’s entire yearly budget only is a fraction of the jackpot: $49 million.

5. Powerball – November 2012 – $587.5 Mln

The fifth biggest jackpot of all times was split between Mark & Cindy Hill from Missouri and Matthew Good from Arizona. They won in November 2012 after a rollover series of 15 draws and became 3 of the 20 Powerball jackpot winners during 2012. Little is known about Mr. Good, but his neighbor testified to him having helped to carry a table in the neighborhood just the day before the win.

Curiosities: The Hill couple got a new nickname after the win and are called “the Hillionaires” ever since. The first thing they did with their win was to donate $50,000 towards the sewage treatment plant in their hometown Dearborn.

Do you want your name on this list,  just like Merle, Patricia, Ira, Steve, Gloria, Mark, Cindy and Matthew? Now is time to become historical with $700 million in the Powerball jackpot. Don’t hesitate – try your luck now!

Senegalese Man Wins €400,000 El Gordo Prize

Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating! Loteria de Navidad – El Gordo results are in and the Spanish Christmas lottery has given us all one of the most heartwarming stories of the season!

Ngame wins El Gordo Prize after years of struggle

A 35-year-old Senegalese man, identified only by his first name, has won €400,000 in the El Gordo raffle. Ngame started his long journey eight years ago when he set sail for Spain from Morocco on a rickety wooden boat. Sixty-five people were packed into the boat, much too crowded for the tiny vessel. The boat ran into life-threatening trouble off the coast of Tenerife and Ngame and his wife were rescued by the Spanish coast guard.

Since 2008, Ngame and his wife have been barely scraping by as vegetable pickers in Almeria, Spain. Adding to their frustrations, Ngame was recently laid off from one of the greenhouses were he had worked. But Ngame and his wife’s luck has skyrocketed and now the pair can look forward to a bright future, the reason they made the dangerous journey from their home to Spain eight years ago.

Ngame is the owner of one of the 1,600 tickets with the number 79140, worth €400,000. Ngame’s ticket was bought in the city of Roquetas de Mar. When asked by the local media how he felt, Ngame responded: “I just can’t believe this, I can tell you that on some days we do not have five euros between the two of us.”

The El Gordo Christmas lottery is a true Spanish institution. This year, Loteria de Navidad numbers made thousands of winners all across Spain and the world, who won prizes totaling over €2.2 billion. The lottery has run every single year since 1812 — even the Spanish Civil War couldn’t stop the tradition from taking place.

Merry Christmas from theLotter and we hope that you get to celebrate 2016 as a lottery winner!

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.

National Lottery Winners Give Back

Forget all the stories of drugs and illicit behaviour, the tantrums and wasted millions. Some lottery winners are not only are responsible, they also give back to their communities.

National Lottery Winners play Santa Claus

The Christmas season is as much about giving as it is receiving wonderful presents. A group of UK National Lottery winners decided to bring the spirit of the season early to sick kids getting treatment at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, England. Armed with sacks full of advent calendars and gifts for the children, the lottery winners delighted the children’s ward with their generosity. And they didn’t just spend their money on material goods. The amazingly kind winners spent their own time reading and playing with the kids — though it seems they benefited from this as much as the kids did!

The patients in the ward are suffering from a variety of illnesses from scarlet fever to cystic fibrosis. The visit from the National Lottery winners brightened all their spirits and made them feel like they were at a holiday party, not in the hospital. One of the children who got a present was 16-month-old Oliver, who was dealing with viral tonsillitis. His mother Lisa was pleased with the lottery winners’ good deeds, stating: “He was a bit grumpy this morning but his new book has cheered him right up.”

The National Lottery winners who helped out included Sean Lloyd, who won £1.8 million this year. Another participant was Sharon Mather, who grabbed a delicious £12.4 million EuroMillions jackpot win in 2010. Not all National Lottery winners who participated in the charity event were named.

‘Tis the season to give and WIN! Keep playing National Lottery games like UK Lotto and EuroMillions UK through theLotter!

How to Make a Thanksgiving Feast with US Lotteries

It’s time to carve the turkey and prepare the stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Tonight, millions of Americans will go around the Thanksgiving table and tell each other what they’re most thankful for this year. Here at theLotter, we’re thankful for all our wonderful players and US lotteries!

American lotteries bring everyone together with their incredible prize divisions and no-limit jackpots. From sea to shining sea, the US has a lottery to suit your tastes and desires, whether you’re interested in a single or multi-state lottery. Hopefully you’ll get your own slice of the American Dream courtesy of a lottery win!

Invite these US lotteries to your holiday feast!

US Powerball — Top Turkey: If you’ve ever lived in the US, you’re familiar with Butterball turkeys — huge 25+ pound (yes, let’s use imperial measurements) birds for a feast of epic proportions, even by American standards. But theLotter has something better for your holiday table — a $100 million jackpot! So trade in that Butterball for Powerball and buy a lottery ticket today!

Mega Millions — Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows: Yum, savory and sweetness combined! Mega Millions may only be featuring a $31 million jackpot this Friday, but it’s a game with limitless potential. In fact, it holds the world record for largest lottery jackpot with $656 million. Yes, Mega Millions is not known to sit back and silently let others pass them by; it’s a bold game that stands out in a crowd. But what about those weird marshmallows on top? They’re a necessary add-on, just like the Mega Millions Megaplier! They sweeten any Mega Millions secondary prize amount by up to five times… make sure to add them to your lottery experience.

California SuperLotto Plus — Cranberry Sauce: Like cranberry sauce, a lot of people underestimate state lotteries. They spend their whole time playing only the multi-state lotteries with their unfathomably large jackpots. But just like cranberry sauce can make or break a Thanksgiving meal, great state games make playing the lottery that much more appealing. And when it comes to both cranberries and lotteries, you want gourmet. Look no further than California SuperLotto Plus, my lottery-loving friend. The state lottery has a no-limit jackpot with a record of $193 million! Not only that, but the game has a $1 million rollover minimum, favourable odds, and nine wonderful prize levels. Play today and you could take home a star-studded $19 million this Saturday night.

Florida Lotto — Pumpkin Pie: We hope you’ve saved room for dessert, because Florida Lotto is offering a delectable $16 million jackpot this Saturday. Florida Lotto is a great way to end a feast because it’s a no-fuss game for people that just want to win big. No additional numbers, no fancy tricks — just pick six numbers from 1 to 53 and you’re on your way to lottery victory. If you like your pumpkin pie a la mode, then we have the perfect scoop for you — the Florida Lotto XTRA. Add this feature to your lottery tickets to multiply your secondary prize winning by two to five times!

theLotter hopes you all have a delicious and incredibly lucky Thanksgiving! And tomorrow, join any syndicate and get 30% cashback during our Black Friday sales event!

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!

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!

Lottery-Themed Movies with a French Twist

We love movies and the language of love! Check out these films if you’re looking for some French lottery-themed entertainment this week:

La Liste de mes Envies (The List of My Desires)

This is the newest movie on our list — released May 2014 in France — and watching it should be on your list of desires. Based on the 2012 best-selling novel by Grégoire Delacourt, the movie takes us to lovely Arras in Northern France. The plot follows Jocelyne, a wife and blogger, and her husband Jocelyn, a worker at the local Haagen-Dazs factory. Jocelyne enjoys her life, but she often daydreams about how life could have been if things had gone differently. Her friends want her to buy a EuroMillions lottery ticket — how will her life change after that? Watch and see.

Le Million (The Million)

From our newest to the oldest. Le Million is a musical-comedy film that premiered in 1931. The lottery has always fascinated filmmakers! In the film, we meet an artist suffering financially, harassed constantly by creditors. His luck seemingly flips when he finds out he won a Dutch lottery worth a million florins. The winning ticket was in his jackpot pocket, but when he goes to collect it, he finds out that his fiancée Beatrice has given away the jacket with the ticket still in it. Song, dance, adventure and a little luck ensue.

Les Tuches (The Tuches)

This 2011 comedy film follows the ups and downs of the Tuche family. The family is a large one — Jeff, an ex-comedian and father of three; Cathy, housewife and superfan of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco; two sons, one daughter, grandma, and the dog. One day their lives change dramatically when they win a €100 million lottery jackpot and decide to move to Monaco per Cathy’s dreams. Hilarity and mishaps are guaranteed for these newly-minted millionaires.

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?

theLotter’s Most Romantic Lotteries

Many people say that their wedding day was the happiest day of their lives. But what if you won $4 million the day after? One newlywed couple in Massachusetts is celebrating their honeymoon the right way — as lottery millionaires.

Timothy and Tanya Sullivan of Raynham, Massachusetts got married last Thursday surrounded by friends and family. As they said their vows to be faithful for richer or poorer, they had no idea how soon they’d become the former. On Friday, the day after the wedding, Timothy went to a local store and bought an instant ticket. He scratched the ticket and revealed the best honeymoon present ever — $4 million! The couple says they plan to spend the money on a lovely honeymoon, new cars, home projects, and to pay off student loans. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Their good fortune got us thinking: could the lottery be romantic? And the answer is a resounding YES!

Our most romantic lotteries

EuroMillions – With draws taking place every Tuesday and Friday from Paris, the city of love, choosing EuroMillions as the most romantic lottery was a no-brainer. And why not make it extra romantic by playing EuroMillions France and My Million raffle? Play to win in the language of love and get an additional chance to become a millionaire with the My Million raffle. Nothing is more romantic than winning millions! Ooh-la-la!

California SuperLotto Plus – Become the star of your own Hollywood romance by playing California SuperLotto Plus. This US state lottery has some of the biggest jackpots in the world. With those millions, you’ll fit right in at any Tinseltown hotspot.

SuperEnalotto – How could we possibly leave without mentioning Italy? You’ll sing vita bella as you play SuperEnalotto, Italy’s top lottery. This lottery has no jackpot cap, so watch your love bloom endlessly with SuperEnalotto. Take it from here, Dean!

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!