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British National Lottery under fire for ticket price hike

The British National Lottery plans to double the price of Lotto tickets from  £1 to £2, and people are not happy about the changes. In January the British National Lottery announced its plan to raise the price of tickets for their Lotto game from  £1 to £2 in order to allow for larger prices. This decision came after Camelot Group wanted to give people larger prizes as well as benefit lottery retailers. The average payout for a Saturday Lotto game currently is set at  £4.1 million, and the price increase could bring it up to £5 million. The payouts for Wednesday games could rise up to £2.5 million. This is the first price increase for the game since its introduction in 1994. The price hike will go into effect for the Oct 5 drawing. To play Lotto, players pick 6 numbers from 1 to 49, as well as an additional bonus number. It is the UK’s biggest game, and drawings take place every Wednesday and Saturday. Players only need to match 3 of their numbers in order to win a prize. Players only win from the bonus number if they are able to match at least 5 of the regular numbers. Despite the promise of higher prizes, many lottery players are upset about the price hike, some threatening to boycott the lottery. Many lottery players feel the price increase is an attempt for Camelot Group to make more money. Others fear their weekly lottery spendings will go up more than they can afford. In the UK, approximately 60% of people 16 and older play the Lotto game on a regular basis. IF someone plays both Lotto drawings each week, they could spend as much as £208 per year, as opposed to the £104 they would currently pay. Many lottery players are threatening to boycott the game as well as the lottery. They believe the price hike will not bring the higher payouts as promised. Additionally, the British National Lottery has not specified whether or not the price hike will mean better...

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Israel Enjoys Booming Lottery

July 16, 2013 – As reports of record-breaking sales numbers roll in at the end of the U.S. fiscal year, lotteries overseas are enjoying success as well. In Israel, the national lottery Mifal HaPayis reported Sunday that it had generated about NIS (New Israeli Sheqel) 2.9 billion in revenue – equal to nearly $815 million – in the first six months of 2013. These returns put Israel’s Lottery well ahead of last year’s revenues.  In 2012 they generated more than $1.4 billion in sales. Six months in, they stand about 14 percent ahead of where they were last year, according to the Jewish Press.com. Israel is a Middle Eastern nation on the shore of the Mediterranean, just northeast of Egypt.  It is about the size of Vermont, yet almost 8 million people live there, compared to only 600,000 or so in Vermont. According to this week’s numbers from Israel’s Mifal HaPayis, Israelis love their lottery.  With 14 percent more revenue for the rest of the year, they could be looking at almost an extra billion NIS – $200 million – in...

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B.C. Winner Bill Erb Helps Father in Need

July 1, 2013 – Bob Erb, who won a $25 million Lotto Max prize with the British Columbia Lottery last November, made headlines last year with a spree of charitable donations in his hometown of Terrace, B.C. Last week, the man who pledged that all of his lottery-win-fueled philanthropy would be staying in Terrace made a $10,000 exception. According to the Vancouver Sun, Erb and his girlfriend, Jenny, were traveling to Saskatchewan to bury Erb’s father’s ashes when they stopped for lunch at the Old West Express. Cliff Luther, the owner of the restaurant, said that small talk eventually led to his telling Erb that his 25-year-old daughter, who lives in British Columbia, had been diagnosed with cancer only hours before the millionaire stopped for a bite. On his return trip a few days later, Erb stopped in at the Old West Express again and ordered another burger, some fries, and a pen. After losing his 26-year-old son almost five years ago, Erb told the Sun that he could relate to Luther’s story.  So he took Luther’s pen and cut him a check for $10,000, saying “you can take the bill out of that.” Erb told the Sun that Luther was “so overwhelmed…that I ended up having to flip my own burger.” Luther told the Sun that when he handed him the check, Erb told him “if you need to get out there quickly, this will help you.” “It’s really lifted my spirits,” Luther said.  “You think: ‘Why would someone do that for somebody they don’t even know?'” “There are just some really caring people out...

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Mid-Week Jackpot Update

June 26, 2013 – Tonight’s Powerball drawing ends the weekday drawing cycle for multi-state jackpot games, after the Mega Millions rolled over once again Tuesday night, reaching $61 million ahead of Friday’s drawing. A Philadelphia beer distributor sold a $131.5 million winning ticket for last Saturday’s Powerball drawing, so ahead of tonight’s drawing the jackpot has reset to $40 million. As always, you can catch tonight’s drawing live on the LotteryHUB mobile app for iOS and Android. Though nobody has won the Mega Millions jackpot in the past six drawings, there have been almost 30 second-tier winners on the game.  Most recently, a California man claimed $729,000 after arriving at the claims office expecting only $7,000. And after an exciting run up to record territory, the Euromillions jackpot worth £159,559,034 – about $245 million in U.S. money – was split by two tickets in Ireland and Belgium. While no information has been released as to the whereabouts of the Belgian winner, Euromillions officials announced this afternoon that the winning ticket in the Republic of Ireland had been sold in County Dublin, according to The Mirror Online. Employees at a County Kildare Supervalu are likely kicking themselves for popping celebratory champagne too soon.  The store’s HR manager was certain they had sold the winning ticket, and didn’t wait for confirmation before celebrating.  ...

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Saturday Jackpot News Around the World

June 22, 2013 – There’s big money to be won with Powerball tonight.  The estimated jackpot sits at $127 million ahead of tonight’s drawing, the last jackpot chance for the weekend. Remember to get your tickets if you think all that money belongs in your bank account!  Most states let you purchase tickets up to an hour ahead of the midnight Powerball drawings, check your state lottery website for their rules. Don’t expect to be home by midnight on the first Saturday of summer?  LotteryHUB has you covered – download our free app for Apple iOS or Android and you can watch live drawings in the palm of your hand. Mega Millions survived its Friday night drawing, rolling over to $52 million ahead of the next drawing, to be held Tuesday night at 11 pm Eastern Time. The Euromillions jackpot made it past its Friday drawing as well, inching ever closer to a record-high jackpot. After rolling over seven times, the estimated jackpot ahead of  Tuesday’s Euromillions drawing sits at £157 million, only £4 million short of the record £161 million jackpot won in July 2011. That record ran up against the Euromillions Jackpot Cap, which was then set at €185 million, and rose to €190 million after the win. Euromillions officials recognized that players were somewhat confused by the growing jackpot cap, and in 2012 set it at €190 million for good – about equal to £161,833,000 or $249,659,700. So if nobody in the 13 countries that play Euromillions wins the £157 million jackpot Tuesday, it will roll over and hit the cap, a few hundred thousand pounds higher than the standing Euromillions record. To everyone hoping for a big check around the globe, good luck in the drawings tonight and Tuesday, and check back for winner news, jackpot updates, and more here on LotteryHUB news....

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$15 Million Win Doesn’t Slow Down Snack Shack

June 20, 2013 – The five women who keep the Snack Shack in Kentville, Nova Scotia running each day were hard at work this morning, despite learning they’d won an Atlantic Lottery Lotto 6/49 jackpot just over $15 million. The new Canadian multi-millionaires are Wafaa Toulany, JoAnne Gillis, Mary Rhynold, Stephanie Dunham, and Valerie Archer, who say they’ve been playing together for several years. The group, all between the ages of 45 and 58, told CTV news that they’ve played the same numbers every time they bought tickets, and this is their first big win. Toulany’s husband Sami is the owner of the Snack Shack, and he said he though something bad had happened when his wife called him early this morning. “She said ‘hurry, hurry’… I came right over and she said ‘we won the draw,’ and then she started shaking and crying,” Sami said. “I’m just hoping the girls don’t all quit work,” he added. The Toulanys said they’d likely sell the diner now that they have a small fortune in the bank, but all the employees say they’ll keep working until the Snack Shack sells. Mary Rhynold has cooked at the Snack Shack for the past 14 years, and said “I’m still shock, and I just want to go home.” But she wasn’t in a rush to leave, saying she wouldn’t “leave them in a lurch”. Rhynold told the Herald News that she’s living in a small basement apartment now, so she plans to buy a small home and a new car with her share of the jackpot, but has no other plans. “I’m just going to bank the money.  I don’t travel, I don’t smoke, and I don’t drink, so that’s it,” she said. The announcement of the group’s win was met with some skepticism, because they bought their $15,222,777 ticket at the Snack Shack. But a spokeswoman for the Atlantic Lottery told the Herald that the prize confirmation process is “very strong, and in line with industry...

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