by Lotteries in the world | Mar 28, 2023 | News
The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) plans to sell its subsidiary Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI). PLI is the company that runs the Irish National Lottery. With this sale, OTPP is already preparing for its eventual exit from Ireland. OTTP previously sold its stake in UK lottery operator Camelot. The sale of Camelot would be worth around £100 million (€115 million).
After nearly a decade of owning the Irish National Lottery, OTTP is selling its subsidiary, according to the Irish Times. At the time, OTTP paid €450 million for the right to use the Irish lottery for 20 years. The rights are valid for more than a decade.
The Canadian investment fund previously sold UK subsidiary Camelot to rival Allwyn. This comes after the latter won a UK lottery licence. Before the Allwyn distribution, Camelot had a monopoly on offering lottery games.
by Lotteries in the world | Jan 17, 2023 | News, Winner stories
The world’s oldest lottery, the Spanish National Christmas Lottery or “El Gordo” (The Fat Man), has a top prize of 688 million euros, to be divided this year among 172 lucky winners who will receive 4 million euros each. The winning number was 72897.
The lottery, which has been held since 1812, remains popular. More than three-quarters of Spaniards participate. Some 2.6 billion euros worth of lottery tickets were sold this year. A total of 2.4 billion euros in prize money was paid out. The Spanish government also benefits enormously from the lottery, as it imposes a 20% gaming tax on winners.
EL Godo winners 2023
The “El Gordo” 05490 prize was widely distributed to the administrations of the following countries: A Coruna, Lugo, Asturias, Almeria, Madrid, Barcelona, Leon, Vizcaya, Alicante, Castellon, Seville, Valladolid, Santa Cruz de Tenerife , Murcia, Girona, Granada, Las Palmas, Valencia, Albace Te, Ávila, Balearic Islands, Cáceres, Cadiz, Ciudad Real, Guipuzcoa, Huelva, Huesca, Jaén, Malaga, Navarra, Pontevede La and Soria.
by Lotteries in the world | Dec 9, 2022 | News, Winner stories
Life can be weird. One minute you win $10 million, and the next you get a life sentence. It’s the stuff of a Hollywood movie, but for 54-year-old lottery winner Michael Todd Hill, it’s a painful reality. The American, who previously worked in a nuclear power plant, said he plans to use his lottery winnings of more than $4,158,000 after taxes to pay bills and help his wife’s business. But it has and probably never will happen.
His then-girlfriend, Keonna Graham, 23, from Navassa, was reported missing on 20 July 2020 and was later found dead in her hotel room with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. According to North Carolina prosecutors, surveillance video from the hotel only showed Hill with her in the hotel room, so he immediately became the prime suspect.
Murder of his girlfriend
Lottery winner Hill later admitted that his girlfriend shot him because he was texting other men in the hotel. The North Carolina man was arrested and convicted of premeditated murder. It is unclear what will happen to the money.
In the summer of 2017, Hill bought a scratch card, which turned out to be an excellent choice. Shortly afterwards, as much as $10 million was deposited into his account, but he could not benefit for long. A judge in North Carolina sentenced him on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his girlfriend in 2020.
by Lotteries in the world | Nov 17, 2022 | News
The National Council on Problem Gambling, or NCPG, and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at the University of Montreal meet every year to hold a lottery exchange. This event is called the Gift Responsibly campaign; the aim is to make people aware of the dangers of giving lottery tickets to minors.
The National Council on Problem Gambling and the McGill University International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors work together every year to create awareness about the risks of lottery use by minors. As part of this partnership, these groups organise international lotteries to participate in the Gift Responsibly campaign.
People can get involved in different ways through civil society organisations and national lotteries. These levels help organisations plan their communication strategies and find the most engaging methods of public engagement.
The European Lotteries, EL for short, is proud to endorse this campaign.
A nation’s overall goals when entering a war.
Inform the public about the dangers of giving lottery tickets to children.
Educate about the dangers of gambling by young people.
Emphasise the need to adopt a neutral stance when dealing with legalised gambling.
It is believed that a greater likelihood of developing gambling problems later in life is seen in children who gamble or are exposed to it. This is because adults often give children lottery products without realising the risks. It is illegal for minors to participate in lottery games; lottery products given as gifts may never be suitable for children. Either way, all lottery games have a message about responsible gambling.
by Lotteries in the world | Oct 25, 2022 | News
German federal regulators Glücksspielbehörde said they would step up pressure on internet providers to block Lottoland lottery gambling sites after the company managed to persuade some payment providers to cut ties with them.
Lotto Land, or the land of lotteries.
In July, the German regulator took over the enforcement of unlicensed online gambling. Since then, it has pressured several payment providers to stop working with Lottoland.
Lottoland in Germany
Glücksspielbehörde considered Lottoland’s initial payment and IP blocking orders resulting from its lottery betting to be illegal under Germany’s Fourth State Treaty on Gaming. The regulator argued that the vertical posed a particular threat because players may mistakenly believe that gambling operators of Lottoland are genuine lotteries.
The regulator plans to pressure ISPs to block Lottoland access. It may impose substantial fines on ISPs that fail to comply.
GGL board member Ronald Benter indicated that raising awareness about ISPs is very important. He added that those who defied GGL’s orders by allowing access to unauthorised offers should be severely punished.
The authority mentioned that additional steps can be taken against unlicensed sites by reporting them to the tax authorities for prosecution. This is because blocking websites and payments would only hamper operations without requiring compliance. The country’s regulator recently came up with a new plan requiring ISPs to block websites illegally in the country. These websites supposedly operate outside the legal system.
by Lotteries in the world | Sep 29, 2022 | News, Winner stories
Celeste Coles, a former Birmingham teacher, won 4.8 million Pound from the EuroMillions lottery.
The teacher scooped over 4 million on the EuroMillions decided to use her money to take exotic vacations and fulfill other items on her list.
Celeste Coles is 68 years old and purchased a last-minute lottery ticket on July 12. She initially believed she had won £3,000 when she matched five numbers and one lucky star. However, she ended up winning an enormous $3,665,079 in the draw.
Camelot confirmed her Euromillions win
Out of fear of being scammed, the mother initially believed Camelot’s claim that she won a substantial amount to be a scam. Because the phone lines were closed at night, she was unable to verify the claim. However, the next day, Camelot confirmed her win and revealed that she was a multimillionaire.
Celeste is originally from Birmingham, but now lives somewhere else. She occasionally plays the lottery, but decided to buy a ticket that day because she’d just received an email about the large EuroMillions jackpot. She decided to share her fortune with her family and fund her own bucket list— including visiting exotic locations around the world.