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I won the lottery, but £15 won’t change my life

Thousands of people have become the latest to find they were unlucky when they won the national lottery.

Charities lobbied to run national lottery

Proposals to introduce Ireland’s first-ever state lottery caused alarm among charity organisations that already ran similar schemes.

Higher prices and longer odds hit lottery sales

Higher prices and reduced chances of winning prizes have proven to be a turn-off for Lotto players as overall sales of all National Lottery games fell by 2.5 per cent last year. The new 47-ball format introduced last September reduced the odds of winning and an increase in the

Number’s up for bookies offering bets on lottery

A loophole that allows gambling websites to offer cut-price bets on the EuroMillions draw, taking money away from good causes, will be closed by the government.

Family tip offs and lavish lifestyle of husband and wife insider dealers

A City trading entrepreneur who funded a lavish lifestyle with the criminal proceeds of insider dealing was handed a record four-year prison sentence yesterday.

Labour targets slot machines

THE spread of addictive casino slot machines labelled the “crack cocaine of gambling” would be halted under a Labour government in Scotland, the party has pledged.

Monte Carlo trio jailed for fraud on the roulette table (but they can keep €2.8m)

Three British gamblers were jailed in Monaco yesterday for perpetrating a roulette table scam of such dexterity that even officials expressed grudging admiration for them.

China clamps down on illegal online gambling

China has launched an unusually severe assault on the country’s illegal online gambling industry — a prelude, sources say, to a more sustained attack on high-level corruption within the state lottery system.

Casinos in Macau weigh the odds of imposing smoking ban

85% of gamblers in Macau are reckoned to be smokers. The number represents the upper estimate by the casino operators and, given that the casinos have cameras trained on pretty much everyone who comes through their doors pretty much all of the time, it’s probably a fairly accurate assessment.

Poker star sues London casino in £8m card trick row

One of the world’s top poker players created an “air of superstition” at Britain’s oldest casino to conceal how he knew which card would be dealt next in an £8.7 million winning streak, the High Court was told yesterday.