Unclaimed Jackpot in Swindon

If you live in Swindon or nearby villages, you might want to start checking your drawers.  Somewhere in the town is a winning ticket worth £1 million from the EuroMillion Millionaire Raffle.

So have a look through your old tickets and see if the raffle number ZLJ501773 which was drawn on the 29th September 2012.

Surely it is worth 15 minutes checking your wallet, pockets, purse, handbag and even down the back of the sofa.  And if you think you might have bought the ticket but lost it, then check out what to do about lost tickets here.

Rio Olympics 2016 Lottery Volunteers

If you are a budding Olympic athlete with your sights set on Rio 2016 you will need to develop a social awareness.  The National Lottery funding committees are to insist that those receiving grants will have to do at least five days of voluntary work to receive their funds.

The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, said ‘It is about mentoring and coaching young people and using the success and popularity of the Games, and big names of the athletes, to drive up sports participation and inspire future stars.”

Athletes will be encouraged to mentor youngsters in schools or sports clubs across the country, and the initiative is aiming to provide around 5,000 days of volunteering as a result.

Camelot make New Jersey Lottery bid

The operators of the UK National Lottery, the Camelot Group, are making a bid to operate the New Jersey Lottery in America.

The New Jersey lottery is set for privatisation next year and four companies attended the ‘mandatory information session’ in Trenton, New Jersey. They are the lottery systems supplier GTech Corporation, Scientific Games, the Greek operators Intralot and the UK operators Camelot and all fur will have until 15th November to submit their bids.

The New Jersey state officials think that putting their lottery into private hands will increase revenue which it uses for education and social service programmes.  The chosen operator will need to put $120 million up-front and sign a 15 year deal, but with gross revenues of $2.8 BILLION, the NJ Lottery is a prize worth chasing.

The Camelot Group is, of course, owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, so there’s a bit of a circle of ownership developing here.