December 2009 archive

Winners share $3 billion in Spain’s El Gordo lottery

Economic woes eased for thousands in Spain on Monday as the Christmas lottery — billed among the world’s richest — dished out some €2.32 billion (US$3.23 billion) in prizes. The top prize of the lottery dubbed “El Gordo” (The Fat One) went to holders of tickets bearing the number 32365 — which appears on 1,950 tickets, each winning €300,000 (US$418,000). …

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Couple reshaping Manitoba community with $50M lottery win

SAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. — It was a massive lottery jackpot, called the biggest single-family win in Canadian history.   And now, on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, about 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, signs are starting to emerge of the generosity of the couple who last month won $50 million.

Masked man takes home China’s biggest-ever lottery prize

Source: China’s biggest-ever lottery prize of almost 360 million yuan ($ 52.7 million), which had triggered weeks of nationwide speculation over the identity of its winner, has finally been claimed, local lottery administrators said on Wednesday. A middle-aged man surnamed An took home the 290 million yuan after-tax jackpot at midday Tuesday, said Li …

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China’s biggest ever lottery win shrouded by mystery, suspicion

ZHENGZHOU: First came shock and envy. Then speculation on the identity of China’s biggest-ever lottery prize winner. And finally came suspicion over the credibility of the country’s lottery industry. Public sentiment had made a dramatic turn two weeks after lottery officials announced on October 8 that the winning ticket worth almost 360 million yuan ($52.7 …

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