A lottery winner kept his win a secret from his wife for a week, convinced the email telling him he'd won was a scam.
Mike Fiske, 57, was one of ten Mega Friday winners to win £1 million and a trip of a life time to Peru on the EuroMillions Lucky Dip. Mike continued to work as normal for a week, before visiting Camelot's offices to confirm the win - and it was only then that he told wife Jane, 58. Mike is now planning an early retirement from his job as a geophysicist in the oil industry. Indeed, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recently discovered 15 call centres in Canada focused solely on targeting the UK with national lottery scams, one of which conned British victims out of £1,600,000. And friends can often carry out hoaxes too - indeed, fake lottery scratchcards, all with winning numbers, are widely available online for just a couple of quid a packet. To see our content at its best we recommend upgrading if you wish to continue using IE or using another browser such as Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. Adrian Bayford, 41, had vowed to keep his business open after he and his wife Gillian, 40, scooped the A?148m Euromillions jackpot in August. His shop, called the Suffolk Music Centre, finally closed for good at the end of last month and has now been stripped of all its shelving and contents. When people say they feel like they've won the lottery, they generally mean that they are ecstatically happy.
But this unlucky bunch of lottery winners found that great wealth did not in fact bring them happiness, with many losing it all in a matter of years and others ending up in jail.
However, her fortune rapidly dwindled to nothing after the death of her husband Keith (pictured with her) in a car crash in 1965.
What's more, he invested in ill-fated family businesses and was $1 million in debt just a year later.3. Unfortunately, made some bad investments and was virtually destitute after just three years. The ticket was purchased in the district of Castelo Branco at the Sobedis store in the Alegro shopping center.
Friday August 10th 2012 saw another single-ticket win when one UK EuroMillions player claimed a €185,000,000 prize for matching all winning numbers as well as the lucky stars. The Winning ticket owners were Winners were  UK residents Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk. A UK couple from Largs in Ayrshire claimed a grand EuroMillions jackpot on Tuesday 12 July 2011 worth €129,818,431. The winning ticket for Tuesday, 13 November 2012 was purchased in France by an anonymous syndicate of 15 members. The single winning ticket for Tuesday 13 September 2011 saw the whole sum of €162,256,622 placed into the hands of one French player who chose to remain anonymous.
The €137,313,501 winning ticket for the EuroMillions draw on Friday 13 June 2014 was awarded to an anonymous ticket holder from Spain.
Friday 29th Mar 2013 saw another record EuroMillions win with the anonymous French ticket holder taking home €132,486,744. The €129,818,431 EuroMillions jackpot drawn on Friday 8 October 2010 went to a UK ticket holder who preferred to remain anonymous after the win was confirmed and announced.
A single jackpot winning ticket was purchased for draw 676 on Friday 14 March 2014, from which the winner received a substantial €129,384,564 sum. Special Update: This Tuesday’s EuroMillions Draw on October 28 will be worth and estimated €15 million!
Keeping up with the latest trends in entertainment, Matt Holden brings celeb news to the front page of OCA.


Winners: Each of these 20 people have won more than A?1million since the National Lottery began in 1994.
Modest: Malcolm Wilkins (left) bought his brother Chris a Mitsubishi after winning more than A?10million. Football fan: Thea Bristow, pictured celebrating her win with late husband Paul, won A?15million in 2004. Bigger homes: Karen Child, pictured left, was living in a three-bedroom council house when she won. Gerry and Lisa Cannings realised soon after the February 13th National Lottery draw that they were the winners, but they decided to wait over a week to claim the incredible life-changing sum because they wanted to have their home decorations completed beforehand. Gerry Cannings said that he bought the winning National Lottery ticket while picking up fish and chips to take to his elderly father who lives in Slough.
The lottery's huge sum was the result of nine consecutive rollovers and the Cannings beat odds of 45 million to one to take home the second biggest jackpot in the lottery's history. The couple, who have three children and five grand-children between them want to buy a new house and take a holiday to New Zealand. Their money could easily buy them a small Greek island, a four bedroom flat in Mayfair or 183 return trips to space on the Virgin Galactic. Wainners walked around with a lottery ticket worth over £32 million in their back pocket.
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There are always plenty of email scams doing the rounds, aiming to persuade the unlucky that they're winners - and extract a 'processing' fee before handing over the prize. The key to detecting a fraud is usually to check where the email's coming from: Camelot and other reputable organisations don't use free Webmail-based email accounts such as Yahoo or Hotmail. But he later said he wished it had never happened after being sued by a former girlfriend eager to get her hands on the cash and finding out that his own brother hired a hitman to kill him in the hope of inheriting the winnings. Since then he has appeared in court more than 30 times and has spent time in jail for drug-related offences. But 11 years later he was more than £2 million in debt, looking for a job and applying for a council house. Here is a list of the top 10 biggest winners ever recorded int he games history, with those who won coming from all over Europe. The ticket was purchased by one lucky EuroMillions player from Portugal who has remained unnamed.
It is the first winning EuroMillions ticket sold by the retailer, which has had tickets available for more than 15 years. Each player reportedly took home more than €6 million when the €100 million jackpot was divvied up.
She said her most important purchase was a rescue spaniel, Sukii, who is deafMark Brudenell, 50, from Stockton-on-Tees, won A?916,915 in February 1997. She is now Chairwoman of club Torquay UnitedAlex Dyer, 60, won A?5,957,937 in December 2003 with her late husband John. Right: Brian and Joan Caswell celebrateBrian Caswell, 72, won a EuroMillions jackpot of A?24,951,269 in June 2009.
Other dreams include a spit-fire trip, as well as an upgrade of their current Skodia Octavia to a Volvo or a Skoda Superb. Most lucky players preferred to remain anonymous with a few UK winners coming into the foreground to express their delight. The very next morning a€“ a Sunday a€“ we went to the local Jaguar showroom.A 'I don't think the salesmen thought we were serious, but we were on the television on Monday and when I returned, they recognised me and couldn't do enough.


He just does not need that kind of abuse." The shop which father-of-two Mr Bayford operated with business partner Richard Hudspith also used to sell guitars and other musical instruments. She died before I won, but in her memory I renovated a cottage and planted roses at the door, and I went on a cruise around the Mediterranean two months after my win.
I kissed John goodbye that morning at the villa , but when the phone rang in the evening I discovered John had died. There's only so many cars you can buy, or so many holidays you can go on.A 'I started my own double glazing business, and now employ ten people. I didn't know if I should move, but one morning in January 2013 I woke up in Yorkshire, packed the dogs in a motorhome and drove for three days to Spain.
I describe it as her only problem.'Roy Gibney, 60, from Grimsby, won A?7,500,000 in July 1998.
It doesn't buy you happiness either a€“ but it enhances it.'A Thea Bristow, 60, won A?15,000,000 in July 2004. Her husband Paul died in July 2010 and she lives in a two-bedroom converted loft in Torquay with her son.She says: 'The first thing I actually purchased was a Kenwood Chef Food Processor a€“ from Harrods! Paul and I went away on a A?10 caravan holiday for a week in Newquay to unwind after winning.
We paid for the local scout group to go camping in Canada, and invested in his beloved football team, Torquay United. Sometimes people would come around and I could tell quite quickly who was genuine and who just wanted to poke around. I am told I haven't changed, but I think I am less tolerant of mistakes and inefficiency.'Sarah Cockings, 31, won A?3,045,705 in April 2005. People still stop me in the street and say: 'Are you the girl who bought her sisters the new boobs?' In fact, my sisters had been to see a surgeon for a consultation the day before I won. Even now, I look around my house and have to pinch myself.'Dean Allen, 40, won A?13,861,061 in August 2000. It seemed natural to pay for their enhancements when the surgery was carried out three months later.'Dean Hardman, 40, won A?6,750,278 in November 2006. I then swapped my Ford Fiesta for a Porsche 911, my dream car, and married Louise, my girlfriend of three months. I do the school run every morning, have lunch with Louise and she always finds something for me to do around the house.'Nikki Otterburn 42, from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, won A?2,216,029 in November 2001. That night, my then-boyfriend and I went to a nightclub and I ordered a bottle of champagne a€“ my first Lottery purchase.
It was like winning the Lottery all over again.'Karen Child, 41, won A?8,471,383 in February 2007. I was living in a two-up, two-down, and now I have a three-bedroom cottage set in seven acres, with stables and an arena. I wanted to give something back to the community I love.'Jane Cunningham, 54 , won A?7,544,200 in December 2008. That night we sat in our hotel room and ate the only dinner we could afford - prawn cocktail crisps and pickled eggs from Asda. I have five children and Mark has two from previous relationships, and we lived in a two-bedroom end of terrace with no garden. My dad died when I was 12, but 33 had been his 'lucky' number so I like to think he was looking after me.



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