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Hunt is on for secret millionaire

The hunt is on tonight for a secret millionaire in Reading. A ticket bought in the town for the Euromillions mega Friday draw on the 24th April won a million pounds.

But it's still unclaimed. Today the national lottery hosted a sailing event with a mock-up luxury theme to try and find the mystery millionaire.

Divya Kohli was there...


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Latest People's Millions winners celebrate

For the ninth year running, ITV has teamed up with the Big Lottery Fund - to give away up to fifty thousand pounds to a project that could enhance a community near you.

Sarah Saunders presented a cheque for £50,000 to winners Base Camp, for their project at the Royal British Legion village in Aylesford. She spoke to campaigner Liz Rickaby.

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Win, win. Why we are all National Lottery winners

The National Lottery celebrates 20 years of creating millionaires this week and for the past two decades billions of pounds has also been handed over to good causes.

Our reporter Sarah Saunders went along to one of the projects in the South East made possible thanks to lottery money, with jackpot winners from Kent Ted and Marilyn Newton.

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Jackpot winners, how would you spend yours?

The odds of winning are 1 in 14 million ... but every year three and a half thousand people hit the jackpot and become National Lottery millionaires. And 20 years since the competition was launched, more than £53 billion has been given away in prizes.

To mark the 20th anniversary Sarah Saunders met Ted and Marilyn Newton from Kent to find out what it feels like when your lucky numbers come in.

How lottery money has transformed Historic Dockyard

Over the last 20 years, the lottery has paid out billions of pounds in prize money and created 3600 millionaires. It has also raised £32 billion for national projects in the arts, sports and heritage.

For one of our special reports, Martin Dowse has been to Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard to see how £40 million has transformed and protected a piece of our history:


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Lotto fraudster sentenced

A shop assistant has received a 12 month suspended jail sentence after he tried to trick a customer out of his lottery winnings. Maidstone Crown Court heard that a syndicate member was left hunting through bags of rubbish for his ticket.

The shopkeeper told him he'd won just ten pounds, so he could pocket the money himself. David Johns reports, speaking to syndicate leader Callum Crosier.

Lottery fraud victim tells his story

A man whose lottery syndicate was almost conned out of a seventy-nine thousand pound payout has been telling his story. When Callum Crosier went to a shop to get the group's lottery numbers checked he was told they had only won £10, and the ticket was apparently discarded by a shop assistant.

However Mr Crosier later checked the numbers for himself, and realised his syndicate had matched five lottery balls and the bonus ball - meaning a prize of thousands of pounds. He returned to the store and insisted the shopkeepers find the ticket. The winning ticket was found after a long search.

Lottery operator Camelot launched an inquiry and found that all four of the syndicate's tickets had been scanned, including the one with £79,887 prize. Shop assistant Imran Pervais, 26, of Milton Rd, Gravesend was arrested by Kent Police, and later found guilty of fraud by false representation.

Today at Maidstone Crown Court, Pervais was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended for two years. The judge said the offence "derived from an impulsive decision" but that Pervais ultimately failed to deprive the syndicate of their winnings.

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Shop assistant sentenced for £79k lottery fraud

Imran Pervais, 26, of Milton Road in Gravesend paid out just £10 to the Chatham-based syndicate. He was found guilty of fraud by false representation by a jury in March. David Johns reports.

Lottery syndicate targeted in £79k fraud case

Chatham-based syndicate members celebrate their £79k win Credit: Camelot

A Chatham-based syndicate which nearly lost out on a £79,000 lottery win have celebrated receiving their cheque. The group were misled into believing they had only won £10 after they handed the ticket in for checking at Moores Convenience Store in Mackenzie Way in Gravesend.

Today shop assistant Imran Pervais, 26, of Milton Road in Gravesend was handed a 12-month prison sentenced - suspended for two years. He was convicted of fraud by false representation by a jury in March.

Pervais was also given a 200 hour community service order and a curfew for what the judge at Maidstone Crown Court called an 'opportunistic' and 'mean-spirited' offence.

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