Married Couple Hit Record UK Lottery £185m Jackpot

A file photo of some British pound note.


A married couple from western England was revealed Thursday as Britain’s biggest-ever lottery winners after scooping a jackpot of nearly £185 million ($230 million, 218 million euros) in the EuroMillions draw. 

Joe and Jess Thwaite, from Gloucester, called the unprecedented win “huge for us” as they claimed the record-breaking sum of £184,262,899 with a ticket of randomly selected numbers earlier this month.

“It was amazing but also surreal,” said Joe, 49, who works at a communications company, at a press conference with his wife as they recounted the momentous moment they discovered online their May 10 win.

“I looked at the amount. I put the phone down and I picked the phone up again and I looked at the amount again!”

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The early riser somehow contained his excitement enough to let his wife keep sleeping until her alarm sounded — and then relayed the news.

“He was like, ‘I’ve got a secret to tell you’,” recalled Jess, 44. “I was like ‘don’t be stupid!,” she said, adding they initially thought it was a joke and “obviously wrong”.

The couple, like many other Britons, have been struggling through the country’s growing cost-of-living crisis and plan to share their newly-amassed fortune with friends and family.

“This is an amazing thing that’s happened to us, and this means it’s an amazing thing that’s happened to our family and we want to share that with them,” said Jess, who runs a hair salon with her mother and sister.

“Even though it’s wonderful and exciting, it’s also a massive relief for everybody that’s been struggling with all their bills.

“We’re like every normal family… so it’s just a huge relief.”

‘Family Holiday’ 

Joe said the blockbuster win meant they had been enjoying simple pleasures like hot water without worrying about the costs, amid the spiralling energy prices hitting Britain.

“I did put the immersion heater on the other day and heated up the hot water and just thought that’s fine, whereas in the past these are the sorts of things you just didn’t do,” he added.

Beyond that, the immediate Thwaite family — which comprises two primary school-aged children and a host of pets including horses, ponies, dogs, and even geckos — are planning a rare family holiday and likely a new car purchase.

“We never go on holiday,” said Jess. “So our kids would just die to go to the sun and do that kind of thing,” she added, noting one favoured Hawaii while the other wanted to go to a Texas horse ranch.

The Thwaite’s jackpot sets a new record in Britain and is the second largest in the history of EuroMillions, which is played in the territories of nine European countries.

Last October saw an unprecedented 220-million-euro jackpot claimed by an undisclosed woman — who had never previously played the game — on the Pacific island of Tahiti, which is part of French Polynesia.


EFCC Arrests Couple Over Alleged N935m Ponzi Scheme In Lagos


The Lagos Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a couple for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting victims in a N935m Ponzi scheme.

Authorities of the EFCC say the suspects, Emmanuel and Victoria Jaiyeoba, who were arrested at their residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, are parents to Adewale Daniel, Marketing Director, Wales Kingdom Capital Limited.

According to a communique by the antigraft agency, the suspects, in complicity with their son, who is still at large, operate a Ponzi scheme in the guise of forex trading to defraud their unsuspecting victims.

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Investigation revealed that Emmanuel, who is a Director in Wales Kingdom Capital, operates five bank accounts and had received a sum of N18, 397, 913. 67 before his arrest.

Further investigation also showed that the second suspect, Victoria, operates six bank accounts through which she received fraudulent transactions to the tune of N916, 607, 715. 48.

The suspects are expected to be charged to court soon.

Abducted Couple Regain Freedom In Ondo

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.


Men of the Ondo State Police Command have rescued the couple that was abducted in Uso, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The couple was abducted while on a journey along Akure/Owo Road by unknown gunmen who took them into a nearby forest.

The vehicle the victims were travelling in and their three children were abandoned at the scene of the incident.

The spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the rescue to Channels Television on Saturday.

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He said the couple have been rescued by the police after a rigorous manhunt in the forest. According to him, the couple has since reunited with their families.

Ikoro said that two suspects have been apprehended in connection with the abduction.

He, however, noted that the police is still profiling the two men, as an investigation is yet to establish whether they actually carried out the abduction.

Couple’s Wedding Affected As INEC Postpones Elections

Cople-to-be, Smart and Grace.


Nigerians have continued to express shock and disappointment over the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Perhaps some of those most affected by the development, are those who had fixed key events on the dates which the elections have been rescheduled to.

One of such persons is a couple in Plateau, Jos, who had fixed their wedding on February 23 with the hopes that the elections would have held successfully on Saturday (February 16).

The couple-to-be, Smart and Grace shared their plight with Channels Television.


They say family members who are not based in Jos, had begun travelling down in preparation for the wedding only to be greeted with the shocking news of the postponement in early hours of Saturday.


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According to them, following the last-minute decision of the electoral umpire, a lot of their plans have been disrupted and ultimately, the wedding has to be rescheduled.

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Around 2:44 am on Saturday, INEC announced that all elections initially scheduled to hold on February 16 and March 2, were moved by a week.

According to the Commission, the postponement will afford it the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of the elections.

Couple Get Court Summons For Naming Baby Benito Mussolini


Parents of Benito Mussolini, a 14-month old baby, have been summoned to appear in an Italian court over their son’s controversial name, according to a newspaper report.

Young Benito is named after one of his grandfathers, a common enough practise in Italy.

The problem is that the family name is Mussolini, making the child the namesake of the World War II era fascist dictator, no relation.

The unusual name has now come to the attention of a court in the northern city of Genoa, according to the daily Gazzetta di Parma, among concerns for the child’s welfare in later years.

For Italians the issue recalls the debate generated by the 2015 film “Il nome del figlio” (“An Italian Name), an Italian adaptation of a French film, in which a man wants to call his son Benito.

The issue also has echoes of a court case in Milan brought against parents who called their child “Blu” (Blue), a name which the local prosecutor took exception to.

£1 million lottery scam: Man jailed for 30 months

Farrakh Nizzar a shop worker has been jailed for 2 years and 6 months for trying to defraud a couple of their £1 million lottery ticket.

When the pensioner couple asked Farrakh Nizzar who is 30 years old and an illegal over-stayer in the United Kingdom the state of their ticket and their ticket which is the EuroMillions ticket was not a winning ticket and asked if they wanted the ticket back.

The Holts’ told Nizzar afterwards to thrash the ticket since its worthless but after the couples left, Nizzar took the ticket scanned it at a cousin’s Best One shop in Oldham Greater Manchester where he also works and he was told by the terminal to tell the holders of the ticket to contact Camelot.

Rather than do just that, Nizzar who is now facing deportation back to his home country of Pakistan kept the ticket and later called the lottery company himself in an attempt to keep the prize. But the firm became suspicious when he was unable to answer questions about the winning ticket.

Nizzar came to the UK in 2007 on a student visa and completed a postgraduate diploma in business studies. But his student visa ran out, he was refused leave to remain in the UK and exhausted all his rights to appeal.

Camelot began investigation with the aid of a CCTV, the Tesco Clubcard belonging to Mr.Holt to trace the original owners of the ticket and the Holts’ were united with their £1 million prize.

Nizzar bowed his head and made no reaction as he was jailed at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester after he pleaded guilty last month to one charge of fraud by false representation which was committed on May 31 this year and has since written a letter of apology to Mr and Mrs Holt.


85 year old couple remarry after splitting for over 50 years

Lena Henderson and Roland Davis on Saturday renewed their wedding vows at Buffalo, New York after splitting for close to 50 years.

The couple who are both 85 years old got married as teenagers in 1964 at Chattanooga, Tennessee and later got divorced close to 50 years ago.

After their divorce, they both kept in touch with each other over the years and also had several kids together.

Roland later on got married to another wife who from time to time calls Lena for advice but unfortunately she died early this January.

Roland Davis who is a veterinary doctor said he always thought they might get remarried.

“I always thought it might happen. It was always at the back of my mind” We’re just thankful that we could get back together.

Their youngest daughter, Renita Chadwick said “The way they would act to each other never indicated there was anything but  friendship between them. My mother never had a harsh or contrary word to say about my dad, and my dad never had anything but loving remarks to make about my mother.”

“Every person I share this story with smiles, cries or laughs,”
Roland Davis with so much excitement said “I’m just happy that we’re here,”

“You don’t think people are going to get married at this age,” he added. “”We’re just thankful we’ve lived this long and that we’re still here. We have a lot to be thankful for.”

Lena, who has since the divorce remained single, said “I think we just kept thinking about each other all the time, even though we were so far apart,”