Just as a point of interest; from Thisismoney.co.uk (full article here)
Chris Jones, 52, of Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, bought his weekly Euromillions lottery tickets while visiting his son in Majorca earlier this month. He was then congratulated by e-mail over winning £5,148 and was asked to phone Camelot.
The company changed its tune, however, when he remarked over the telephone that he was calling from his mobile in Spain and would have to be brief. They simply said he was in breach of the terms and conditions on his account and they would call him to explain further.
It is illegal for a UK national to buy a Euromillions lottery ticket through the UK website while in Spain, under Spanish law (despite the Euopean-wide nature of the lottery). Each country has a separate operator under the European lottery draw.
While trying to settle the matter, Mr Jones purchased more Euromillions tickets in Spain the following week, and won £96: strangely, this was paid automatically into his account without question.
But Camelot refused to hand over his £5,000 winnings, as it argued he should have known Spanish law bars foreigners from partaking in foreign lottery draws while holidaying in the country.
Mr Jones said: 'I use the website every week and didn't see any warning e-mails. I wasn't trying to be underhand, otherwise I wouldn't have mentioned I was in Spain. I would have done better if I had kept my mouth shut.
'What annoys me is that they still accepted my money and all the bets I've placed while abroad over the years. If they refunded me all those bets, the amount would be well over £5,000.'
Camelot offered to refund the cost of Mr Jones' winning ticket, which he declined.