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30 Jul 2009 00:00 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 3871 posts Send private message

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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.



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30 Jul 2009 12:21 by goodstich44 Star rating in northampton. 1636 posts Send private message

Roberto

are you saying a large company used the wonderful Spanish laws, to get out of paying money it owed to an individual??........surely not!





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30 Jul 2009 13:22 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 3871 posts Send private message

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How did I know you'd be the first to respond on this thread?

It's all yours - make it whatever you want, although we all know what that is anyway.



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30 Jul 2009 14:48 by J&N Star rating in Nottinghamshire. 342 posts Send private message

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This has now been added to the National Lottery login page - I've certainly never noticed it before!
 
 
Remember, to play National Lottery games interactively, you must be a UK or Isle of Man resident - and must only play in a country where it is lawful to do so

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30 Jul 2009 15:08 by Sanchez1 Star rating. 841 posts Send private message

But surely this decision breaks at least one of the central tenents of the EU:

  • The free movement of goods;
  • The free movement of capital;
  • The free movement of services;
  • The free movement of persons;

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30 Jul 2009 18:02 by Aelred Star rating. 8 posts Send private message

It is easier to play the spanish lottery, more outlets better choice, better value for money

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30 Jul 2009 20:59 by leema Star rating in Washington Tyne & We.... 652 posts Send private message

I always put my lottery on online, so how do they know when I am in Spain, what a load of rubbish.



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30 Jul 2009 21:11 by Sanchez1 Star rating. 841 posts Send private message

Your IP address would show that you are in Spain, so they would be able to find out if they wanted to.

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31 Jul 2009 09:20 by leema Star rating in Washington Tyne & We.... 652 posts Send private message

Thanks David, I will make sure it's on before I come out to Spain, this web site is so good I would never have found that out.



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