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Lottery news: £4.1m jackpot winner’s charity faces ‘financial misconduct’ probe

A LOTTO winner’s kids charity is being investigated by watchdogs over allegations of “financial misconduct”, say reports.

Barry Chuwen, 52, won £4.5million in 1997 and invested it in commercial premises, including some of Glasgow‘s most exclusive addresses.

The Lottery winner also set up The Teddy Bear Foundation with wife Jenny in 2004, after they tragically had a stillborn baby at six months.

The charity claimed to have spent a total of nearly £500,000 to take children with special needs to Disneyland Paris – as well as providing them riding lessons, massage sessions and sensory gardens.

According to the Daily Record, OSCR are investigating payments made by the charity to a company connected to one of its trustees last year.

They have now taken action to make sure that any property owned by the charity can’t be sold.

OSCR said: “We are concerned that there has been misconduct in the administration of the charity and consider it necessary and desirable to take protective action in respect of the charity’s property.

“We have therefore issued a formal direction to the charity’s bank preventing it from parting with any property of the charity without OSCR’s consent.”

Read our Lottery live below for the latest news and updates…

  • Lotto winners set to embark on globe-spanning adventures

    With 184 million quid in your pocket, there aren’t many places you can’t go!

    With that in mind, Jess and Joe Thwaite, who are 44 and 49 respectively, will set out on a trip that will take them from the UK to Hawaii.

    The lucky couple said: “Our two children have always talked about going to Hawaii, I’ve no idea why, but we can now make that dream come true.

    “Just to see their faces when we can make these things come true will be worth every penny.” 

    A source told The Sun: “The children haven’t had many overseas trips and Jess and Joe want to make it special for them.” 

  • The Thwaites set sights on MASSIVE mansion

    Joe and Jess Thwaite are set to splurge a cool £7 million on a gorgeous mansion in the Cotswolds.

    The dazzling property is not far from Jeremy Clarkson’s sprawling farm.

    With seven bedroom, they won’t be stretched for space! The property has huge gardens, a tennis court, swimming pool, stables for their two ponies, standalone secondary accommodation and a gym!

  • Near death experience for UK Lottery winner

    Jane Park became a millionaire aged 17, and nearly died as a result of a botched operation…

    She won £1 million in 2013, and went under the knife for a Brazillian bum lift in 2017.

    This is one of the MOST dangerous plastic surgery procedures, with the highest mortality rate.

    Jane quickly fell ill after the operation, and ended up back in hospital.

    In total she has spent £50,000 on changing the way she looks.

  • Britains biggest ever Lotto winners, ranked!

    Following the news that Joe and Jess Thwaite have become the nation’s biggest ever lottery winners this month, with a jackpot of £184m, we took a look at some of the previous big winners.

    The Thwaite’s have overtaken an anonymous winner that, in October 2019, cashed in a mouth-watering £170m.

    Before that, Colin and Chris Weir held the crown, with a life-changing pot of £161m.

  • Stay gamble aware

    It is important to stay safe when playing the lottery, to help with this, the National Lottery operate a ‘Healthy Play’ policy.

    The National Lottery released the following statement, “We know that extraordinary things happen when lots of people play a little.

    “We’re proud to say that around 60% of UK adults enjoy our games, so encouraging healthy play is at the heart of everything we do. The way we design our games and tools helps put you in control of your play.

    “To keep players safe online, we use an in-house behavioural analytics model. This identifies at-risk players, enabling us to support them through targeted interventions.”

  • Weekend Recap: A look at Friday and Saturday’s numbers

    Friday night’s Euromillions numbers are in, the numbers drawn were:

     8, 22, 23, 32 and 50

    The lucky stars were: 3 and 9

    The £7.1m Lotto Jackpot and Thunderball numbers also came in on Saturday night

    The winning results for the Lotto are 12, 15, 25, 37, 48 and 57.

    Meanwhile, the all important Bonus Ball is 08.

    The winning digits for the Thunderball are as follows: 1, 13, 23, 31, 35 and Thunderball 7

  • Thwaites celebrated with intimate family gathering

    Asked on how they celebrated their win, lottery winner Jess Thwaite said: “We’ve had a family meal, we went and had a family meal so we could share with our family.

    “To tell the truth, we bought bedroom furniture. We bought a chest of drawers and a wardrobe.

    “Other than that we haven’t done anything.”

    Asked if they would reach out for advice from past lottery winners, Joe Thwaite said: “We want as much advice as we can get.”

  • The amazing history of the National Lottery, revealed

    The Lottery we know today has deep routes in the nation’s history.

    First launched in 1567 by Queen Elizabeth I, the lottery was a way to entice merchants who were reluctant to ship their goods abroad.

    This came to an end in the 1600s, as the British parliament moved to outlaw lotteries. However, people continued to play these games in the years to come.

    In the early 1900s, laws around the lottery were relaxed, and in 1994, the National Lottery as we know it today was formed.

    Now, it gives people the chance to win millions, as well as helping charitable causes across the country.

  • Former lottery operator Camelot FURIOUS over license loss

    A recent decision saw the lottery operator lose the right to run the national lottery, in response, the company has taken the lottery to court.

    This decision could result in the National Lottery being suspended for the first time in its long history.

    The company selected by the Gambling Commission is Allwyn, which will take over from February 2024.

  • Lottery robbery! All about Adrian Bayford’s mansion raid

    Former postman Adrian Bayford won a whopping £148 million in 2012.

    His £6 million mansion was raided of £100,000 worth of goods.

    This included jewellery, clothes and high value watches.

    Around about £8,000 worth of cash was also taken, and no official arrests were made.

  • The Lottery: Almost £3,000 is donated every minute!

    That is around £50 every second!

    In figures, roughly 28p from every £1 spent on all Lottery tickets tickets is donated to The Good Causes Fund. Incredible!

    Around £850 million has been raised to help those who are lonely and isolated in the UK.

  • Lotto winner’s charity to be investigated by Watchdog

    A kid’s charity launched by Barry Chuwen, 52, who won £4.5million in 1997, is being investigated for financial misconduct.

    As reported by the Daily Record, OSCR are looking into payments made by the charity to a company connected to one of its trustees last year.

    They have now taken action to make sure that any property owned by the charity can’t be sold.

    OSCR commented: “We are concerned that there has been misconduct in the administration of the charity and consider it necessary and desirable to take protective action in respect of the charity’s property.

    “We have therefore issued a formal direction to the charity’s bank preventing it from parting with any property of the charity without OSCR’s consent.”

  • Neighbour of £184 million lottery winners wants her fence fixed!

    The Thwaites won the biggest ever lottery jackpot in UK history in May, bagging a mouth-watering £184 million. 

    While everyone in their lives is happy for them, their neighbour hopes these extra funds can go toward some TLC for their shared garden. 

    Faith Cox, 74, said: “I was blown away when I heard they’d won the lottery, I just hope they don’t move away… they promised to fix the fence.

    “It’s good to have nice neighbours and they are a lovely family, the fence has been in a state for years and I can’t afford to have it mended myself.

    “I remember speaking with Joe and he said they planned to put a fence in between our properties. It would mean I can take the horrid temporary fence down.

    “They have three ponies, sheep, chickens and two dogs and I have dogs as well. so it made sense.”

  • The Thwaites set sights on MASSIVE mansion

    Joe and Jess Thwaite are set to splurge a cool £7 million on a gorgeous mansion in the Cotswolds.

    The dazzling property is not far from Jeremy Clarkson’s sprawling farm.

    With seven bedroom, they won’t be stretched for space! The property has huge gardens, a tennis court, swimming pool, stables for their two ponies, standalone secondary accommodation and a gym!

  • Neighbour of £184 million lottery winners wants her fence fixed!

    The Thwaites won the biggest ever lottery jackpot in UK history in May, bagging a mouth-watering £184 million.

    While everyone in their lives is happy for them, their neighbour hopes these extra funds can go toward some TLC for their shared garden.

    Faith Cox, 74, said: “I was blown away when I heard they’d won the lottery, I just hope they don’t move away… they promised to fix the fence.

    “It’s good to have nice neighbours and they are a lovely family, the fence has been in a state for years and I can’t afford to have it mended myself.

    “I remember speaking with Joe and he said they planned to put a fence in between our properties. It would mean I can take the horrid temporary fence down.

    “They have three ponies, sheep, chickens and two dogs and I have dogs as well. so it made sense.”

  • Stay gamble aware

    It is important to stay safe when playing the lottery, to help with this, the National Lottery operate a ‘Healthy Play’ policy.

    The National Lottery released the following statement, “We know that extraordinary things happen when lots of people play a little.

    “We’re proud to say that around 60% of UK adults enjoy our games, so encouraging healthy play is at the heart of everything we do. The way we design our games and tools helps put you in control of your play.

    “To keep players safe online, we use an in-house behavioural analytics model. This identifies at-risk players, enabling us to support them through targeted interventions.”

  • Lotto winner became a millionaire, then went back to his supermarket job

    Steve Schiltz became a millionaire overnight, but couldn’t leave his job as a lorry driver.

    He worked as a Lidl delivery driver, but humbly kept his win a secret from his colleagues and continued to work despite having won a huge sum of money.

    The millionaire dedicated his time to delivering goods during the lorry driver crisis, which led to a shortage of goods and fuel across the UK.

    He was more than happy to help during the height of the covid pandemic too.

    His wife Lesley also worked as a social care trainer, and carried on her key worker job too.

  • Near death experience for UK Lottery winner

    Jane Park became a millionaire aged 17, and nearly died as a result of a botched operation…

    She won £1 million in 2013, and went under the knife for a Brazillian bum lift in 2017.

    This is one of the MOST dangerous plastic surgery procedures, with the highest mortality rate.

    Jane quickly fell ill after the operation, and ended up back in hospital.

    In total she has spent £50,000 on changing the way she looks.

  • Lottery thrown into doubt amid court case

    The National Lottery, a British institution, could be suspended for the first time in its long history.

    The company is currently embroiled in a court case between Camelot and Allwyn.

    Camelot, the previous operator of the activity, is challenging the decision to give the game to rival Allwyn from 2024.

    If a decision is made in court this week, it could lead to the suspension of the lottery until 2024.

  • What happens when you win the lottery?

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to win?

    The lucky winning punter would need to let Camelot know they have won.

    Camelot will then send an advisor to the winners home, to make sure the claim isn’t fake!

    Once the winner passes all the extensive checks, the advisor will then ask the lucky winner if they want to publicly announce their win.

    They then provide important meetings with lawyers and financial advisors to help the winner look after such a huge sum of money.

    Then… the sum hits the winners bank account. How surreal!

  • A stolen card and a whole lotta cash: Lottery scandal

    Two crooks thought all their Christmases come at once when they bagged £4 million.

    Mark Goodram, 36, and Jon-Ross Watson, 31, stole a bank card off a stranger called Joshua Addiman.

    They bought a scratch card and won millions of pounds.

    Camelot opened an investigation when the men admitted they didn’t have a bank account of their own. They were found to be guilty of fraud.

  • The Lottery: Did you know almost £3,000 is donated every minute?

    That is around £50 every second!

    In figures, roughly 28p from every £1 spent on all Lottery tickets tickets is donated to The Good Causes Fund. Incredible!

    Around £850 million has been raised to help those who are lonely and isolated in the UK.

  • Michael Carroll: Sex, drugs and rock and roll

    His wife left him in 2003, just one month after they wedded after being appalled by his constant parties and cheating.

    Sandra was horrified by his constant orgies and partying. She said he was always on a cocaine binge, and had enough.

    She left him and got £1.4 million of his £9 million fund.

    He lost his fortune in 2010, eight years after winning it and ended up working for £10 an hour.

  • Lottery robbery! All about Adrian Bayford’s mansion raid

    Former postman Adrian Bayford won a whopping £148 million in 2012.

    His £6 million mansion was raided of £100,000 worth of goods.

    This included jewellery, clothes and high value watches.

    Around about £8,000 worth of cash was also taken, and no official arrests were made.

  • Holiday luck! Sharon and Nigel Sale’s shock win

    The couple didn’t realise they have won the Lottery until they got home from their holiday.

    They won £12 million in 2010. At the time Nigel was 55 and Sharon was 50.

    Sharon realised they won the Euromillions once they got home, and they ordered a Chinese takeaway to celebrate.

    One of their first purchases was a bungalow for Nigel’s elderly father, before splashing out on a new home in Wales.



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