What a fine mess English cricket finds itself in. Yet for supporters of a certain age, the last two months in Australia have just been a return to normal service.

Umpire Asad Rauf from Pakistan

Asad Rauf withdrawn from ICC Champions Trophy amid IPL corruption scandal

The nature of Rauf’s purported involvement has not been revealed

Winning big on the lottery

While the news that a single ticket in Florida netted around $590 million (£390 million) in the latest Powerball lottery jackpot may be staggering, it is not the only case of large lottery wins, whether in America or the UK.

Single ticket scoops $590m jackpot in Florida lottery

A single ticket in Florida has matched all the numbers to win the highest Powerball lottery jackpot in history at an estimated 590.5 million dollars (£389.2m), officials said today.

Camelot lifts lottery sales to nearly £7bn

The National Lottery operator, Camelot, has enjoyed a bumper year, despite the poor state of the economy. It has increased total National Lottery sales in the year to 31 March to an all-time high of £6.97bn, an increase of 6.9 per cent on the previous year.

Rank sees high-rollers beat the house

Grosvenor Casinos' owner Rank has warned annual results will dip below last year due to freezing weather and the roll of the dice.

CVC given extra 24 hours to make improved Betfair bid

Punters gambling on a takeover of Betfair were given some hope after a put-up-or-shut-up deadline imposed on private equity firm CVC was extended for a day – at Betfair's request.

Have 'Generation Rent' given up on plans to buy a home?

Nearly a quarter of renters say a higher priority is ensuring money for leisure time and regular holidays.

Phil Ivey, from Las Vegas, is thought to be the world's sixth-highest
earner from punto banco tournaments

Poker’s Tiger Woods Phil Ivey sues British casino for £7.3m in winnings

A global gambling star known as the “Tiger Woods of poker” is suing Britain’s oldest casino for refusing to pay him £7.3m in winnings.

The North District Hospital on Clinic Road, Hong Kong, where the victim was attacked by two men

Four held after 'Triad' boss is disembowelled and hacked to death with meat cleaver outside Hong Kong hospital

According to reports police have arrested four men aged 18 to 30

Investment View: Three gambles - but were they winning bets?

Probability's platform gives it a leg-up on most of the competition in mobile gaming

Ladbrokes bitten by Cheltenham favourites and big freeze

Bookmaker Ladbrokes took a pasting at the Cheltenham festival last month, and with 62 days of other race meetings lost to the freezing weather in the first quarter it warned profits this year will be at the lower end of forecasts.

The inside story: Kim Jong-Un’s former chef Kenji Fujimoto

North Korea: Why the media needs a sausage maker in Seoul

World View: Any source is a good source when desperate journalists can't dig up the most basic of facts

James Moore: Online betting makes Labour's attack on high street bookies look small

Outlook. Plus: Arise again, Sir James Crosby. Probably

Betting cap 'will cost 40,000 jobs'

Treasury and councils will lose millions from a maximum £2 slot-machine stake, bookies warn
George Osborne speaking on the Philpott case is 'a grubby little intervention'

Grubby Osborne's crude opportunism is capitalising on fear

By the time this column is published, I expect that the commentary on the grubby little intervention by George Osborne on the Philpott case will have moved on. We should be well into post-match analysis of tactics and strategy.

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