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George Traykov beat odds of one-in-438 million when he picked up a £160,873 EuroMillions prize this year to add to the £1 million sum he won in the Millionaire Raffle in September 2011.

The man who won big on the lottery... and then did it again

A man who won the lottery twice, scooping over £1.16 million in total, joked that he was not “that bothered” by the wins and wanted more.

Ruby Walsh won three races, including the Champion Hurdle on the Irish-trained Hurricane Fly

James Lawton: Glittering Ruby Walsh warms hearts and minds to confirm his brilliant legacy

Trainer takes his place in Festival history as 2011 victor recaptures the Champion Hurdle

Foreigners keep UK champagne sales up

Super-rich oligarchs and wealthy tourists are propping up the champagne market in Britain, which historically has the greatest thirst for bubbly outside France.

The Only Way Is Essex

Trouble in TOWIE: Mick Norcross quits reality show and bans cameras from nightclub

The Only Way is Essex star Mick Norcross has quit the reality show and banned its cameras from his nightclub, which was a regular venue for the cast.

Swansea celebrate with the club's first ever major trophy

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins: Capital One Cup success 'a dream'

The Welsh side celebrated their Wembley victory over Bradford with an open-top bus parade yesterday

The 10 Best sparkling rosés

Treat your loved one to a spot of bubbly on the 14th – but don't be distracted from romance by these fine pink wines.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls recruit Zig spoils New Year's Eve rehearsal

Various disruptions to the racing programme since Christmas have left a very brief window in which horses can get a run, while retaining time to freshen up, before the Cheltenham Festival next month. Some of the best around, either side of the Irish Sea, will be undertaking their final rehearsals at Newbury and Leopardstown on Saturday – but in the meantime novices, in particular, are being urgently pressed on to lesser stages to redress a lack of experience.

Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Pavillon Cambon Capucines
Ruby Walsh: Jockey realised that something was wrong with Champagne Fever

Rule The World celebrates victory with flat Champagne

If the champagne was undeniably flat, it would be a mistake to draw ungenerous conclusions about the potency of the toast raised in its stead. For while his big rival at Naas yesterday was plainly not himself, the breakthrough success of Rule The World suggested that he could yet live up to his incautious christening.

US jockey Gary Stevens, pictured here back in 2001, is set to to race again at the age of 49

Universal Soldier prepared for National service with the benefit of course recce

Longsdon's young chaser can thwart dual runner-up Giles Cross in Welsh marathon

Melodic Rendezvous winning at Cheltenham last month

Scott ready to let Rendezvous fulfil appointment with best

At the time, it seemed tempting to doubt the form. After all, the runners had splashed over a course that might sooner have staged a regatta than a Grade One bumper. As things have turned out, however, the last two horses still afloat in the straight at Punchestown in April have amply confirmed their calibre since switching to hurdles. This weekend, both seek a place towards the top of different novice divisions either side of the Irish Sea. Champagne Fever, the winner, steps up to two and a half miles at Naas on Sunday; while Melodic Rendezvous contests a Grade One over two miles at Sandown on Saturday.

Wines of the Week: Terry Kirby selects the best fizz for New Year's Eve

So, you need some sparklers to put the fizz into your New Year's Eve celebrations tomorrow? Here are three recommendations you should be able to find in your local stores today…

Man About Town: The formula for happiness? Fine wines and fine foods in a fine setting

The Institute of Happiness doesn't sound like something British. It sounds like something one might find in an enlightened Scandinavian country or a far-flung land from a futuristic novel.

Anthony Rose: 'I was blown away by the champagne at the International Wine Competition'

I was chatting to a wine industry luminary last month and they told me they'd accepted the presidency of the International Wine & Spirit Competition thinking that it was the International Wine Challenge. IWSC? IWC? A simple enough mistake to make and a reminder that even those in the know can get confused now that medals are scattered like confetti and wine competitions two a penny.

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