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Andre Greipel won his 15th career Tour Down Under stage as he burst to victory in a bunch sprint over the final 600 metres of stage four.

Cassey Carrington and Matt Topham, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked a staggering total of £45,160,170.50 after matching five numbers and two Lucky Stars

Couple celebrate £45m lottery win

A young couple who won a lottery jackpot of more than £45 million have said there is a “lucky vibe” in Nottinghamshire after they became the second couple from the county to bank the prize in less than a month.

Joey Barton backs a children's reading campaign

Barton advises children to get their teeth into Dracula

Joey Barton's love of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Paul Scharner's recommendation of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas stand out in a list of Premier League footballers' favoured reads. The recommendations – which cover a children's book as well as a read for adults, leading Theo Walcott to recommend T.J. and the Hat-Trick, by... Theo Walcott – have been made as part of the Premier League Reading Stars programme.

One winner scoops £4.4 million Lotto jackpo

One ticketholder scooped the £4.4m jackpot in Saturday's National Lottery draw, Camelot said.

UK ticket holder wins £41m EuroMillions jackpot‎

A possible winner of nearly £41 million in last night's EuroMillions draw has come forward, Camelot said today.

Sophie Heawood: After the turkey, we gobbled down our principles

It's a clever thing that this Queen of ours does, handing out her honours as Christmas podges into New Year, December yawns into January, and a new year beckons us with its cold and merciless eyes. If ever there was a time of year when republicanism is doomed to fail, this is it. If I were the monarchy, I'd scrap those trifling birthday honours in June altogether, and make it all about 1 January. Doomsday.

Record year for lottery payouts

Hundreds of lottery winners claimed a total of £720 million in a record year for bumper payouts, the National Lottery has said.

One winner scoops £4.4m Lotto prize

One lucky winner scooped Saturday's Lotto jackpot of £4.4 million, Camelot said.

Camelot jackpot as Lottery sales hit a record £3.2bn

Cash-strapped families across Britain are increasingly putting their faith in winning a bumper jackpot, as sales of National Lottery tickets hit record highs.

Lottery payouts hit record levels

National Lottery operator Camelot has paid out record amounts to prize winners and good causes after its draws and scratchcards surged in popularity.

Health Lottery faces inquiry over claims it hurts charities

Culture Secretary says Richard Desmond's flashy new lottery could create more harm than good

Terence Blacker: Our weekly collusion in a moral scam

And finally, here was an item of news to bring a smile to the nation's lips after a succession of stories about falling incomes, rising costs of living, inflation and spiralling unemployment. Someone had just been awarded a huge, unearned bonus of more than £101m. The word "bonus" was not, of course, used. Had the money been paid to a banker or chief executive, it would have been reported at the business end of the news, accompanied by furrowed brows and disapproving soundbites.

Desmond's Lottery will do more harm than good, say charities

The Health Lottery will give 20p from each ticket to good causes, compared to the National Lottery's 28p. Mr Desmond says he will donate at least £50m a year to health charities

Olympics tickets in Lottery game

Sports fans who missed out on Olympic tickets are being given a second chance thanks to a new Lottery game.

Tour de France: Thor Hushovd claims second stage win

World champion Thor Hushovd today claimed his second stage win of the 2011 Tour de France with victory in a sprint finish in Gap.

At the third stroke, the speaking clock will be 75 years old, precisely

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