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National Lottery LIVE: £4.5m Lotto jackpot winner’s charity investigated by watchdog over alleged ‘financial misconduct’


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.”

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

  • 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.”

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    Asked if they would carry on working after their win, Jess Thwaite said: “I don’t think we are at the moment.

    “I’m going to take some time with that and what we’re going to do.”

    Her husband Joe Thwaite said he has handed his notice in.

    He said: “I’m leaving work.”

    Mrs Thwaite added: “I think we’re going to have a full-time job managing all of this for quite some time.”

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     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

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    “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 winners set to embark on globe-spanning adventures

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    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.” 

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    • Number 40, drawn 350 times
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    • Number 23, drawn 346 times
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    The unluckiest (or least drawn) numbers include:  4, 26, 38 and 65!

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

  • Money doesn’t buy you happiness

    For many, winning the jackpot means mass celebrations and ultra-expensive cars – but not for Susan Hardman.

    When the mum-of-one’s numbers came up in January 2010 she worked as a hairdresser in Eardisley, Hereford, and was “struggling financially”.

    Instead of splashing out when the £1.2million win landed in her bank account, she traded in her scissors for overalls and became a pig farmer.

    Susan claimed to be happier than ever knee-deep in mud and said bringing a piglet into the world brought her “more satisfaction” than winning the lottery.

  • Warning: be gamble aware

    The National Lottery operate a ‘Healthy Play’ policy and monitor behavioural patterns in players.

    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.”

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    Virgo – It’s no coincidence that planner extraordinaire is one of the luckiest signs of the zodiac. Virgos only become successful because they put in the hours and werk, girl.

    Scorpio – Magnanimous Scorpio has definitely got it going on when it comes to luck. They’ll often find themselves in the right place at the right time as if by magic, much to the annoyance of some less fortunate souls

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    Here are the winning numbers:

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Joe and Jess will not return to work following eye-watering lottery win

    £184m is more than enough to set anyone up for life, with that mind, these lucky winners will not be going back to work any time soon.

    Asked if they would carry on working after their win, Jess Thwaite said: “I don’t think we are at the moment.

    “I’m going to take some time with that and what we’re going to do.”

    Her husband Joe Thwaite said he has handed his notice in.

    He said: “I’m leaving work.”

    Mrs Thwaite added: “I think we’re going to have a full-time job managing all of this for quite some time.”

  • LUCKIEST lottery numbers, revealed!

    Here is a list of the numbers that appear most often!

    • Number 40, drawn 350 times
    • Number 27, drawn 347 times
    • Number 23, drawn 346 times
    • Number 39, drawn 345 times
    • Number 38, drawn 345 times

    The unluckiest (or least drawn) numbers include:  4, 26, 38 and 65!

    What are YOUR luckiest numbers?

  • 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

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    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.”





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