It has been the first time in the history of UK that such a large win has gone unclaimed for such a long time – lottery organizers are in search of a mystery millionaire who won £63.8m EuroMillions prize and has not appeared yet. Taking to the streets as they hunted for the lucky gambler, the investigation has been narrowed down to a ticket bought in Hertfordshire.

June 8th has appeared a lucky day for two ticker holders- one in Belgium and one in the UK. The lucky gambler from the UK, who bought the ticket in the Hertfordshire area, has won the total jackpot of £63,837,543.60. The combined prize pot is believed to be the third largest in EuroMillions history and came as a result of a double rollover.

Two huge billboards have been up in the Market Square, Hitchin, reading "Are you the lucky £63.8m winner?” Despite the huge buzz the billboards caused in the town, the actual winner remains unidentified till now. However, numerous “wanna be millionaires” have emerged, claiming to have real chances to be the winner.

Nevertheless, according to the lottery rules, the winner, no matter an individual or a syndicate, has 180 days to pick up the prize. This means that unless the winner comes forward before 11pm on 5 December, he/she/they should say good bye to £63,837,543.60 forever!

The lottery spokesperson confirmed that they’re desperate to find the mystery ticket holder and unite them with their winnings, urging everyone to carefully check in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa: "We have the champagne on ice and our fingers crossed that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win. “If the ticket holder fails to appear on time, the money, along with the interest proceeded, would go to the National Lottery good causes fund.

So, for those of you considering yourself as a millionaire candidate, here are the winning numbers once more: 5, 11, 22, 34 and 40 with the lucky stars 9 and 11.

Australian online gambling industry seems to be doing pretty well, while the poker industries in countries like the US, United Kingdom and in other European nations are expanding and thriving. According to the recent news reports from the country, Australian gambling industry is mainly being driven forward by its online poker sector which is generating the most proceeds.

To go deeper into the details the report suggests, here is what you’ll discover:  the overall gaming income for 2012 will take a decent earnings rise of 3.3 percent, meaning that betting sector in the country will also profit. To go even further, this is what the reports suggest: that the average gambler in the country will spend as much as $1,265 on online casino, poker and sports betting. Moreover, the numbers above are estimated to be average figures, so the expenditures may even rise if considering the spreading trend of online poker and online gambling popularity all over the world.

As online poker is the major sector of gambling industry in Australia, the game will ultimately be responsible for over 60 percent of the total customer spending in the year 2012. According to a spokesperson and representative of Australian online gambling operator, Terry Maverick, the gambling industry has been very strong in Australia for many years now: and this has clearly been helped by the growth of several online gaming websites that offer hundreds of online casino games. The trend seems to retain stable growth and Australia will definitely benefit from online poker, even more than the country does nowadays.

Several US states seem to quite likely accept online gambling in 2012 in the US, but a thoughtful effort at altering federal legislature looks less probable as the Presidential voting pulls closer to its culmination. However the states get closer - New Jersey could theoretically be the first state to authorize Internet betting and lead a market worth billions of dollars, after Seton Hall law tutor and constitutional expert John Wefing told an Assemblage panel this week that he does not trust in voters’ requirement to support the law in order to make it legitimate.

The law was voted by Governor Chris Christie last year, naming apprehensions about its legitimacy. However, John Wefing claims that the current laws give the Government right to select and decide on which forms of gambling are suitable for Atlantic City. This relatively means that the main servers could be located in Atlantic City, nonetheless used to process and accept wagers from other places as well.

These all is intra-state, but what about the overall, federal legislation? Whereas the optimistic news keep flowing at state level, specialists in the online gaming industry carry on raising worries about federal legalization on online poker, mentioning the fact that policymakers will be disinclined to touch the issue as the US Presidential Elections get closer and closer. Harry Reid, the leader of Senate Majority has promised that he will “push through” the Legislation and regulate online poker while allowing the states to opt out if they decide to. However, there is no substantial evidence that any positive news is to come soon.



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In the increasing European online casino market, Italy has arisen as the continent's biggest online poker player according to the recent research. Italy's online poker sector exceeded that of all other EU countries for the first time in 2010. In the statistics distributed by chief gaming data professional H2 Capital, the UK was on top of the the European online poker market until 2009, with Italy's market mounting considerably to surpass UK figures in 2010.

The fact to consider is that Italy was one of the first major European countries to officially legalize and regulate online poker, slots and other casino games. Moreover, initially Italians were only permitted to play tournament poker online till July 2011, when laws were changed to allow Italians to play real cash poker online for the first time. 

Authorized reports from the Norwegian Gambling Commission ratify that online poker is also the major form of online casino gaming in Norway, totaling for 28% of online casino gaming activity among the surveyed players, with 27% favoring Sportsbetting and only 7% fancying other online casino games.

As for the US market, online poker also accounts for a substantial19% of US online casino gaming revenue in 2010. However due to the legal situation, slots continue to dominate, with over 800,000 slot machines across the country, now accounting for 70% of US casino floor share.

In contrast to the US market, the developing Asian casino industry demonstrates that Asian gamblers favor table games to slots by an outstanding margin. Statistics for the first quarter of 2008 show that while slots totaled for 70% of all gaming proceeds in Nevada, the figure was just 4.5% of revenue in China's flourishing casino town of Macau.

Following an announcement on Monday regarding the future of online betting in Ontario, gamblers the province could soon be betting closer to home.  The Queen's Park meeting will include Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and OLG Chair Paul Godfrey to discuss the ways of modernizing gambling in the province, while further details about what will be discussed at the press conference have not been released.

Nevertheless, Ontario has been tempted with the idea of making changes to its existing bookmaking regulations with an attempt to generate even more revenues from the already multimillion-dollar business. With this said; CTV Toronto's Queen's Park agency chief Paul Bliss stated in February that the OLG would agree to let the residents to buy lottery tickets online by the end of the year. The Crown Corporation is also anticipated to contribute to mobile gambling and let gamblers place bets from iPhone, BlackBerrys and computers by this time next year.

OLG has said online gambling is worth about $500 million in Ontario, but all that money currently goes to offshore betting sites as there are no reputable local operators licensed within the country. Due to this fact the agency has lately sent out suggestion requests for assistance in setting up and operating online games including video poker and video slots, as well as lottery ticket sales mentioned above.

As for the rest of regions, including British Columbia, have faced severe problems while introduced online gaming. B.C. publicized is online casino in mid-2010, but was required to re-work it after it was negotiated. Casinos operated in Ontario take in about $3.3 billion per annum, while lotteries and bingo net another $3.3 billion. Some $2 billion of that total goes into the province's coffers. So it is obvious that liberalizing gambling policy ( including online gambling) would do good both for the economy and for players too.

The recent seizure of the foreign online gambling websites by the American authorities definitely raises the query, why the Canadian authorities did not detain the illegal websites on their own? Yet only provincial governments are permitted to operate online gambling sites in Canada, there are about 2,000 offshore gambling sites accessible for Canadians, and thereby the huge amounts of money flown out of the country.

Some experts claim that Canadian gambling law is foggy and authorized judgment is separated over whether these sites are in contravention with the Canadian laws. A law professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Stanley Sadinsky, who developed a gambling law course, commented that it is not a top priority for the Canadian police authorities, as they have a much bigger “fish to fry”.

The recent prosecutions implemented by US authorities resulted in an indictment of Calvin Ayre - the founder of the popular Bodog online gaming company - and three of his associates, on charges of running an illegal sports gambling business and conspiring to commit money laundering. Bodog.com domain has also been seized.

The same happened last year in New York on Black Friday, when the three major offshore Internet poker sites: PokerStars; Full Tilt Poker; and Absolute Poker domains were detained.

Canadians, rendering the industry estimations, are contributing as much as $4 billion on offshore gambling sites every year, despite the fact that the Criminal Code allows only provinces to legally run lotteries or betting games online. Up till now, Canadian officials have been hesitant to chase custodies against either the customers or the operators of “illegal” gambling websites sites.

The vice president of the Canadian Gaming Association, Paul Burns commented: “There hasn't been a huge public outcry. There's a high level of acceptance of offshore operators in Canada.” But it is obvious that the lack of clarity in Canadian laws that raise the problem. While some observers believe that the gambling transactions on these sites are occurring on Canadian soil and therefore contravene Canadian laws, others believe that providing the fact that the servers are located offshore, the transactions are taking place offshore as well and therefore, fall outside the regulative area of Canadian laws.

As the police authorities cannot chase and control each and every single gambling individual, the solutions is to go after the operators, but have no legal right to arrest them until they've stepped foot in Canada.
It turns out that Canada has so far neither enforced the law and created the framework, not regulated the offshore websites. At present, British Columbia, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces are those that provide some form of legal online gaming and Ontario is poised to follow suit.

The recent research conducted by e-advertising firm Hitwise has revealed that four times as many females gambled in online casinos in the UK in 2010 compared to the amount of women who have played online casino games in 2007. The report, in difference with previous UK-based researches, concludes that the Internet has definitely exposed females to the world of casino gaming more than ever before.

According to the data that came on the heels of a British Gambling Preference Survey, almost ½ off all British online casino customers in 2011 were female, dismissing the widespread certainty about gambling to be exclusively male pursuit. To be more concrete, the whole of 48.38 percent of all last year gamblers were women, in comparison with the rest and a slightly more 51.62 percent consisting of males.

Regardless the survey results proving that woman are engaged in playing online casino games more than ever before, their strong preference of niche areas such as slots and bingo was also identified. On the other hand, men are open to more diverse forms of gambling, enjoying almost every range of games including roulette, poker and obviously, sports betting.

However there are some trends neglecting the belief that women are only playing bingo and other game of chance and are not eligible for skill games. One of such facts is the women poker tournaments and leagues held by major poker operators proving that females can succeed in skill games as well. By participating in such tournaments women have chance to compete with other females, have fun and gamble in a responsible, safe environment, and what’s most important: they have chance to win some amazing prizes meanwhile. The fact that the tournaments offer flexible conditions and award players respectively encourages female players to step in and prove that women can be equally successful in Gambling industry (if not better) then men are.