Scrap the lottery, say critics, as prices double
Lotto ticket prices are doubling this weekend. The National Lottery has raised £30 billion for sport, charity and the arts – but has it made Britain a nation of gamblers?
EU police uncover £7 million football fraud
European police have found evidence that organised criminals in 30 countries have fixed as many as 680 football matches worldwide. Has the sport been corrupted by gambling and the mafia?
Cricket hero turned cheat gets prison term
Salman Butt, former captain of the Pakistani cricket team, will serve 30 months in prison for his part in a match-fixing scandal. His fall has brought shame to a once respectable sport.
Punter bets £2 and wins a fortune. What now?
Steve Whiteley recently won £1.45 million after a good day at the races. Suddenly his life is transformed. But do big winnings always lead to happiness?