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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather video: Cloudy and windy with rain easing by dawn

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    A quick check on the weather forecast before we end today's live stream.

    It'll be cloudy and windy at first tonight with some outbreaks of rain. Tomorrow will start off cloudy with some rain at first, but this will soon ease

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. On TV: Worcester's £33m lottery winner

    We're live in Worcester this evening to hear more about the city's £33m lottery winner, confirmed by operators Camelot this afternoon.

    Join us from 18:30 on BBC One in the West Midlands.

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  4. Record lottery win: Timeline of a £66m jackpot

    - 9 January 2016: The draw was made, with a record top prize of £66m available after 14 weeks without a jackpot winner

    - 10 January: Camelot announces there are two tickets bearing the winning numbers

    - 13 January: Carol and David Martin, a couple from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, announce they are one of the winners and in "total shock"

    Winning Lotto balls

    - 21 January: With one £33m-winning ticket still unclaimed, Camelot announces it was bought "in the Worcester area"

    - 25 January: Hundreds of people claim to have a lost or damaged winning ticket including one potential claimant who feared she put hers through the wash

    - 28 January: Camelot announces it has tracked down the winning ticket which was not subjected to a review - the winner has remained anonymous

  5. Lottery jackpot ticket holder to keep all £33m, unlike winners in the USA

    Lottery prizes may be higher in the USA -  the latest Powerball jackpot was $1.6bn (£1.1bn) - but winners don't get to keep it all, unlike the UK equivalent.

    The US government levies a 39.6% federal income tax on the winners, and the payout will also be subject any taxes that the winners' home states may impose.

    However if the lucky winner of £33m, who's from Worcester, tries to pass the money on it would be subject to inheritance tax.

    Powerball cards
  6. Latest: Holder of record £33m lottery ticket comes forward; Worcester winner wants anonymity

    Here are the latest headlines on the lottery jackpot story:

    - Camelot say the holder of the winning ticket, bought in Worcester, has come forward

    - The winner doesn't want to be named and Camelot says it has "a duty of care to protect the anonymity"

    - Winner of a previous £22.5m jackpot says the ticket holder should take it "day-by-day"

  7. Other record lottery jackpots

    To put the UK's £66m record jackpot into perspective here are the top jackpots from across the world:

    - Spain - El Gordo - €2.24bn (£1.68bn)

    - USA - Powerball - $1.6bn (£1.1bn)

  8. 'Take it day by day' advises previous lottery jackpot winner

    The holder of Worcester's winning £33m lottery ticket should "enjoy it" but also "take it day-by-day", according to a previous jackpot winner.

    Mark Gardiner from Hastings shared a £22.5m lottery win with a colleague in 1995.

    Quote Message: It's a fantastic feeling, but take it easy, take it day-by-day, because there are going to be lots of people who are going to advise [the winner] on how to send the money. from Mark Gardiner Lottery winner
    Mark GardinerLottery winner
  9. What the winners of the other half of the £66m lottery jackpot plan to do

    The winners of the other half of the record £66m National Lottery jackpot, are David and Carol Martin, both aged 54.

    David and Carol Martin

    "If we had won £50,000 we would have probably been dancing round the living room," said Mr Martin.

    "But when we were sitting looking at each other and we had won £33m we didn't speak to each other for about five minutes."

    The couple from Hawick in the Scottish Border said they intended to take early retirement as soon as possible.

  10. The modest way to celebrate becoming a lottery millionaire

    Grandfather John Baxter, who won £1m on EuroMillions in 2013, said: "I went to the supermarket and splashed out a tenner on new slippers.

    "I couldn't think of anything else I really needed."

  11. Winning ticket not 'lost, stolen destroyed or damaged'

    Camelot said the fact that a ticket had been validated within 180 days of the draw meant it had not been submitted under its lost, stolen destroyed or damaged policy.

    In the days since the winning numbers were announced, the lottery operator says it has been inundated with claims.

    Lottery wheel
  12. Record lottery jackpot follows 14 rollovers

    The £66m jackpot was won on 9 January after 14 consecutive rollovers.

    At the time, Camelot said that if the two tickets were held by individuals, each them would be the joint biggest National Lottery winners.

  13. Winner of £33m extra lucky due to change in the number of balls in the lottery draw

    Changes to the number of balls in the lottery draw have made a win statistically less likely.

    This pushed out the odds of picking six correct numbers from one in 14 million to one in 45 million.

    Lottery draw

    In October last year, Lotto operator Camelot added 10 extra balls to the draws taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, taking the number from 49 to 59.

  14. Lottery winner chooses to remain anonymous

    The holder of the winning lottery ticket worth £33m has chosen to remain anonymous, Camelot says.

    The lottery operator says under its licence to operate it has "a duty of care to protect the anonymity of all National Lottery winners" and "no further details" would be released.

    Lottery card
  15. What to do with a £33m lottery win

    A mere £12.4m will buy you eight acres of paradise in the Bahamas.

    Gumelemi Cay is supplied with electricity, water and cable TV but it is otherwise a blank canvas for today's lottery winners to transform into their own oasis. You can find more ideas on what the money could buy in this BBC article.

    Desert island

    A 1992 Boeing MD 87 VIP to fly there will cost £6m.

    It boasts a stateroom, with its own bed and en-suite, as well as a nine-seater first-class cabin for VIPs.

    There is also a "clubroom" for six passengers and a premium coach for another 21 people.

    Luxury plane
  16. Second lottery winner found amid hundreds of claims

    A record £66m Lotto jackpot was drawn on 9 January, with Camelot announcing there were two winners.

    A couple from Hawick quickly came forward, but a failure to identify the second ticket-holder led the lottery operator to reveal more details, including that it was bought in Worcester.

    Earlier this week Camelot said hundreds of people had come forward to claim the winning ticket.

  17. Camelot delighted £33m lottery winner 'won't miss out'

    "We’re delighted that the winner of this amazing prize has now come forward and we hope that they will enjoy their win," a spokesperson for Camelot says.

    "It would have been awful if the ticket-holder had missed out on this substantial and life-changing amount of money. We would like to remind all National Lottery players to check their tickets every time they play.”  

  18. BreakingBREAKING NEWS: £33m lottery winner found

    Camelot says it has received a valid claim on the £33m Lotto jackpot winning ticket bought in Worcester.

    The winning ticket-holder wants to remain anonymous, the lottery operator says.

  19. Your pictures: Trees silhouetted against the sky

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    This gorgeous picture, taken in Chaddesley Corbett, comes from Jo Till.

    I'd love to feature your pictures of Herefordshire and Worcestershire - you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

    Chaddersley Corbett