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      29.04.2011 15:00
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      Don't stay in to watch - check your numbers online instead

      The National Lottery first aired in the UK in 1994, presented by Noel Edmonds. I remember the days of Saturday night TV with Noel's house party followed by the Lottery, sitting down as a family; whereas, now it is often a quick draw of the numbers and not the family show it used to be.

      I was too young to play when the Lottery first started but I remeber my dad letting us help him pick some numbers, and I think he won £10 for matching 3 numbers - we're still waiting for the day when we match all 6 numbers!

      The TV show back when it started was a Saturday night TV programme with a different celebrity invited to press the all important button to release the balls and draw the winning numbers. There is now often a gameshow linked to the Lottery programme where contestants play various games to win monetary prizes or holidays across the world, these gameshows don't seem to last more than a few months before the producers come up with a new idea for a gameshow so I've never really managed to get into watching any of them.

      The Lottery has also grown since it first started (although the prize pot has got somewhat smaller as people seem to loose interest), with the original one draw on a Saturday now extended to a Wednesday as well, with Thunderball, Euromillions and Daily Play also being drawn as well. I think people have lost interest because there are so many draws to choose from and as people spend their cash on one or the other the prize pot falls and the attraction of winning becomes less.

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        22.06.2010 21:42

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        Make your own minds up about playing, but i know were i would rather put my money.

        The lottery is one of those things that you gamble your money knowing that the odds of winning are against you. When I first became of age to play the lottery I played it every single week without fail. After about a year of doing this without even winning anything I began to think against playing.

        When I played the lottery I chose my own numbers based on birthdays and dates that were important to me. The problem for me with this is that as I had the same numbers every week I was scared to miss a week and see my numbers appear and realise I had missed out on the chance of winning a large amount of money. Lets face it the chances of winning again are more against you than the first time round.

        The idea of the money that you could win is a very nice idea, but lets face it, is it actually going to happen. I believe that if people had a bit of change that they were going to waste on the lottery then they should give it to a much worthier cause. For example there are people out there that can not afford to buy a ticket even if they wanted to. Maybe if people stopped waisting there money on a dream and helped out other people then they would probably get a better feeling than the feeling they get after they have bought their ticket/s and found out they had no won.

        The idea of winning a huge amount of money is a wonderful idea but lets face it, what are the chances!?

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        17.06.2010 11:58
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        Spread the prize money more evenly

        I used to play the lottery when it first started and I played for a few years but now I have very strong feelings against it for various reasons. Firstly, we all know that odds of winning is astronomical and eventhough I have won the odd £10 I am sure I have spent more money playing than winning.
        Secondly, I started becoming very annoyed at the number of games they added on all of which offer astronomical chances of winning the big prize.
        I am sure those who have won the top prize will disagree with me but I just don't think it's a good investment. The Euro million is the worst rip off of them all because the chances of winning are even less and it costs more to play. Plus you now HAVE TO pay £2 for a raffle number with even less chance of winning.

        Here is what I would like to see: I would like to see bigger prizes for less correct numbers. It is very hard to get 5 numbers or even 4 correct. But the reward is so little that it's hardly a motivation to play.

        The Lottery can be a good thing if they spread the winnings more evenly.

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          24.11.2009 13:44
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          The Show and opinions on the Lottery itself

          The National Lottery show is aired twice weekly on BBC1. The shorter Wednesday show usually lasts for about 10 minutes and is there for us to witness the draws taking place live, the longer Saturday show lasts for around an hour and usually features a pre-recorded quiz/game show before switching live to the draws.

          To be honest I rarely watch the Saturday night quiz show, preferring to switch over when the draws are ready to take place. I have nothing against game and quiz shows and do enjoy other shows but the ones normally associated with the Lottery are in my opinion quite boring and are there simply to fill the time before you get down to the good stuff.

          Reading various reviews on here there seems to be a love/hate relationship with the National Lottery, some people think it's a waste of money and that you have absolutely no hope of ever scooping the jackpot whereas others, including myself adopt that attitude that if played with no expectations it can and indeed does change people's lives.

          I'm almost positive that even if you have never played yourself you still know the rules of the game; pick 6 numbers and if they match the 6 that are drawn you win. Easy enough? As well as winning a huge cash prize for matching all 6 numbers you also get a prize for matching 3, 4, 5 and 5 numbers plus the bonus ball. Cash prizes range from £10.00 for matching 3 upto a potential multi-million pound jackpot for matching 6 especially if there has been no winners for a few weeks and is a roll-over.

          I've mentioned in a comment I left on someone else's review that my wife's parents did win over £90,000 eight years ago by matching 5 numbers and the bonus, had the bonus ball been drawn in the original 6 then their winnings would have been in the millions and I wouldn't be here writing reviews on the internet lol.

          Putting into perspective though, if you play as a source of entertainment it can be exciting watching the numbers being drawn. My own experience with the lottery has been mostly nothing to report, my most exciting encounter was when the first four numbers matched a line I had and I went into a nervous sweat waiting for the last two balls to be drawn, suffice to say they didn't match but I ended up with £60.00 so cant grumble really.

          I think people can have too many expectations when playing and 'expect' to win and are therefore left disappointed when they don't. If you are banking on the Lottery to change your life then you are setting yourself up for a fall every time you play as the odds are highly set against you. I think there the odds are something like 14 million to 1 that you can match 6 numbers out of 49, yet each week someone nearly always manages to do this. It is all down to luck, nothing else, if your numbers match you win. You can't predict the outcome or stack the odds in your favour (unless you buy hundreds of lines of numbers), it is what it is and that's why it's called a "lottery"

          I once ran a syndicate at work where 20 of us put a pound in per week and we let our winnings mount up to £100 with the aim then of buying 100 lucky dips to see what the outcome would be. You won't be surprised to hear that we managed to match 1 line of 3 numbers and came out with a tenner.

          If your luck is in then it's in it's as simple as that, my in-laws won with only 2 lines of numbers so it can be done you do "have to be in it to win it" and in my opinion there is no point moaning about it; either play and be lucky or try again the following week when you are unlucky. A single pound can literally change your life (and no, I don't work for Camelot lol)

          All in all The Lottery show from me gets 3/5 Dooyoo stars, I think the quiz show element doesn't need to be there and like the Wednesday show they should just focus on the draws. The Lottery itself for what it is would rate 5/5 stars, it can change your life if you are lucky.

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            23.11.2009 23:02
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            1 out of 5 because I dont win!

            If you don't know how to play the National Lottery or Lotto as it is now referred to, then I just don't know where you have been hiding over recent years! In short, you go in to an approved Lotto retailer (will be clearly depicted by point of sale in the windows). You go to the Lotto stand (again well indicated) and then you choose a slip for the game you want to play, follow the instructions to complete the slip, e.g. for the main Lotto draw you choose 6 numbers from 1 - 49, then you take the slip to the cashier, pay your £1 per line and then go home and see if your 6 match the 6 drawn out that evening (draws for the main Lotto take place Wednesday and Saturday evenings).

            There are a variety of other none main Lotto games, including Lotto Hotpicks; where you choose up to 5 numbers to match with any of the 6 drawn in the main draw, Thunderball; pick 5 numbers from 1 - 34 plus a 'thunderball' from 1 - 14, the Dream Number; where you get an auto printed number on your main Lotto ticket and you have to match the printed numbers in order. You can win through a variety of combinations of numbers, in the main Lotto draw, 3 numbers matched will get you £10, while 6 numbers, gives you the jackpot.

            In my opinion the additional games are all just money spinners and entice you to spend more. I have always played the Lotto since I was 16 (9 years now) and I have won 2 x £10 in that time. My Mam has played it since launch and have got 4 numbers twice, netting her £70 and £60 and numerous tenners. Initially when the UK's National Lottery was launched, prizes for 4, 5, 6 numbers were huge, now, particularly on a Wednesday night, the winner would be lucky to win £1million. The big money is only paid out on the Euro Millions! And then your playing against the whole of Europe, not just the UK!

            I have just started doing a degree in Risk, surprisingly the odds make it less likely for you winning the Lotto than you dying between purchasing your ticket and sitting down to the draw.

            I actually convince myself every week I will win it, this will be the week my ship comes in and every time I lose I vow not to play anymore, however, I do, because if you don't, particularly if you have pre-picked numbers then this could be the week it all changes! To be honest, I have won more on the number 49s in the bookmakers than I will ever on the Lotto. If I put £1 a week in to premium bonds I would have £500 by now in savings - and I would be entered in to the draw each month - and would probably have won more than I ever will on the Lotto. Hm. I will keep playing though!

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              23.02.2009 09:26
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              Does what it needs to do well, but should lose the extras

              Since its launch over a decade ago, the National Lottery has presented itself in numerous guises and I for one just wish they would run a 5 minute show with the draw itself and that is all. Now, I don't have any problem with the National Lottery itself, as a concept, as I can really see all the good work that has occurred thanks to the lottery funding received, but I do have a problem with the over the top Saturday night show.

              Year after year the BBC have tried to attach gimmick shows to the lottery draw to try and fill a 35-45 minute slot and, such has been the success of these shows that I am struggling to even remember one of them. To me, the BBC would be much better off scrapping the endless quiz shows that have attached to the lottery program in exchange for a quality serial drama or some new sitcom show. The lottery need only take 5 minutes and that is all the people that watch the show are interested in anyway.

              I, and I know I am not alone, have started to look for the lottery result on the internet now as I don't want to have to watch what is served up before the draw any longer. If you love quiz shows then you will like this program, but I firmly believe that Saturday night TV should be better than that and it certainly needs looking at.

              In terms of the coverage of the draw, then this is where the program excels. Now you might think that a show covering the delivery of 7 balls through an automated machine is an easy thing to do, but I believe there is a certain degree of skill to it. The commentator clearly knows his lottery stuff and delivers a running report on the frequency and winning ratio of each ball delivered. This is more often than not useless information, but certainly provides a different angle on just saying "and out comes number 34...". The music and lighting while the draw is on creates an interesting and eerie type of mood for what is a life changing moment for somebody.

              The draw goes off air pretty much straight away afterwards which is the right thing to do. If only the show was as brief beforehand.

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                09.03.2008 20:42
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                live draws of lottery numbers

                National lottery is a TV programme on BBC. Primarily it is there to run the draw for National Lottery. Unfortunately it has become a game show and the numbers are shown after the games that contestants play.

                I don't like this because twice a week most people are impatient to know the draw results and not silly games that pay well to contestants however if you think about it the money on this show comes from the lottery money and the wait for the numbers is wrong too.

                Why can't we have a simple five minute show with numbers only?

                Majority of us lose every Saturday. Yet the people taking part in the show are winners this doesn't seem write. Of course I boycott the baulk of the show and only watch the draws.

                Could the show be a marketing exercise to ease the pain of lottery players losing week in week out. I think this may well be the case.

                The Important thing is that this show does live draws of several games every week.

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                  08.03.2008 14:09

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                  Show that gives you the live National Lottery Draw

                  I like to buy a lottery ticket every now and then, and when I do, I like to tune in to the live show on BBC1 on a Saturday night to experience the excitement of the live draw.

                  I remember when there was just one lottery draw to watch. You checked your 6 numbers and that was that. Now-a-days there are various different draws, daily play, thunderball, dream number, and the lotto draw. So the Saturday show has a few different draws, with the lotto main draw at the end of the show.

                  It's presented by a few different hosts including Duncan James (formerly from boy band 'Blue') Scott Mills (from radio 1) Sara Cawood (really poor tv presenter who has done nothing of note) and John Barrowman (from Dr Who & Torchwood).

                  The show is really longer than it needs to be, because most people just want the numbers and don't need the faffing about that often comes with the show, stretchig it out to 15 minutes.

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                  24.02.2007 18:30
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                  don't buy it

                  Sometime people don't accept reality. Look at the national lottery. If I buy a ticket for it I have more chance of landing on the moon than winning on the lottery. I have one in several million chance of winning on the lottery.

                  Chances of winning are very low yet people continue to buy tickets and the money raised goes to causes which feed the rich.

                  In my opinion Lottery is a national tax. Of course people can stop buying ticket for it. It has to be millions of people because one person doesn't put any dent in the profit of Camelot.

                  Greed is a bad thing. I have seen the poor and the old buying these tickets, neither of these people can afford to buy it or don't have the need for it.

                  Lottery is shown live on Saturdays. I don't watch midweek.

                  There are stupid game shows preceding the draw.

                  Number of winners in one draw are under ten. Tickets sold millions. It is only a pound. Overtime money adds up .

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                    13.01.2006 15:37
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                    Life's not a Lottery

                    Since the Conservative government in 1994 introduced The National Lottery, lottery income has been given to support Good Causes in the arts, sport, heritage, health, education, environment, and community and charity sectors. Money has been raised for, amongst other things, sports facilities and training for potential sports stars of the future and various tourist attractions around the country (although there is a bias towards giving lottery funding to causes in the London area) such as the Eden Project and the National Opera House. Charities include cancer research and young people suffering drug abuse.

                    The lottery is in essence a voluntary but indirect way of extracting taxes from the population. Given that it is usually those on lower income who are often those most likely to but a lottery ticket, it is the poorest of society who are paying the bulk of this indirect tax. The present government has continued with this modern form of indirect taxation.

                    Camelot - the company that was given the contract for running the lottery has made huge profits since the lottery began. You can be sure that its shareholders and directors earn healthy incomes. In my opinion the National Lottery should be run by a non-profit organisation.

                    Doing the lottery is a form of gambling that requires no skill and that can for many become an addictive habit. Once people have chosen their 'lucky numbers' they often feel committed to doing the lottery every week without fail in case their numbers come up. There is a famous case of the man who failed to do his lottery ticket one weekend who was told that his numbers were the winning numbers. On realising that he had failed to do his lottery ticket and had missed the chance to win millions, he returned home from the pub one evening and committed suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun. The sad irony of the story however, was that only five of his numbers had come up so he wouldn't have won the jackpot anyway.

                    I'm not really against the idea of the lottery but personally I don't believe that, in an ideal society, people who are cancer sufferers, drug addicts or who are homeless should have to rely on lottery funding. All health and social care should be financed via the tax system. And given the millions earned by the top sports stars, surely sport should be able to finance itself. Unfortunately we don't live in an ideal society.

                    Finally, as for winning the lottery, I believe that the chances are fourteen million to one. There is more chance of being struck by lightening or being hit by a meteorite. I also think that the actual jackpot is far too big and that the winnings could be spread out so that more people have a chance of winning. I think this is the case in Spain.

                    It's always interesting and quite funny at times to see what lottery winners say they're going to do with the money they've won. They never seem to have much of a clue as to what to do with the money apart from buying lots of expensive possessions that they don't really need and that often makes all their neighbours, friends and family jealous.

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                      02.04.2005 20:58
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                      This review is about the Irish lottery, as I live in Wexford in Ireland. Similar issues apply, except obviously all the odds have risen dramatically! In Ireland, the odds of winning the jackpot prize are a whopping 1 in 5,245,786. That means that if every single person in Ireland bought a ticket to a raffle, you would have way more chance of having your ticket picked out of that monstrously big hat, than you have of winning the lottery. In fact, you are over two and a half times more likely to be killed by falling out of your bed than you are of winning the Irish Lottery.


                      LOTTO FACTS
                      The shocking thing is that Ireland’s odds are quite generous. If you fancy a flutter in the Canadian National lottery, you have one chance in 13,983,816 of holding the winning ticket. How about the odds in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery in America? The odds in that one are 1 in 135 million.


                      So why do we play the Lotto? Why do so many of us take 2 euro out of our hard-earned wages and throw it at such mindless odds. People pass it off with silly excuses like "Sure, somebody has to win it", "Better odds than me being president, isn't it?" or "Less than a pint anyway". However if you spend 5 euro on the lotto twice a week for just ONE YEAR, you’re facing a bill of 520 euro. Can you think of something a little better to spend that money on? Is that less than a pint?


                      LOTTO FACTS
                      You are seven and a half times more likely to be killed by a dog than you are of winning the Irish Lottery. Shocked? How about the fact that you are
                      § Over five times more likely to be killed in a bathtub?
                      § Almost 61 times more likely to be killed by poison?
                      § Almost twice as likely to freeze to death?
                      § Two and half times more likely to be killed by being struck by lightning?
                      § Two and half times more likely to be killed by a tornado?
                      § And finally, a whopping ONE THOUSAND AND FIFTY times more likely to be killed in a car crash


                      In my opinion, the National Lottery is slyly turning us into a nation of gamblers. It pawns off that notion with Government backing, fancy advertising and its presence in almost every newsagent in Ireland. Yet the Lottery is gambling, pure and simple, and the number of gambling addicts in Ireland is steadily rising. If the lottery continues to be so widely accepted, we will teach our children that gambling is acceptable, and that it holds no danger for them. What's worse is that we seem to believe it ourselves…


                      LOTTO FACTS
                      If you have a partner, and the two of you decided to play the world’s largest game of spin the bottle with the ENTIRE POPULATION of Luxembourg, you are five times more likely of the bottle pointing at your partner when you spin it than of winning the Lotto. Of course its just as likely to point at that man with the funny smell who lives above the bakery in Mersch.


                      My personal opinion on the subject is that more and more, it is targeted at people who have a low weekly income. It sells them the dream of a better life for 2 euro a week, which in many cases they can ill afford. Not only that, but have you ever seen a lotto ad that said "Play the Lotto, you could be rich! On the other hand, you’ve way more chance of being killed by a tree falling on your head"? The odds are hidden, tucked away in some remote corner of the Lotto website. I feel a law should be passed, which would state that each lottery ad must include a statement of your actual odds of success. God knows, that would make me laugh more than Billy Connolly prancing and shouting "Don't live a little, live a lotto!".

                      LOTTO FACTS
                      If a red cross was drawn on the back of one euro coin, and placed it in a line of touching euros TWELVE KILOMETRES LONG, you would have more chance of picking out that coin than winning the lottery.


                      Now, I now by this stage in the article many of you are saying that all the proceeds of the National Lottery go to charity. Well, you’re half right. In fact, you’re a third right, as 33 cent of every euro spent on the Lottery goes to good causes. I may be wrong on this, but I don't believe this to be anywhere near enough. It wastes significant portions of people's wages and desensitises us to gambling, and yet 66% of the money taken is not even returned to do some good in the community! I feel if you want to help a good cause, donate the 2 euro a week to Concern or Trocaire. I guarantee they’ll be delighted to receive it, and you'll feel better than the dejection of another crumpled ticket on a Saturday night.

                      So, the next time you go to buy a Lotto ticket remember this : "It could be you…" but its 5,245,785 times more likely to be someone else.


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                        21.07.2004 21:51
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                        I used to play the lottery every week an spent almost £500 a month on tickets. Then I joined the new online e-syndicate where you're always guaranteed ONE number on the UK National Lottery and TWO star numbers on the euromillions. Basically that's an 86% greater chance of winning the normal draw and 96% chance of the euromillions. You get 88 lines for just £5 per week and you can play for free if you get 5 friends interested. I've won 4 times on it (£300 in 4 weeks) and I just love it. Better than the irish one, thunderball, and every other draw available. Check it out at www.lottomoney.co.uk tom

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                          11.04.2003 01:33
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                          • "Camelot in charge untill 2008."

                          The National Lottery, now known as the Lotto is becoming boring with sales figures at their lowest since the launch back in 1994. The Lotto is rapidly going down hill after Camelot decided to run the Lotto instead of letting Richard Branson turn it into the Peoples Lottery. We will have to suffer until 2008 with Camelot holding the liscence after signing the 7 years contract in 2001. In May 2002 Camelot wasted £72m on marketing to improve falling sales of 3 years. The money was wasted on adverts with Billy Connolly catchphrase ?Don?t live a little, live a Lotto? to try a boost ticket sales to promote the new name Lotto. I have nothing against Billy Connolly but think he wasted his time and effort in TV commercials, since the advert ticket sales have fallen to a record low. Camelot may consider having the Lotto daily, a very bad ideas as anyone who uses the same sets of number every week would have to pay an extra £20 a month just to play the main Lotto, this does not include the Thunderball and Lotto extra. The Chances of winning the Lottery is 14 million to one so have to be extremley lucky to get all 6 numbers. I was disgusted last year when a convicted Criminal won £9.7m just after he was released from Prison at the age of 19. I know some of you think I am being biased, but just think that he should have won far less money so that he has to still work for a living. I hope that Camelot scrap the Lotto Extra which I detest immensely, it is completely Unfair, as you would feel very sick and gutted if 5 numbers out of the 6 came up and win zilch. I have not met many people who play the Lotto extra unless it is a big Jackpot. Scrap the Lotto Extra altogether, replace with a game that allows you to win high sums of money
                          for less numbers. With the standard of living being so high why not change the winning amount of 3 numbers from the standard £10 to £20, which should increase over the years. What good is £10 when inflation increases each year, it not even enough to buy a basic shopping. At least with £20, you could buy 8 pints of lager with the winnings that would make up the average round of drinks. The amount you win for 4 numbers depends on how many people win the main, Lotto draw, which could be anything from £28 to £98. Also depends on the ticket sales, will increase jackpot if there is a rollover. I think a standard £100 should be given in each Lotto game for 4 numbers. If you are lucky enough to win 5 numbers, a standard £5000 should be won and not the usual £2000 or less. This would decrease the main Lotto amount but is worth it as the Jackpot money would still be life changing. On a recent Teletext letter a guy has used the same set of numbers and has won nothing after 200 attemps. I play the main Lotto and Thunderball with the same numbers and have not won since Saturday 6th July 2002, which was only £10. I once got 4 numbers and only won £34, which is so unfair as it does not happen very often to many people. Play in a work Syndicate with 7 sets of numbers twice a week and only get the odd £10 using the same set of numbers for 3 years. The only good idea Camelot have devised is the Lotto HotPicks which gives away larger sums of money for less sets of numbers. Pick, either 2, 3 or 4 sets of numbers if your chosen sets come up in the main Lotto you will win the following amounts. Pick 2 win £40. Pick 3 win £450. Pick 4 win £7000. This game is separate from the main draw. Having the Thunderball twice a week instead of once creates higher chances of
                          winning higher sums of money at a set amounts. To play the Thunderball you need to choose 5 sets of numbers between 1 and 34, 1 Thunderball number between 1 and 14. Match 1 plus Thunderball = £5. Match 2 plus Thunderball = £10. Match 3 = £10. Match 3 plus Thunderball = £20. Match 4 = £100. Match 4 plus Thunderball= £250. Match 5 = £5000. Match 5 plus Thunderball = £250,000. In the Main Lotto you have to choose 6 numbers out of 49 and win little money unless you win the Jackpot with all 6 numbers or 5 numbers plus the bonus number. Usually the Jackpot is shared by winners with the same sets of numbers so may only win a quarter or less of the Jackpot. The Lotto Extra has the same set of numbers as above but need all 6 numbers to win the Jackpot that could be low or high depending on how many weeks the jackpot carries through. Sales only increase if the Jackpot is high e.g. £20 million which is mostly won by one winner which is too much. A maximum limit should be allocated of £15 million excess money should go to charity chosen by the winner. If there more then 1 winner then the prize money can be shared. The National Lottery game shows on Saturday evening should be replaced with the Lottery draws only. I hate it when they have the Thunderball first then have to wait towards the end of the show for the main draw. The Wednesday draw is better with only 10 minutes of airtime rather then 45 minutes. The money made from tickets sales of £1 per ticket does go to many good causes such as building new Sports Training Centres for kids plus many others. A few years ago Lottery money was wasted on the Millenium Dome, which is an eyesore to look at and should never have been built. The money at the mome
                          nt is being spent on Asylum Seekers that are illegally in this Country, except for geniune Asylum Seekers who are being persecuted in their own Country. I would like to see some of the money going into the NHS to improve their Services. Lottery scatch cards better known as Lottery Instants costs £1 to £2 per card depending in how high the prize money is. There are 36 games to choose from, which are shown on Ceefax page 558. It gives the name, amount and how many prizes remain in the UK except for Southern Ireland that have their own Lottery that is better then ours. The money that can be won ranges from £77 to £1 million, prizes to be won Cars and Holidays. Your local Newsagents or Supermarket should sell Scratch cards located at the till. I will not write out all 36 games, but will show 4 scatch card games. Grand National, £10,000. Merry Christmas, £50,000. Instants Orange and Yellow £100,000. Millionaire Green, £1 million. More games might get added in future. My advise to anyone who does not have the same numbers every week should use the Lucky Dip that picks your numbers randomly. This would stop oneself from worrying that your chosen numbers will come up the day that you forget to put on your regular numbers. There is a maximum of 8 weeks of advanced payment of the Lottery is a good idea if you can afford it in one go, as long as you put the date of renewal in your Diary. This stops you worrying for 2 months, which is good if you always use the same numbers. Not so good for the Lucky Dip as set of numbers from passed weeks might suddenly come up and would feel very gutted. I do not use the new name Lotto, still prefer the old name National Lottery, which needs a major reshuffl
                          e if Camelot want to increase ticket sales in the future and should hand over the License to Richard Branson in 2008.

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                            13.10.2002 15:35
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                            National Lottery ? the least likely way to become rich Just about everybody reading this will have bought a lottery ticket or a scratch card at some point. All of us would like to be millionaires. The lottery, without doubt, is the most accessible way of becoming one. So, do the sums add up? Well, probably not. As a nation, we now have more millionaires than ever before. Most of them have worked their way to this status. Many have invested their way. Others have inherited their wealth. As gambling goes, the amount paid out in lottery prize money is paltry. Compared to casinos and bookies, and even fruit machines, the amount of stake returned is about as low as it could be! Playing roulette is a great bet! The margin for the casino is only 3% ? on average 97% money staked is retuned as prizes! A card counting blackjack player can actually turn the odds in their favour, with 102% of money staked being returned in prizes (although this is illegal in Las Vegas and takes remarkable mental acumen!). Ladbrokes pocket approximately 10% profit for every £1 staked, meaning 90% of all stakes are returned to winning bets. Even the fruit machine in the local pub has an 80% payout. The lottery, wait for it, returns a pitiful 45% of funds staked in prize money. This is a truly awful return. Even somebody investing in the stock market over the last two turbulent years should have achieved a better return than this! Who gets the rest then? Well, the newsagent just about covers his costs with 5% of your money. He hopes you will pick up a flake and an evening newspaper at the same time as buying your lottery ticket. Next in line for the money is Gordon Brown. Now, remember, he pockets 12.5p of your stake. In addition, he rakes in Corporation Tax on Camelot and their profits, and enjoys creaming off 40% of the income generated by your winnings! It is a massive money-
                            spinner for the Government coffers. But, I hear you say, what about the good causes? Well, if you can hand on heart say that you buy your lottery ticket for the benefit of the good causes you are a generous person. But why not just send your stake directly to the good cause and massively increase the value to them? So, what is a good cause? Well, I have seen local cricket clubs, theatre groups and community centres benefit. I am happy with this. This is genuine money reaching genuine people. Then there is £120m indirectly reaching the Wembley Stadium fiasco. I reserve judgement on the value of this until our new National Stadium is built. If the Welsh example is anything to go by, you could persuade me that this is a good investment. The Dome. Perhaps the basic idea of a centrepiece for Millennium celebrations was justified. The content was a disgrace as was / is the financial mismanagement of the site. I expect the decision makers to consider better ways of investing our £800m. Perhaps a Millennium cancer fighting hospital would have been a better option. It was agreed at the outset that lottery funds for good causes should not go to hospitals and other Government expenditure responsibilities, as HM Treasury were already raking enough from the sale of tickets to do this themselves. But I was under the impression that lottery funds were to be used for British good causes. Such as supporting the Rwandan pottery industry. Or allowing organisations to support convicted Sikh terrorists claims to remain in Britain. Or supporting groups who help asylum seekers (who have already received legal aid, free accommodation, benefits and due legal process) to remain in Britain after they have been told to leave. I am not saying I know the best way to spend these huge sums. My idea of a brand new stadium for Stockport County at lottery expense may just hit reasonable opposition! But I am not prepared
                            to buy a lottery ticket simply because the prize pot is painfully low and the good causes money is wasted. Your money. You decide how you want to spend it!

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                              12.08.2002 07:39
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                              The national lottery nowadays is ridiculous. It really has turned into an ugly programme and I don’t know anyone who watches it. The show is a joke. They put on grade C celebrities to sing and prance around. They have wasted so much money on the Wembley Project, which resulted into a big flop. This money could have been used on education, health, poverty etc. I was shocked when they rejected Richard Branson’s bid to host the lottery. He was not interested in profit at all and was willing to give revenue to charity. Yet they gave it to Camelot. Branson’s lottery bid looked exciting, and a fresh start was needed in this desperate situation. Also the fact that Branson is such an idol would of persuaded more people to play. The lotto extra is the worst idea ever, how can you expect to win when you need all 6 numbers. The thunder ball was also unsuccessful, as you need that one stupid thunder ball. The instants have gone over the top, as there are so many to choose from. Finally the idea Wednesday lottery was good for a while but people still think Saturdays the only day. In the beginning they used to show interesting clips that the previous weeks winner was and what they’ve been getting up to. THE MYSTIC MEG PART USED TO MAKE US FEEL LUCKIER BUT NOW IT HAS BEEN SCRAPPED. I remember when she said truck drivers as one of the lucky ones and my dad won 4 numbers. However the game shows such as Jet Set and Winning Lines are decent.

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