By Todd Northrop
In the category of 'better late than never', UK National Lottery operator Camelot has forwarded a copy of the Millionaire Map to Lottery Post for review.
Happily, this reporter can verify that the numbers of millionaires reported by the lottery in their previous statements accurately mirrors the information displayed on the Millionaire Map, although the public may be skeptical of the ability to locate 'lucky stores' based on the rough geography depicted in the map.
A UK National Lottery spokesman stated that "everyone wants to know where is the luckiest shop, village, city and so on," but it appears that the Millionaire Map will not be quite enough to sate that desire.
That's because sales of UK Lottery tickets are broken into just 11 different geographic areas, which does not appear to be detailed enough to pinpoint the number of millionaires in particular villages and shops.
Additionally, the map does not present the population-to-millionaires ratios that the lottery spokesman referred to, so the public can only view the raw millionaire count for each region.
Does the Millionaire Map provide a tool for lottery players to decide where to play the game, or not?
Is the lottery taking a step in the right direction by releasing this information?
Let us know in the comments section.
UK National Lottery Millionaire Map
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