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Largest-ever UK Lotto jackpot has players... angry?

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Posted: December 30, 2015, 6:02 am - IP Logged

By Todd Northrop

In the United States, a record jackpot is cause for celebration and waves of ticket-buying, but in the United Kingdom players are bemoaning tomorrow night's record £42.2 million (US$62.62 million) Lotto jackpot and threatening to boycott the game, according to local media reports.

Apparently having a jackpot won frequently is more important to Brits than the size of the pot.

Tomorrow's record £42.2 million jackpot is the result of a record 10th rollover. The reason for the high number of rollovers is the new game format, in which the odds of landing the top prize is now one in 45 million after operator Camelot made a series of controversial changes, including adding an extra 10 balls to the draw.

That came after the price of playing the game doubled to £2.

This week lottery players vented their fury and dismay on social media site Twitter.

Benjamin Copp said, "Remember when we doubled the price? Now let's triple the odds."

Tony Marszoi said, "Anyone else notice it costs £2 a line now (and is) more difficult to win."

Katt Abos added, "My chances of winning have gone from 14 million to 1 to an astonishing 45 million to 1 but the changes are supposed to encourage me."

And Nigel Wilson said, "Another rollover — there's a surprise. Too many rollovers. Think it's time to boycott the National Lottery."

The past Saturday the jackpot rolled over yet again when no one matched the winning numbers of 17, 21, 31, 38, 44, and 58, with bonus number 20.

Under the new Lotto game rules the jackpot can grow up to £50 million. If there is no winner in the following draw the pot is shared between players who get five numbers and the bonus ball.

Will player reaction suddenly change if that happens? Nobody knows for sure, because this is all new territory for the UK National Lottery.

The last draw to produce a jackpot winner was back on November 14. That jackpot was worth £4.34 million (US$6.61 million), which was typical for a UK Lotto jackpot win.

Despite some players venting their anger, a National Lottery spokesman properly promoted the huge prize.

"The Lotto jackpot is poised to break records with £42.2million waiting to be won," the spokesman said. "A single winner would instantly become the biggest Lotto winner the nation has ever seen."

The new Lotto game does always have several big winners each drawing, despite the outlash about the top prize rollovers. Each drawing there are five guaranteed winners of £1 million in the Millionaire Raffle and 20 guaranteed winners of £20,000. Each Lotto ticket purchase includes one entry to the raffle.

In the Saturday evening drawing, 89 players matched five out of the seven numbers, winning £1,351, but there was no winner of the £350,000 Lotto HotPicks top prize.

UK Lotto is drawn twice per week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, at 8:00 pm local time. The winning numbers are published on Lottery Post's UK National Lottery Results page soon after each drawing. Unlike other lottery websites on the Internet, Lottery Post publishes the complete UK Lotto results, including all winning Millionaire Raffle numbers.

I am a big fan of the UK Lottery. It has raised billions of pounds for "good causes", which is why the lottery was set up. 
The London Olympics, which was great success with the UK ranking 3rd with 65 medals, was funded with lottery revenue.
British athletes benefited from lottery sports funding. 
The lottery funds community projects, including sports facilities, across the UK.

We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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    I am a big fan of the UK Lottery. It has raised billions of pounds for "good causes", which is why the lottery was set up. 
    The London Olympics, which was great success with the UK ranking 3rd with 65 medals, was funded with lottery revenue.
    British athletes benefited from lottery sports funding. 
    The lottery funds community projects, including sports facilities, across the UK.

    Merely entertainment, nothing lasting.  Bang Head

    Instead, I would rather see the massive amounts of lottery monies being spent, in all countries, to create manufacturing facilities.  These manufacturing facilities would pay each adult, full-time employee at least $50K/year salary for full-time, 40 hours per week work.  No overtime, because enough attendance reliable, full-time adult employees hired -- in each facility -- to staff 3 shifts, each weekday.  On Saturdays and Sundays several 'weekends-only employees' would work 8 or 12-hour shifts; these employees would be those who need income, yet aren't mentally able to work five days per week jobs yet.  All facilities would offer 1/2 salary, full-time work "internships/work-to-perfect" to teenager GED and high school graduates.  Now ... does that sound worthwhile to any senior teenagers and adults?

    With this established, in order to use existing buildings for the new manufacturing facilities campuses, who's for closing TWO THIRDS of all for-huge-profit colleges [pay huge amounts, give up years of your life to receive huge abuses/misunderstandings from this hired vendor, not be guaranteed full-time or even part-time employment, and then begin paying back huge past education loan(s)]?

    NoelSnowmanChristmas

    Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

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      Posted: December 31, 2015, 4:37 pm - IP Logged

      Camelot...and to think, PA wanted them in charge.

      Good for the Brits...let them get mad and I hope they don't play. Rearranging odds/balls/payouts/winning combos is wrong for

      a game that people have played in the past and enjoyed. Don't these suckers realize that making odds worse ticks people off and

      turns them off too? They just see more $$$$$$.

      One person will win, how many times must that happen for people to totally get sick of it? How many times can they change the

      game and still expect people to play? People are not dumb and I hope the ones that think buying hundreds of chances on a game

      with millions and millions of odds to one finally get a clue and stop feeding the monster.

      246 ~~ 485 ~~ 369 ~~ 890 ~~ 705 ~~ 357 ~~ 129 ~~ 165 ~  007 ~ 225 ~ 818 ~ 440 ~  7775 5557

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        Posted: January 1, 2016, 2:26 pm - IP Logged

        Agree with the UK lotto players. It's better with often but minor jackpots. Now they have made winning too hard.

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          Posted: January 1, 2016, 9:39 pm - IP Logged

          Merely entertainment, nothing lasting.  Bang Head

          Instead, I would rather see the massive amounts of lottery monies being spent, in all countries, to create manufacturing facilities.  These manufacturing facilities would pay each adult, full-time employee at least $50K/year salary for full-time, 40 hours per week work.  No overtime, because enough attendance reliable, full-time adult employees hired -- in each facility -- to staff 3 shifts, each weekday.  On Saturdays and Sundays several 'weekends-only employees' would work 8 or 12-hour shifts; these employees would be those who need income, yet aren't mentally able to work five days per week jobs yet.  All facilities would offer 1/2 salary, full-time work "internships/work-to-perfect" to teenager GED and high school graduates.  Now ... does that sound worthwhile to any senior teenagers and adults?

          With this established, in order to use existing buildings for the new manufacturing facilities campuses, who's for closing TWO THIRDS of all for-huge-profit colleges [pay huge amounts, give up years of your life to receive huge abuses/misunderstandings from this hired vendor, not be guaranteed full-time or even part-time employment, and then begin paying back huge past education loan(s)]?

          NoelSnowmanChristmas

          You can't possibly be serious. Do you really and honestly think that what you're presenting is even remotely feasible?

          The lottery creates billions of dollars (for the states which have them) for education. Even with those billions, there are still shortfalls enough so that non-essential programs are being cut left and right. 

          For profit schools are a business. Why go after a business for making a profit when every state has local colleges anyone can attend for a fraction of the cost. It's not as if they have some kind of monopoly on tertiary level education. Anyone with an IQ high enough to take classes should also know that education is no guarantee of employment.

          I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

          The odds are about the same.

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            Posted: January 2, 2016, 11:26 pm - IP Logged

             I am.

            Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

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              Posted: January 4, 2016, 2:26 pm - IP Logged

              It could be worse -- So far there have only been 25 drawings under the new system.  Here are 5 of them.  If you want to play a set of numbers - Play 29 31 41 55 58 59.

               

              2015-10-2429314355585911
              2015-12-3022314752555923
              2015-10-3126394142555916
              2015-11-251829384143578
              2015-12-2617213138445820

              Good Luck & Best Wishes To All.........................................

              Your Welcome.........................

                butch2030's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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                Posted: January 4, 2016, 5:49 pm - IP Logged

                It could be worse -- So far there have only been 25 drawings under the new system.  Here are 5 of them.  If you want to play a set of numbers - Play 29 31 41 55 58 59.

                 

                2015-10-2429314355585911
                2015-12-3022314752555923
                2015-10-3126394142555916
                2015-11-251829384143578
                2015-12-2617213138445820

                Good Luck & Best Wishes To All.........................................

                Your Welcome.........................

                Forgot to highlight the 55 in the 3rd drawing listed above..............................

                2015-10-3126394142555916