UK National Lottery Subscription Leaflet
It took almost three and half years for Camelot to finally publish
a leaflet about the subscription service that they've been running since
the lottery began. Unsurprisingly, retailers don't have this leaflet
available (they lose their 5% commission with subscriptions, so there's
no incentive to tell any of their customers about them !), so I got mine
by phoning Camelot on 0645 125 000. The March 1998 leaflet
Subscribe Today - It's The Easy Way To Play is reproduced without
Introducing the National Lottery
Over a million people in the UK win a National Lottery prize each week.
Each time, someone could become a millionaire. It could be absolutely
anyone. It could be you. Only one thing's certain. If you're not playing,
you can't win.
All you do is choose six numbers from 1 to 49. If at least three of the
numbers you choose match any of the six main numbers drawn, you're a winner.
If your six numbers match the six main numbers that are drawn - in any order -
you are a jackpot winner. You also win a prize by matching five out of the
six, or four out of the fix. Even by matching only three of the main numbers
you will normally win £10.
There is also a seventh 'bonus number' drawn. If you match five of the main
numbers drawn and the bonus number, you are a winner in the second highest
The National Lottery is open to everyone aged 16 or over.
Subscribe today - it's the easy way to play
The easiest way to play The National Lottery is by subscription. Subscribers
can choose to enter the Wednesday draw only, the Saturday draw only or both
draws. You can enter up to seven sets of numbers per Subscription for 26,
52 or 104 consecutive draws. And you can do it from the comfort of your
Your selected numbers will be automatically entered in The National Lottery
for your chosen number of draws. Each set of six numbers you choose will
cost you £1 for each draw for which they are entered. You will be sent a
Subscription Certificate confirming your numbers and the draw dates for which
they have been entered.
Please note that your address for correspondence must be in the UK, and not the
Isle of Man, Channel Islands or British Forces Post Office.
Subscription - a unique gift
You may decide to give someone a Subscription to The National Lottery as a
gift. Remember that they must be 16 or over. To make this gift personal,
a message can be printed on the Subscription Certificate - all you need to
do is complete the gift section on the Subscription application form.
We will send the Subscription Certificate to the person you name as
recipient and you must check with them that the Certificate correctly shows
the numbers you selected and the appropriate number of draws.
If you give the Subscription as a gift, it will take the effect of an
assignment of your rights under the Subscription. In those circumstances,
the person you have nominated will be the person entitled to any prize under
the Subscription. Completion of the gifting section of the Subscription
application form takes effect as notice to Camelot Group plc that you are
assigning your rights in the Subscription to the person nomination and you
personally will have no further rights in the Subscription.
Any discrepancy must be notified to us by calling 01923 425086 at least
eight days before the first draw shown on the Subscription Certificate.
(i) Only cheques from a UK bank account are valid.
(ii) No Direct Debit payments accepted for gift purchase.
It could be you - what you can win
The more numbers you match, the money you can win. Below, you'll see how
the prize money will be shared out and what the
odds are of winning at each level. It is estimated
that there will be around a million winners every week.
Winning Selections Odds Your Estimated Prize (£) *
Jackpot: Match 6 main nos. 1 in 13,983,816 2,000,000
Match 5 main nos. + bonus no. 1 in 2,330,636 100,000
Match 5 main nos. 1 in 55,492 1,500
Match 4 main nos. 1 in 1,033 62
Match 3 main nos. 1 in 57 10
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 54.
* Subject to the Rules for On-line Games and The
National Lottery Game Procedures as amended from time-to-time.
Remember that the exact value of prizes depends on how many tickets are
sold and how many people match the same quantity of numbers as you. For
example, if two or more people match the six match numbers drawn, then the
jackpot is split between them.
Match 3 prizes will always be £10 except in the extremely unlikely
event that the prize fund (45% of the draw sales) is insufficient to give
all winners £10 each. If it is, then the whole of the prize fund is
shared equally by all the prize winners.
If no-one has chosen the six main numbers drawn, no-one wins the jackpot
prize and it is rolled over to the next draw e.g. if no-one wins a Saturday
draw, the jackpot rolls over to the following Wednesday. If no-one wins
a Wednesday draw, the jackpot rolls over to the following Saturday.
How you'll know if you're a winner
We will automatically check your numbers for you and will contact you if
you have won the jackpot or any prize over £10,000. Prizes over
£10,000 must be claimed in person from a National Lottery Regional
Centre. If you win from £501 to £10,000, we will send you a
claim form which must be completed to claim your prize. For prizes of
£500 or below, we will send you a cheque by post within seven days.
If you are a winner, The National Lottery will only reveal your identity
if you give written consent to publicity or if we are placed under legal
obligation to do so (e.g. court order). If you've won a major prize, it's
important to telephone The National Lottery Line on 0645 100 000 (calls
normally charged at the local rate) immediately and preferably before
you tell anyone else, so that we can advise you of your publicity options.
The National Lottery Subscription Service is completely confidential.
Fun for you, funds for Good Causes
Don't forget, every time you play The National Lottery, you help the
Good Causes designated by Parliament. Around 28% of The National Lottery
proceeds will, over the period of Camelot's operating licence, go to the
five Good Causes - The Sports Councils, The Arts Councils,
The National Lottery Charities Board, The Heritage Lottery Fund and
The Millennium Commission, which has been set up to celebrate the advent
of the year 2000.
After we've processed your applications, we'll send you a Subscription
Certificate. The date of the first draw in which your numbers will be entered
will be shown on the Subscription Certificate. It will take about four weeks
from submitting your application to your numbers being entered into the draw.
Your numbers remain the same for the 26, 52 or 104 draws that you have
chosen. You are responsible for checking your numbers, draw day(s) and number
of draws on your Subscription Certificate.
Should the details on your Certificate not correspond with your choices,
you must notify us immediately by calling 01923 425086 or notify us by
post at least eight days before the first draw date on your Subscription
If your cheque or Direct Debit payment fails, your numbers will not be
entered into the draw. We will notify you that your Subscription is not
valid and will also give you the opportunity to re-apply.
Please make a note of your chosen set(s) of numbers in the spaces provided
below. [Grid follows containing spaces to fill in your numbers and mark
whether they are for Saturday, Wednesday or both draws]
YOUR NUMBERS WILL NOT BE ENTERED INTO THE NATIONAL LOTTERY DRAW UNTIL THE
DATE SHOWN ON YOUR SUBSCRIPTION CERTIFICATE.
You can pay by cheque, postal order or Direct Debit (see application form
If you have decided to pay by Direct Debit, you don't need to pay the full
amount immediately. Payments will be collected during the Subscription
period from your bank account in advance, on or shortly after a pre-arranged
date every 13 draws. These dates will be included on your Certificate.
Remember, you cannot use Direct Debit to purchase a Subscription as a gift.
Please ensure there are sufficient funds in your bank account to cover
Make entering The National Lottery easy by completing and returning the
Subscription application form today. You never know - one of the winners
could be you.
If you change your address, please notify us immediately in writing to:
The National Lottery,
P.O. Box 251,
Please note that your correspondence address must be in the UK and not the
Isle of Man, the Channel Islands or British Forces Post Office.
If you would like more information on The National Lottery or would like
a copy of the Rules for On-line Games and The National Lottery Games Procedures
or would like a copy of the Player Code of Practice, please write to this
The National Lottery,
P.O. Box 1010,
If there are any queries or discrepancies regarding your application,
we will return your Subscription Form, together with a letter explaining why.
If you have not received your Subscription Certificate within two weeks,
please call The National Lottery Subscription Service on 01923 425086. You
must not assume that your numbers are entered in the draw if you have not
received your Subscription Certificate.
Approximately 6 weeks before your Subscription expires, we will send you a
renewal form and ask you if you wish to continue subscribing to The National
The National Lottery Subscription Service is operated by Camelot Group plc,
the operator of The National Lottery. The agreement between a Subscriber and
Camelot Group plc is governed by The National Lottery On-line Game Rules and
The National Lottery Game Procedures. In the event of any inconsistency
between the information in this leaflet and the On-line Game Rules and
Procedures, the current Rules and Procedures prevail.
SUMMARY OF THE GAME'S revised (May '98) Game Rules and Procedures RELATING TO SUBSCRIPTIONS
- Upon acceptance of a completed Subscription application form (the
"Subscription") and payment in full, or upon the first Direct Debit payment,
we will process and send to the Subscriber's address entered on that form
(or the Recipient's address if applicable), a Subscription Certificate
(the "Certificate") which will give details of the Subscription as recorded
on our central computer system.
- Any Subscription payable by cheque or Postal Order for which we have not
received payment in cleared funds prior to the date on which it would have
become a winning Subscription, or in respect of which the Direct Debit fails,
is void and shall not in any case entitle its holder to a prize.
- Where the Subscriber's payment in respect of the relevant On-line Game
drawing is dishonoured, the Subscriber's number selection(s) will not be
entered into the drawing.
- We may, at our discretion, refuse to accept a Subscription.
- Selections and Subscriber names may not be changed until the renewal
of the Subscription.
- Any changes to the Subscriber's or Recipient's address must be made in
writing and signed by the Subscriber or Recipient, providing details of the
change and including the Subscription reference number.
- The notification should be sent to the designated address appearing
on the Subscription application form.
- A Subscription shall be deemed to have been received by us on the date of
the first draw recorded on the Certificate.
- Except as hereinafter provided, the Certificate shall confirm that
for the recorded number of consecutive draws of the recorded frequency
held by us from and including the starting date shown therein, the Subscriber
is deemed to have purchased the set(s) of six numbers indicated by the
- It is the responsibility of the Subscriber to verify or, where
applicable, the responsibility of the Recipient to verify with the
Subscriber that the Certificate correctly shows the number of selections,
and the number, frequency and commencement date of the draws.
- In the event of a discrepancy between the numbers contained in the
Subscription or the Certificate and those contained in our central computer
system, only the numbers recorded in our central computer system
participate in the draw dates recorded therein.
- Our liability for any loss suffered by a Subscriber as a result of any
discrepancy, whether or not the same was caused by an act of ourselves,
our employees, retailers or agents, and whether in negligence or otherwise,
is limited to the amount of the Subscription.
- Cheques for prizes of £10,000 or less may be sent by mail.
- If the prize is from £501 to £10,000, the Subscriber or
Recipient will be sent a claim form. After this form is completed and
received by us, the cheque will be posted.
- Prize winnings of over £10,000 must be claimed in person. We will
contact the Subscriber or Recipient and invite him/her to a Regional Centre.
- Winners may be required to present the Certificate together with other
identification as proof of entitlement for prizes.
- We reserve the right to cancel, alter or modify at any time the whole
or any part of the On-line Game subscribed for, and/or any Subscription
or any condition attaching to Subscriptions.
- In the event of a cancellation of a draw, we will extend the Subscription
to an appropriate alternative draw. In the event of our decision to cancel
a Subscription, we will make a proportionate refund to the Subscriber
- In the event of alteration or modification of an On-line game or draw,
or any conditions attaching to Subscriptions, we may cancel the existing
Certificate and issue a new Certificate reflecting such alterations or
- The new Certificate shall be effective from the first draw date recorded
on the Certificate.
- Where the Subscriber has assigned his/her rights in a Subscription to
a Recipient and given notice to the Company of that assignment, all rights
and obligations in respect of the Subscription (except for the obligation
to pay for the Subscription) will vest in the Recipient.
- A recipient must be 16 years or age or more.
1. Sign your Subscription form.
2. Enclose your payment or Direct Debit form.
3. You must complete the Subscription form with a UK address
(not the Isle of Man or Channel Islands or British Forces Post Office).
4. You must be 16 years or over and if you are buying this Subscription
as a gift, the recipient must be 16 years or over.
5. You must inform us if you change your address or bank account.
Notify us immediately by writing to:
The National Lottery,
P.O. Box 251,
Please note that your address for correspondence and bank account must be
in the UK, and not the Isle of Man, Channel Islands or British Forces Post
For further information on The National Lottery visit the website at:
"http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/" [ironically, the official site has virtually
nothing on subscriptions !]
- Nowhere in the Subscription rules does it state that someone from
outside the UK is ineligible to subscribe. However, Camelot have made it
difficult (but not impossible) to do so because of the UK correspondence
address and UK cheque, postal order or Direct Debit requirements. However,
this leaves the loophole open for someone outside the UK to set up a UK
bank account (is that possible ?) to issue cheques
from and a UK postal box which forwards the mail on. Of course, this isn't
cheap and would cost £150 or more a year to set up, so only the most
fanatical would try it.
- What happens if someone from the UK subscribes, but then moves outside
the UK half-way through their subscription period ? When they inform Camelot
of the change of address, would the subscription be terminated and the
remainder refunded ? What if they kept quiet and just had their mail forwarded
until the Subscription finished ?
- Under 16-year-olds can get UK bank accounts (though it's fairly
unusual admittedly) - I wonder if Camelot check the age of their subscribers ?
- All this paper-shuffling is depressing - you should be able to subscribe
at least via the phone with a credit card number or, even better, via
the Internet of course. If they took credit cards, then they could open up
subscriptions to the rest of the world (presumably they don't like non-UK
funds because of the processing charges).