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- Wednesday 31st May
Earth: Final Conflict nicely finished just as
the draw was about to take place, so I caught the whole
thing "live", although the 0.72 seconds delay on the
Sky Digibox (nothing is ever truly "live" with digital
TV !) meant some jokesters in the chat room were able
to type the numbers slightly ahead of me. I beat ITV
and BBC teletext to the full results, even though I
had to spend some time cajoling someone off our house
phone to get to use it to phone Camelot.
- Saturday 27th May
For a change, there was no Digibox clash, so we had "fun"
in the lottery chat room seeing if we could answer the
Winning Lines questions quicker than the contestants.
Not exactly difficult when they were taking 5-6 seconds
to answer even the easiest of questions.
As for the TV show commentary and draw, that all went fine,
but then I had to endure and interminable wait of an hour
for Camelot to finally issue the full results (50 minutes
for the main lottery and further 10 minutes for the
ITV teletext were surprisingly quick tonight
on both counts, though the latter was explained by them
using last week's Thunderball draw's number of winners
instead of this week's (but they still labelled them as
27th May results...). They eventually fixed this after
a couple of hours.
- Wednesday 24th May
The lottery show had to compete with the second half of the
Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Valencia, so I
suspect it lost out big time. Still, there were quite a few
people in the lottery room and the draw went well. I'm not sure
if I beat ITV and BBC teletext to the full results because I missed
getting the results by a couple of minutes in a phone call to
Camelot (so the next call wasn't for a further 5 minutes and teletext
probably updated whilst I taking that call, grrr...).
- Saturday 20th May
Looks like I've got a Saturday Digibox clash on Saturdays too now -
Caroline in the City on the Paramount Comedy Channel clashes
with the Thunderball (footnote: I think the episodes are actually
repeats, so the clash isn't a problem), so I was flicking backwards and forwards during
the Thunderball draw to get the numbers :-) Luckily, that went fine,
as well as the main lottery draw (which had lousy prizes thanks to
a large number of winners). I was the first to put up the full results
- Wednesday 17th May
As usual, Earth: Final Conflict took viewing priority over the
lottery show for me, so it was Radio 5 Live again (this time covering the
whole draw, including the machine and ball set) for me tonight, even though
the lottery "show" was only a few minutes long at half time in Arsenal's
dreadful UEFA Cup performance against Galatasaray (which they deservedly lost
There seemed to be a lot of people (possibly from the LFC chat room ?) in
the lottery chat room when I entered and the live draw went OK. I was the
first to put up the full results as well.
- Tuesday 16th May
Bought four more tickets for tomorrow's double rollover draw.
- Sunday 14th May
I phoned up Camelot today to fill in the gaps in info I needed
(that isn't available anywhere else in the universe, such as
ticket sales) and confirmed that they'd given away the full
1 million Thunderball tickets last week (the week's sales were
- Saturday 13th May
Isn't it just my luck that the first live update I couldn't do
in about 3 years (went to a wedding party) resulted in a double
rollover draw ? Arrgh ! It looks like the live updates system may have
worked - I didn't get in until 1.30am on Sunday morning to fully
update (well, as much as I could) the results.
- Friday 12th May
Brought PLUSLotto stats up-to-date because they hadn't been
sending correct updating e-mails to the auto-updating system,
so it had been rejecting them.
- Thursday 11th May
Bought two more tickets for Saturday's rollover - unfortunately, my
40-to-1 chance of winning a free Thunderball ticket didn't pan out.
- Wednesday 10th May
I decided to try using just Radio 5 Live for the lottery draw tonight
(due to the Earth: Final Conflict clash on Sky One),
which was both a good and bad thing. Good because the idiots at the BBC
made the draw 5 minutes early (seriously overlapping E:FC) so they could
show some pointless highlights of previous Wednesday night lottery shows for the
5 mins after the draw had taken place. Bad because Radio 5 Live is
utterly pants reception-wise - it crazily only broadcasts on AM, so reception
generally swings to from bad to atrocious.
To top it all off, Radio 5 Live joined as the first number was being drawn,
so no prize fund, estimated jackpot, machine or ball set was read out like
they are on the TV show. Luckily, I video taped the lottery show and was
able to get the necessary info off tape a few minutes after the draw had
ended. The icing on the cake, though, was the AM drift my radio suffered
as one of the balls (37) was being read out. I only caught the "7" bit and
put up the wrong number in the chat room and home page for a short period.
I did correct it of course, but it was annoying. Radio 5 Live - get the heck
onto FM will you ! No, I can't use my Digibox for Radio 5 Live...it was
airing E:FC of course.
I suspect BBC teletext just beat me to putting up the full results by a
few minutes (was hassling someone to get off the phone in our house, which
didn't help). Found out later in the evening that I've been invited to
a wedding party on Saturday night, so I won't be able to do any Live Updates
myself for the rollover draw. I'll have to rely on people out there to
"behave" and put up the numbers correctly (fat chance :-) ).
- Saturday 6th May
There were intranet problems for about half the workstations including
my usual office machine I generate the lottery pages on, so I used
an alternative (slower) one instead. The live TV show commentary and
draws went fine in the chat room and I had the full results up by
8.45pm (presumably ahead of teletext, but I didn't bother checking).
- Wednesday 3rd May
I was busy commentating on Liverpool vs. Leicester City tonight on the
official Liverpool FC site, so I only had time to do the Live Update (I
didn't want to enter the chat room because my browser might crash - which
it did twice during the commentary anyway). I worked through the update
tasks after the full time whistle and got the full results up after the
first call to Camelot at around 9.50pm or so. I didn't bother checking
teletext because they probably beat me this time for a change.
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