What's New On These Pages: September 2001
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- Saturday 15th September
Like on Wednesday, it was extremely quiet in the chat room
tonight, but at least the TV show commentary and draw went
smoothly. I was the first to put up the full results, which
were the opposite of what Camelot told me on Thursday, namely
that the amount rolled over from Wednesday wasn't rounded down
to the nearest £100,000 after all. Oh, I won £10
with my fourth ticket too...
- Thursday 13th September
Camelot still didn't have the exact amount that was
rolled over, but they applied a rule they'd done before -
when a rollover and Super Draw occur on the same day,
the rollover amount is added, but rounded down to the
- Wednesday 12th September
It was very quiet in the chat room until the draws began
and then there was a brief surge of entrants before it
calmed down against post-draw. No problems with the live
TV show commentary and draw (even if it was almost 5 minutes
earlier than expected in order to get off air ASAP for
yet another news bulletin about the US disaster).
As is often the case, the full results were the most interesting
thing of tonight's draw - not only did we get no main lottery
jackpot winner (with the rollover crashing into Saturday's
£20m Super Draw), but Camelot rather incompetently "lost"
the exact jackpot amount that was rolled over. This was later
amusingly repeated on both BBC and ITV teletext (neither had
the figure), but quickly solved by me of course - my software
that checks the prize tiers displays the expected prize if given
a full set of tiers with known numbers of winners in every tier.
- Tuesday 11th September
Bought two more tickets for Saturday's £20m Super Draw.
- Saturday 8th September
The chat room was surprisingly quiet tonight as the usual suspects
failed to turn up. The few people that came in were treated to a
trouble-free TV commentary and draw, plus Camelot issued the full results
some 50 minutes after the draw, which is good for them compared to
recent performances. It enabled me to put up the full results before
BBC and ITV teletext too.
- Wednesday 5th September
Another England game won and another lottery show move (it was
put back over an hour). Plenty of people in the room tonight
for the TV show commentary and draw, which went fine. I was the
first to put up the full results, even if Camelot made me sweat
by taking 45 minutes to release them (leaving only 10 minutes
before their lottery line closed !).
- Saturday 1st September
The lottery show was moved back an hour because of Germany
vs. England soccer match (which was won by England 5-1, amazingly).
In fact, the lottery show still started later than the TV
mags claimed - some 8 minutes late as BBC 1 milked the win
for all it was worth.
The show itself was mercifully less than 10 minutes long as
they rattled through the three draws without a break (was this
the first time there's not been a break between the Thunderball
draw and the rest ?). No problems with the live commentary and
draw, but Camelot were ludicrously slow to provide the full
results (despite managing to announce that there were 3 main
jackpot winners only some 3 minutes after it had taken place).
About 70 minutes after the main draw had taken place, Camelot
finally divulged the full results and I also duly beat ITV and
BBC teletext to putting them up.
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