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Bought four more tickets online for Wednesday's main Lotto double rollover draw. Fixed the ball images issue - ended up having to copy the vr-40 font (which is actually public domain if you hex dump its contents) from HP-UX to Linux, mkfontdir the font directory and restart my X session and font server to pick it up on Linux. This now lets me run X-using HP-UX programs (such as my ball generator) with the display pointing back to the Linux box with the font installed.
It started off on Saturday morning when I phoned and the woman who responded was initially convinced that the Web showed the number of UK winners and it took some persuading for her to go off to her supervisor and get the number of UK winners. She came back and then only gave me the top three tiers (there was one UK Match 5 winner for example). I gave up at that point and waited until noon to phone back...
...So I phoned back at noon, got stuck on hold for almost 3 minutes and gave up to watch the French F1 GP practice instead. I then phoned back after that and had another guy who was convinced that Camelot's Web site was showing the number of UK winners. I was in the middle of trying to persuade him that it didn't, only for him to dump me deliberately on hold with no warning whatsoever and I decided to type this up whilst on hold (but eventually I gave up on hold after 10 minutes - yep, the bloke never returned back from the hold...). This is ludicrous!
So I'm on the fourth phone call as I write this. I went through a clear explanation with "Sarah" that the Web site does not have the number of UK winners in each tier (it's the number of European winners) and she agreed to talk with the supervisor and put me on hold. This time she came back and started reading across the Match 5 per-country row (which I didn't even know Camelot kept that info!). I explained I only wanted the UK winners in each category and, yep, she said "but that info's on the Web site" - cue muffled screams - arrrgh! So I explained again to her and I'm on the second hold now (which is lasting a good 5 minutes and we're on Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'" now).
Eventually, the woman came back and I did get the number of UK winners (4 phone calls!). I asked to get transferred to their "interactive" phone line and attempted to register a complaint about the Euro Million prize results page, but after explaining it all (and being put on hold twice again), it was eventually suggested that I simply e-mail the complaint in (why they couldn't have told me that when I started, I don't know!) to firstname.lastname@example.org - so I dash off a missive to that as you'd expect (asked for the table heading to be "No of European winners" and also asked for the "No of UK winners" column to be restored).
Johnny says that he has to "have everything wrapped up by the end of the week", so the launch of the TV show can't be too far away. I'm wondering, though, whether there will be an actual draw in the show or will it just be a "lottery news and tips" show (surely you'd run out of things to say soon enough?). Also curious as to whether it will be live or not - I guess time will tell. If it's daytime, though, it's probably not going to be related to Daily Play, which typically takes place around 8.00pm in the evening or so.
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