What's New On These Pages: December 2015
Next month: January 2016
- Wednesday 30th December
Bought an additional ticket online for the 13-times main Lotto rollover draw
next Saturday, which will have a jackpot prize pool more than twice the size
of the largest ever won individual jackpot prize. This rollover run really now
needs to come to an end - I think fatigue is setting in for everyone...
- Sunday 27th December
Bought an additional ticket online for the 12-times main Lotto rollover draw
next Wednesday, which will break the record for the largest jackpot prize pool
ever. Camelot were crazily late (sometime after 4.00am!) publishing last night's
full results - they even had a temporarily minimal results page up with an
apology about how rubbish they were.
Interestingly, ticket sales during this mammoth rollover run have failed to
exceed £35m for any of the Saturday draws. Last night's sales actually
dropped slightly compared to the previous Saturday, though the Christmas holidays
certainly could have impacted them. You also suspect that people have suffered
a bit of lethargy over the extreme length of this rollover run - heck, even I
want it to be won ASAP (by me of course...)!
- Wednesday 23rd December
Bought an additional ticket online for the 11-times (undecuple) main Lotto
rollover draw next Saturday. We're not far away from an all-time record for
the main Lotto jackpot prize pool - if the Boxing Day jackpot isn't won, it's
likely the following Wednesday's draw would smash the
record that's stood for almost 20 years.
It's interesting to note that despite being a 10-times rollover tonight,
ticket sales still weren't the best for a Wednesday main Lotto draw this year.
That honour went to "just" a quadruple rollover back in
June. It could be that people
are concentrating on Christmas right now and usually don't give tickets
as gifts. My sister often does, but I worry if I win big with a ticket
bought by her as a gift for me - I'd feel obliged to give a percentage
of the winnings back to her...
- Sunday 20th December
Things are really heating up with the jackpot tier now we've just gone into
double-figure rollovers for the first time. I do wonder when Camelot's annoying
jackpot prize pool cap will kick in - we don't need no stinking cap!
I won a free Lucky Dip for a
2-match on my first ticket for last night's main Lotto draw and since I always redeem
it for the following Wednesday draw (less players on Wednesdays = less chance I'll have
to share the jackpot prize pool), it will come into play for the giant
jackpot next Wednesday and I won't have to buy a second ticket like I usually
do for any rollover draw.
- Wedesday 16th December
Bought an additional ticket online for the potentially record-breaking
first ever nonuple rollover draw next Saturday.
- Sunday 13th December
Bought an additional ticket online for the first ever octuple rollover
draw next Wednesday. It will have an all-time record-breaking individual
jackpot prize if a single ticket wins it. Fixed an issue with counting
the number of rollovers beyond quadruple ones on the individual main Lotto
pages (in January this year, we had 7 consecutive draws with no 6-match
winner, but the limit of 4 rollovers reset things mid-way, which knackered
in my rollover-counting code).
- Saturday 12th December
Bought an additional ticket online for the first ever septuple rollover
draw tonight. It will have an all-time record-breaking individual
jackpot prize if a single ticket wins it.
- Sunday 6th December
Camelot hopelessly delayed the main Lotto full results until the early
hours of the morning (somewhere between 1.00am and 4.00am), despite having
the Thunderball and HotPicks full results hours earlier. This was
because it was the first ever main Lotto quintuple rollover draw and the
individual jackpot prize was over £20m for the first time in over
It turned out that the jackpot wasn't won, so my free Lucky Dip ticket won
last Wednesday now kicks in for next Wednesday's first ever main Lotto
sextuple rollover draw. We're now looking at an all-time main Lotto won
individual jackpot prize (estimated at £22.6m) if a single ticket wins
Wednesday's draw. However,
there's previously been three £23m+ unwon individual jackpot prizes,
the largest of which was £23,966,033 way back in
December 1995. We'd need next Wednesday's
jackpot not to be won to beat that as well.
- Wednesday 2nd December
Bought one additional ticket online for Saturday's main Lotto
first ever quintuple rollover draw. Thanks to a 2-match tonight,
I won another free Lucky Dip for next Wednesday's draw. I'm
therefore hoping Saturday's jackpot isn't won, so I can use
the free ticket in the potentially record-breaking sextuple
rollover draw the following Wednesday...
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