What's New On These Pages: November 2018
I have some
future plans for these pages, of course!
- Wednesday 28th November
The free Lucky Dip I won last Wednesday went into this draw and, yep, it
won yet another free Lucky Dip! That's 10 free Lucky Dip tickets and a
£25 3-match win since 20th October - crazy stuff. Yet again, I had to
estimate Wednesday ticket sales (same estimate as last Wednesday because
both were reset to £2m jackpot prize pools).
- Tuesday 27th November
No free Lucky Dip last weekend for a change, but today I put in the first
main Lotto ticket sales figure since the prize changes last Wednesday.
I also filled in an roughly estimated ticket sales figure for last Wednesday's draw, but
deliberately rounded to the nearest 100,000 to make it clear it's a rough
estimate. Remember that when the jackpot is reset (2m on Wed, 5m on Sat I believe)
after the previous draw had a won jackpot, all individual prizes are fixed amounts,
making it impossible to closely estimate the ticket sales for that draw.
I also corrected a long-standing bad assumption that 5+bonus prizes get rolled over
if they're not won (I've no idea where I got that from). This meant I had to regenerate
every single individual main Lotto prize page.
- Wednesday 21st November
I'm really freaking out that I got yet another free Lucky Dip ticket tonight
(9 of them in 4.5 weeks now). I doubt I'll ever see this streak of free Lucky Dip
I now no longer display main Lotto raffle info on the home page or on
any individual main Lotto page from tonight's draw onwards. I also don't
auto-scrape the official site's draw details page for raffle info any more.
It's now become tough (impossible?) to reverse calculate the main Lotto ticket
sales for a draw that follows the previous draw that had a won jackpot (like tonight's draw
because last Saturday's draw had 2 jackpot winners). The new
don't seem to explain how the jackpot prize pool is reset for the draw following a
jackpot win. Tonight had no jackpot winners, but the jackpot prize pool was reset to
a "mysterious" £2m not mentioned in the procedures.
With every tier for tonight's main lotto draw having a fixed value individual prize,
there's no way to reverse calculate the ticket sales. For rollover draws, though,
it looks like (ignoring Camelot's boosts to guarantee a minimum £1m per jackpot
winner or any rare capping that might take place) that the jackpot prize pool is
the unwon jackpot prize pool from the previous draw plus 9.79% of the ticket sales
for the latest draw.
So the ticket sales for a rollover draw are:
( The jackpot prize pool for the rollover draw minus
the rollover amount from the previous draw
mulitplied by 100
divided by 9.79
If there is a jackpot boost or cap, though, it appears that it'll also not be possible
to reverse calculate the sales figures for any draw where that happens.
- Saturday 17th November
Unbelievably, I won another 2 free Lucky Dip tickets tonight, which means I have 3 tickets
in next Wednesday's draw for the third consecutive week. Eight free Lucky Dips
and a 3-match win in 4 weeks - quite remarkable.
- Thursday 15th November
I've been having a crazy run of six free Lucky Dip wins in the
last 3.5 weeks and then topped it off last night with a £25 win. The
sequence went like this (I set my free Lucky Dips to be played on the
following Wednesday draw, plus I have a ticket for every draw via Direct
- Sat 20 Oct 2018 - 1 free Lucky Dip
- Wed 31 Oct 2018 - 1 free Lucky Dip
- Sat 03 Nov 2018 - 1 free Lucky Dip (meant I had 3 tickets for the following Wed!)
- Wed 07 Nov 2018 - 2 free Lucky Dips (first time that I'd ever done that - also 3 tickets the following Wed again)
- Sat 10 Nov 2018 - 1 free Lucky Dip
- Wed 14 Nov 2018 - a £25 3-match win (won by a free Lucky Dip!)
Previous month: October 2018