'We have more chance of nailing a blancmange to the ceiling!' Furious punters threaten to boycott National Lottery after branding Camelot rule changes an 'absolute con'
Our 2015 FOI challenge to the National Lottery over their millionaire draw seems to have worked
Disgruntled punters have branded the National Lottery an 'absolute con' after a sweeping series of rule changes.
Among the alterations was the abolition of the Lotto Millionaire Raffle - which gave out a £1million payout twice a week.
Rollovers were also changed to mean they can only happen five times in a row before the prize has to be won.
Players must now match five balls plus the bonus ball to win the £1million. Matching five balls without the bonus ball will see them win £1,750, while four balls bags £140.
----- Original Message -----
Date: 22 December 2015
Subject: Request for information
To National Lottery
Under a Freedom of Information request please provide the following
1.What is the mechanism or digital selector for choosing the millionaires raffle?
2.Who is responsible for selecting and overseeing that mechanism ?
3.What safeguards are in place to stop an individual or any individual, part of the corporate arm of the National Lottery, from cheating
when that part of the National Lottery raffle is NOT shown live on TV?
4. Are the National Lottery fully aware of the ongoing investigation in America into the rigging of Lottery games?
The following video link shows clearly how that was being done by former security director Eddie Tipton
Iowa Lottery reviews security after Eddie Tipton $14 million fraud case
Failing an FOI request please provide this information as a normal application for your rules and regulations that a lottery player
requires to ensure their wager is being protected.
From: Camelot Customer Services
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 5:21 PM
Subject: Response from The NL (Ref:NL1146555)
The National Lottery
Thank you for your email dated 22 December 2015 regarding the Lotto Millionaire Raffle.
I would like to assure you that Camelot takes matters of propriety very seriously. The National Lottery is operated in accordance with various strict requirements and is subject to the scrutiny of an independent regulator, the Gambling Commission. All National Lottery draws take place in the presence of an independent adjudicator and are filmed to ensure that the correct procedures are followed at all times.
The Automatic Draw Machine (ADM) produces the winning entry entirely at random from all valid entries, so each individual UK Millionaire Maker selection has a separate and equal chance of winning a prize, regardless of when, where and how it was bought. As with all of our draw machines, the ADM has been rigorously tested – both by Camelot and independently (by the University of Hertfordshire, Statistical Analysis Department) – with information shared with the Gambling Commission. In addition, Camelot has obtained randomness verification for The National Lottery from the University of Hertfordshire.
With regard to the American Lottery, Camelot cannot comment on how other Lotteries are run.
I hope the above has been helpful but if you have any further queries, please do contact us again.
National Lottery Customer Care Team
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