Lottery leaders convene in D.C. to discuss future of games

Insider Buzz: Lottery leaders convene in D.C. to discuss future of games

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La Fleur’s annual symposium draws hundreds of lottery personnel, vendors

By Todd Northrop

This week leaders from nearly every U.S. and Canadian lottery met in Washington, D.C. at the annual La Fleur’s Lottery Symposium to discuss the future of government lotteries, especially with regard to Internet sales and play.

Emboldened by a U.S. Department of Justice opinion issued in Dec. of last year clarifying that the Wire Act only has bearing on sports wagering, state lotteries have immediately shifted focus to Internet ticket sales and other ways of exploiting the Internet for increased revenues.

Another reason for the sudden rush to the Internet is that casinos and Indian gaming interests are also interested in exploiting the Wire Act clarification — possibly introducing competition for the first time to state lotteries.

The theme for the symposium was “I3”: Internet + Interactive + Intrastate.  Over the course of two days, speakers and panelists from various state lotteries and lottery vendors defined the world of Internet gaming and how the lotteries could exploit it.  Also discussed was previous failures and the lessons learned from the setbacks.

Another topic of universal interest for both lottery personnel and lottery players was that of a new national game to supplement and complement the two biggest multi-state games, Mega Millions and Powerball.  Talk of a new national game has been on-going among the lotteries for several years, and the new clarification to the Wire Act has seemingly extended the conversation further by opening new possibilities.  So lottery players shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for the new national game; it may not be ready for another year or more.

The symposium was in some ways an odd mixture of intense optimism combined with fear and trepidation.  Both lottery personnel and lottery vendors expressed bold predictions and enthusiasm for expansion of lottery marketing and sales efforts into the uncharted territory of the Internet and mobile delivery.  But this was juxtaposed with with stories of false steps and concerns about legislative and public reaction that will probably paralyze most lotteries into a “wait and see” approach.

D.C. Lottery got right to the edge

The symposium kicked off with a cautionary tale from Buddy Roogow, Executive Director of the D.C. Lottery, entitled “iGaming Lessons Learned”.  In the presentation, Roogow explained the painful lessons learned when the D.C. Lottery had the rug ripped from beneath its feet just as they were about to launch Internet gaming in the District.

At that early point in the symposium, the tone was set for excitement dampened by reality.

The lessons learned from the D.C. Lottery’s setback, as well as from other lotteries throughout the conference, was that communication with the public should be greater and should occur earlier, and that how the lotteries phrase things to the public matters greatly.

Roogow gave an example of such phrasing during his discussion of the iGaming failure.  “We called the locations where gaming could occur as ‘Hot Spots’, and that was interpreted as mini gambling parlors,” Roogow said.

Roogow also hinted that the misinterpretation could have been been seeded and fostered by the casino industry, which sees iGaming initiatives as an intrusion into their market.

Roogow warned that lotteries must take great care to control the terminology and explanations surrounding gaming, to avoid the possibility that a small group of industry and community activists, possibly driven by ulterior motivations, will derail such initiatives in the future.

iLottery vs. iGaming

An important concept stressed by state lotteries and lottery vendors during the symposium was the differentiation between what is termed “iLottery” and “iGaming”, as well as the player base for each.

iLottery was defined as “green gaming”, and is similar to the lottery products offered today at lottery retailers around the nation.  Whether it is instant scratch games, lotto draw games, or any of the other varieties of games offered by state lotteries, the players of such games generally do not think of themselves as “gamblers” in the traditional sense.  It is more of a “soft gambling”, and represents a market of least resistance that state lotteries can more easily transform and expand with less competitive and legislative pressure.

iGaming, on the other hand, refers to “red gaming”, which players more readily identify with traditional gambling.  Examples include poker, blackjack, and other gambling products typically found in casinos and offshore gambling Web sites.  Although state lotteries will experience far more difficulty in entering the iGaming market, the sentiments expressed by lottery personnel at the symposium indicated that they felt entitled to enter the market, sooner or later.

Conference speakers were sharply divided on which market — iLottery or iGaming — should be addressed first by state lotteries, but the majority opinion among lottery personnel seemed to be to tackle iLottery first, and later expand to iGaming.

The most controversial moment of the symposium, judging from audience reaction, occurred on Day 2 of the conference, when Frank Fahrenkopf, President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), addressed the impact of the DOJ’s Wire Act opinion.  The AGA represents the casino industry.

Fahrenkopf asserted that even though state lotteries have the ability to enter the iGaming world, they don’t have the financial resources to do so, except perhaps California.

Even though state lotteries make billions in revenue, Fahrenkopf said, unlike Casinos they are required to operate with huge margins that benefit the state governments.  Casinos, on the other hand, operate on thin margins, and seek to reward the players in order to be successful.

To be successful running games like poker, a huge liquidity in capital is required, and California is the only state with the potential to achieve the necessary liquidity, due to its large player base.

However, when Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery, pressed Fahrenkopf for what the minimum amount of liquidity would be for a state lottery to be successful running a game like poker, Fahrenkopf said he didn’t know.

During his presentation, Fahrenkopf urged the need for federal legislation to govern certain aspects of online gambling, but during the subsequent question and answer period, Gordon Medenica, Director of the New York Lottery, said the state lotteries were doing just fine without the complication that would be imposed by new federal legislation.

National Premium Game

One highly-anticipated panel discussion held during the conference dealt with the development of a new “national premium game”.

The panel consisted of several members from a group organized by the states tasked with the creation of the new game, including Margaret DeFrancisco, President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation; Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery; May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director of the Missouri Lottery; and Gary Grief, Executive Director of the Texas Lottery.

The new game is being developed to supplement and complement the existing multi-state Mega Millions and Powerball games, but not to mimic them. The thinking is that another big jackpot game would not help to solve the problem of “jackpot fatigue”, in which players need bigger and bigger jackpots in order to keep them interested.

Also, the lotteries are looking to increase participation by coveted younger 18-35 demographics, who are sometimes described as “digital” players, because of their familiarity and comfort with technology.  To attract this group, the panelists described the upcoming national game as having online components.

Although the panelists would not describe the exact way the future game would be played, DeFrancisco did indicate that it would be a “hybrid” game that incorporated aspects of scratch games, but that it would not work like current instant games on the market today.  She said that the new game will have interactive components, hinting that the Internet may be used to provide that interaction.

The process to develop the new national game has been on-going since 2009, although lottery personnel at the conference indicated that discussions of a new national game went back several years earlier than that. 

According to DeFrancisco, the game was designed “by committee”, which made the process harder, but ultimately produced better results.

The target price for a new national premium game ticket?  Probably $5.  But exactly what players will get for that $5 was not revealed, nor was the size and nature of the prizes, or the odds of winning.

There is still much work to be done to ensure the new game meets the legalities in all states that have a lottery, so that no state would be excluded from participation.

Also, marketing of multi-state games traditionally involves duplicated investments by the states, since each state typically wants to customize advertisements for their own population.  To reduce redundant marketing efforts and costs for each state, the premium game task group is striving to nationalize the marketing effort — apparently not an easy task.

The panelists claimed that the group is targeting a 2012 launch date — possibly as early as September 2012 — but the start date could easily slip into 2013.

The initial makeup of the national premium game is seen by the group as a starting point for future expansion, rather than a one-off game.  It is being designed so that new “components” to the game can be added or changed in the future, in order to guard against player fatigue that is experienced with the current slate of multi-state games.

DeFrancisco compared the need to change the game frequently with today’s “app” generation, in which users of Apple iPhone or iPad use and grow tired of apps within a short time, and are always on the lookout for the next new and exciting app to download.

Moreover, the state lotteries expressed the need to avoid becoming the latest “Post Office or Eastman Kodak”, which are seen as being slow to change or innovate.  According to the panelists, the states need to have a stable of new ideas and games in reserve, ready to deploy once the current game becomes stale.

The panelists described the national premium game as the last of three initiatives started in 2009, the other two being the cross-selling of Mega Millions and Powerball, and the increase in price of one or both of the games to the $2 price point — both of which have already been accomplished.

Thinking fast, but moving slow

The afternoon of Day 1 of the conference featured several lottery vendor presentations, and provided perhaps the clearest window into the goals and fears of the state lotteries’ move to the Internet.

Presentations were given by GTECH, INTRALOT, NeoGames, Pollard Banknote, and Scientific Games, and following the presentations the five presenters sat for an informal question and answer period.  (This very useful and informative conference format was utilized several times during the symposium, each time moderated by either Terri or Bruce La Fleur, both of whom were engaging and well-informed.)

Each vendor presentation added to the overwhelming sense that great opportunity awaits the state lotteries by expanding their online presence and functionality.  The vendors provided statistics, demographics, and experiences from other countries that point to the eventual online and mobile directions the lotteries must orient themselves.

During the QA period following the presentations, each vendor representative was asked their prediction for how many state lotteries will be offering lottery tickets for sale online by the end of 2013, keeping in mind that one lottery — Illinois — already offers lottery tickets for sale online.

That one question provided the most incongruent moment of the conference. After giving a clarion call to action to the state lotteries in their presentations, predictions for how many will actually be online a year and a half down the road ranged from 1 to 5, with most respondents indicating 3. The consensus was that most lotteries will take a “wait and see” approach.

How could the vendors be so pessimistic in their assessments of how slow the lotteries would act? It was best summed up by NeoGames Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Moti Malul.

“I can’t believe the amount of fear I sense in this room,” Malul said to the assembled conferencees. “Fear of going online, fear of marketing, fear of changing.”

Malul said that the lotteries need stop worrying about the big plan, and act on something — anything. “It does not matter what you do, as much as it matters that you act now,” he said.

Personal report

In a break from traditional news reporting, I wanted to provide a brief personal account of my experience at the La Fleur’s Lottery Symposium.

First, I found the conference to be very well-organized and -run by Bruce and Terri La Fleur.  I have attended several conferences in the past in different industries, and this one was very favorable in comparison.

One of the best features of the conference schedule was that every attendee could listen to every speaker and topic.  At many conferences, the attendees must decide which discussion topics they want to sit in on, among several that are happening simultaneously.  The fact that each topic occurred in sequence offered the opportunity to attend them all — a valuable and appreciated prospect.

I knew going in to the conference that the lottery industry tends to be somewhat insular — mainly focusing inward and not necessarily welcoming of outside influences that may be seen as “disruptive” to the way things are traditionally done.  Lottery executives tend to focus on sales and marketing, as is the nature of their product, and all the attending lottery vendors are well-familiar to them as companies that serve their needs and interests. 

So here I come, perhaps the only attendee at the conference from “outside the bubble”, focusing mainly on the wants and needs of lottery players, rather than the needs of the lottery itself.  How would the lotteries react?

I must say I was encouraged.  Even though every single lottery director and staffer I introduced myself to had an initial startled reaction to my introduction as “the owner of Lottery Post”, they quickly warmed and I had several pleasant — albeit somewhat superficial — conversations. 

Some indicated that several people in their organizations, including board members, regularly visit and read the site.  So lottery players, be encouraged that your voices matter!

Also, I had some good, in-depth conversations with several of the lottery vendors attending the conference.  Many were excited by the prospect of potentially being able to reach out directly to lottery players through Lottery Post, so again, this is ultimately great news for lottery players.

I looked upon attending the symposium as somewhat of a test case for the future, as well as its usefulness in helping members and visitors here to gain insight into the sometimes nebulous world and workings of the lottery.  I think it was a good start, and I look forward to exploring similar conferences and events in the future.

This article was written by Todd Northrop, the founder of Lottery Post.

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Health Lottery Results for Saturday 14th April 2012

Tonight saw the 28th Health Lottery draw take place and last week we saw just one jackpot winner after the previous two draws had failed to find winners for the £100,000 jackpot offered by this fairly new lottery. What have the Health Lottery results for Saturday 14th April 2012 revealed? Will the five main balls make you a £100,000 richer or will you have matched three balls for £50 or four for £500? Last week over 14,000 players matched the correct amount of balls for the two lower prize tiers in the Health Lottery.

Latest Health Lottery Results for 14 April 2012


  • 2
  • 5
  • 6
  • 30
  • 38

Despite there having been nearly 30 draws for the Health Lottery we are still yet to see some of the numbers make an appearance. To date we haven’t seen 12, 23, and 50 drawn and they still didn’t get drawn in tonight’s Health Lottery results.

Of the numbers that did appear in the Health Lottery results for Saturday 14th April 2012 there are two that are listed in the most common drawn numbers for this lottery. 5 appeared for the 8th time today making it the joint first most often drawn number and the number 6 came out for the 5th time putting it in 3rd position as one of the most common drawn numbers. The numbers 2 and 6 are the 2nd most common drawn pair of numbers in the Health Lottery results whilst 5 and 6 are the 2nd most common drawn consecutive pair.

There were two winning tickets found; one was sold in Brigg, Lincolnshire and the other in Martham, Norfolk. In addition there were over 12,000 lower prize tier winners who took home either £50 or £500 thanks to the Health Lottery.

Written by Nicola Barber

 

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New England states start new lottery game Thursday

Insider Buzz: New England states start new lottery game Thursday

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Updated Mar. 13, 2012, 11:12 am: New game replaces Weekly Grand Extra.

By Todd Northrop

For the first time ever, the six New England states will jointly run a multi-state lottery game, starting this week.

The new “Lucky for Life” regional draw game begins this Thursday, March 15 for the six following states: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massechusetts, and Rhode Island.  Ticket sales for the new game started Sunday.

For Connecticut, the new Lucky for Life replaces a similar in-state-only game, Lucky-4-Life.

Also, Lucky for Life replaces the three-year-old Weekly Grand Extra game played  in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. 

Players of the new Lucky for Life game choose 5 different numbers between 1 and 40, and one “Lucky Ball” number between 1 and 21.  The draw format is similar to other multi-state games, like Mega Millions and Powerball, except there are fewer numbers to choose from, thus making the game a bit easier to win.

Tickets cost $2 each, and drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at 10:38 pm.  The drawings will be conducted by the Connecticut Lottery.

The top top prize in Lucky for Life is $7,000 a week for life — or perhaps in a more tantalizing way, $1,000 a day for life.  It is guaranteed to be paid to winners for a minimum of 20 years.

In addition to its life-changing top prize, Lucky for Life also features a $25,000 second prize and other cash prizes ranging from $2,000 to $2. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game will be 1 in 6.6.

While there will not be a cash option offered on the game’s top prize, all lower-tiered prizes will be paid out in one-time, lump sum payments.  All winning tickets will need to be redeemed in the same state in which they were purchased.

Odds and Prizes

Each $2.00 wager of Lucky for Life matching the selections for that draw will win as follows:

The overall odds of winning a prize in Lucky for Life are 1 in 6.6, based on a $2 play.

Top prize values are subject to a “split-prize” liability, and may be lower than shown, if more than one ticket wins the top prize in a particular drawing.

Texas Lottery approves new game to start in fall

PART 9. TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION

CHAPTER 401. ADMINISTRATION OF STATE LOTTERY ACT

SUBCHAPTER D. LOTTERY GAME RULES

16 TAC §401.320

The Texas Lottery Commission (Commission) proposes new 16 TAC §401.320 (“All or Nothing” On-Line Game Rule). The purpose of the proposed rule is to establish and share with the public, details of the game design, matrix, prize level structure and operation of the proposed on-line game.

Kathy Pyka, Controller, has determined that the new rule will result in an estimated $40.5 million for the first five year period. The fiscal impact for each year of the first five years the rule is in effect is as follows: FY 2012, $1.3M; FY 2013, $9.8M; FY 2014, $9.8M; FY 2015 $9.8M; FY 2016, $9.8M. There will be no adverse effect on small businesses, micro businesses, or local or state employment. There will be no additional economic cost to persons required to comply with the new rule as proposed. Furthermore, an Economic Impact Statement and Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is not required because the new rule will not have an economic effect on small businesses as defined in Texas Government Code §2006.001(2).

Michael Anger, Lottery Operations Director, has determined that for each year of the first five years the new rule will be in effect, the public benefit anticipated is additional revenue for the Foundation School Fund, additional commissions for retailers, and a wider variety of lottery game offerings and features for players.

The Commission requests comments on the proposed new rule from any interested person. Comments on the proposed new rule may be submitted to Pete Wassdorf, Assistant General Counsel, by mail at Texas Lottery Commission, P.O. Box 16630, Austin, Texas 78761-6630; by facsimile at (512) 344-5189; or by email at legal.input@lottery.state.tx.us. The Commission will hold a public hearing on this proposal at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 611 E. 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. Comments must be received within 30 days after publication of this proposal in order to be considered.

The new rule is proposed under Texas Government Code, §466.015, which authorizes the Commission to adopt rules governing the operation of the lottery, and under the authority of Texas Government Code §467.102, which provides the Commission with the authority to adopt rules for the enforcement and administration of the laws under the Commission’s jurisdiction.

This proposal is intended to implement Texas Government Code, Chapter 466.

§401.320.”All or Nothing” On-Line Game Rule.

(a) “All or Nothing.” The executive director is authorized to conduct a game known as “All or Nothing.” The executive director may issue further directives for the conduct of “All or Nothing” that are consistent with this rule. In the case of conflict, this rule takes precedence over §401.304 of this title (relating to On-Line Game Rules (General)).

(b) Object of the Game. The object of the game is to either select as many or as few numbers that match the 12 numbers drawn in the drawing. If a player matches more than seven (7) or fewer than five (5) numbers drawn in the drawing, the player wins a prize. (See the prize schedule chart in subsection (g) of this section.) If the player matches all 12 numbers drawn in the drawing, or does not match any numbers drawn in the drawing, the player wins the Top Prize ($250,000). If more than one ticket has been sold in which a player has matched all or none of the numbers drawn in the drawing, each player possessing such ticket shall win the Top Prize of $250,000.

(c) Definitions. When used in this rule, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

(1) Play–The selection of twelve different numbers from 1 through 24 for one opportunity to win in “All or Nothing” and the purchase of a ticket evidencing that selection.

(2) Playboard–A field of 24 numbers on a playslip for use in selecting numbers for an “All or Nothing” play.

(3) Playslip–An optically readable card issued by the Commission for use in selecting numbers for one or more “All or Nothing” plays.

(d) Plays and tickets.

(1) A ticket may be sold only by an on-line retailer and only at the location listed on the retailer’s license. A ticket sold by a person other than an on-line retailer is not valid.

(2) The price of an individual play is $2.

(3) A player may complete up to five playboards on a single playslip.

(4) A player may use a single playslip to purchase the same play(s) for up to 24 consecutive drawings, to begin with the next drawing after the purchase.

(5) A person may select numbers for a play either:

(A) by using a playslip to select numbers;

(B) by selecting a Quick Pick and allowing a random number generator operated by the terminal to select numbers; or

(C) by requesting a retailer to manually enter numbers.

(6) Playslips must be completed manually. A ticket generated from a playslip that was not completed manually is not valid.

(7) An on-line retailer may accept a request to manually enter selections or to make Quick Pick selections only if the request is made in person. A retailer shall not accept telephone or mail-in or other requests not made in person to manually enter selected numbers.

(8) An on-line retailer shall issue a ticket as evidence of one or more plays. A ticket must show the numbers selected for each play, the number of plays, the draw date(s) and time(s) for which the plays were purchased, the cost of the ticket and the security and transaction serial numbers. Tickets must be printed on official Texas Lottery paper stock.

(9) A playslip, or any document other than a ticket issued as described in paragraph (8) of this subsection, has no monetary value and is not evidence of a play.

(10) It shall be the exclusive responsibility of the player to verify the accuracy of the player’s selection(s) and other data printed on the ticket.

(11) An unsigned winning ticket is payable to the holder or bearer of the ticket if the ticket meets all applicable validation requirements. Neither the Commission nor its sales agents shall be responsible for lost or stolen tickets.

(12) The executive director may authorize promotions in connection with the “All or Nothing” On-Line game. Current promotions will be posted on the Commission’s web site, and published in the “In Addition” section of the Texas Register.

(e) Drawings.

(1) “All or Nothing” drawings will be held four times a day, at 10:00 a.m., 12:27 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 10:12 p.m.) six days a week (Monday through Saturday). The executive director may change the drawing schedule, if, in the executive director’s sole discretion, it is deemed necessary or expedient.

(2) Twelve different numbers from 1 through 24 shall be drawn at each “All or Nothing” drawing.

(3) Numbers drawn must be certified by the Commission in accordance with the Commission’s drawing procedures.

(4) The numbers selected in a drawing shall be used to determine all winners for that drawing.

(5) A drawing will not be invalidated based on the financial liability of the lottery.

(f) Announcement of incentive or bonus program. The executive director shall announce each incentive or bonus program prior to its commencement. The announcement shall specify the beginning and ending time, if applicable, of the incentive or bonus program and the value for the award.

(g) Prizes.

(1) The Top Prize is $250,000.

(A) Each person who holds a valid ticket for a play matching (in any order) the twelve numbers drawn in a drawing, or matching none of the twelve numbers drawn in a drawing is entitled to a prize in the amount of $250,000. All other prizes are in amounts for matching or non-matching selections as shown in the following chart. All prizes are paid in cash.

Figure: 16 TAC §401.320(g)(1)(A)

(B) All payments shall be made upon completion of Commission validation procedures.

(C) A claim for any prize of $600 or more must be presented at a Texas Lottery claim center.

(2) A person may win only one prize per play per drawing. A player who holds a valid ticket for a winning play is entitled to the highest prize for that play.

This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency’s legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on February 6, 2012.

TRD-201200590

Kimberly L. Kiplin

General Counsel

Texas Lottery Commission

Earliest possible date of adoption: March 18, 2012

For further information, please call: (512) 344-501

Health Lottery Results for Saturday 31st March 2012

As March comes to an end we saw the 26th Health Lottery draw take place. Of course this UK lottery won’t be making anyone an overnight multi-millionaire as the Megamillions did but there is a top prize of £100,000 available to win. What have the Health Lottery results for Saturday 31st March 2012 revealed? Were there any jackpot winners or like last week did matching the five main balls drawn prove impossible for all participating players in this fairly new lottery game? Read on for the numbers and details of winners…

Latest Health Lottery Results for 31 March 2012


  • 13
  • 31
  • 37
  • 40
  • 47

There are still several numbers that have yet to make an appearance in the Health Lottery results and these are (12) (13) (23) (40) and (50).

Two of these numbers were drawn tonight making their first ever outing as main balls for the Health Lottery – 13 and 40 were both drawn. However, none of the most common drawn numbers came out which is quite unusual. 31 has been drawn three times whilst 37 and 47 have both been out twice.

There are currently no special promotions being offered by the Health Lottery; Magic Monday and the Second Chance Guaranteed Winner promotions have ended.

There were 7,779 players who won the two lower prize tiers of either £500 for matching four numbers or £50 for matching three numbers but for the second week in a row there were no jackpot winners on the Health Lottery. Are we set to see this lottery offer a quarter of a million jackpot as they have done in the past? It only seems fair considering there is £200,000 unclaimed for the last two weeks….

Written by Nicola Barber

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Page Last Updated: 01/04/2012 10:41:37

Health Lottery Results 31st December 2011

Are the Health Lottery results for 31st December 2011 going to be unlucky for you? After all it’s the 13th draw for this fairly new lottery and many consider this to be an unlucky number. It could be that the 13th draw and the Health Lottery results reveal your five chosen numbers to make you £100,000 richer – wouldn’t that be a fabulous start to the New Year! Could it be that the five main numbers drawn didn’t reveal a winner and went to the Second Chance Guaranteed Winner? Read on for more details of the winning numbers.

Latest Health Lottery Results for 24 March 2012


  • 1
  • 2
  • 6
  • 10
  • 42

The draw took place on Channel 5 at 10pm during the ad-break for the TV’s Greatest Magic Tricks yet the schedule of the draw was not shown on the official Health Lottery web page.

The main numbers drawn failed to produce a jackpot winner so the Health Lottery results saw a Second Chance Guaranteed Winner. The ticket reference that will be on the winning ticket is:

  • Ticket Ref: PZ0400559094

Of course with so few draws having taken place for the Health Lottery there are very few statistics to be found for this lottery but here are some of them; 39 that was drawn today is actually the 2nd most popular drawn number making its 4th appearance in the Health Lottery results. Surprisingly the most common drawn numbers, 5 and 7 haven’t come out in the Health Lottery draws for three weeks now!

We’ll update you later with the Health Lottery results revealing the number of winners in the lower prize tiers who won a cash prize of either £500 or £50.

Written by Nicola Barber
 

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Page Last Updated: 30/03/2012 16:05:04

New EuroJackpot Lottery Starts Soon

EuroJackpotMany rumours have been circulating over the past few months about a new lottery, the EuroJackpot launching. Speculation has risen as to what the EuroJackpot will entail, which countries are participating, what players can win and when the draws will take place, however excitement is growing amongst players as the new EuroJackpot lottery starts soon. In exactly two weeks, on the 23rd March this game will hold its first ever draw, so let’s look at what this new European lottery, the EuroJackpot is all about.

Back in November 2011 lottery officials from various European countries came together in a summit in Amsterdam to talk about the introduction of a new European lottery and it was here that the EuroJackpot was created. Another European lottery that has proved to be a success is the EuroMillions and the officials at this meeting agreed that the EuroJackpot will play out in a similar style to the EuroMillions.

There is thought to be numerous European countries that will participate in the EuroJackpot and these include Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. It might be the case that other European countries such as Norway, Sweden and Iceland may join the EuroJackpot at a later date, but that is yet to be confirmed.

EuroJackpot draws will take place once a week on a Friday night (starting from the 23rd March) and the jackpot in this new lottery will always be worth a minimum of €10 million but can rollover when no jackpot winner is found, just like the EuroMillions. Below the EuroJackpot top prize there are 11 other EuroJackpot prizes on offer to win in every draw.

Even though the EuroJackpot is a European lottery it has already created global interest, so it will be interesting to see how successful this new lottery will turn out to be.

Written by Grace Mee
 

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Page Last Updated: 30/03/2012 16:10:34

EuroJackpot Lottery Launches Across Europe

EuroJackpotAfter years of planning and months of anticipation the EuroJackpot lottery has finally launched across Europe with the first draw taking place this evening at 8pm GMT. The EuroJackpot will be drawn and then broadcast from an all new custom built TV studio based in Helsinki, Finland. Ticket sales for the new lottery opened on March 17th 2012 and initial interest from the participating countries has been extremely high.

Countries taking part in the first Euro Jackpot lottery draw are; Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Estonia and Slovenia. Other countries marked to join the EuroJackpot at a later date are Norway and Iceland. 

In terms of gameplay the EuroJackpot draw is almost identical to the other popular European lottery game EuroMillions. The draw consists of 5 balls each numbered between 1 and 50 and two Euro numbers between 1 and 8. In order to win the top prize in the EuroJackpot lottery players must match all 5 main numbers and both Euro numbers.

Prizes in the EuroJackpot are awarded in 12 tiers with Match 2 main balls and one lucky number paying the lowest prize of approximately €8.00. The top prize for matching 5+2 starts at a minimum Jackpot of €10,000,000 and then increases after each draw if there are no jackpot winners to a maximum jackpot of €90,000,000.

Unlike the EuroMillions lottery there is no variation in the draw between countries so added regional components of the draw such as the Millionaire Raffle in the UK will not be seen in the inaugural EuroJackpot draw. EuroJackpot Results should be available online via a number of sources and will also be available in the European press and on most major TV stations in the participating countries.

Written by Grace Mee

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Page Last Updated: 23/03/2012 15:18:11

Health Lottery Results for Saturday 24th March 2012

Melinda Messenger presented the 25th Health Lottery draw tonight on Channel 5 and players will be keen to see if their five numbers were drawn in the Health Lottery results for Saturday 24th March 2012. Matching five numbers on this fairly new lottery will net you a jackpot of £100,000 even if there are multiple winners because the Health Lottery guarantee to pay this amount to ALL winners. On the flip side of the coin though, if there are no winners, the jackpot for this lottery does not roll over to the next draw.

Latest Health Lottery Results for 24 March 2012


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Last week we saw just one winning ticket take the top prize for the Health Lottery – a ticket sold in Salford, Manchester but what have the Health Lottery results revealed for the draw of Saturday 24th March?

Despite there now having been 25 draws, with five numbers being selected from the ball machine per draw (making a total of 125 balls drawn), there are still outstanding numbers that have yet to make an appearance in the Health Lottery results. The numbers 12, 13, 23, 40 and 50 still haven’t come up in any of the Health Lottery draws. However, two numbers that did appear, numbers 6 and 42, have each been drawn thrice before making them part of a group of numbers that are the fourth most common in the Health Lottery.

Unusually, there were no jackpot winners today but unfortunately as we mentioned above, the jackpot does not rollover in the Health Lottery. On the lower prize levels though there were over 17,000 winning tickets that can claim prizes of either £50 or £500. Let’s see what next week’s draw brings!

Written by Lottie McDonald

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Page Last Updated: 25/03/2012 00:25:28