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Everything You Should Know About The National Lottery

Jul 5, 2008
The lottery in the UK has been operating since 2004 and is one of the most popular gambling games in the UK. The lottery is presided over by the Camelot group. The Camelot group is an organisation that runs the national lottery. The franchise to the lottery is awarded every 8 years. The Camelot group were awarded the franchise in 2003 and subsequently set up the UK's first national lottery in 2004.

The group was also awarded the franchise in 2001 which gave them rights to the lottery until 2009. The franchise is dispensed by the government body called The National Lottery Commission. There have been many critics of the decision to award the franchise to the Camelot group as the royal mail own 20% of Camelot and the Royal mail are owned by the government. As a result it was seen as a way of creating more revenue for the government and not a fair choice. The main opposition was Richard Branson's the people's lottery. There was an enormous amount of controversy surrounding the bid when the choice was made in 2000.

When The National Lottery Commission were judging the tenders for the lottery franchise in 2000 it was announced that none of the potential providers met the statutory requirements to run the lottery. The choice was between the Camelot group and the people's lottery.

The commission then announced that the lottery would be run by the people's lottery and it looked like they would take over from the Camelot group however the Camelot group took the matter to court and won the right to run the lottery. The process was deeply criticised by observers and as a result many of the people that were involved in the voting resigned their posts. Despite the controversy the national lottery remains one of the most popular gambling events in the UK.

The lottery has had steadily declining sales figures since its inception in 1994 and as a result in 2002 the Camelot group set about rebranding the games that it offers. A number of different types of lottery games were introduced alongside the main game and the main game was renamed lotto. The lotto game is the conventional version of the lottery in which six numbers are drawn from a pool of forty-nine. The game also includes an additional bonus ball that can offer additional benefits for the player. The player will initially pick 6 different numbers in the hope that these numbers will get pulled from the draw.

The prize fund for the lottery is shared with the winners dependant on the number of numbers that they get right. The winners that get 5 numbers and the bonus ball receive an additional win on top of what they would win. The winners that achieve all six balls share the total jackpot with one another. The chances of winning the lottery are said to be in the region of one in thirteen million, nine hundred and eighty-three thousand, eight hundred and sixteen. If the jackpot is not won the prize fund will roll over to the following week. This means that the prize fund will be added to the prize fund of the following week.
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Shaun Parker is a expert gambler and helps people make the most of the money that they spend on theLottery. His advice could help you save money.
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