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I phoned up Camelot about this tonight and they said they didn't know anything about this 26th September 130m Euros draw. I think the crucial phrase in the translation could be "the entire Europot is finished!", which I take to mean that we've hit 11 unwon jackpots in a row by that date, so there has to be a guaranteed jackpot win (which may involve a "rolldown" to 5+1 winners if the 5+2 tier isn't won in that final draw). However, surely the jackpot would be in the region of 180m Euros by then and not 130m?!
I think the Austrians have just got the rules wrong here and jumped the gun somewhat. The 130m Euros draw is usually brought in before the 11th consecutive unwon jackpot and is simply designed to truncate such a sequence "because it's just too huge already" (or some lame excuse - why can't it just rollover forever?!). It should be noted that Camelot don't give a lot of notice about the 130m Euros draws, so we could see one announced very soon....
Bought four tickets online for tomorrow's main Lotto single rollover draw. Yes, I'd normally just buy an additional two tickets, but I have no active subscription until next month, so I'm buying 4 in all to ensure that I bridge the gap until the sub starts.
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There was an interesting spike in Euro Millions ticket sales this week - they'd been creeping up by a few million Euros each week as the jackpot's been rolling over. However, this week they took an impressive leap of nearly 18 million Euros to exceed 100 million Euros for first time in over 4 months. If next week's draw has no jackpot winners, I reckon we might see another one of those 130m Euros "must be won" Super Draw jackpots (which is the only time I ever play Euro Millions, because of the chance of a "roll down" to 5+1 winners with much better odds than usual).
Bought six tickets (online) for tomrorow's main Lotto double rollover draw. Normally, I'd have my regular 2 tickets on an annual (or 2-year) subscription and then buy 4 additional ones online, but my subscription has just finished and won't resume for a couple of weeks. This is because you can no longer buy fixed term subscriptions and you must also pay by direct debit only for subscriptions. The amount taken each month can vary (usually between £16 and £20 in my case, since I'm subbing for 2 tickets per draw).
I went to plug the UK winners info into my data file, only to realise that Lisa's figures were for the previous week (i.e. 8th August). I duly phoned back and was told that whoever was supposed to e-mail the UK winners info out hadn't done so - this might be the first time that has happened. I'll phone before noon and see if they have them by then.
At the 4th time of asking at around 11.50am today, Camelot finally had the number of UK winners for each Euro Millions tier, although I had to remind them - not for the first time - that their official Web site does not carry those figures. It doesn't help that the European winners column is titled "No of winners" and to the right of it is a "UK Results £s per winner" heading - totally confusing really. The winners column should say "No of European winners" to avoid doubt, plus they should put back the UK winners column they used to have years ago!
Finally got around to "renewing" my subscription online, but now it's a monthly direct debit taken in advance, so it's going to play havoc with my "What I've Spent" page (it's typically £18 a month, but does vary). There's a gap of a few weeks between the end of my existing 2-year sub and when the new one starts, but it's easy enough to buy 2 tickets per draw online until the new sub begins.
I also had another go at renewing my 2 tickets per draw subscription online, but now it's saying that the first monthly payment of £18 will be taken the day before my existing subscription ends, so I'm still not quite there yet. In theory, this means that trying again this coming Saturday should finally get me a "seamless" transition from a fixed-term (2 years in fact) debit card subscription to a never-ending monthly direct debit.
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