What's New On These Pages: October 1999
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- Saturday 30th October
Everything was going fine in the chat room as I commentated the
show to the usual suspects. All of a sudden, my browser started
slowing and then crashed, just as Old Spice was getting ready
to press the button to start the draw. I managed to get the
browser up again and
used the Live Updates to do a live Web update, but didn't get into
the chat room fast enough to do a live chat room update.
I replayed the draw in the room a few minutes later for those who
wanted to see it anyway and I also got the full results faster than
anyone else. I was surprised to hear the BBC 1 Wales continuity
announcer claim there were no jackpot winners - either it was a
mistake (there were 2 main lottery winners)
or he was referring to the Thunderball.
Added a new Big Draw 2000
section, which includes an exclusive online transcription
of the leaflet that Camelot sent me. I've actually split
the leaflet into three pages because it's a long read. I'll be constructing
a FAQ to go in there shortly (probably tomorrow) - I've got the Big Draw 2000 Rules
and Procedures booklet to pore through first.
- Friday 29th October
The Big Draw 2000 Rules and Procedures booklet and the How To Take Part leaflet arrived
through the post today. I hadn't seen the leaflet in any of the Liverpool
lottery retailers I usually visit, so I had to request it from Camelot
directly. Perhaps the biggest shocker is that Camelot are quoting a public
e-mail address for the first time. Hey, it only took them 5 years to get
- Wednesday 27th October
I got home late tonight, so I couldn't do a live
chat room update, but I managed to get enough
bits'n'pieces sorted out to do a live Web update.
It didn't help that I had to do live commentary
on Liverpool vs. West Ham United on our Liverpool
FC site as well ! Despite all this chaos, I still
put the full results up before anyone else.
- Saturday 23rd October
The live TV show commentary and draws went fine
and we had the "usual crew" milling around in the
chat room. A shame that Camelot couldn't be bothered
to do anything special for the 400th UK lottery draw,
but at least I managed to put up the full results
before anyone else.
- Wednesday 20th October
It was moderately busy in the chat room tonight,
despite yet more live European soccer on ITV to
compete with the lottery show. The live commentary
and draw went fine and I was the first to put up
the full results.
- Saturday 16th October
The chat room was reasonably busy tonight for the live
TV show commentary and draw, which went ahead OK.
I was the first to put the full results as usual.
- Friday 15th October
Picked up two more tickets for tomorrow's rollover.
- Wednesday 13th October
I was too busy doing the live commentary for tonight's
Southampton vs. Liverpool Worthington Cup game on our Liverpool FC
site (the Saints grabbed the winner in injury time)
to do the live commentary and draw in the lottery chat
room, but I still did the live Web update and generated the
pages shortly after the draw.
Had to wait a while for someone else in the house to get off
the phone so I could contact Camelot, but I still was the first
on the Net to put up the full results, which turned out to be
the oasis of an unwon Wednesday jackpot too...
- Saturday 9th October
The chat room was populated by the "usual suspects" tonight and the live
TV show commentary and draw went OK. I was the first to put up the full
results as usual.
- Wednesday 6th October
The lottery chat room was fairly quiet tonight, with only 3 or
4 people in to witness the usual live and exclusive Net commentary
and UK lottery draw. I was the fastest to put up the full results
- Sunday 3rd October
Out of the blue, I received an e-mail with a 167-ticket wheel that guarantees
a 3-match win and narrowly beats the old wheel (which used 168 tickets). I've
duly updated the pages to use the new wheel.
- Saturday 2nd October
The chat room was moderately busy and we had the delightful
sight of the excellent (now reformed) Eurythmics for the
first time ever on the lottery show. The live TV show and
commentary went fine and I was the first to put up the full
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