Christmas Lottery 2012

We’ve received a number of questions about the lottery this Christmas, when it takes place and how to buy tickets. Here’s a typical example:

“I have an enquiry which I firstly asked in my local store which handles lottery tickets, am I able to buy in advance the tickets for December 26th? I was told I would have to buy tickets for all the weeks preceding that date also, I was not too confident in that reply hence this email, I was thinking of purchasing for Christmas presents, therefore would want about £40 worth for that date alone, would you please advise if this is correct. Thanks, Maureen”

With regards to buying Christmas lottery tickets, I’m afraid they are correct.  The play boards you fill in at the store allow you to play Wednesday or Saturday or both and for a number of weeks 1, 2, 3 or 4. There isn’t a way to stipulate a date in the future.

The draw takes place as normal on the 26th December, being Boxing Day. So in theory you have until 7:30 on Christmas day to buy tickets.  However, many shops and stores may (!) choose to close on Christmas Day! So we’d recommend buying your christmas lottery tickets early and possibly online. 

One thing we’ve noted as well when buying tickets for presents in a shop, make sure you tell the store person that you want 40 x £1 (or whatever you want) before they go and ring through £5 on each ticket.

National Lottery Loser in Stratford

Another of the Nations Biggest Losers was confirmed at 11pm on Wednesday 14th November, 2012. Someone in the Stratford upon Avon area failed to claim their £1,000,000 prize from a EuroMillions ticket bought on 18th May.

The money now goes into the Good Causes pot, so all is not lost for charity.

National-lottery.net sugegst that if you live in the Stratford district and you find an old lottery ticket, you put it straight in the bin without checking it, so long as it is over 180 days old. You just wouldn’t want to know that you have lost out on a million pounds would you!

Rio Olympics 2016 Lottery Volunteers

If you are a budding Olympic athlete with your sights set on Rio 2016 you will need to develop a social awareness.  The National Lottery funding committees are to insist that those receiving grants will have to do at least five days of voluntary work to receive their funds.

The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, said ‘It is about mentoring and coaching young people and using the success and popularity of the Games, and big names of the athletes, to drive up sports participation and inspire future stars.”

Athletes will be encouraged to mentor youngsters in schools or sports clubs across the country, and the initiative is aiming to provide around 5,000 days of volunteering as a result.