Saturday Lotto

Saturday Lotto

Millions of Brits buy a lottery ticket each Saturday, along with their groceries to play in the Saturday lotto.  Launched in November 1994, with a huge advertising campaign and a spectacular firework display, the Saturday lotto immediately caught the public’s imagination, with over seven million pounds worth of tickets being sold in the first twelve hours alone.  The entire UK nation watched the inaugural one hour TV draw, clutching their tickets in anticipation.  These days, it’s a much quicker affair, but still very much part of many players Saturday evening viewing and also the purchasing of tickets on a Saturday daytime.

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Who Operates the UK Saturday Lotto?

The official operator of the UK Lotto is Camelot.  It was originally chosen from 6 other bidders.  They also manage distribution of funds for good causes (one of the National Lotteries’ primary objectives), devise new games, oversee marketing, and distribute winnings and partner over 28,000 retailers who sell their tickets.

The first lottery (national lottery) ‘rollover’ draw in December 1994 caused a media sensation, and despite the winner’s wish to remain anonymous, the press soon identified him.  This one individual pocketed over £17 million.  By contrast, 133 winners shared the jackpot in January 1995.

The Machines Used in the Saturday Lotto

The UK Saturday Lotto uses eleven machines, which are themselves selected at random, to ensure the system remains completely secure, unbiased and automated.  In keeping with Camelot’s own name, the machines are called Merlin, Arthur, Galahad, Vyvyan, Lancelot, Garnet, Topaz, Opal, Amethyst, Moonstone and Pearl.  Each lotto machine is optimised and carefully designed to prevent fraud.

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Saturday Lotto