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mudskipper
7th January 2016, 12:11
£50 million jackpot on the regular lottery for Saturday - must be won.

Anyone fancy spaffing £50? (Max 7 in syndicate)

TheFaQQer
7th January 2016, 12:11
£50 million jackpot on the regular lottery for Saturday - must be won.

Anyone fancy spaffing £50? (Max 7 in syndicate)

In!

Pondlife
7th January 2016, 12:11
In

SimonMac
7th January 2016, 12:12
Why not, in

TheFaQQer
7th January 2016, 12:14
Paid

GlenW
7th January 2016, 12:16
I'm in

BrilloPad
7th January 2016, 12:17
In

mudskipper
7th January 2016, 12:18
One place left!

GlenW
7th January 2016, 12:18
Paid

Pondlife
7th January 2016, 12:21
Paid

mudskipper
7th January 2016, 12:21
So far -

mudskipper
FaQQer
Pondy
SMac
GlenW
Brillo

Will sort out tickets etc this evening.

BrilloPad
7th January 2016, 12:26
Paid. I even got an email - in case I was not on the forum! What service!

MS - you are good at this. You should be promoted to mod!

Platypus
7th January 2016, 12:28
Hi MS, Yes please. I sent you £50 :-)

northernladuk
7th January 2016, 12:28
Spot left??

TheFaQQer
7th January 2016, 12:33
Spot left??

Too slow!

mudskipper
7th January 2016, 12:34
Spot left??

Too late, sorry. Snooze and you lose...

original PM
7th January 2016, 12:35
Bah

I shall spaff 50 quid myself and then post from my champagne filled gold plated hot tub on Monday

MarillionFan
7th January 2016, 13:47
Nah. Skint. Can someone lend me a pot?

northernladuk
7th January 2016, 14:26
Nah. Skint. Can someone lend me some pot?

You can have a toke on mine if you want.

SimonMac
7th January 2016, 14:28
Paid. I even got an email - in case I was not on the forum! What service!

MS - you are good at this. You should be promoted to mod!

If she was good at this we would have won something by now!

GlenW
7th January 2016, 14:32
If she was good at this we would have won something by now!
At least we get the pictures of her in the nude, as consolation, when we lose though.

MarillionFan
7th January 2016, 14:33
If she was good at this we would have won something by now!

What do you mean? She's a dab hand with photoshop and she's already paid for next years holidays with the money we've all given her over the last year.

SlipTheJab
7th January 2016, 14:39
I see that her last attempt to buy a ticket was less than successful :D

Couple who missed out on £35m lottery jackpot - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35244373)

mudskipper
7th January 2016, 14:41
MS - you are good at this. You should be promoted to mod!

A cruel punishment!

OwlHoot
7th January 2016, 15:56
Does that mean nobody won last night?

Drat! So that's £20 down the drain - I bought 10 lines! :mad

mudskipper
7th January 2016, 16:05
Does that mean nobody won last night?

Drat! So that's £20 down the drain - I bought 10 lines! :mad

Thank you for your contribution to Saturday's jackpot. :D

SimonMac
7th January 2016, 19:19
Paid!

centurian
7th January 2016, 19:23
Does that mean nobody won last night?

Drat! So that's £20 down the drain - I bought 10 lines! :mad

I used to increase the amount of tickets bought as the jackpots increased, particularly on EuroMillions - but don't now - cause I think that winning £50m will be more trouble than winning £10m

Given I have little desire for expensive goods/services, the extra £40m won't enrich my life any more - and definitely won't offset the extra level of hangers on it will attract.

But on Saturday, the chances of winning ~10m are increased, because it's more likely that the jackpot will roll down to the next tier. :D

greenlake
7th January 2016, 20:30
Nah. Skint. Can someone lend me a pot?

Why are you wasting your time on a piddly £50 million? You should be playing for $700 million (http://www.powerball.com).

BrilloPad
7th January 2016, 20:40
Chance of winning lottery reduced to create publicity for larger jackpots - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12087059/Chance-of-winning-lottery-reduced-to-create-publicity-for-larger-jackpots.html)

mudskipper
8th January 2016, 16:28
The nice people at the lottery have emailed me to let me know that they expect their site to crash tomorrow. :)

d000hg
8th January 2016, 16:30
Why are you wasting your time on a piddly £50 million? You should be playing for $700 million (http://www.powerball.com).

Yeah, that's just amazing. That's getting into "struggle to spend it" territory.

I'd be happy with just the 50 .Heck even a solitary million would be nice - not enough to retire on but enough to allow early retirement if invested wisely.

xoggoth
8th January 2016, 16:34
Yet again I won a free ticket from Weds, so may as well enter.

vetran
8th January 2016, 17:03
Nah. Skint. Can someone lend me a pot?

Get a bridging loan!

NickFitz
8th January 2016, 17:06
The nice people at the lottery have emailed me to let me know that they expect their site to crash tomorrow. :)

I got that email around one this morning. Honest, at least :)

darmstadt
8th January 2016, 17:44
CUK USA Lottery Syndicate Member:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QimEsTfVKkU

original PM
8th January 2016, 18:26
Why are you wasting your time on a piddly £50 million? You should be playing for $700 million (http://www.powerball.com).

Apparently you do not get it all at once but spread over 29 years.

And you pay tax in it too.


According to the radio anyway

NickFitz
8th January 2016, 19:25
Apparently you do not get it all at once but spread over 29 years.

And you pay tax in it too.


According to the radio anyway

You can choose whether to take a lower lump sum or the annuity. I read something the other day arguing that it's best to take the cash, as the annuity providers could legally renege on you a few years down the line. I think the lump sum would work out to something over $400million, and still be well over $200million after tax :)

original PM
8th January 2016, 19:27
You can choose whether to take a lower lump sum or the annuity. I read something the other day arguing that it's best to take the cash, as the annuity providers could legally renege on you a few years down the line. I think the lump sum would work out to something over $400million, and still be well over $200million after tax :)

Should keep you going for a few years

🍻

greenlake
8th January 2016, 19:57
Yeah, that's just amazing. That's getting into "struggle to spend it" territory.

Now up to $800 million (http://www.powerball.com). :eek

centurian
8th January 2016, 20:23
You can choose whether to take a lower lump sum or the annuity. I read something the other day arguing that it's best to take the cash, as the annuity providers could legally renege on you a few years down the line. I think the lump sum would work out to something over $400million, and still be well over $200million after tax :)

Sounds about right - which means it's actually less than the maximum Euromillions win of £160m because that's all up-front, tax free.

NickFitz
9th January 2016, 15:41
Useful advice from Reddit on how to handle it, from a previous Powerball biggy: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/24vzgl/you_just_won_a_656_million_dollar_lottery_what_do/chba4bf

scooterscot
9th January 2016, 15:58
In, but perhaps too late now to transfer the dosh...

AtW
9th January 2016, 16:14
Useful advice from Reddit on how to handle it, from a previous Powerball biggy: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/24vzgl/you_just_won_a_656_million_dollar_lottery_what_do/chba4bf

:eek

mudskipper
9th January 2016, 16:47
In, but perhaps too late now to transfer the dosh...

Too late, sorry.

scooterscot
9th January 2016, 16:48
Well good luck!!

centurian
9th January 2016, 17:01
Useful advice from Reddit on how to handle it, from a previous Powerball biggy: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/24vzgl/you_just_won_a_656_million_dollar_lottery_what_do/chba4bf


This is the absolutely most important thing you can do right away: NOTHING.

Yes. Nothing.

DO NOT DECLARE YOURSELF THE WINNER yet.

Do NOT tell anyone. The urge is going to be nearly irresistible. Resist it. Trust me.

Yep. Pretty much what I would do - it's online, so there's no need to worry about the safety of the ticket. I would just carry on as normal, turn up on Monday morning, moan about the trains/weather etc. - and make a phone call to Camelot over lunch when out of the office.

The next day, I would say that I was taking a half-day at the end of the week (i.e. to go and claim the dosh) - and sometime the following week, I would give notice on the contact, saying that a "great opportunity has come up" :D

SimonMac
9th January 2016, 17:38
The nice people at the lottery have emailed me to let me know that they expect their site to crash tomorrow. :)

And they were right!

greenlake
9th January 2016, 17:44
Now up to $800 million (http://www.powerball.com). :eek

:eek $900 million (http://www.powerball.com)!! :eek

NickFitz
9th January 2016, 18:07
Yep. Pretty much what I would do - it's online, so there's no need to worry about the safety of the ticket. I would just carry on as normal, turn up on Monday morning, moan about the trains/weather etc. - and make a phone call to Camelot over lunch when out of the office.

The next day, I would say that I was taking a half-day at the end of the week (i.e. to go and claim the dosh) - and sometime the following week, I would give notice on the contact, saying that a "great opportunity has come up" :D

Note, however, that much of his advice is aimed at US lottery winners, where anonymity isn't an option - you have to allow yourself to be publicly identified and paraded before the media as a condition of claiming the prize. So one thing you need to do before you claim is figure out where you're going to hide, because going home won't be an option after you claim :ohwell

Also, I believe Camelot's call centre is open at weekends, so you can call them on Sunday to make an appointment, should the need arise :)

NickFitz
9th January 2016, 18:09
And they were right!

Down For Everyone Or Just Me (http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/www.national-lottery.co.uk) :D

SimonMac
9th January 2016, 18:37
Note, however, that much of his advice is aimed at US lottery winners, where anonymity isn't an option - you have to allow yourself to be publicly identified and paraded before the media as a condition of claiming the prize. So one thing you need to do before you claim is figure out where you're going to hide, because going home won't be an option after you claim :ohwell

Also, I believe Camelot's call centre is open at weekends, so you can call them on Sunday to make an appointment, should the need arise :)

Any online wins are paid into my account, I'm assuming a jackpot will be the same!

clearedforlanding
9th January 2016, 18:50
Any online wins are paid into my account, I'm assuming a jackpot will be the same!


Aren't Cashplus accounts limited to £5000?

mudskipper
9th January 2016, 18:53
Any online wins are paid into my account, I'm assuming a jackpot will be the same!

No, I believe that it is only for < £x.

Anyway, it'll be my account :D

SimonMac
9th January 2016, 18:54
Aren't Cashplus accounts limited to £5000?

What kind of contractor are you if you have an account limited to a measly £5k!

NickFitz
9th January 2016, 18:58
Any online wins are paid into my account, I'm assuming a jackpot will be the same!

IIRC, over £50,000 you have to go through a special claims procedure, and over some higher amount you have to go there in person with proof of ID (though I think they can make arrangements to meet you elsewhere, but you get the money faster if you go to them). But I think they would eventually do a bank transfer rather than giving you a cheque, yes :)

Tangentially related: when my brother was on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, the show was recorded about a month before broadcast, and the cheque he received was indeed the one seen on TV - those weren't just props. But this meant that it was postdated, as it had the date of the broadcast on it so it could be shown to the camera during the show. So he ended up with a cheque for £250,000 bearing Chris Tarrant's signature which was just left on the side in his kitchen for a month, occasionally causing minor panic when it was lost before being found again under one of the kids' toys or some such :D

ctdctd
9th January 2016, 19:16
No, I believe that it is only for < £x.

Anyway, it'll be my account :D

So you get £58,000,000 paid into your bank.
The bank goes bust and you get the FSCS compensation of £75,000

You need to ask for it in ten pound notes or possibly something valuable like original Star Wars toys still wrapped. :tongue

mudskipper
9th January 2016, 19:22
ms#4 just tried to buy a ticket online.

She has had to get dressed and head to the shop instead. :)

AtW
9th January 2016, 19:22
Winning the lottery is pathetic compared with winning in the Official Last Post of the Year thread...

NickFitz
9th January 2016, 19:32
Winning the lottery is pathetic compared with winning in the Official Last Post of the Year thread...

It gives us little people something to dream of :)

NickFitz
9th January 2016, 19:32
ms#4 just tried to buy a ticket online.

She has had to get dressed and head to the shop instead. :)

Waiting until eight minutes before the deadline probably wasn't a good plan :D

mudskipper
9th January 2016, 19:34
Waiting until eight minutes before the deadline probably wasn't a good plan :D

She's returned, ticket in hand :)

SueEllen
9th January 2016, 19:46
She's returned, ticket in hand :)
Funny if the kid won....

mudskipper
9th January 2016, 19:49
Funny if the kid won....

She could move out! :D

NickFitz
9th January 2016, 19:50
She's returned, ticket in hand :)

:yay:

centurian
9th January 2016, 19:53
Waiting until eight minutes before the deadline probably wasn't a good plan :D

It does have benefits though - by leaving it until as late as possible - you minimise your chances of dying before the draw takes place.

Think that's bonkers - well, it's considerably more likely than actually winning.

AtW
9th January 2016, 22:35
It does have benefits though - by leaving it until as late as possible - you minimise your chances of dying before the draw takes place. Think that's bonkers - well, it's considerably more likely than actually winning.

But what if you get right numbers but fail to submit on time, so miss out on big win - that would almost certainly kill you! :eek

Best strategy not to play in this game for fools - only acceptable "gambling" is Premium Bonds...

SlipTheJab
9th January 2016, 23:33
But what if you get right numbers but fail to submit on time, so miss out on big win - that would almost certainly kill you! :eek

Best strategy not to play in this game for fools - only acceptable "gambling" is Premium Bonds...

One word, gutted (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12077499/Couple-miss-out-on-35m-Lotto-jackpot-after-web-blunder.html), (or maybe idiot (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12077499/Couple-miss-out-on-35m-Lotto-jackpot-after-web-blunder.html)).

AtW
10th January 2016, 00:14
So have they won? :eyes

clearedforlanding
10th January 2016, 00:38
So have they won? :eyes

They should have played for proper money in the US.

The $800 Million Powerball Jackpot Is A Stat Nerd Dream Come True | FiveThirtyEight (http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/powerball-jackpot-800-million-odds/?ex_cid=538fb)

SlipTheJab
10th January 2016, 00:40
So have they won? :eyes

Nope by virtue of the useless twunts not actually buying a ticket, I imagine thats not a happy household to be in (wonder if PC knows them :D)

AtW
10th January 2016, 00:45
Nope by virtue of the useless twunts not actually buying a ticket, I imagine thats not a happy household to be in (wonder if PC knows them :D)

I meant our lot!

AtW
10th January 2016, 00:52
mudskipper is probably already in 1st class lounge getting massage before she takes off on one way ticket to Brazil! :eek

SlipTheJab
10th January 2016, 00:54
I meant our lot!
Yes they have NLUK was seen boarding a private jet...but that may well be how he makes the trek up to the badlands every weekend..,

greenlake
10th January 2016, 06:41
:eek $900 million (http://www.powerball.com)!! :eek

No one won the Powerball jackpot tonight, so Wednesday's jackpot is now up to $1.3 billion (http://www.powerball.com)!!

mudskipper
10th January 2016, 07:34
So have they won? :eyes

Depends on your definition of "win". :(

mudskipper
10th January 2016, 07:46
Funny if the kid won....

She got £25 from 10 lines, so she is a winner :)

BrilloPad
10th January 2016, 08:19
£25 from the 10 lines I had. Thank god we did so much better on the syndicate.

scooterscot
10th January 2016, 09:12
So how many millions did you win?

xoggoth
10th January 2016, 10:24
Was reading this article on a woman who kept winning a US lottery after figuring out the pseudo random computer algorithm used to generate the numbers.

'Lucky' Woman Who Won Lottery Four Times Outed As Stanford University Statistics PhD - Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/4-time-lottery-winner-not-exactly-lucky-2011-8?IR=T)

Must have been a pretty crappy algorithm. Just as well we use a big transparent thingy with coloured balls.

NickFitz
10th January 2016, 15:35
She got £25 from 10 lines, so she is a winner :)

:banana: :yay: :banana:

AtW
10th January 2016, 16:47
No one won the Powerball jackpot tonight, so Wednesday's jackpot is now up to $1.3 billion (http://www.powerball.com)!!

:eek :eek :eek

AtW
10th January 2016, 16:52
Was reading this article on a woman who kept winning a US lottery after figuring out the pseudo random computer algorithm used to generate the numbers.

'Lucky' Woman Who Won Lottery Four Times Outed As Stanford University Statistics PhD - Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/4-time-lottery-winner-not-exactly-lucky-2011-8?IR=T)

Must have been a pretty crappy algorithm. Just as well we use a big transparent thingy with coloured balls.

Hmmm, they call it fraud and cheating... surely it's not???

greenlake
11th January 2016, 18:03
No one won the Powerball jackpot tonight, so Wednesday's jackpot is now up to $1.3 billion (http://www.powerball.com)!!

Wednesday's jackpot up another $100 million to $1.4 billion (http://www.powerball.com)! :eek

greenlake
12th January 2016, 17:44
Wednesday's jackpot up another $100 million to $1.4 billion (http://www.powerball.com)! :eek

$1.5 billion (http://www.powerball.com) :eek:

Uncle Albert
12th January 2016, 18:03
$1.5 billion (http://www.powerball.com) :eek:

Pah, I'm not interested in less than $5 billion.

MarillionFan
12th January 2016, 19:13
$1.5 billion (http://www.powerball.com) :eek:

I'll pop out for some tickets in a minute