Big Draw 2000
Winning years drawn at 9.37pm GMT on Friday 31st December 1999:
Sorted order: 1901 1918 1950 1958 1986 Bonus: 1903
Drawn order: 1986 1950 1918 1958 1901 Bonus: 1903
The table below is courtesy of Camelot's phone line (0845 9 100 000 *114).
Category Prize Winners Total Percentages
Jackpot £0 0 £0 0.0%
4+bonus £3,563,220 2 £7,126,440 24.1%
4 match £2,514 237 £619,518 2.1%
3+bonus £2,815 319 £897,985 3.0%
3 match £184 14,859 £2,734,056 9.2%
2+bonus £172 10,744 £1,847,968 6.2%
2 match £43 381,468 £16,403,124 55.4%
Totals 407,629 £29,629,091 100.0%
Ticket sales £80,601,805
Actual tickets sold 16,120,361
Both Game 1 4+bonus prizes have been claimed.
Winning years drawn at 12.47am GMT on Saturday 1st January 2000:
First year: 1575 Second year: 2832
Number of Game 2 jackpot (£1 million) winners: 16
Number of Game 2 jackpots claimed so far: 14 (2 unclaimed as of 29th June 2000)
- The average prize in Game 1 was £72.69.
- Game 1 was messed up - the machine got stuck whilst trying to emerge from
the rather dubious concept of a split video wall and they had to hold the
draw deep inbetween the banks of the video wall ! Alan Dedicoat read out the
fourth ball (1958) wrongly initially - he said it was 1985 and then had to
correct himself. To top it all off, the draw started 12 minutes later than
its heavily-advertised 9.25pm GMT time.
- Game 2 was steeped in confusion - four machines were used and Alan
Dedicoat kept looking at the wrong one, so there was a big delay to read out
the numbers and, even worse, he read out the fourth ball (32) before the
third one (28) and completely missed the second ball (75) - Dale Winton had
to tell him about that one. Game 2 also bizarrely took place 12 minutes late
like Game 1 did and the standard 7-ball music was played when Alan
Dedicoat read out the two years again, which was also strange.
- Annoyingly, ITV teletext had the full results before 9.00am GMT
on Saturday, which was when Camelot re-opened their phone lines to the public.
It was somewhat unfair that they got preferential treatment and also a bit
surprising that BBC teletext did not have the full results before
9.00am too, especially since they broadcast the two draws live of course.
- It's lucky that the rules allow for the Game 1 jackpot tier to roll over
into the 4+bonus tier, otherwise it could have been a bit embarrassing...
- Camelot had estimated ticket sales at £125 million and Game 2 jackpot
winners therefore totalling 25, but they fell over 35% short of this, which
meant that the draw was a failure in terms of participation.
- The official lottery site Web maintainers obviously don't know about the
automatic generation of graphics, so they ran this
script (a dreadful piece of repetitive
coding - haven't they ever heard of loops ?!) to generate two directories
non-bonus) containing 2,000 GIFs each ! And after
all that, a typical GIF wasn't even transparent,
- Note that the pairs of years for Game 2 were generated in scrambled blocks
of 1 million pairs (each 1m block had no duplicate or missing pairs) and then
issued in that scrambled sequence as each was ticket bought. This
is how they could guarantee that one and only one ticket would win for every
1 million tickets sold (though there was a remainder of 120,361 tickets in
the 17th 1m block that failed to produce a jackpot winner).
- A 500-member syndicate from the News of the World newspaper has won one of
the £3.56m Big Draw 2000 Game 1 jackpots, but only two members of the
syndicate have come forward to claim their prize so far.
- My Game 1 years were manually picked by adding "19" to the front of
my normal lottery first ticket's six numbers, but I didn't match a single
year sadly. Game 2, randomly selected by the
lottery terminal, resulted in the numbers 1042 and 2392 on my ticket, which
unsurprisingly also lost, so that's me predictably £5 out of pocket.
- Prizes in Games 1 and 2 had to be claimed by 11.00pm BST on Thursday 29th
June 2000, so two £1m Game 2 jackpots expired and have been added to
the Good Causes fund.