Thursday, December 12, 2013

# Christmas lottery ticket cost doubles – but so does the chance of a win

Monday 7th October 2013, 11:00AM BST.

TICKETS for the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery cost £2 this year but each offers two chances to win.

The tickets go on sale today.

As in previous years, the first prize will start at £300,000 and will increase as more tickets are sold. The guaranteed second prize will be £50,000 and third prize £25,000. There will also be 45 £500 prizes.

The tickets will also have a scratch card section allowing buyers the chance to instantly win prizes ranging from £2 to £5,000.

Syndicates or groups who purchase blocks of 50 tickets from agents are also guaranteed to win a minimum of £22.

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glep

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t lat year’s offer two chances to win? The scratch part, and the main draw.

So what is new other than the price increase?

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Beanjar

What a rip, give everybody twice as many chances to win and there are also twice as many numbers in the draw!!!

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3. 3
Beanjar

Why not give everybody 100 chances to win?

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twice the same

Exactly beanjar

The odds of winning is the same because everyone who buys a ticket gets two numbers per ticket, so the chances to win depends on how many tickets you buy not on the numbers per ticket. Doh!!!

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• Simon

The odds of winning are based on how many tickets you buy compared to how many are sold. If everyone bought the same number of tickets as last year, then yes, your odds of winning would be the same but for a much higher prize. I’m guessing less tickets will be available because of the two numbers on a ticket. Also, our syndicate will buy £100 pounds worth, the same as always, so no extra sales there.

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Jimbean

So this year, people are actually worse off.

Last year if you spent £2, you got two separate numbers for the main draw and two chances at the scratch section. This year for £2, you get two chances at the main draw and only once chance at the scratch section.

I normally organise work syndicates. Blocks of 100 tickets at a time, the scratch section was guaranteed to return a ‘minimum’ cash value of £20. Also depending on which vendor you went too, if you bought a block of 100 tickets, you would get 8 free tickets (Although some of the vendors stopped offering this and keep the free tickets themselves). The main agent over here offers the free tickets so the independent vendors should too.

On the new draw if you spend £100, you should receive 4 free tickets (£8 cash value), but I am not sure of the ‘guaranteed’ cash amount returned via the scratch section as you will only get 50 scratch tickets.

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• Simon

Really? If you think about it – there must be a set amount of prizes under the scratch panels so the fewer scratch panels the more likely you are to win.

According to the poster the scratch panel guaranteed win is a minimum of £22 as opposed to £20 last year.

I am a lottery ticket retailer, any ‘free’ tickets I give away with block sales comes out of my profit. I don’t know what you do for a living but would you give me an 8% discount just for spending £100?

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6. 6
GSYFRED

Good work Beanjar! A notary couldn’t have figured that one out!

Channel Islands Lottery?!

More like CHANNEL ISLANDS RIPPPOFF!!

HAHAHA ZING!

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7. 7
David

Looks like the tickets have grown considerably in size.. glad to see they are being green !! 10 trees in one ticket by the looks of it !!!

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Caroline

Just another rip of like the UK National Lottery

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• bcb

So its a rip off is it? do you mean its a rip off because you probably won`t win?

There`s an easy way to avoid being “ripped off”? and i`m sure it doesn`t need explaining :)

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Caroline

bcb – please get a life, you obviously buy every ticket going to have a chance of winning, I was only making a point, it is a rip off, everything goes up in price, cant you see the point, or is it your head in another scratch card will be the winning one. No I do not buy cards all the time, only and if it helps a charity, I do spend £10 on the Xmas Lottery like everyone else in with a chance, so your comments were uncalled for. I like many others will never win, if I do I will come looking for you, not to share but to gloat.

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• bcb

Sorry but soon as i saw the “get a life” piece i knew the rest wouldn`t be worth reading, and i was right. Just to put your mind at rest i never buy more than 2 or 3 tickets (sometimes i dont buy any) so that really was a very poor attempt at trying to determine my ticket buying habits (you`ll never make detective).

Not actually sure why you felt so offended i did put a little smiley face at the end of my post to suggest it not be taken too seriously.

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becks

Ticket sales down and maximum prize amount therefore down.
Sales fail to make target so £300,000 prize or secondary prizes lowered.

My forecast but I`ll still be clinging on to hope and buy my £100 worth on the hope of less tickets sold more chances for me to win.

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11. 11
markB

The Channel Islands Lottery expect this year to be a bumper year of £1 million pounds

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