What's New On These Pages: July 2003
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- Friday 18th July
Bought two more tickets for tomorrow's rollover draw.
- Monday 14th July
Duly posted my subscription renewal form back to Camelot - should get the
Subscription Certificate confirmation in a couple of weeks.
- Saturday 12th July
It was inevitable that eventually the left hand of
Camelot would work out what the right hand was doing and withdraw
the individual draw sales figures entirely (yes, it's
all gone now) from the official Web site in the same manner as
they did with their public phone line earlier this year.
Of course, it's quite straightforward to "reverse engineer"
the main and Extra draw sales figures to within a few pounds
because they have set formulae for calculating the prize amounts
based on, amongst other things, that draw's sales. Since
we know all the other variables in the formulae, it's not
rocket science to code up something that will come up with
the now-elusive ticket sales figure.
For the main draw, I just opted for a simple "homing in"
method. Basically, I used the code that told me how much each
tier was wrong by, totalled up that and then added it (complete
with sign, it might be too much) to the initial guess and then
recursed until all the tiers worked out. However, this will only
you to within about a £2 accuracy.
The Extra draw's jackpot is simply the previous draw's rollover
amount plus 45% of the ticket sales of the latest draw, so it's
expressed as (round the sales value up):
Extra sales = (latest jackpot-previous jackpot rollover)/0.45
Again, the accuracy is to within about £2.
- Friday 11th July
Bought two more tickets for tomorrow's "combined" rollover
and Super Draw (which Camelot rounded up to £18m nicely
for us). Also received my annual subscription renewal form, which
I'll post out with a cheque for £208. Mind you, the form
came with some tatty rules and regs sheets of paper that had
been badly (at a slant) photocopied ! Normally, you get an
original fold-out colour booklet...Camelot trying to save money ?
- Friday 4th July
Bought two more tickets for tomorrow's rollover.
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