SCOTS GO WILD FOR WINSDAY; MIDWEEK MADNESS: Shops on Standby for Last-Minute Rush for Tickets
Magic, Our Meg Spins Her, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Scots are set to fork out a staggering pounds 7million today in a bid to win the first midweek lotto jackpot.
Around 3000 shops are poised for a desperate, last-minute rush as punters snap up tickets on their way home from work.
Up to four million Scots are expected to have a flutter and then settle down to watch tonight's draw.
Last night, lottery organisers Camelot predicted a gambling frenzy.
A spokesman said: "You won't have seen anything like this before.
"We are expecting things to go really crazy as people head home from work.
"With many people unable to get a ticket during the day we think there will be a late rush. It could be really loopy."
Camelot reckon they'll sell as many tickets as they usually do on a Saturday.
A huge TV audience is expected to tune in for the draw, which has a pounds 10million jackpot prize.
The 30-minute show on BBC1 starts at 8pm and will be fronted by Scots golden girl Carol Smillie.
She's getting a lotto-sized pounds 100,000 a year for just one day a week on the show.
Carol, 34, will jet into London every Wednesday morning and fly home straight after the draw.
The plum job will give her more time at home in Glasgow with hubby Alex and baby daughter Christie.
After tonight's bumper bets, the Winsday jackpots are likely to fall to around pounds 4million.
And the weekend game could lose sales as punters choose to splash out on just one draw instead of two.
Camelot say their big Saturday prizes could drop to around pounds 8million.
If no-one wins the Wednesday jackpot, it will roll over to the Saturday.
And if the Saturday jackpot remains unclaimed, that will be added to the following Wednesday's prize pot.
But there will be a big share out on the third rollover draw if no single winner comes forward.
Despite the glitz, the midweek draw has drawn a lot of flak - especially from Saturday punters who pick the same numbers every week.
They're terrified in case their numbers come up on a Wednesday - and feel they're being forced to play twice.
But there were no takers for a move to have a different set of numbers - from 50 to 99 - for the midweek draw.
Camelot said: "It is …
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Publication information: Article title: SCOTS GO WILD FOR WINSDAY; MIDWEEK MADNESS: Shops on Standby for Last-Minute Rush for Tickets. Contributors: Magic, Our Meg Spins Her - Author. Newspaper title: Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland). Publication date: February 5, 1997. Page number: 10. © 2009 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday. COPYRIGHT 1997 Gale Group.
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