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Dream Number

Wednesday 9th February 2011 saw the last ever Dream Number draw take place. The details below are for information purposes.

Dream Number, billed as one of the "most exciting lottery games of modern times", was launched in the UK to replace the Lotto Extra game in mid July 2006 offering a jackpot of £500,000 and six tiers of smaller prizes. However, it has proven more of a 'big yawn' for players than a dream with the top prize only being won twice in the first year of operation.

Playing Dream Number

Whereas most other lottery games allow you to select your own numbers, Dream Number selects them for you. Each player is given a random Dream Number consisting of seven digits (from 0 to 9). It’s a bit like selecting the “Lucky Dip” option when playing the regular Lotto, except in this case you are given seven digits instead of six numbers.

Because Dream Number doesn’t require the player to select their own numbers, actually playing the game is very simple. Complete a payslip to choose the number of weeks you want to play for, then hand the slip and the appropriate amount of money to the operator at the lottery terminal. You can play for just one week or for up to eight weeks in a row, but bear in mind that you will be playing with the same seven-digit Dream Number for the duration of the ticket’s life.

Your Ticket to Wealth

When you have paid the lottery terminal operator, they will print your Dream Number ticket and hand it back to you. Check it carefully to make sure that it is for the correct number of draws and has been printed properly (illegible tickets may not be accepted when you come to make a claim). If everything is as it should be, put the ticket in a safe place until the draw. (If you lose the ticket and it wins, someone else could claim the prize quite legally, so keep it safe!)

If you watch the Dream Number draw on live television then you will know immediately if you have won or not. Should you be unable to catch the live show, you can check your ticket against results printed in newspapers or published on the results page of this web site.

Winning the Dream Number Game

The top prize in the Dream Number game is a cool £500,000. There are six prize levels below this, going all the way down to the minimum win of £2. And how exactly does a player win? By getting as many digits of the Dream Number selected in the order they appear on the ticket.

For instance, if your Dream Number is 5436780, you need the number 5 to be drawn first, the number 4 to be drawn second, the number 3 to be drawn third, and so on. The more digits selected in the right order, the more you will win, as follows:

First 1 digit of your Dream Number £2
First 2 digits of your Dream Number in order £10
First 3 digits of your Dream Number in order £100
First 4 digits of your Dream Number in order £500
First 5 digits of your Dream Number in order £5,000
First 6 digits of your Dream Number in order £50,000
All 7 digits of your Dream Number in order £500,000

Check Dream Number Results here.

Making a Claim

All Dream Number retailers will be able to pay out £2 and £10 wins. Some are authorised to pay £100 and £500 wins in addition. Prizes of up to £5,000 can be claimed from a Post Office that is also a licensed Dream Number retailer, although you should note that £500 and £5,000 wins will be paid in the form of a cheque. For the higher prizes of £50,000 and £500,000 you will need to contact Camelot as instructed on the back of the Dream Number ticket itself.

As with the original Lotto game, if you win £500 or more you will be asked to complete an official claim form and also prove your identity. Your ticket will be checked for authenticity and legibility, and if everything is as it should be your prized will be processed on the spot.

28% Will Go To The Olympics Fund

For every £1 ticket sold, a whopping 28p will go directly to the Olympics Fund. It is not unusual for good causes to benefit from lottery sales, but normally a percentage of sales is set aside in a general fund. This was the first time, in the UK National Lottery, that a percentage of sales was dedicated wholly to one specific cause.