As you would expect of a lottery syndicate based at a university,
they used a formula to select their lottery numbers for last Saturday,
and won a jackpot worth £5.3m.
There are 17 members of the syndicate, and as theirs was the only
winning ticket, each member will now be £311,755 richer. The
syndicate is made up of employees of Imprint Design, the Bradford
University and College’s Print and Design department, and
they are only too happy to share their secret, which came about
after unsuccessfully playing the lottery for eight years.
Previously each syndicate member had randomly chosen a number,
though often it was a family birthday or significant date. The new
system, introduced four years ago saw all 49 numbers being written
on pieces of paper and placed in a box. A syndicate member would
then pick out six pieces of paper and these would form the first
line on the ticket. These “used” pieces of paper then
went into a second box. This was repeated eight times, using 48
of the 49 available numbers, and the remaining number was used to
start a new line by anther syndicate member who then selected five
more pieces of paper from the second box. Simple! This continued
until 17 lines had been selected (one each for every member of the
syndicate) and more importantly it meant that every number from
1-49 had been selected at least twice per ticket, and four numbers
were selected three times.
Now checking seventeen lines could be a bit tiresome, and a mere
human could miss the vital winning combination, so this syndicate
set up a computer programme to check their lines. This system in
itself took a while to perfect, but now they have won, who cares!
Of course they could have just had their ticket checked at by the
lottery machine, but that wouldn’t have been so much fun!
Barry Waterhouse is the syndicate’s leader and he says that
after 12 long years of playing the lottery it’s great that
their new system has done the business. They felt that because they
were using all the numbers for each draw that they stood a better
chance of winning. The syndicate’s youngest member plans to
buy a Bradford City Football Club season ticket and the city ground
was where the syndicate chose to have their publicity photo taken.
One of the syndicate’s members received a text on Saturday
night telling him the good news, and he now plans to take early
retirement from the university, as does another member who will
be setting up her own business selling soaps.
Saturday 21 October 2006's winning numbers were 15,18,23,31,37,49
and the bonus ball was 38.