Chariot Sell Monday Lottery?
Last Updated: Monday 22nd January 2007, 13:02 pm
The popular Monday lottery game has be sold by Chariot to interactive TV gaming company NetPlay TV. The concept of the Monday game was brought to life following the formation of Chariot in 2003 for that specific purpose. The aim of Monday was to, “benefit five different UK charities each week – some 70 in all,” by helping them to raise, “much needed funds for their work without the need for time consuming application processes or red tape.”
Monday players also had a lot to smile about. Chariot designed the game so that players would have a better chance of winning than they would when playing something like the National Lottery. Rollovers were thrown out of the equation so that the jackpot fund would always be distributed to the player(s) with the highest number of matching balls. This helped to create a totally different game that players, “much better odds of winning a jackpot, a jackpot winner every week, better smaller prizes and more of a player’s pound going to charity than on the National Lottery.”
Chariot’s announcement that they have sold the game to NetPlay TV has raised a few eyebrows, but their explanation is that, “Chariot was unable to continue funding the development and marketing of the game. Chariot sold the game to ensure the future of Monday in the interest of players and the charities they support.”
The Monday lottery requires players to select 6 numbers from 1-49. The winning numbers are drawn at random by a computer, and prizes are awarded to those matching 6, 5, 4, and 3 numbers. Participating charities pay a modest fee for taking part in the game (and thereby receiving a share of the charitable funds raised by it), but this fee is much less than the costs involved in traditional fund raising projects.
The company that founded the Monday game have reassured players that nothing will change from their point of view. In a message to their regular players, Chariot said that, “The lottery continues just as before. This has no impact on this week’s or future draws. If you have set up a subscription play this will carry on as before. Any future play is also valid. In fact you won’t see anything different at all.”
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