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Has anyone ever won National Lottery’s Set for Life? What’s really going on

There have now been 37 draws since the National Lottery’s Set For Life game launched, and if you’re wondering why you haven’t heard about winners, you’re not alone

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  • 15:02, 25 JUL 2019
  • Updated 22:22, 25 JUL 2019

In March, the National Lottery launched a new game – rather than a lump sum of millions at once, Set For Life offered winners £10,000 a month for 30 years.

Costing just £1.50 to enter, it generated a lot of excitement – and almost no winners at all.

In 37 draws so far, only one person has managed to match five numbers plus the bonus ball, it took 19 draws for anyone to win the top prize and it’s now been 13 games since the last winner.

And the gaps between the winners have got people questioning if the game is fair.

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Launched on March 18, the game works very differently from other National Lottery offerings.

The prizes are fixed – so it doesn’t matter how many people play, you get paid the same amount for matching the same number of balls.

As well as the top prize, you can also win £10,000 a month for a year, or lump sums of £250, £50, £30, £20, £10 and £5 for matching different numbers of balls.

The odds of winning the jackpot are more than 15.3million to one, while the odds of winning any prize are a more reasonable 12.4 to one.

Lottery operator Camelot told Mirror Money, on average, 54.4% of the sales for Set For Life are made available to be paid out in prizes, while 40% is returned to society either through tax or going to good causes.

But what happens to the prize money if no one’s winning?

With EuroMillions and Lotto draws, the jackpot rolls over. But that can’t happen when the jackpot is fixed.

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The simple answer is that if there’s too long without a winner, Camelot makes it easier to win.

This is what happened on May 23.

After 19 draws with no one winning, two people won £10,000 a month for 30 years – but neither of them matched six numbers.

How? It’s all down to the “Super Chance” draw.

Andy Carter, National Lottery senior winners’ advisor, said: “A Super Chance Draw runs until there’s at least one winner of the top prize – in either the Match 5 main numbers plus Life Ball or Match 5 main numbers prize tiers.”

In this case, the two winners each matched five main numbers, but neither of them got the Life Ball.

So why aren’t people winning the main prize more often?

As Camelot put it while waiting for the first person to match all six numbers: “At the end of the day, it’s a lottery.”

There have now been 37 draws since the National Lottery's Set For Life game launched, and if you're wondering why you haven't heard about winners, you're not alone

Someone in metro Atlanta just won $1,000 a day FOR LIFE!

Officials with the Georgia Lottery said 20 tickets worth $10,000 were sold in Georgia.

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HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — Someone in Henry County will receive $1,000 a day for the rest of their life!

The winning ticket in the Cash4Life game was sold at the Chevron on Highway 138 East in Stockbridge. The winning numbers from the June 24 drawing were 7-10-18-21-28, and the Cash Ball was 4.

The winner hasn’t come forward yet to claim the prize. He or she has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize.

The Georgia Lottery announced on Monday that the Cash4Life game will now be drawn daily at 9 p.m.

With the exception of its new draw schedule, there will be no changes in how to play Cash4Life or the game’s chances of winning.

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“We are thrilled to announce Cash4Life becoming a daily draw game,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin said. “More chances to play mean more opportunities for Georgia Lottery players to win prizes and to invest in Georgia’s students. Funds generated from each ticket purchased benefit Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program, including the Zell Miller Scholarship, and lottery-funded Pre-K.”

Since its launch in Georgia in 2016, Cash4Life has generated more than $11.5 million in prizes for Georgia Lottery players and more than $10.7 million for educational programs in Georgia.

Cash4Life is offered in nine states: Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Tennessee.

Cash4Life offers a top prize of $1,000 a day for life, a second prize of $1,000 a week for life and many other prizes. Tickets are $2 per play.

Someone in Henry County will receive $1,000 a day for the rest of their life!