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Dream Number Launch
05 Jul 2006

The first National Lottery draw to raise funds for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will launch later this month, it was announced today by lottery operator Camelot. The game, Dream Number, offers players the chance to win, while also helping to support London 2012.

Dream Number is the first draw-based National Lottery game from which all the Good Causes money raised will go towards funding the provision of facilities and supporting infrastructure of London 2012. The first draw, to be held on Saturday 15 July, follows shortly after the anniversary of the announcement of London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Dream Number tickets will go on sale on Thursday 13 July.

The National Lottery will contribute £1.5 billion towards funding the infrastructure of London 20121. Of this £750 million will come from a series of designated lottery games in support of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, including the draw-based game Dream Number, and a variety of National Lottery Scratchcards and all online Instant Win Games available to play at

Returns to the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund from sales of dedicated games have been strong to date, reaching £16.3 million at the end of the 2005/06 financial year – 16.4 per cent or £2.3 million, ahead of the £14 million target set by Camelot for the year.

Dianne Thompson, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator, Camelot, commented: “We are delighted to be launching our first draw-based game to support London 2012. Dream Number provides the perfect complement to our big jackpot draw-based games of Lotto and EuroMillions, offering a wide-range of prizes and fantastic odds of winning.

“Sales of designated lottery games in support of London 2012 have got off to a tremendous start, exceeding our first year target. We hope that Dream Number will prove equally inspiring to our players, not only for the chance to win gold themselves, but also to play a part in supporting the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.”

Dream Number tickets will be available to buy from The National Lottery’s network of over 26,000 retailers all over the UK – including at Tesco checkouts via the innovative National Lottery Fast Pay service – as well as online at, and by using the Play by Text service on mobile phones.

Every Lotto play slip will come with the Dream Number game option and will feature a seven-digit Dream Number – there are one million possible winning combinations per draw and it is up to players to mark ‘Yes’ to play the Dream Number already printed on their play slip or ask for a Lucky Dip®. Each entry costs £1 to play and the game can be played in addition to or independently of Lotto. The twice-weekly Dream Number draw will be broadcast before the main Lotto draw on Saturdays on BBC1, while the Wednesday draw results will be broadcast as part of that night's midweek lottery show on BBC1.
To win a prize you need to match the seven digits in your Dream Number with the seven numbers drawn, in the same sequence to which they are drawn. The more numbers you match in order from left to right, the more you win. There are seven prize tiers, ranging from £2 for matching the first number drawn through to £500,000 for matching all seven numbers in the correct sequence from left to right.

Details of the prize tiers are set out below:

Digits to match in order to Dream Number from left to right

First digit - £2
First 2 digits - £10
First 3 digits - £100
First 4 digits - £500
First 5 digits - £5,000
First 6 digits - £50,000
All 7 digits - £500,000

The overall odds of winning any Dream Number prize are 1 in 10.
Dream Number is a form of Spiel Game, a popular international lottery format involving the drawing of numbers between 0-9. Players have to match all the numbers in sequence to win the jackpot, or part of the sequence to win a smaller prize. Spiel games account for over 10 per cent of sales for key international lotteries such as France, Finland, Canada and Portugal.
The first designated lottery game from which all the Good Causes money raised went towards the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games was the Go For Gold Scratchcard3, which went on sale in July 2005, shortly after the Bid decision. Eight Scratchcards supporting London 2012 have been launched since last July.

This month also sees the launch of a new £2 version of Go For Gold. Designed to resemble a gold medal, at launch the new Go For Gold game will offer a total prize fund of £13.3 million and a whole range of instant cash prizes up to £100,000.

More than £3 billion has already been invested in sport from money raised by National Lottery players across the UK since 1994. Lottery funding has helped community, school and elite sport, as well as major capital projects like the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and the Manchester Commonwealth Games. This investment strengthened London’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games by developing some of the best training facilities in the world at national sports centres across the country.

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