Looking at OnlineLottos.co.uk, I thought I’d found a great syndicate site. Their front page scrolls a whole bunch of different lotteries and it wasn’t until I started digging that I found out they only had two syndicates and they were both for EuroMillions. The jackpot on this does get pretty high, pays out face value and tax free, but that’s the only thing they offer. Plus, they are very clear that you don’t get to participate in the “guaranteed UK millionaire maker” raffle side of playing EuroMillions out of the UK. Now I definitely need to dig into the small print.
Games at OnlineLottos.co.uk
OnlineLottos.co.uk offers two syndicates both EuroMillions. The first has 150 tickets with 150 shares (well they call them members) per week. Note the “per week”. That means you only have a share in 75 tickets per draw. The second syndicate has 100 shares and sorry I have to pause. That’s a 100 ticket lines, but then they say 200 per month, and then they say 50 tickets played each week which translates to 25 tickets per draw. Sorry folks, but that’s a pretty bad ticket/share ratio. Oh – and then go into their “view syndicates” and the only one shown there is the first.
Online Lottos and Choosing your Lottery Numbers
You can play your own/favorite numbers or they will choose them for you. They also mention that they might change them from time to time. I didn’t like that part of the Terms & Conditions.
Getting your Winnings
OnlineLottos.co.uk says they will email you after each lottery draw to tell you what your syndicate has won. You can withdraw money from your account when it has more than £10. they will transfer this to your personal bank account within 2 days of a request, though I’m guessing that’s within the customer service hours available. There is no information on whether OnlineLottos.co.uk takes commission or fees.
The Small Print
This is one of those times it really is important to read the small print. If you opt to take a membership in one of OnlineLottos.co.uk’s syndicates, you don’t get to participate in any for a 14 day cancellation period. Add to this you can’t cancel your membership for three months and 14 days and you’ve got to give them 30 days’ notice. If you don’t give them proper notice, then your membership is automatically renewed. The other weird thing is your membership can only begin on the 1st, 2nd, 15th, 16th, 25th and 26th of each month.
Who Can Play?
This little lottery syndicate site is only available for UK residents who are 18 years or older. If you decide to play and you don’t meet this criterion, you won’t get a refund and you can’t win.
Talking to OnlineLottos.co.uk
Customer support is available Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm GMT. There is an email address and phone number. But there is no address which is hilarious as at the top of the contact page there is a map of London and the surrounding areas.
OnlineLottos.co.uk and the Bottom Line
I was sitting here trying to figure out what was bothering me about the ticket lines. It took a bit and then wham – it came to me. Each share gets to put in a ticket line, but not all ticket lines are used in each draw. They are split between the Tuesday and Saturday weekly draws. How would you feel if they used your ticket numbers on Tuesday and then they popped up on the following Saturday – and it wasn’t part of your syndicate!
Easy to Choose – with Only 1 Syndicate available
Lousy Ticket/Share Ratio
Limited Customer Service
Commission/Fees on Winnings?
My Winning Numbers Coming Up on the Wrong Day
OnlineLottos.co.uk definitely gets a thumb’s down. If I’m putting my favorite lottery ticket numbers into a syndicate, I want them in for every draw!