SearchLotto Exposed — Exciting Way to Search the Internet!?
Give me a second to stop laughing. It is rare to get into a site that provides this much amusement. Searchlotto.co.uk just did that! It’s a search engine that is offering free lottery tickets in syndicates for searches. They say the site is in its infancy, but it was launched in April 2010. How long does it take for a site to ‘grow up’?
Here’s why 24Lottos is way better than Search Lotto
Games at SearchLotto
The first thing you do is go online and create an account. Then, simply start using the Searchlotto.co.uk search engine. Once you have performed 25 searches, they will give you a share in a UK National Lottery syndicate. They say it contains 20 people, but – yes the big but – it doesn’t say how many tickets are in the syndicate. Getting into the FAQ, things started to get confusing. They say that players will get one ticket for every 25 “unique searches” completed up to four tickets a week, and then say the first 20 searches made each day qualify for this.
There is also an advertisement for EuroMillions but no explanation of how those lottery tickets fit into the scheme. Search Lotto also offers a free lotto ticket (not sure which draw) for installing their toolbar.
Search Lotto and Winning
Make sure you check your tickets. Search Lotto will only hold your winnings for thirty days after any draw. Funny, they say they do not keep the money themselves and give it to charities that they choose which are listed on their website – NOT. Search Lotto also says they “aim” to pay winners within seven working days.
Who Can Play at SearchLotto?
Digging into the Terms & Conditions didn’t take long. Keep in mind, players are being encouraged to use the search engine and not buy lottery tickets so it’s not complicated. But there was something a little strange – “the site is intended for use in the UK only” and players in other countries do so at their own risk. It wasn’t until we got into their FAQ that it actually states “only people in the UK can play”.
Third-Party Advertising Companies
Search Lotto clearly states that they use third-party advertising companies. This means companies may use information about your visits to different sites – to provide more ads about stuff to you. What gets weirder is there is an opt-out website people (note I did not say players) can go to that provides an explanation of how this all works and how to avoid this kind of collection of information.
Search Lotto and Facebook
Searchlotto.co.uk does use social media to update how they are operating and what they are offering. Their Facebook page is a ramble on changes in the terms and conditions of what they offer and whether any of their lottery numbers have won. The but – ya, you knew it was coming – for a company that is using lottery tickets to encourage people to use their search engine and that has been around for almost five years, they only have 2,606 likes. I guess people don’t like it!
Besides a snail mail address, Search Lotto can be contacted through an email address Monday to Friday and they will respond within 24 hours. They are a private company based in the UK. There is no online chat or support for their site. Given they are actually a search engine, I think this is a little strange.
Why You Should Register with Search Lotto
Why You Shouldn’t Register with Search Lotto
It’s a Search Engine
When Will It Grow Up?
Is Search Lotto Legit?
Sorry, I am still chuckling and couldn’t resist doing a few searches (no, I did not register) on their site to see how it operated. I can understand why a lot of people decided not to use it on a regular basis. Even with the incentive of free lottery tickets, I’ll stick to my usual search engines.
If you want to play lotteries, our team suggests that you stick to purchasing tickets through a trustworthy online lottery provider. Searchlotto gets a thumbs down.
Kiran Chandra Roy
Search Lotto is not still responding to any query. Problem should be clarified. Kiran Roy
Alan James Winder
I have used SearchLotto since it started. It did everything it said on the tin, you got tickets, they paid up quickly, responded to emails. Being in a syndicate of twenty (now twenty five) my winnings were pennies, but it was free and I always lived in hope. The last six months have been a shambles. Winnings are not paid unless you contact them and tell them you have won (and my last five winning tickets – all still pennies – have not been paid, going back to early July, and only one is showing as a winning ticket), emails are ignored, the site is updated with results etc once every couple of months. All I can say that is positive, is that I have not had any results removed, and it used to be a great site. The original reviewer did a hatchet job, totally misrepresented it, but today it would be reasonable.
A total waste of time and a complete joke. I have been with Search Lotto for years and up until about a year ago they were excellent, they issued tickets quickly and paid out any winning within a few days. I assume they have now been taken over by someone else as they are now a total scam! Half the searches don’t appear, the tickets take ages to be issued and if you win they don’t pay out. I won a small amount -about £3.50- over a month ago, they acknowledged it as a winning ticket and emailed saying I would be paid within 5 working days. I have not received anything and they not replied to my many emails – even though they say they aim to reply within 24 hours. Avoid – do not waste your time with this site.
Yep. I conclude that searchlotto is now a scam. They ordinarily delete most of my genuine searches every Thursday night around midnight, so they avoid issuing any Friday or Saturday lottery draw tickets. They used to be real. But today=scan. Avoid.
Kiran Chandra Roy
Thanks to the Search Lotto Team. I think search Lotto management has paid attention to my request. They’re trying to recover early position. Now I think everything is going OK. I did not checkup query system. Because I did not send any query in the last 15 days. If it is as usual, OK and it deserves cent %
Kiran Chandra Roy