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I remember workmates who used to spend HOURS drawing minute xs.

Then they produced WOODEN STAMPS WITH HUNDREDS OF X.

I never met anyone who did SPOT THE BALL.

Was this a latter day SCAM? Were there any other similar scams those days?

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I think it was in the Liverpool Echo and a close X got a consolation prize, but it took a few weeks before someone got the x on the centre of the ball.

Winners' names and addresses were published.

At least I think so.

There may also have been a similar comp in one of the Sunday papers.

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My auntie won thirty quid on the echo spot the ball,that was about forty years ago. i used to do Littlewoods spot the ball, never won anything, and I used one of those rubber stamps NSSO mentioned, a guy I worked with, he's mate won hundred grand plus a jaguar, he didn't want the Jag so he got the cash equivalent instead.

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4 hours ago, non sibi sed omnibus said:

Was this a latter day SCAM? Were there any other similar scams those days?

Looks like it. It's still going, but nobody has won the £250,000 jackpot since 2004.

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The only scam was if your collector didn't send your coupon in and pocket the money for themselves, you could contact the pools company to see if they received your football coupon, but you couldn't contact them to see if they received your spot the ball, so you had to rely on the integrity of your collector.

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Oh yeah, I remember "Spot The Ball", my Mum and Dad used to play it and if I remember rightly they won a few times, but just small amounts, no Jackpots! :soccer:

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