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The National Lottery® is to offer lucky Valentines the chance to win up to £4,000 with the launch of Cash Couples, a new online Instant Win Game with a romantic theme.

Cash Couples will be launched on 2nd February 2004 at www.national-lottery.co.uk. The game costs £1 per play and players must reveal three couples in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row to win the prize indicated in the large heart-shaped panel in the centre of the game.

Camelot’s Interactive Director, Richard Hurd-Wood says, "We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this exciting new game ahead of Valentine’s Day. It is the latest addition to a range of Instant Win Games which have already proved extremely popular and is part of our strategy to broaden the appeal of The National Lottery through new media channels."

Cash Couples was designed by leading interactive design agency NOWWASHYOURHANDS. Explaining the ethos behind the game's design, NOWWASHYOURHANDS Creative Director Angus Mackinnon commented, "By adopting a strikingly simple and informative approach to our work, we create games of real impact and recognition. Cash Couples illustrates the power and efficacy of direct, uncomplicated design".

Cash Couples is the latest chapter in an on-going collaboration between National Lottery operator, Camelot and NOWWASHYOURHANDS. The agency has designed the recently launched Cash Machine™, which offers the biggest prize so far of all The National Lottery's Instant Win Games.


Issued on behalf of Camelot Group plc by Lexis Public Relations

For further information, please contact
Chris Heasman, Lexis PR: 0207 908 6442
Camelot Press Office: 020 7632 5711

Notes to Editors:

Camelot Group plc is the operator of The National Lottery and is committed to raising money for the Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing or awarding these funds

To date, £15 billion has been raised for Good Causes by The National Lottery, benefiting over 154,738 individual projects UK-wide in the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century. The National Lottery has given away over £21.7 billion in prizes and created nearly 1,600 millionaires or multi-millionaires since 1994

Camelot runs one of the most cost efficient lotteries in the world, using only 5 per cent of total revenues in operating costs. At 40 per cent of total sales (28 per cent to Good Causes and 12 per cent in lottery duty to the Government), Camelot returns a higher proportion of lottery revenue back to society than any other lottery in the world

For further information on Camelot, The National Lottery and its games, please visit the following websites: www.camelotgroup.co.uk and www.national-lottery.co.uk

High resolution photographs are available to the media free of charge at www.newscast.co.uk (Tel: 020 7608 1000)

Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over

NOWWASHYOURHANDS is a United Kingdom design agency. Established in 2001, the consultancy provides both traditional and interactive design services. The company, based in Soho, is run by three partners: Angus Mackinnon, Tim Spear and Neil Jeffries and currently employs eleven people. NOWWASHYOURHANDS works with a range of brands, including the BBC, Camelot, MTV and UK Style.

Published on: 12:00AM on 3rd February 2004