The Hattrick Lottery
The Hattrick Lottery (otherwise known as "THL") is a lottery federation which holds weekly draws giving away a variety of prizes including Credits, Flags, Supporter, and other Hattrick Shop items. It is unique in Hattrick in two ways: it gives away a variety of prizes rather than just flags, and once joined a member is automatically entered into all draws with no extra effort required. THL was created on 23rd August 2011 by Broughy1322, is the second federation created by him after The GMC, and now boasts over 2000 members.
|The Hattrick Lottery (102444)|
After being involved for a while in flag chasing/trading and knowing he was soon going to complete his away flag collection (having little desire to then complete his home collection) Broughy1322 wondered what else he could do with the various contacts he'd built up over the years. He'd toyed with the idea of creating a flag lottery fed a few times before but they'd pretty much been done to death. Then he had an idea.
As far as he could see, there were two problems with current lottery feds:
1) They only gave away flags
2) You actually had to put in some effort to enter yourself into every individual draw
With that in mind, The Hattrick Lottery was born. It would not only give away flags, but also supporter, credits, and anything else Hattrick-related from the shop. It would also be the only federation where you were automatically entered into every draw simply by being part of the fed. No effort required.
He pitched the idea to his right hand man in the GMC, beatleboyo, and he loved it. After creating the fed he invited beatleboyo and 3 other members (identityshaker, canagoon & tomgreenhalgh) to join in and give their impressions. For a week he and these "beta testers" thrashed out ideas and improved the fed until it was ready for a public opening. With some prizes ready to be won, a logo created by GMC logo designer mistfit in place, and everything set out in the most organised way possible, the federation was opened to the public. After a quick newsletter to the GMC it had gained over 100 members in two days and it grew from there, both in member number and the number of prizes given out.
The Hattrick Lottery runs plenty of draws each week to give its members a great chance of winning many prizes.
Every Tuesday everyone has a chance to win some extra HT-credits. These are handed out in five credit bundles and were introduced for season 49 - Tuesdays used to be assigned to the supporter draws.
Every Friday a variety of flags are given away to those who win the draws. Most of the time there will be multiple flags to be won each week and they usually include some of the rarest ones available. See the "Flag Collection" section below for more info on the flags given out.
Every Sunday extra Supporter subscription is given away to lucky winners. These are handed out in one week bundles and there are always multiple weeks to be won at each draw, meaning multiple winners every week.
Super Special Draws
There are also special lottery draws that take place at the end of each season in weeks 15 and 16, when the usual weekly draws aren't on. In these lotteries a large variety of extra, more valuable, prizes can be won. These change every season but there is usually one or two items from the Hattrick Shop such as Hoodies, T-shirts, Footballs, etc and a large package of supporter or credits. Winners of these draws are usually the happiest people on Hattrick during the off-season!
Whilst it's mostly about the prizes, there are a few novel extra features to the federation to keep interest going.
The Hattrick Lottery has its very own flag collection, the details of which can be seen below.
|The 80 Rarest Flags (<1000 users)||The 48 Most Common Flags (>1000 users)|
The first set of flags contain the 80 rarest countries, all with less than 1000 users. Flags that are highlighted have been given away at least once by the federation.
The second set of flags contain the 48 most common countries, all with more than 1000 users. All of these flags are highlighted as they are considered too common to be given away as prizes by the fed.
A long term goal of The Hattrick Lottery is to complete its flag collection by giving away at least one flag from every country.
Every so often a new poll question is posted in the forum for everyone in the fed to vote and discuss on. It's entirely optional and most of the time just provides a bit of fun between lottery draws, but it can serve a purpose in terms of choosing the most popular prizes to give away.
The federation also has a very good donations system and has many great friends who have donated various items in the past. Every donation made to the lottery is recorded and members are encouraged to support those who donate regularly.
Below are some statistics of the federation (up to & including Season 53).
|Highest Member Count||2225|
|Highest Position for Largest Federations in the World||1st|
|Highest Number of Different Nationalities||92|
|HT-Credits Given Away||1210|
|Flags Given Away||349|
|Weeks of Supporter Given Away||406|
|Other Prizes Given Away||Hattrick T-Shirt, Hattrick Mouse Mat, Team Makeover|