In any ballot, there is a quantity of Golden Codes that remain unused or only partially used, sometimes because a ballot-winner may also have friends that scored, or because less than four tickets are purchased with a code. In the very unlikely event that all – or nearly all – the Golden Codes are used to purchase four tickets, the ballot allocation for that round will be suspended before the advertised close time.
If this happens, our practice will be to:
1. suspend sales for a number of hours,
2. notify all ballot-winners who have not yet used their code,
3. then re-commence sales on a first-in best-dressed basis – available only to those Ballot-winners with a valid Golden Code.
This means some people with a valid Golden Code may miss out. All tickets already purchased in the Ballot will be fine. The usual remaining allocation of tickets will then happen as usual – Online Sales, Aunty’s Last Golden Chance.
This has not been required before, so it’s very unlikely, but as it is a statistical possibility, a fair plan must be in place that you need to be aware of.