Ok. From the variety of different opinions we can agree to disagree but this is what I will do next year. Apply but don't pay and if I don't get in, give my £35 to charity. I don't need an more loser jackets thanks. my chances might even improve, allegedly? Thanks for the comments though folks.
What I have done, is poke the hornets nest with a stick. What a lot of angry hornets there are flying out? Don't take my spurious finding for yourself people. Ask around and then decide. One thing I do know. I wont be paying up front next year and I will be very vocal about this come next years ballot as well. Its a SCAM!
I do find it amusing how many people are getting all foamy at the mouth at this. This is not my conspiracy. I got my jacket through the post and my sorry magazine as did many people. I was quite content that I tried and I failed, still disappointed but not victimised. But since my friends revelation and further investigations, this just gets bigger and bigger. the ratio of people who paid up front, compared with those who didn't is disproportional in a random selection process. Bear in mind that there can be anything between 100,000 and 250,000 entries per year, it is reasonable to suggest that not everyone, even those who didn't pay up front, will get in. what does seem unreasonable is the weighted outcome in favour of the non payer. This is not a new revelation either by the way. last year was the same (this I found out too late) and who knows how long it has gone on? So I would say to that person who got in and pre paid, you are in a very small and select group so count yourself extremely fortunate and go a buy a lottery ticket too this week as its a sure thing.
I got a phone call from one of our group which started with the line, 'I didn't get in, and neither did you' . Obviously curious to know how he knew this, I quizzed him on bis intel. There are roughly 20 people in our collective group, all different ages, all geographically separated, not related, different standards etc. and guess what? All those who paid in advance were rejected and all those not paid, without fail, got in. My question is, who did get In this way? And how many?