Vote Leave offer £50MILLION to anyone who can predict the result of every game at Euro 2016 – but the chances of winning are TRILLIONS to one

  • Contest is free to enter and it is underwritten by insurer Lloyds of London
  • If no-one gets every result right, a £50,000 prize goes to the closest entry 
  • Bookies estimate the odds of winning are so long a £1 stake is a better bet
  • Predicting just the group stages correctly is an eight billion to one bet  

Vote Leave have put a £50million prize on the table for anyone who can predict every result at Euro 2016 in a bid to attract young voters to Brexit.

In the latest attempt by the referendum campaigns to catch the eye of younger voters, the official Out campaign secured the huge prize via insurer Lloyds of London.

The contest is free to enter - but does require players to hand over their contact details and voting intentions with less than a month to polling day.

Vote Leave claim £50million is what Britain sends to the EU every day. If no-one guesses every result a £50,000 prize is on offer to whoever gets closest.

But bookmakers Ladbrokes today warned the odds of winning the jackpot by guessing all 51 results were more than eight billion to one - odds so long players would get a better return risking a £1 stake in the normal way. 

The firm said their odds calculator stopped counting when the number reached the trillions. 

Vote Leave put a £50million prize up for grabs today, claiming it was the same amount of money as Britain sends to the EU every day 

Vote Leave put a £50million prize up for grabs today, claiming it was the same amount of money as Britain sends to the EU every day 

Vote Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings said: 'Every day we spend at least £50 million on the EU - that's £350 million a week which is enough to build an NHS hospital.

'We want as many people as possible to know that we are sending life changing sums to the EU every single day so we're giving them a chance to win it. It's a bigger prize than any one person has ever won on the national lottery.

'This is the chance of a lifetime - just imagine what you could do with the £50 million we send to the EU every single day. We want everyone to have the chance to win the sort of money most people can only dream of, unless they are a banker or a Euro MP.'

Mr Cummings continued: 'Too many people, particularly younger voters, don't engage in politics and do not plan to vote in the referendum. For years there's been a lot of talk about this problem but it's got worse.

'50million.uk is an attempt to engage with large numbers of people who normally ignore politics. We'll be able to speak to them about the issues, give them some facts, and answer their questions.'

Mr Cummings insisted Vote Leave were the 'underdogs' in the campaign because of the Government 'setting the rules.' 

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: 'Trying to work out the odds of correctly predicting the outcome of every Euros game sent out system into meltdown.

'The final number is in the billions, so anyone who thinks they have cracked it should probably just stuck a quid on themselves instead.' 

But correctly forecasting every result - including the fate of England under Roy Hodgson, right, and Jordan Henderson, left - is said to require overcoming galactic odds 

But correctly forecasting every result - including the fate of England under Roy Hodgson, right, and Jordan Henderson, left - is said to require overcoming galactic odds 

Vote Leave's use of the £350million a week figure has been hotly disputed by the remain campaign.

The Brexit campaign insist it is the gross figure but have still been reprimanded for not including Britain's rebate from the EU or any EU spending in Britain. 

The chairman of the UK Statistics Sir Andrew Dilnot criticised the claim again today.

He said: 'Given the high level of public interest in the European Union referendum debate, it is vital that official statistics are used accurately, with important caveats and limitations explained.

'The UK Statistics Authority is disappointed to note that there continue to be suggestions that the UK contributes £350 million to the EU each week, and that this full amount could be spent elsewhere.

'As we have made clear, the UK’s contribution to the EU is paid after the application of the rebate. 

'We have also pointed out that there are payments received by the UK public and private sectors that are relevant here. The continued use of a gross figure in contexts that imply it is a net figure is misleading and undermines trust in official statistics.'

 

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