For many years, the halftime draw has been an exciting time for gamblers around the country. Now, it’s going to get even more exciting. At the start of this season, the halftime draw will no longer only take place at halftime. What was originally the halftime draw, will now be moved to 10 minutes after the second half starts. The change to move the draw has been made for many reasons. The main reason is that supporters will have an extra ten minutes to buy tickets during the break half way through the game.
The lottery tickets for match day will begin at £1. They will be on sale around the ground before the event starts. They will then start to sell again at halftime as well as an extra ten minutes into the second half. There will be two winners each match day. Both winners will enjoy a cash prize. These winners will be revealed on the big screen after ten minutes into the second half has passed. Where does all the extra money go? All of the additional funds will be donated to benefit the PNE Academy.
All of the betting within the concourse around the ground will take place through the bookmaker, William Hill. This company has been in the gambling industry for many, many years and now operates internationally with headquarters in London. The bookmaker the largest betting operator in the U.K., and have now taken over 25% of the market. Most bets can be placed online or by phone. The company has reported taking almost 1m bets per day, on average.
In addition to its bookmaking services, William Hill also offers many online games such as online casinos, bingo, skill games, and more. Fans that arrive on the grounds before the bet can now place a bet upon arrival at one of the many betting kiosks. These kiosks will be located all around the concourses for easy access to the fans. Again, this betting will also continue during the second half, as well as ten minutes into the second half. If a fan is announced a winner on the big screen, they can collect their earnings by visiting any William Hill store, making it easier for fans to obtain their winnings promptly.
Olivia Hanvey, the head of commercial and ticketing added that she was immensely excited to be working with William Hill, saying that the national brand will provide a much more efficient way of collecting bets. Working with William Hill will also give fans an easy way to receive their earnings. Olivia expects this to be a “successful partnership” and is excited to be providing supporters with new betting facilities this season.