National Lottery uses fake start button

The BBC is involved in another honesty row as it has emerged that the start button to begin the National Lottery draw is a fake.

The BBC were forced to admit the guise after Wednesday’s draw when the balls dropped even before guest Craig David had pressed the button.

Noticing the mistake, presenter and TV chef James Martin said to him : “I think your foot set it off.”

Camelot admitted that the button is just the cue for the draw manager behind the scenes to start proceedings. It added: "The actual draw is started by Camelot's draw manager in accordance with procedures."

The BBC denied viewers were being misled.

Editor, - 2007-12-14 11:00:14

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