Weekly million pound "Man of the Match" game launched in the UK

Online football fans have the opportunity to win up to £1 million a week in a new Internet-based game branded Man of the Match launched this week by a UK company, working with PlasmaNet Inc., a US corporate responsible for FreeLotto which has 43 million members in 161 countries and has paid out over $82 million in prizes to winners.

Football fans worldwide are invited, through the Man of the Match website, to use their experience and skill to predict the Man of the Match for a series of ten selected football matches each week. If all 10 predictions are correct then the prize is a guaranteed jackpot of £1 million.

A Predictor League will run in parallel for those who correctly predict the most man of the matches each month, winning a share of £5000. The game includes a special automatic random entry should fans forget to play or enter a prediction. The company behind the game, Man of the Match Ltd, plans to introduce other sports and features as well as develop a community behind the game.

Marc Maley, Chief Executive of Man of the Match, said "We are delighted with the pre-launch response of fans and the industry to our exciting new exclusive predictive game. We are really looking forward to announcing our first million pound winners. English Premier League football itself has a massive fan base in the Far East and MOTM will now be in a position to positively enter that market."

Source: InfoPowa News

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14 August 2008 - 7:52am

I took a look at this and from what I can tell, the chance of anyone winning the million dollar prize is tiny. There are 10 games in a round, 2 teams in a game, and up to 14 players used from each team's squad in a game. Assuming a purely random selection, by my maths, there is a chance of 1 in 28 for each of the 10 games of picking the man of the match.

So that means:

  • Odds of picking 10 man of the matches with random selection: 1 in 296,197,125,110,704
  • Odds of picking the correct 6 numbers from 48 in a lottery: 1 in 8,835,488,641

Of course, certain better quality players are more likely to win the award each game, and substitutes are less likely, and you could probably make a case that the home team players have a better chance. I guess that is where your skill and knowledge of the game comes in. But still, the monthly prizes of £5000 for picking the most correct man of the match awards seems far more attainable to me.

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