Spot the ball

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Spot the ball is a traditional newspaper promotion, where the player has to guess the position of a ball which has been removed from a photograph of a ball sport, especially association football.

A spot-the-ball competition may be classed as betting, a prize competition, or a lottery, depending on its form. If it is classed as a prize competition, the promoter does not need a betting operating licence to run it.[1]

In the United Kingdom, the last big payout was in 2004.[2]


  1. ^ "What licence do I need to run a spot the ball competition?". Gambling Commission. September 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. Dead Link
  2. ^ Cocozza, Paula. "Spot the Ball: why has no jackpot been paid out for 10 years?". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-13.