Funny U.K. Lotto Ads Portray Those Moments When Your Odds Are Terrible

David Shane Directs AMV BBDO's Spots for Gamestore Brand

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Feb 15, 2016

Editor's Pick

O Positive director David Shane's form of subtle-but-excruciating humor has translated fabulously to the U.K. market -- his hilarious Currys PCWorld holiday ads with Jeff Goldblum were well-received and now another major advertiser, the U.K. Lotto, has engaged him to direct a series of funny new spots through the same agency, AMV BBDO.

Promoting the Lotto's new instant play brand Gamestore, the ads all highlight moments where your chances of success are very slim -- for instance, as seen here, not laughing in a meeting where a French colleague pronounces banking as "bonking" (a euphemism for sex in Britain). Other scenes include a farmer trying to flirt with women when his hand is up a cow's backside; a man stuck down a well asking his dog to go for help, Lassie-style; an office worker calling for help from her company IT; a woman searching for a missing cat next to a busy road, and a charity worker trying to stop people in the street -- to support "bankers in need."

All these "no chance" moments are contrasted with the "1 in 4" chance of a win when playing Gamestore. Out-of-home creative follows a similar pattern by pairing a "no chance" visual (such as a scruffy-looking dog at a prestigious dog show, or a woman with all 13 of her cats featured in her online dating profile picture) with a GameStore product and odds of 1 in 4.

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Feb 15, 2016
Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO
UK Lotto
Creative Director:
Adrian Rossi
Creative Director:
Alex Grieve
Dan Warner
Art Director:
Andy Vasey
Agency Planner:
Matt Jones
Agency Account Team:
Kate Lloyd
Agency Account Team:
Mike Logan
Agency Account Team:
Will Hooker
TV Producer:
Sophie Delaney
Agency Art Producer:
Hannah Jones
Media Agency:
Media Planner:
Rob Creed
Production Company:
O Positive
David Shane
Executive Producer:
Ralph Laucella
Executive Producer:
Marc Grill
Production Company Producer:
Nell Jordan
David Stewart
Photographer's Producer:
Sophie Nicoll
Tommy Willis

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