Can you guess why my wall clock solves a lot of lottery date problems?
"I've won, I've won!" she screamed in delight, thrusting the tickets in front of her partner. "Look at them!"
They looked correct against the website results.
"But wait up, check out the date!" he said.
It was the 5/6/2016 draw.
And in that couple's country, the day comes first, not the month. It was the wrong date for those tickets.
While this mistake is unlikely most places in the world, I wish the date format was universal.
There is a lot of confusion between different countries.
Let's look at the way you often see a date written, like this one: 5/6/2016.
In our country (New Zealand) and some others, the day comes first in this sequence.
But in the USA, the month comes first.
There's two problems with that.
When you don't know the origin of the country, you have to do a lot more figuring out to see what that date was.
First you have to ask yourself, in what country did the date appear?
Then you have to count on your fingers to see what month it is.
It can be simply solved by using the month in full: May 6, 2016.
It's not that difficult to turn a number into a month in these modern times.
Back in the old days when machines and LED displays could only use numbers, it was acceptable.
And it's still used for data sorting.
But today, everything can be viewed in whatever format you want.
The easiest view is shown on my new wall clock.
I saw one in the futuristic Microsoft video (that's it arrowed in the video screenshot at right).
And courtesy of Google search and Amazon it arrived a week later.
It has the date and day and month - no confusion, no calculating... it's all there.
Check your dates. It's part of everything you need to do to make sure you get your money!