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UEA study shows Twitter can predict the outcome of football matches

Tweets can help predict the outcome of football matches Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

New research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) shows Tweets can help predict the outcome of football matches. The study found the tone of Tweets can show when soccer bets are mispriced.

Researchers examined 13.8 million Tweets during the English Premier League 2013/2014 season. These compared prices generated during matches on gambling site Betfair. They found if the tone of Tweets in any given second was positive then the team was more likely to win than bookies predicted.

The study says Tweets are most helpful after goals and red cards. Researchers think this is because social media is particularly good at analysing new information as it comes in during matches.

Social media is already being used as a forecasting tool by a number of companies and agencies but this study has shown its accuracy.

This is a real 'wisdom of crowds’ kind of outcome. It says that if we listen to the right parts of the crowd, we can gain more information and make better predictions.

– Dr James Reade

Two decades of lottery millions and new millionaires

The National Lottery is marking two decades of creating millionaires and supporting good causes across the Anglia region.

More than £32 billion has been raised for charity national since the first draw, on November 19 1994, while in excess of 3,700 ticket-holders have been made into millionaires during its 20-year history.

And organisers say more than £53 billion has been handed out in prizes since it began.

Watch this report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer on the impact of the lottery in the East of England

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Milton Keynes casino bid agreed

Milton Keynes council has to agreed to let established gaming operator Aspers apply to run a large casino in the new town. The investment worth £10 million will take place in the existing Xscape complex in Central Milton Keynes.

It will provide not only gaming tables and machines but also bars, dining outlets and other entertainment. A substantial annual donation of at least £500,000 for the life of the casino will be made to the council annually in order to support local communities with new initiatives.