The National Lottery Changes – Right or Wrong?

This week I got another email from the National lottery – sadly not one of those saying “news about your ticket”!

The National Lottery

This one said there were to be changes from Autumn, and in my opinion these changes are not for the better.

Now, I have been doing the Lottery since it started all the way back 1994 in the hope that one day I will win big.  I never have, the biggest win I’ve had was £100, so nothing major.  I really should give up and save the money instead, but they have got me – I do the same numbers every week.

I am terrified the week I stop, my numbers will come up.

You may think this is unlikely, and you’d be right.  However, my mum was part of a syndicate and they never one anything so she chose to quit.  Two weeks later they won!  I don’t think she has ever forgiven herself.

Having worked at a Lottery terminal and managed one, I can honestly say that people can go mad on lottery tickets.  Some spend hundreds of £’s, others dig around in their purse looking for that last scrap of change in the hope they win the jackpot.  At a time when are purses are being squeezed for every last penny, these changes are ludicrous.

It starts off looking good;
  • Bigger prizes–  For matching three or four of the winning numbers chosen, the current Match 3 prize stands at £10 and will be increased to £25 and the Match 4 prize of £60 will be increased to £100.
  • Increase in Lotto jackpots –  The Saturday Lotto jackpot will be increased from £4 million to £5 million and the Wednesday Lotto jackpot will increase from £2.2 million to £2.5 million.
  • Lotto Raffle – The Lotto will also introduce a new Lotto Raffle where 50 ticket holders will win a guaranteed £20,000 per draw.
The Lotto Raffle is one of the biggest changes to the Lotto since the game was introduced in 1994. Similar to the Euromillions Millionaire Raffle game players will automatically entered into the Lotto Raffle when they purchase a Lotto ticket. The National Lottery have stated that a guaranteed 50 ticket holders will win £20,000 per draw with hundreds more winners created on rollover draws.
Lottery Balls

Sounds good so far, doesn’t it?
  • Get 5 numbers and the prize falls by £500
  • Get 5 numbers plus the bonus ball it’s halved to £50,000 – still a substantial amount of money but imagine getting those numbers come up a week after the changes – you’d be gutted!

For all this:
The ticket price is going up to £2
Now if I could afford £2 a ticket I would do the Euromillions, or buy Thunderball tickets too.
I am seriously reconsidering doing the lottery when these changes occur, and will be saving the money instead.  Let’s see how much I save!
What do you think?

1 thought on “The National Lottery Changes – Right or Wrong?”

  1. I gave up playing when it reached £2 too the most i ever won was £10 and that wasnt every 5wks either so its always been loose loose for me


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