Changes to Lotto
Lotto Changes October 2015
On 8th October 2015, Lotto will be making some exciting changes that will see an extra prize tier introduced, jackpots rolling to larger amounts and a guaranteed £1 million winning ticket in each draw.
When the new rules are implemented, players will still have to choose six numbers to play but they will come from a pool of 59 instead of the current 49. At the moment, ticket holders can win a prize for matching three or more balls, but anyone who matches just two main numbers after the changeover will receive a free Lotto Lucky Dip entry. The overall odds of winning any Lotto prize will drop from 1 in 54 to 1 in 9.3.
As is the case at the moment, you will receive an automatically generated code on your ticket for every line of Lotto that you play, which will enter you into the draw to win an extra cash prize on Lotto Raffle. There will be 20 Lotto Raffle awards of £20,000 available in addition to a fantastic guaranteed £1 million for one ticket holder in each draw thanks to the brand new Millionaire Raffle. This means that the chances of becoming a millionaire will improve - roughly 1 in 10 million from October as opposed to 1 in 13,983,816 to win the jackpot as it stands currently.
The present rollover cap of four will be scrapped as part of the overhaul of the game. Jackpots will be allowed to continue to roll to much larger amounts, allowing players to win staggering amounts of money.
The final draw under the old Lotto format will be held on Wednesday 7th October, when the jackpot must be won. If no player matches the six main numbers drawn that evening, the estimated sum of £4.3 million will roll down and be split evenly among players in the highest winning prize tier. The new rules will then come into effect on Thursday 8th October and the first draw under the new format will be held on Saturday 10th October.
25 Lotto Millionaires
On Saturday 10th October, Lotto will celebrate the change to the game by offering 25 Lotto Millionaire Raffle prizes, each of which will be worth a cool £1 million. This will be the largest number of millionaires created by Lotto on one night in the history of the game.
Summary of Lotto Changes for October 2015
- Guaranteed £1 million winner in each draw
- Bigger jackpots
- Odds of hitting the jackpot will stand at 1 in 45,057,474
- An increase from 49 to 59 balls to choose from
- A brand new prize for matching just two numbers
- Lotto Hotpicks ball pool rises to 59, with the top prize for picking and matching five numbers boosted to £350,000
Question: Are you happy with the upcoming changes to Lotto?
Many fascinating events have taken place during the history of Lotto, from huge jackpot wins to the introduction of Lotto Raffle. Visit the Lotto History page to find out how the game has changed since it was first drawn in November 1994.
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