Changes to Lotto
Lotto Changes in October 2015
On 8th October 2015, Lotto made some exciting changes that saw an extra prize tier introduced, jackpots rolling to larger amounts and a guaranteed £1 million winning ticket in each draw.
Players still have to choose six numbers to play, but they come from a pool of 59 instead of the previous 49. Whereas ticket holders used to have to match at least three main numbers to win a prize, matching two main balls now provides them with a free Lotto Lucky Dip. As a result, the overall odds of winning any Lotto prize have dropped from 1 in 54 to 1 in 9.3.
There will be 20 Lotto Millionaire Raffle awards of £20,000 available in addition to a fantastic guaranteed £1 million for one ticket holder in contrast to the flat 50 £20,000 amounts distributed by its predecessor, Lotto Raffle. This means that the chances of becoming a millionaire have improved and are now roughly 1 in 10 million, rather than 1 in 13,983,816 before the adjustments.
The rollover cap of four draws was scrapped as part of the overhaul of the game. Jackpots can now continue to roll to much larger amounts, allowing players to win staggering amounts of money.
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 in October 2015
- Guaranteed £1 million winner in each draw
- Bigger jackpots
- Odds of hitting the jackpot now 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 rose to 59, with the top prize for picking and matching five numbers boosted to £350,000.
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.