Upcoming 2018 Changes
The National Lottery has promised to put into place a set of changes that will see Lotto jackpots won more often. Specific details are yet to be confirmed, but the operator is currently testing a set of options for the game that it says will lead to a “better winning experience”.
One idea which is expected to be put into place is for players to be able to buy tickets at self-service checkouts and discounted supermarkets, the aim being to make the game more accessible and easier to fit in around other everyday activities.
Despite rumours that the ball matrix was set to reduce back down to 49, Camelot have confirmed that players will continue to select six numbers from 1 - 59, with tickets remaining at £2 per line. Further information will be announced here as it becomes available.
Since 1994, Lotto has undergone many updates and set several different records, which you can read about in detail on the History page. The last major revamp took place in October 2015.
How the popular game worked was largely restructured, from the introduction of an extra prize tier to a change in the maximum jackpot. Here is a summary of what happened:
- The ball pool increased from 49 to 59
- A guaranteed £1 million winner was introduced in every draw as part of the Lotto Raffle
- The four draw rollover limit was replaced with a £50 million jackpot cap, meaning bigger prizes were on offer
- Odds of winning the top prize became 1 in 45,057,474
- A new prize was added for matching two numbers