Upcoming 2018 Changes
The National Lottery has promised to put into place a set of changes that will see Lotto jackpots won more often. The operator is currently testing a set of options for the game that it says will lead to a “better winning experience”.
Despite rumours that the ball matrix was set to change, there will continue to be 59 balls in each Lotto draw, with tickets remaining at £2 per line.
October 2015 Changes
On the 8th October 2015, Lotto made some changes to the game which saw an extra prize tier introduced, along with larger jackpot rollovers and a guaranteed £1 million winning ticket in every draw.
Players must still pick six numbers, but they are now chosen from a pool of 59 instead of the previous 49. Before the change, ticket holders needed to match at least three main numbers to win a prize, but if you match two main balls now you win a free Lucky Dip. As a result of this change, the overall odds of winning any prize dropped from 1 in 54 to 1 in 9.3.
Since these alterations were made, the chances of becoming a millionaire with this lottery improved from 1 in 13,983,816 to 1 in 10 million. This is down the Lotto Raffle, which originally offered 50 £20,000 prizes per draw, but now provides 20 £20,000 awards in addition to the guaranteed £1 million ticket in each draw.
Included in the overhaul of the game, the rollover cap of four draws was scrapped, meaning jackpots can roll on to larger amounts, giving players the chance to win more money. A jackpot cap was introduced, which currently stands at £22 million.
25 Millionaire Raffle Prizes
On Saturday the 10th October 2015, Lotto celebrated these changes to the game by offering players 25 £1 million Millionaire Raffle prizes. This was the largest number of millionaires created by Lotto in just one night in the whole history of the game.
Summary of these changes:
- 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 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.
Take a look at all the other fascinating events and changes that have taken place throughout the history of Lotto, since it started in November 1994.