Exciting Changes Coming to Lotto in October
Updated: Wednesday 5th July 2017
Nearly two years after National Lottery officials announced an overhaul of Lotto, the country’s flagship game, new changes are being introduced this October that will see even more players win prizes. The move was announced today in an effort to generate even more excitement about the game and maximise returns to the Good Causes Fund. Officials expect to create almost two million prize winners each week.
Playing Lotto will remain the same - you pay for your ticket and pick six numbers. The ball pool will expand from 49 to 59, and a new prize tier has been introduced. Any player who matches two of the numbers drawn will receive a free Lucky Dip for Lotto, giving them another chance to hit the jackpot the next time around.
Lotto Raffle will see changes as well, with the number of £20,000 prizes in every draw decreasing from 50 to 20. However, a new Millionaire Raffle will be added to every game, in which one ticket holder will pick up a £1 million prize.
Best of all, Lotto will no longer be limited to four rollovers before the jackpot has to be won - the top prize will be able to keep rolling until someone matches all six numbers drawn or until it reaches a pre-agreed sum set out by lottery officials. The odds of winning any Lotto prize will drop from 1 in 54 to 1 in 9.3, with your overall odds of becoming a millionaire thanks to the game sitting pretty at 1 in 10 million instead of 1 in 14 million.
The cost of a ticket is still £2 - a reassuring prospect for those who might have been concerned about another price hike. Lotto Hotpicks will also change its prize payout structure, with the top prize for correctly picking and matching five Lotto numbers soaring from £130,000 to £350,000 and the Match 4 prize nearly doubling from £7,000 to £13,000.
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Lottery.co.uk will be updated as more information on the changes to Lotto become available, but for now Lotto fans can play the game as they always have. Tomorrow’s £13.4 million quadruple rollover jackpot must be won or else it will roll down to players in the highest winning tier, and tickets are available online or from authorised retailers across the UK. Good luck!Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015
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