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The End is Nigh for Lotto Plus 5

The End is Nigh for Lotto Plus 5
Updated: Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Lotto Plus 5 game will be ending later this year to accommodate the changes that will be made to the main Lotto game, as discussed in our news item yesterday. The last day on which Lotto Plus 5 tickets can be purchased will be Wednesday 26 September, and the last ever draw will take place on Tuesday 1 October. Whilst this news may disappoint fans of Lotto Plus 5, we think that the decision to end the game makes a lot of sense.

Lotto Plus 5 was launched in February 2011 and gives players the chance to enter their main Lotto numbers into separate draws held on non-Lotto days. The top prize that can be won for matching all six main numbers in the game has always been fixed at £250,000, and the odds of winning that prize are the same as the odds of winning a Lotto jackpot – around 1 in 13.9 million.

The game has been fairly popular, but with the new-look Lotto format boasting a separate Lotto Raffle draw that will create at least 50 winners of £20,000 each, players will still have plenty of chances to win substantial amounts of cash in any given week. Saying goodbye to the Lotto Plus 5 game will also mean that its regular players won’t notice the Lotto price increase as much, which is quite handy.

With the Lotto Plus 5 game ending and the new Lotto Raffle game starting in the first week of October, it will be necessary for the National Lottery to issue new-style play slips for offline players. Those play slips will be just as easy to complete as the current ones, so the transition shouldn’t pose any problems, but do be aware that old-style slips will not be valid after Wednesday 2 October.

The transition for online lottery players looks set to be even smoother, since all you will need to do to enter the new-style Lotto game is pick your numbers and select the draws that you want to participate in, which is basically the same as the current procedure. And with all of the action taking place on just two nights a week, you won’t have to check your numbers quite so often!

The good news for die-hard Lotto Plus 5 fans is that the game still has several weeks to run, so our advice is to make the most of it whilst you can. Visit this page to buy your tickets online and good luck with your numbers!

Written by Tony Sharpe

Published: Thursday 1st August 2013

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