The National Lottery operator Camelot was in the firing line yesterday as it not only hiked the cost of a ticket from £2.00 to £2.50 but also added an extra ball to the lucky star number which lengthens the odds of a jackpot being won.
So not only are you now paying more for a ticket, at the same time you have less chance of winning. Seems a tad unfair for the National Lottery operator to act in this way?
Your odds against winning the Lottery Jackpot have now lengthened to 140 million to one. Does it make a difference though to go from slim chance of winning to even slimmer chance of winning? As long as the money raised is going to good causes does it really matter? Raising the odds from 117 million to one is neither here nor there surely?
According to the UK public yes it does and National Lottery fans vented their spleen on twitter yesterday in a chorus of protest against the price rises.
Lucky Star Numbers Increase To 12
The game play has stayed the same with a player choosing five numbers from 1 to 50, but now you must also pick two lucky star numbers from 12, instead of 11 as before.
The cost of a ticket used to be £2 and will still only be the equivalent of £2.10 in the rest of Europe.
Chrissie Downing wrote: “Paying more for the privilege of having less chance of winning...I don’t think so!”
Mike Welch wrote: “Pay more for less chance of winning...pure greed.”
Camelot has a history of raising ticket prices after they hiked the price in 2013 from £1 to £2 in 2013. Then they also made the game harder to win last year by introducing an extra 10 balls.
Punters now choose six numbers from 59 instead of 49 as before.
A punter tweeted yesterday: “Not happy with doubling the cost of UK lottery and making it three times harder to win...they are now increasing the EuroMillions cost too.”
EuroMillions Odds Of Winning
Camelot claimed that the overall odds of winning any prize will remain at one in 13 and in addition there will be at least two guaranteed millionaire winners a week through the UK Millionaire Maker, double the current number.
While the price for a EuroMillions ticket has risen, the chance of jackpot has dropped
A spokesman for Camelot said: “Like any business, we recognise there will always be a small minority who don’t like change.
But we have to do what we believe is in the best interests of maximising returns to Good Causes.” When Camelot increased the number of Lotto balls last year, Dr John Haigh, emeritus reader in mathematics at the University of Sussex, remarked: “The odds were dreadful before.
"They are more dreadful now.”
You can still buy your Euromillions tickets for £2 at Lottoland and you can use my link below to get a special offer of 6 lines for three. Now that's good value!