Lotto reduces chances of winning - earns £7.5bn

25 May 2016
Lotto reduces chances of winning

Lotto (the artist formerly known at The National Lottery) owners, Camelot, have gleefully announced that sales for 2015/16 were up £317 million compared to the year previous.

Camelot said they'd had a "great year".

Bully for Camelot. You see, there's a lot of anger surrounding the lottery, as they reduced the number of balls from 49 to 59, which means a reduction in your chances of winning.

They also doubled the cost of a ticket from £1 to £2 for the main lottery draw - no wonder they're having a 'great year'.

The chances of winning the Lotto has, according to some, fallen from 1 in 14 million, to 1 in 45 million.

Now, Camelot argue that, thanks to the increase in money, they're able to give more to good causes, and the amount being given out to them has topped a whopping £35 billion since they launched in the mid-'90s.

While that's all well and good, you suspect that most people aren't playing it because they want to donate to a good cause - they're playing because they want to become wildly rich.

Camelot chief executive Andy Duncan said: “I'm delighted by the fantastic year we've had, especially across our digital channels."

“Camelot leads the field of digital innovation."

TOPICS:   High Street News

6 comments

  • Imperatore

    I don't think you can reduce from 49 to 59.

  • Bigmac997

    Couple of inaccuracies in your report. Camelot actually "increased" the number of balls from 49 to 59. And the price increase from £1 to £2 did not occur within the last 12 months - so commenting on that in relation to "Camelot's great year" is inaccurate.

    However, what would have been better would be to report on the breakdown in Camelot's sales - I read that sales of their main Lotto game did actually fall - the overall increase of £300m+ was due to increased sales of scratchcard and "instant" games (website I guess).  

  • Mfost

    How on earth have they reduced the number of balls from 49 to 59??

  • Mfost

    How have they reduced the number of balls from 49 to 59???

    • markweatherill

      .so they must have *increased* the chances of winning?

  • tiderium

    It's obviously a typo should have read increased,

    "as they reduced the number of balls from 49 to 59, which means a reduction in your chances of winning." because of the reduction in the second half of the sentence it's a genuine mistake.

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