Lotto ticket price to be doubled
If you’re one of those poor, impoverished sorts who spend your last quid on a Lotto ticket, life is about to get harder as the price of your punt is going to be doubled to £2 for a single line of numbers.
The idea is that it will help create more winners with some bigger prizes, but for some people the increase in ticket price, the first since the lottery launched in 1994, could just put them off instead.
The response has been angry, with scores of complaints and the Lotto Facebook page filled up with griping gamblers having a pop, although some of their spellings leave a lot to be desired.
Once the price rise kicks in, in the autumn, the guaranteed amount for matching three numbers will rise from £10 to £25. For four numbers, your winnings will go up from around £60 to £100, depending on the total size of the prize pot.
The jackpot for matching all six balls will also rise from around £4.1million to £5million on a typical Saturday and from around £2.2million to £2.5million on the mid week game. BUT, if you match five balls, you’ll be worse off, as the prize will drop from £1,500 to about £1,000. Five balls and a bonus will rake you in only £50,000, half of what you’d win right now.
Will all of this change your life? Will you now turn your back on the Lotto and deploy your skill and judgement on low-stake sporting accumulator bets instead? You really should – it’s much more fun.