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Just under a year ago we reported rumours of changes to the British National Lottery to bring it more in line with the Euromillions lottery.
A press release from Camelot yesterday announces that these changes really are taking place. As we thought the changes are mostly good news, although the downside to all players of the National Lottery is the price of the tickets will go up from £1 to £2 a time.
The other changes are quite complex. Firstly, the jackpots will increase – the average Saturday jackpot will be around £5 million (up from around £4.1 million) and the Wednesday UK lottery draw jackpot will total around £2.5 million. Of course that is before any rollover.
Several of the lesser prizes will increase too. Matching three numbers will bring £25 rather than the previous £10. To be fair, some of the higher prizes will reduce with matching five numbers plus a bonus ball dropping from £100,000 to £50,000 and five numbers attracting £1000 as opposed to the £1500 now available. These are only based on average ticket sales however: if sales are buoyant in a week, then the higher prizes will increase too.
Perhaps the most positive change in the British National Lottery is that it is adopting another Euromillions feature: the raffle. Every ticket will have a raffle number and every lottery draw will produce an additional 50 winners of £20,000 prizes. This is the same as the £1 million given in the Euromillions but it is spread over more players and it is a welcome development.
The changes are scheduled to happen in the autumn of this year and things will stay as they are until then. It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the changes will have on the British National Lottery.
A winner of a global international lottery usually looks forward to a better future, especially if they take the advice generally available from lottery administrators. The latest lottery news however has thrown up a sad situation in Illinois.
In June 2012, 46-year-old Urooj Khan had travelled to Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage and, on his return, vowed never to gamble again. But he could not resist one last lottery ticket, which he bought at his local 7-Eleven convenience store. It was a scratch card and he immediately revealed his win in front of the store employee.
Mr. Khan was astonished to find he had won $600,000. Store employee Ashur Oshana told an Associated Press reporter, “He kissed my hand and gave me $100. He was really happy.”
After taxes, Mr. Khan received a cheque from the global international lottery for $425,000 at an Illinois Lottery ceremony soon after. An owner of a small chain of dry cleaner stores, he announced he would put some of the money into his business and some to a children’s hospital.
The cheque for the money was issued on 19 July and was cashed on 15 August 2012. Sadly, Mr. Khan did not enjoy the money: he died on 20 July, the day after receiving the cheque.
The initial cause of death was deemed to be natural but, in a twist worthy of Agatha Christie, a relative put the findings in doubt. A second autopsy was carried out and it was revealed the winner of the global international lottery had died of cyanide poisoning.
Police have now launched a new investigation and are likely to exhume Mr. Khan’s body. Lottery winnings in Illinois normally pass to the relatives.
Perhaps another good reason to keep quiet about a lottery win!
We will try to follow this story in later latest lottery news.
The UK lottery draw has funded many good causes since its inception in 1994. It has paid out more than £29 billion through 13 distributing funds so it should come as no surprise that occasionally recipients are used to provide publicity for the good the National Lottery does.
On 20 December 2012 one of the 1200 athletes who received National Lottery funding and subsequently did the country proud at the Paralympics met children at a museum that has also received lottery funding. Hannah Cockroft took her two gold medals won at London 2012 to the Eureka! National Children’s Museum in her hometown of Halifax.
Eureka! has received nearly £600,000 from UK lottery draw funds and inspires a wide range of children with exhibits designed to fire the imagination through experiments, play and fun.
20 year-old Hannah lead children in a Santa singsong, saying “National Lottery funding has changed my life by helping me fulfill my sporting potential.”
A Director of Eureka!, Michelle Emerson said “Hannah is an inspiration to us all; she shows what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. National Lottery funding has helped Hannah and Eureka! become so successful. National Lottery players should be proud of the difference their funding is making.”
When you next buy your UK lottery draw tickets, remember how much good your money is doing.
Find out more about National Lottery Causes at their website.