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.