Your chances of winning the jackpot on the National Lottery just got a lot slimmer thanks to radical new changes introduced on Monday.
The odds of taking home the big money Lotto prize will more than treble to an incredible 45 million to one from October.
Under the new system, players will have to pick six numbers from 59, instead of 49 as before.
Dr John Haigh, emeritus reader in mathematics at the University of Sussex, said:
The chance of winning the jackpot, which at the moment is one in 14 million, will be one in 45 million when the extra ten balls are added. But because the chance of winning the jackpot is lower, when you do win the amount will be higher. This will also mean a lot more rollovers, and they create excitement. I expect Camelot will see this as an exciting feature.Advertisement
Although the jackpot will increase under the new shortened odds, the amounts paid out by Camelot for those who match three, four or five numbers will remain the same despite the diminished odds.
So you’ll still only win £25 for matching three numbers, for instance, even though the odds have changed from one in 57 to one in 97!
Camelot will hope that the changes to the jackpot will help to boost ticket sales, which have dwindled over recent years.
But with the chances of winning any money now more unlikely than ever, we reckon this is a gamble that won’t pay off for the company!