National Lottery changes Q&A guide

See our guide below for changes to the National Lottery
See our guide below for changes to the National Lottery
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Here’s our question-and-answer guide to the changes coming in the National Lottery.

So will there be more balls in the draw?

Yes. Lotto players will have to select their winning numbers from a pool of 59 - up from 49.

How will that affect my chances of scooping the jackpot?

Statisticians point out that the chance of matching all six balls will decrease from one in 14 million currently to one in 45 million.

So are lottery operators Camelot trying to reduce my chances of winning?

Camelot claim the “enhancements” will actually give players a better chance of winning and better odds of becoming a millionaire. The company says a new Millionaire Raffle will guarantee at least one millionaire per draw, the average winning jackpot is expected to be triple the current level, and the chances of winning at least £1 million will be better than the chances of winning the jackpot on the current game, with odds at one in just under 10 million compared with one in just under 14 million on today’s game.

Are there any extra prizes apart from the Millionaire raffle?

Players who match two numbers will win a Lucky Dip ticket for a future draw, which Camelot said would create an extra 1.8 million winners a week and increase the overall chance of winning any prize from one in 54 currently to one in 9.3.

So will the price of a ticket rise?

No. The cost of playing will remain at £2 a line, and other prizes such as £25 for matching three numbers will also stay the same.

What’s the likely effect of having less of a chance of winning the jackpot?

Inevitably it will mean more rollovers, which for Camelot generates more excitement. And because the chance of winning the jackpot is lower, when you do win the amount will probably be higher.

So when will the new-look lottery launch?

Sometime in October, although Camelot has yet to reveal the exact launch date.