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When the odds are decreased, will you continue to do the Lottery?

National Lottery operator Camelot are set to make changes to the in the Lotto game from this October.

Under the new rules, the pool of numbers that players have to choose from will increase from 49 to 59.  Currently the odds of winning the Lotto jackpot are just under one in 14 million, however with the increase in number of balls, these odds will lengthen to around one in 45 million when the new changes come in.

Increasing the number pool size will roughly halve people’s current chance of getting a cash prize, however the big jackpots themselves are increasing by up to 3 times.

Camelot said 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.

Do you currently do the lottery?  How will these changes affect you?  Do you do the same numbers each week, and how will the addition of another 10 numbers to choose from effect you?

 

When the odds are decreased, will you continue to do the Lottery?

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Kit Wingate
13th Aug 2015
0
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Not a lot..except it all appears very similar to a happening in that very large country..The United States of America.., through-out all the individual States, one can enter certain stores and shops and buy a 'Numbers Ticket', I believe its known as 'The Numbers Racket' and has been in operation for decades...I also believe there is a lot more to that story...any more readers of Silversurfers have additional bits to add?????
jeaniembe
20th Jul 2015
2
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My hubby and I used to both do the lottery, but when it went up to £2, I said I would just pay half of his stake. We had the slimmest of chances of winning and even less chance with the numbers increasing. So I will be spending my money on something else. However if my hubby wins I'll be sharing the money.....
Munsterlander
14th Jul 2015
2
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I cannot stop doing the lottery ..its compulsive!
redskins
4th Jul 2015
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If they paid out on getting lesser amount of numbers put a decent prize with it opening up more claims bringing down the big win perhaps people will stay with it.I would rather have a better chance of a smaller payout than never winning at all.
leonastro
3rd Jul 2015
3
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Just my weekly 'flutter'. Don't gamble on anything else. Just the luck of the draw with the hope that one day 'my number' will come up.
abbypad
20th Jun 2015
2
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Most likely will still do but I do think it is a cheek . Rather see more smaller wins . Camelot need to consider they could lose the licence next round but then again governments regardless of political colours would not care too much as they are always winners with the tax it creates .
nagonthenet
19th Jun 2015
3
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Yes drop the price
Wilf
23rd Jun 2015
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Totally agree its a real rip off now
KazM
19th Jun 2015
4
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Camelot are changing the format as people have stopped playing the lottery, so they want to encourage more people back. I have a simple solution drop the price of the tickets back to £1 then people will play again!
Happy Curler
19th Jun 2015
4
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Stopped doing the lottery years ago, objected to the price going up to £2 but also felt there was no need to have it more than once a week - just greed as far as I was concerned
sparrer
19th Jun 2015
3
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I stopped doing it when the price went up as I felt in unfair on those who could least afford but most need a win.
I do the Health Lottery now so I know my money goes to causes I agree with, all to do with promoting/maintaining good health.
bucksmjb
18th Jun 2015
4
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This new move by Camelot confirms (to me anyway) that they should no longer be allowed to operate our National Lottery. Its time for someone else to do it, with all the money (after operational costs) going to various causes. I believe a certain Mr Branson had offered to do just this? Camelot are greedy beyond description.
Wilf
23rd Jun 2015
2
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I agree with you its just another greedy company. Why don't they give say 10 people a million pound each instead of one winner £10 million which is an insane amount of money and probably ruins most peoples lives!
SHOEFLY
20th Jun 2015
3
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Mr Branson doesnt work for charity
commiczar
17th Jun 2015
4
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The articles put out by Camelot forgot to mention odds of winning the jackpot will now be 1 in 54 million.. up a tadge from the current 1 in 13 million.
The 1 in 54 m is now worse than the odds on the Euro millions.. all other chances of winning a prize now have had the odds against rise in line , with and wait for it everybody who gets 2 numbers is entered into a lucky dip chance for ONE prize... Welcome Camelot to the long list of businesses that considered they had a captive audience and shot themselves in the foot,, with greed.
bawbee
17th Jun 2015
3
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I currently do 5 lines by direct debit but this will be reduced to 3 come the changes. Why do they keep tinkering with the format? If this forum can convince Camelot that they may sell lines, they will maybe have a rethink.
As I do the same numbers each week, I will not change them to use the numbers 50-59
Silverjan
17th Jun 2015
4
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The time has come to stop. We will now longer be paying out for the lottery, although hubby says he thinks he may continue with the Euromillions.
Carol Fleming
17th Jun 2015
6
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Yes I will keep on doing it, it's that faint hope of a win one day that keeps me going. However I think they should reduce the big prize and have more small ones. I would rather have a high hope of winning a few thousand than practically no hope of winning a few million.
Wilf
17th Jun 2015
4
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I find the lottery compulsive. My wife keeps telling me to quit doing it and a friend says its "a tax on the thick"!!!!! I have to agree with him I am thick but just maybe????? The dream lives on!!!
Munsterlander
17th Jun 2015
5
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Yes I probably will keep doing it but do think its a rip off. The worst is not this change but when they had the cheek to double the cost to do the lotto about a year ago from £1 to £2. I think that was very bad news. I like a little flutter on the lottery and £1 was fine now and then. I dont think anyone cares about the little prizes and they are saying they will increase the big prizes to create even bigger jackpots. Why not have 20 millionaires instead of one person winning £20 million? It doesn't make sense
Carol Fleming
17th Jun 2015
5
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I agree with you, I have always said they should share it more evenly.
Wilf
17th Jun 2015
4
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Yes I agree as well. Be much much better for the economy as well. Last week one Brit won £92 million...good on him or her but much better to create 92 millionaires in the UK...local economies would be boosted everywhere

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