Here’s a quick guide to what has changed as of yesterday:
* From the draw on Saturday, October 10th, onwards there will be extra numbers to pick from: * You can choose from 1 to 59 - rather than 1 to 49. This is designed to create “bigger rolling jackpots” where there is “more to play for”.
* The jackpot odds of matching all six numbers on the current Lotto are 1 in 13,983,816. When the new numbers are introduced this will jump to 1 in 45,057,474.
* A new ‘Millionaire Raffle’ will guarantee a £1m. prize in every draw. A further 20 people will win £20,000.
* Match two numbers and win a free Lotto Lucky Dip.
* You can still keep the lucky line you’ve played for the past 21 years - but you can also add a few higher numbers if you want.
* ‘Lotto HotPicks’ - more numbers to choose from (1-59) - and bigger prizes. Matching 5 numbers will scoop you £350,000.
The changes are aimed at ‘making the game more exciting’ and are, according to national-lottery.co.uk: “part of a never ending push to make more millionaires and more winners, and to raise as much as we can for National Lottery Good Cause projects.”
To date, £34 billion has been raised for Good Cause projects.
Find out more at national-lottery.co.uk/lotto-changes.
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