National Lottery Changes: What the New Rules Mean for Your Chances of Winning

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Most of us have at least imagined what it would be like to win the lottery. Expensive cars, incredible gardens and the greatest football club on earth (Blackburn Rovers). All yours. Wouldn't that be nice?

Unfortunately, for most of us that dream has always been just that, a dream. Until now, that is. Now, it barely looks like a shadow of a dream.

Camelot has decided to increase the number of balls in Lotto from 49 to 59, thereby making our chances of winning the grand prize a hell of a lot smaller. It's fairly common knowledge that there's a 1-in-14-million chance of getting all the right balls, but from this Saturday, those odds will go all the way down to one in 45 million. There's more chance of the BlackBerry Priv outselling the iPhone 6S.

Despite the blow, Camelot remains convinced that this won't drive players away, probably because it knows that we'd all happily pursue any chance of never having to work again, no matter how small. It's not all bad news though. Camelot says a new Millionaire Raffle will guarantee at least one millionaire per draw, with the chances of picking up one in 10 million.

The official line is that the changes freshen the game up a bit, which could in turn lead to a new wave of interest. “We need to carry on innovating to keep our games fresh and appealing," said Camelot chief executive Andy Duncan. “By giving our players more chances than ever to become a millionaire and with bigger rolling jackpots to play for, we’re making Lotto even more exciting."

If you're feeling hard done by, have a read of this – truly one of the unluckiest men in the world.

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