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UK Lotto Plans to Create More Millionaires

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More millionaires could be created by the UK National Lottery after changes have been proposed to reverse a fall in sales.

An in-depth review into the National Lottery was held last year after sales dropped 8.8% in 2016/17 compared to the previous year.

From November of this year, matching five of the main balls and the Bonus Ball will win players £1m compared to the £42,672 won for doing that in the August 29 draw. Matching five balls wins at least £1750 and the prize for getting three balls climbs from £25 to £30. The additional funds will come from the ending of the £1m raffle.

Another proposed change will see the jackpot only being allowed to rollover five times compared to the current 10. When it comes to the sixth draw, additional cash will be added to the lower tiers. The minimum jackpot would also rise increasing to £2m on Wednesdays and £3.8m on Saturdays. However, the maximum amount on a rollover would be reduced to £11m on a Wednesday and £12m on Saturdays.

New Game Planned for 2019

Also planned for 2019 is a new “annuity game” jackpot where players could win a four-figure income every single month for an as yet unconfirmed period. Such games are popular in Australia and the USA with players trying their luck in the Set For Life lottery.

Camelot are in the process of getting agreement from their regulator before everything can be confirmed. Chief executive Nigel Railton said: “It was clear from the review that we needed to create a more appealing and balanced range of games that offers something for everyone.”

The last major changes to the UK Lotto draw came three years ago when the number of main balls was increased from 49 to 59.

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Steve Ashfield

Steve Ashfield is a freelance writer who has a wide range of experience covering various aspects of the gambling industry. Over the years he has edited professional wrestling magazines, written horse racing tips, and covered news on a variety of different sports. Contact Steve at ashfieldwritingservices@gmail.com.

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