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National Lottery announces changes that will give players 'better chance of winning'

Camelot has announced the biggest changes to the National Lottery since it began 21 years ago - and says they will improve players' chances.

Lotto players will have to select their winning numbers from a pool of 59 Credit: Reuters

Instead of having numbers 1-49 to choose from, Lotto players will select their winning digits from a pool of 59, in sweeping changes to the game taking effect later this year.

Describing the changes as "enhancements," operator Camelot said they will give players a better chance of winning - and better odds of becoming a millionaire.

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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.

It is also creating a new "Millionaire Raffle" that will guarantee at least one millionaire per draw.

The average winning jackpot is also expected to be triple the current level.

But players will see their 1 in 14 million chance of winning the jackpot drop to 1 in 45 million.

Camelot has announced the biggest changes to the National Lottery since it began 21 years ago Credit: PA

The changes will mean:

  • Average winning jackpot expected to be tripled
  • Two matching numbers will win a Lucky Dip ticket
  • The cost of playing will remain at £2 a line
  • Other prizes, such as £25 for matching three numbers, will remain
  • A 'Millionaire Raffle' will guarantee at least one millionaire per draw
  • Odds of winning at least £1 million drop to one in 10 million

Lotto has enjoyed two years of consecutive growth since we re-invigorated the game in 2013 and has already delivered over £250 million more to good causes than if we had done nothing to change the game.

What we're announcing today - offering players more chances than ever to become a millionaire on Lotto and bigger rolling jackpots - is part of our programme of continuous innovation and builds on Lotto's ongoing success.

– Camelot chief executive Andy Duncan

Camelot is yet to reveal the exact October launch date for the changes.

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