Angry Lottery players have vowed to stop buying a ticket after operator Camelot announced that the price of a Lotto line will double to £2. More than 1,000 players vented their fury at the price hike on the National Lottery Facebook page this afternoon with many describing the increase as 'greed' while others predicted that it would signal the end of Camelot's involvement with the draw. Many will condemn the rise as inflation on what is already billed in some quarters as a 'tax on the poor'.The Hertfordshire-based company, which has operated the draw since its launch in November 1994, announced today that the price rise will see the prize for matching three numbers more than double to £25. But the pot for matching five numbers will drop by £500 to £1,000, while the reward for matching five numbers and the bonus ball will halve to £50,000.
The prize for matching four numbers will increase from £60 to £100. Camelot say that the price rise follows research which found that consumers 'want more ways to win more money' from the game.But many players have said that the changes will price them out of the game.Most adults will have bought a Lottery ticket at some stage since its launch on November 19 1994, but here are some other interesting Lottery facts:
- Tickets sale raked in £92 billion between November 1994 and November 2012
- Around 70 per cent of UK adults are said to play the Lottery on a 'regular basis'
- The Lottery has raised £29 billion for good causes
- More than 400,000 grants have been made to a variety of projects across the UK
- 71 per cent of grants have been for less than £10,000
- Ticket sales for the 2011-2012 financial year were £6.5 million
- Since its launch the Lottery has created more than 2,000 millionaires with £8.5 billion paid out in jackpot funds
- The average jackpot win is £2.8 million
Camelot UK managing director Andy Duncan said: 'Our players still love Lotto but after 18 years they say they want more from it. 'We've spoken extensively with them to develop a re-energised game and the changes we'll be introducing in the autumn to rejuvenate Lotto will give them what they have asked for: £25 for matching three numbers, bigger jackpots and a brand new way to play and win one of 50 prizes of a guaranteed £20,000 on each and every draw.' But Matt Zarb-Cousin, of the pressure group Fairer Gambling, said: ‘If you play the same lines every week you’re not going to stop playing one. 'If you don’t think the Lottery is a tax on the poor, have a look at what it funds and ask yourself if the state should be paying for that.’Economist Ruth Lea said: ‘This is a regressive tax. Lottery players tend to be people on lower incomes who are looking for a bit of glamour and a bit of hope. It is their weekly buzz, and the cost of their weekly buzz is going to double. ‘The Government will benefit, and the less well-off will pay.’So it's going up in the Autumn then... I do the lottery myself but if it's going to double I might have to knock a few of them on the head each month. The most I have ever won since doing it is about £40 but no millions for me...or for the rest of us I should imagine so what are our thoughts people.. do you do it, and if you do what's the most you have won on it, does it bother you, or will you carry on as before???I know they use it as a reason to create revenue for Charities and the like but a lot of it also goes towards the arts and projects like that and would love to see a breakdown of where the money goes and thought these comments were pretty wank..
Today Acevo, the association of chief executives of voluntary organisations, said it had been reassured by Camelot that the move would signal good news for the charities that Lotto supports. A spokesman said: 'We understand that this move is projected to increase the amount of lottery income going to charities and community groups, which in these difficult times will be very welcome. 'Of course players prefer to pay less for tickets, but there is also an upside in the shape of vital funding for voluntary organisations doing important work all over the country.’So then, they plan to double the amount of a lotto being taken from the general public per ticket to plough that back into the community again??? not buying that :shakehead:link http://www.dailymail...ayout-drop.html
Edited by Bluewolf, 20 August 2013 - 04:59 PM.