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Lottery Doubles Its Price - Will This Put You Off?

Thursday October 3 2013


Lottery's price has doubled - what do you think? Lottery's price has doubled - what do you think?


THE cost of a National Lottery ticket has doubled to £2. Is this going to put you off from playing? Have your say on our WAB Debate.

The rise, the first since the lottery started in 1994, is part of changes which will also include bigger prizes.

Prizes for matching three numbers will rise from £10 to £25. Average jackpots are predicted to rise to around £5million on Saturdays and £2.5million on Wednesdays.

Camelot says this will mean more money for charities. It has raised £30billion for 'good causes' since 1994.

Some other prizes will be reduced. Camelot estimates that the reward for matching five balls plus the bonus ball will average £50,000 instead of £100,000.

The prize for matching five balls is expected to average £1,000 instead of £1,500, while the average for matching four balls is expected to go up from £60 to £100.

Total National Lottery sales have increased by 35 per cent since 2002, when the game was officially renamed 'Lotto'.

Around 30 million tickets are reportedly bought every Saturday, but will the doubling of its price stop you from playing? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by king louis on Thursday October 3 2013 at 11:52
It's nice that Camalot are firstly concerned with money for good causes. Richard Branson was giving all profits to good causes but he didn't get it.... one wonders why?

Reply Posted by fatty on Thursday October 3 2013 at 11:55
if tickets double in price and prizes don't double then someone has a tricky scheme going on

Reply Posted by Little sprout on Thursday October 3 2013 at 11:56
It will not stop me buying tickets, indeed I fully support the increase in cost, prize fund and donations.

Reply Posted by Barnsley Girl on Thursday October 3 2013 at 12:47
Not happy with increase & won't spend any more than I do now. People that buy tickets are usually ones that can least afford it. Greed, profit first, that's all I can say.

Reply Posted by Collet on Thursday October 3 2013 at 12:51
If we are expected to pay double, surely the prize money shouldn't on some of winning lines be halved.agree taking some off the top Millions and bump up the lower prizes,looks like a some top paid exsecative personnel ain't getting enough BREAD ??

Reply Posted by Gazza on Thursday October 3 2013 at 13:05
I have spent £10 every week on the lottery since it started but theres no way will I pay £20, whats the great think about doubling prize money us Barnsley folk would have been happy wi owd jackpot if we were lucky enough to win it.. changing mine to health lottery.. Think camelot are just greedy and they only give folks like us in Barnsley bits n bats anyway.. 80 million for an opera house pfffffftt!!!! Rant over

Reply Posted by AHR on Thursday October 3 2013 at 14:54
Me thinks you hit the nail on the head Gazza.

Reply Posted by Emma on Thursday October 3 2013 at 13:52
It's only £2, you don't have to play, give up moaning

Reply Posted by LOL on Thursday October 3 2013 at 14:35
WHAT A BALLS UP.

Reply Posted by julie on Thursday October 3 2013 at 14:45
Keeps people's dreams alive I suppose - but then, if money is the dream, what a load of sad people there are!!

Reply Posted by Deb on Thursday October 3 2013 at 17:31
Money is not the dream, it's what you can do with the money that people dream about.

Reply Posted by AHR1949 on Thursday October 3 2013 at 14:52
It's only £2 people say , but wait for the con. People usually have their favorite numbers , so every time there's a draw they buy, not wanting to miss out in case they do come out.Same as the Irish lotto the number of draws a week will continue to grow, making people gamble more and more. Talk about Pay Day loans being scrutinized, me thinks Camelot ought to be !

Reply Posted by STEVO on Thursday October 3 2013 at 16:56
The Camelot board and shareholders will be rubbing their hands with great gusto.

Should have given Richard Branson it years ago.

Reply Posted by Bob on Thursday October 3 2013 at 17:28
Blooming heck a post where nobody has blamed the immigrants or the tories... Quite refreshing really ;)

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday October 3 2013 at 21:10
or roy miller

Reply Posted by swifty on Thursday October 3 2013 at 18:05
Bob I would be happy for a immigrant to win the jackpot every draw. That way they can fund there friends and family to go home every week.

the Lottery should not have gone to Richard Branson either it should have been The Peoples lottery bought by the people spent by the people.

That way we would have prolly spent it on NHS, EDUCATION Law and Order employment. Etc.

The Tories and ALL political parties would never agree to that.

They all send there kids to private Schools.
All have Private Health Care.
And very rarely come into contact with the working class's

Reply Posted by russ on Thursday October 3 2013 at 20:17
camelot greed, prize fund for the jackpot will be the same,all rest of prizes will be half but the smallest prize ,so more money for the share holders and the ARTS load a crap i play it so if i win it i am out of this bull shit country

Reply Posted by kay on Saturday October 5 2013 at 18:18
i have 2 lines a week on the lotto and an extra line if a big jackpot.can honestly say in all the years of doing the lotto,i have only won about £200 (this has been from when it first started!!!! ).have done the irish lotto for 2 years and have won well over £1500.my £2.00 that is normally used for saturday's lotto will mainly be going on the euro millions now.

Reply Posted by sid on Saturday October 5 2013 at 18:56
I read the odds of winning somewhere,so I never play it. I wonder if its a good thing that millions per week is being taken out of circulation and banked by one person. Just a thought.

Reply Posted by observer on Monday October 7 2013 at 20:39
why does it need to double?

Reply Posted by one can wish on Monday October 28 2013 at 15:37
Second chance to win - if 10X £20K I suppose it is worth an extra £1 to the dream tax