Camelot, the company behind The National Lottery, has announced that changes will be made to the format of their flagship product in 2013.
The changes, which will be made in autumn, include doubling the price of a Lotto line to £2, the first time that the price has changed since the game was first launched 18 years ago.
On the more positive side of things, there will be bigger jackpots to be won as well as bigger prizes for matching three numbers. This last increase is by 150% as the payout for three correct numbers will now be £25.
In addition to changes to the existing National Lottery, a new raffle-style game will be introduced. This game will guarantee at least 50 winners of more than £20,000 per draw and players will be automatically entered into it when they play the Lotto.
The changes have been made after Camelot spoke to lottery players who had asked for bigger prizes and more ways to win. Speaking about the changes, Camelot UK’s managing director Andy Duncan explained why the main game was only being slightly altered rather than replaced.
He said: “Our players still love Lotto – but after 18 years, they say they want more from it.”
The National Lottery has been a remarkable success in its 18 year lifetime and is now recognised as the most cost-efficient lottery in Europe. With 28% of its total revenue going to Good Causes chosen by Parliament, it’s also pleasing philanthropists.