Punters splash out £7.5bn on lottery
NATIONAL Lottery annual sales have hit a record £7.5billion – despite controversial changes that significantly decreased the chances of winning the Lotto jackpot.
Operator Camelot said overall sales for 2015/16 were up £317million on the previous year, although sales of drawbased games were down £6.2m to £4.6bn.
Lotto sales had a “great year”, Camelot said, following changes in October that increased the number of balls from 49 to 59, but introduced a new “Millionaire Raffle” per draw.
Camelot assured players that the changes enhanced the game – but this provoked widespread scepticism when experts pointed out that the chance of winning the jackpot had decreased from one in 14 million to one in 45 million.