Pun­ters splash out £7.5bn on lot­tery

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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.

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