Camelot, the operators of the UK’s National Lottery, will be raising the price of a ticket to £2 starting from the draw on Saturday October 5th. Camelot says that this is a result of falling player numbers and calls from the public for more ways to win.
However, the move has been met with criticism and threats to boycott the game.
Camelot said that there will be many changes including a new raffle which will give 50 people the chance to win £20,000 twice a week. For the first two draws there will be 1,000 raffle winners and players will have the chance to win a guaranteed £10 million.
It is expected that the average jackpot will increase to around £5 million on Saturday and half that on Wednesday.
A Camelot spokesman said, “This is a new Lotto game, and we will be giving slightly more back in overall terms. Lotto has been declining over the last few years, this is about what players want, and they want more ways to win more money.”
However, after the announcement there were furious messages on social networking sites and many elderly players have claimed that they cannot afford the new price.