Punters Abandon National Lottery Following Rule Change
British gamblers have been turning away from the National Lottery since new rules were introduced making it harder to win the jackpot.
A number of players have said that the new rules combined with the price rise have made them look to other lotteries. The main competitor is the Health Lottery which offers much smaller prizes but is far easier to win. The maximum payout of the Health Lottery is £100,000 but the chances of winning the jackpot are 1 in 2 million compared to the National Lottery’s 1 in 45 million.
Camelot, the company which runs the lottery, insists that sales have risen since the rule change but the sales figures have not been released. Retailers are reporting a significant rise in sales at times when the jackpot is particularly high, such as last month’s £66 million. However, they say that it has not led to a sustained increase in sales.