What the National Lottery shake up means for jackpot hopefuls

New National Lottery rules announced yesterday will decrease the odds of winning the jackpot to one in 45 million.

Lottery operator Camelot will increase the number of balls used in the game from 49 to 59 as of October 2015. The chances of matching 6 numbers out of 59 instead of 49 are considerably lower, meaning a jackpot win will become much less likely.

Although Camelot have promised that there will be more chances than ever before to become a millionaire, with two winners of the new Millionaire Raffle game each week, the chance of hitting the big jackpot will reduce significantly. 

National Numeracy’s CEO Mike Ellicock appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and BBC 5Live Breakfast to discuss claims by Camelot that the changes are good news for potential winners.

Mike Ellicock explained on the Today Programme:
“If you’re playing the lottery because you enjoy it and to support good causes then that’s great; however, if you think you're going to get rich, then think again”.

Mike also raised concerns that the link between poor numeracy and money worries drives people to believe that a lottery win is their only route to financial security. “1 in 3 people in the US think that winning the lottery is the only way they’ll ever be financially secure. If you’re playing the lottery to become financially secure then that’s very worrying,” he explained. “We would recommend that people try to improve their numeracy skills instead.”

A lottery win doesn’t have to be the only route to improved financial confidence. Good numeracy skills are a crucial aspect of financial capability, and are key to managing household budgets, interpreting pay slips and making informed financial decisions.

The National Numeracy Challenge is a free resource set up in 2014 to help people across the UK develop their numeracy skills and feel more confident about handling numbers. Find out more.

Listen to the dicussion on Today

Listen to the discussion on 5Live Breakfast