New rules for National Lottery to make winning harder but more punters will become millionaires

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New rules to come into effect for the National Lottery will mean big changes for those of you looking to win big prizes. While it will become harder to win most of the prizes on offer, somewhat bizarrely there will be more guaranteed millionaires throughout the year as a result of the rule changes.

From October, players will have 10 extra numbers to choose a winning selection from therefore decreasing your chances of hitting the jackpot to 1 chance in 45 million. This is up from the current 14 million to 1 shot you have of nailing a jackpot picking from just 49 balls.

It will also be that much harder to win the smaller prizes with the extra 10 numbers in play. For example, your odds of landing a prize for 4 numbers has more than doubled from 1,033/1 to 2,180/1 while your odds of landing 5 numbers or 5 plus the bonus ball are almost 3 times what they currently are.

However, for those determined to look at the glass half full, there will be a guaranteed millionaire in every single draw meaning that when a jackpot is not won, a prize of £1,000,000 will still have to be won. Lottery organisers Camelot have also pointed out that jackpot sums will be almost 3 times as large as current jackpot prizes.

Camelot CEO Andy Duncan excitedly revealed "What we're announcing today, offering players more chances than ever to become a millionaire on Lotto and bigger rolling jackpots, is part of our programme of continuous innovation and builds on Lotto's ongoing success." Duncan added "Lotto has enjoyed two years of consecutive growth since we reinvigorated the game in 2013."

There is also a brand new prize for matching 2 numbers which will bag you a lottery scratchcard. This means that a Lottery player's odds of winning a prize when playing will get slashed from 54/1 to 10/1 as more than 1.8 million winners will take home scratchcards.

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