| The National
Lottery is promising to make more millionaires each week as its boss stamps his
authority on the business with a radical shake-up
Camelot UK Lotteries has announced a series of changes to
the National Lottery in an effort to make games more appealing to
players by pledging to pay out higher prizes more often.
players that match five main numbers and the bonus ball will win a fixed prize
of £1m (1.1m/$1.3m), up from an average £40,000 now. This
will replace the current raffle draw system.
The main Lotto draw
jackpot will be won or shared more often, with the jackpot only able to roll
over five times, compared to around 10 rolls at present. If no player wins the
jackpot on a must-win draw, the jackpot will then be shared across all winning
cash prize tiers. The rolldown mechanic will see jackpots shared
across all prize tiers - matching three numbers could see returns of
£100. Statistically, Camelot said, this is will occur 10 times a year.
Other changes include increasing the amount players win for matching
five main numbers from an estimated £1,000 to a fixed £1,750, as
well as four numbers from £100 to £140 and three numbers from
£25 to £30.
Players will still win a Lucky Dip
for matching two main numbers, while tickets will remain priced at £2 per
The changes come after a wide-ranging strategic review, which
Camelot chief executive Nigel Railton said identified key areas where action
was required in order for the National lottery to return to long-term,
This comes despite Camelot having reported a
rise in National Lottery sales to £6.95bn in the 2017-18 financial year,
with digital sales reaching an all-time high of £1.65bn.
who took over as CEO on a full-time basis in November 2017, said: It was
clear from the review that we needed to create a more appealing and balanced
range of games that offers something for everyone.
Other changes to be
rolled out as a result of the strategic review include staging additional
special draws for the EuroMillions, which Camelot said will guarantee more
£1m UK winners. As part of this restructure, Camelot will now guarantee
only one UK millionaire in each EuroMillions draw, rather than
Meanwhile Lottos raffle will be scrapped, and Camelot
announced plans - subject to regulatory sign-off - for an annuity game, whereby
winners receive regular payments over a number of years instead of a lump sum.
Details of the game are yet to be revealed.
Railton added: The
portfolio updates we are announcing today will complement the other initiatives
we are bringing in across retail and digital, as well as our ongoing work to
make The National Lottery brand more relevant and visible and will
ensure that The National Lottery as a whole continues to deliver for both
players and Good Causes alike.
Camelot was last month forced to
issue an apology to the Gambling Commission after it was fined £1.15m for
historic control and governance failings dating back to 2016 including
incorrectly issuing non-winning messages to players.
Camelots breaches included failings in direct debit instruction,
security measures, Post Office controls and publishing incomplete results for
its Olympic medal prize promotion.
However, Camelots most notable
offence was incorrect prize outcomes on its mobile app, meaning players may
have seen a non-winning message even if they possessed a winning
This is far from Camelots first trip to the UKGCs
doghouse. In December 2016, Camelot paid a £3m penalty for paying out on
a fraudulent jackpot claim. The operator was also penalized £300k in July
of that year for posting incorrect Lotto results, and was hit with a
£100k fine in August 2014 for incorrectly calculating a jackpot prize