National Lottery Changes
Lotto has undergone several changes since its launch in 1994, evolving over time to give players more chances to win prizes and become millionaires, whilst always raising money for worthy causes.
The latest big changes came into effect on Thursday 8th October 2015 ahead of the draw on the 10th of October, as the ball pool increased from 49 to 59. Players still choose six numbers and, although the odds of hitting the jackpot have gone from 1 in 13,983,816 to 1 in 45,057,474, your overall chances of becoming a millionaire have improved and stand at roughly 1 in 10 million thanks to the newly-introduced Lotto Millionaire Raffle, in which a single £1 million prize is definitely won by one ticket played in each draw.
There were also an additional 20 Lotto Raffle prizes of £20,000 on offer to players who match the automatically-generated code on their ticket with any of those drawn on the night.
Ticket holders who match two main numbers in a draw now receive a free Lotto Lucky Dip ticket, meaning that your odds of winning a prize have been cut from 1 in 54 to just 1 in 9.3. A limit of four rollovers was also scrapped as part of the changes, allowing jackpots to continue rising to potentially massive amounts. This was proven on Saturday 9th January 2016, when a run of 15 rollovers created a record-breaking £66 million Lotto jackpot. Two ticket holders matched all six main numbers drawn to receive £33 million each.
25 Lotto Millionaires
To celebrate the Lotto changes, the draw on Saturday 10th October offered 25 Lotto Millionaire prizes worth £1 million each - the largest number of millionaires that Lotto has ever created in a single night!
Summary of Lotto Changes on 10th October 2015
- The ball pool expanded from 49 to 59
- A prize for matching two numbers was brought in - a Lotto Lucky Dip ticket
- The Lotto Millionaire Raffle was adapted to give away 1 prize of £1 million and 20 prizes of £20,000 in every draw
- The four rollover cap was scrapped in order to generate bigger jackpots
- Odds of winning the jackpot went from 1 in 13,983,816 to 1 in 45,057,474
- Odds of becoming a millionaire improved to roughly 1 in 10 million
- Odds of winning any prize cut from 1 in 54 to just 1 in 9.3
- The Lotto HotPicks top prize increased to £350,000
Lotto Changes on 5th October 2013
- The Lotto ticket price went from £1 to £2
- Jackpots were boosted
- The £10 prize for matching three main numbers was increased to £25
- The supplementary Lotto Raffle game was introduced, guaranteeing 50 prizes of £20,000 in each draw
- Lotto Plus 5 ended
29th September 2012
- The first quadruple Lotto rollover took place, with five players sharing a jackpot of £19.5 million
10th February 2011
- The rollover cap for Lotto rose from three to four, allowing the jackpot to rise to larger amounts
18th May 2002
- The National Lottery changed its name to Lotto
5th February 1997
- The first ever Wednesday Lotto draw took place
6th January 1996
- Three players matched all six main numbers to share Lotto’s biggest ever jackpot of £42 million. The trio each received £14 million
10th June 1995
- Two friends and business partners from East Sussex won the largest ever Lotto prize from a single ticket. Mark Gardiner and Paul Maddison banked a cheque for £22.5 million
19th November 1994
- The National Lottery - later to become Lotto - was launched on a TV show hosted by Noel Edmonds. The aim was to raise vital funds for good causes whilst offering players the chance to win life-changing sums of money