The odds of winning the National Lottery in the UK are about to get considerably tougher. In fact quite a lot tougher, sliding from an easy peasy 14 million to one chance of hitting the jackpot to a ridiculously huge 45 million to one. Quite honestly, there’s probably more chance of one of the Jurassic World raptors winning the next Grand National.
The change in odds comes with the addition of 10 new numbers to the draw and slightly altered rules that the lottery board claims will provide at least one millionaire with every single draw.
You can also win a prize for matching just two numbers for the very first time, which would be brilliant if the prize wasn’t just another lottery ticket.
Here’s a round-up of your new chances of winning:
Matching 3 numbers
Then: 57 to 1
Now: 97 to 1
Matching 4 numbers
Then: 1,033 to 1
Now: 2,180 to 1
Matching 5 numbers
Then: 55,691 to 1
Now: 144,415 to 1
Matching 5 numbers and the Bonus Ball
Then: 2.3 million to 1
Now: 7.5 million to 1
Winning the jackpot and matching all 6 numbers
Then: 14 million to 1
Now: 45 million to 1
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