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Are Cumbrian Lottery dealers quids in after price hike?

National Lottery ticket sellers say they have mixed feelings about doubling ticket prices.

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Mike Rayson

Operators Camelot this week revealed the £1-a-line fee it has had since the game’s launch in 1994 is rising to £2 in the autumn.

There have been fears raised that the increased prices will mean people cutting back on how many lines they have or how often they play.

But the price rise will bring with it increased winnings for some

The prize for matching three numbers will rise from £10 to £25. Matching four numbers will see players pocket £100 instead of £60.

However, the reward for matching five numbers and the bonus ball will halve to £50,000 and the prize pot for matching five numbers will drop by £500 to £1,000.

And Camelot has introduced a new prize, where there will be 50 prizes of a guarenteed £20,000 on each draw in a Lotto Raffle.

Some newsagents fear the price increase will lead to less sales.

Yvonne Waugh, owner of Sewells Newsagents in Warwick Road, Carlisle, said: “People are commenting quite seriously about the increase. I think it will deter sales because people will think twice about whether or not to buy.

“Comments haven’t been favourable so far with a generally negative response. No one is commenting on the increase in prizes but the price of the tickets.”

Others, however, think it will not affect the amount of players in the long-term.

Mike Rayson, owner of Raysons Newsagents, Shaddongate, Carlisle, said: “It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Players have more chance of winning money, especially in the prize draw of £20,000.

“I think it will affect the amount bought initially, but I’m sure that they will have something big ready to mark the price rise. The EuroMillions ticket went up and no-one said anything about that.

“The bottom prize has gone up which is a big return. Hopefully more will go to good causes as well.”

Aside from the cash prizes, the National Lottery has raised more than £29bn for a range of good causes.

The Border Regiment Museum at Carlisle is among those which has benefited in the past.

It was granted £1.4m of Lottery funding in June to let them move into new premises.

Curator Stewart Eastwood said: “If it turns out people aren’t buying as many, and the funding pot does reduce, then it potentially could have a big impact and cause a problem for people applying.

“The demands on funding have increased in the last few years, but it hopefully won’t have an impact. Without the Heritage Lottery Fund our project wouldn’t have gone ahead.”

Camelot UK managing director Andy Duncan said: “Our players still love Lotto but after 18 years they say they want more from it.

“We’ve spoken extensively with them to develop a re-energised game and the changes we’ll be introducing in the autumn to rejuvenate Lotto will give them what they have asked for – £25 for matching three numbers, bigger jackpots, and a brand new way to play and win one of 50 prizes of a guaranteed £20,000 on each and every draw.”

Have your say

Already cancelled my direct debit out of principal. Will not buying another ticket.

Posted by Mark on 28 January 2013 at 13:25

I have done the National Lottery since day one, £10 every five weeks, so have spent around £676 in thirteen years.

I for one will find another Lottery when the prices go up as a matter of principal.


Posted by Andy on 26 January 2013 at 19:31

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