National Lottery debuts “bigger and better” Lotto
A revised number system and other new regulations and ways of playing are set to shake up the national lottery in its biggest revamp in 9 years
7 August 2015
The National Lottery today has announced a series of changes to the Lotto, purportedly to make it more exciting and engaging to players. These changes, which include adding two numbers to the current Lotto matrix, creating Lotto 6/47 (currently Lotto 6/45) will take effect for players in retail stores from Thursday 3rd September. The first Lotto draw under the new matrix will take place on Saturday 5th September 2015.
Under the changes, the prize structures across Lotto, Lotto Plus and Lotto 54321 have been significantly enhanced, with the odds of winning greatly improved from 1:42 to 1:29.
A €0.50c per line increase (the first such change in 9 years) will enable the National Lottery to offer more attractive jackpots for players and enable further investment in the Lottery’s development and enhancement. The new minimum play price of two lines will be set at €4. The restructured game will also include a new ‘RAFFLE’ feature on each Lotto Plus ticket. Winners of a Raffle prize will win €300.
New retail playslips will also be introduced in all retail outlets. A supply of the new Lotto 6/47 and Lotto 54321 playslips will be delivered to all Lottery agents a week in advance of the launch date. There will also be welcome changes at retail level in new software and point of sale displays.