The national lotteries latest con trick seems to be working a treat, after cynically moving the goalposts back in October they have at a stroke made it 3 times as hard to win the Lotto jackpot.
You now have to pick 6 correct numbers out of numbers 1 to 59, where as previously your choice was from numbers 1 to 49. Using a mixture of hype and smoke and mirrors, they increased the 3 numbers win to £25 from £10, but then lowered the higher tier prizes at the same time. Recently they added a £1million raffle but since the lotto is far more likely to roll over than be won they are obviously very much quids in, they also doubled the entry fee to £2, Genius!!
When the lottery was introduced 20 years ago, the jackpot was £8 million every week for a £1 stake, now a £2 stake barely gets you £2.5 million if no rollover occurs and its 3 times as hard to win.
They also moved the goalposts on the Euro lottery shortly after it was introduced, initially you chose 5 numbers from 1 to 50 and then 2 Lucky star numbers from 1 to 9.
Shortly after they decided to considerably lengthen the odds by then adding another 2 numbers to the lucky star choice so now you had to pick 2 lucky stars from numbers 1 to 11.
This little slight of hand con trick meant that the Euro lottery is now far more likely to roll over than be won.
I imagine that if they were allowed to run a casino, they would be looking to lengthen the odds on winning at roulette and hale it as a great new deal for the customers.