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    National lottery con!

    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.
    Last edited by paultap; 31-12-2015 at 00:26.

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    How is it a con they tell you what they are going to do and you have a choice to do it or not
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

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    They certainly don't mention that after doubling the entry fee to 2,(and adding 10 more numbers) you now have to buy 3 tickets to have the same odds of winning the jackpot as before..... So you now have to spend 6 to get the same odds of winning the jackpot as what a 1 stake would have previously got you.

    Obviously you don't have to enter, but I bet most people are unaware of exactly how much less chance they now have of winning the jackpot!
    Last edited by paultap; 31-12-2015 at 00:20.

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    Dont buy a ticket then they only do it to make money

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    Amazing some people have only just realised, the only people driving a rolls Royce is the owners of Camelot.

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    Changes were all advertised many months in advance

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    Since the price was doubled, I buy half the number of tickets. When it was announced that the Wednesday draw would finance the London Olympics, I stopped buying tickets for Wednesday.

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    I think the chances of winning the lottery are shorter than being killed in a plane crash. I'll risk doing the lottery, but I won't get in an airplane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTO View Post
    .....Since the price was doubled, I buy half the number of tickets...
    That is exactly what I do.

    Quote Originally Posted by JTO View Post
    I think the chances of winning the lottery are shorter than being killed in a plane crash. I'll risk doing the lottery, but I won't get in an airplane.
    Well I've been in three plane crashes (two commercial, one I did myself) so the odds of me being in a fourth might still be less than winning the new lottery?

    I also read the lottery is a tax on stupidity - but it is also now uber boring because even the small prizes that tickle the interest are very few and far between.
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