In light of what has been happening to some of the Olympic sports which are lottery funded I'm really not surprised that funding has been withdrawn. I reckon the lottery haven't got the money they used to have which is why they are now tightening their belts.
The National Lottery was at its best when it first started out in 1994. There was one drawer each week with jackpots being typically around the £7 million mark unless there was a rollover. Tickets cost £1 per line. So for a fiver, you could give yourself a pretty good chance of winning something.
A few months ago the National Lottery changed the whole format. They added an extra 10 balls and doubled the price of a line. What really makes me laugh is that they really truly believe they are doing all us punters a big favour.
I'd like to know exactly what we have gained by this radical new change in the lottery? The only advantage I can see is that rather than winning £10 for three numbers, you now win £25. Now that may be an advantage if you happen to get three numbers, but it's not always an advantage if you get four or five numbers.
It's a known fact that many people use birthdays and anniversaries for their numbers. This means that numbers are quite low. So when a draw takes place that includes mostly low numbers loads of people win the smaller prizes. So if you've got well over 1 million people getting three numbers and winning £25, these people take lion's share of the prize leaving not much for people who have matched more numbers. This happened to me a while back. I got four numbers which would normally pay anywhere between 60 and £125. However, because the numbers that week was common and lots of people were using them, my prize for four numbers was £25, exactly the same as the people who had got three numbers. If that wasn't bad enough, a few weeks later three numbers actually paid out more than the people who had matched four numbers. That is not how it's supposed to work. If you're a football team and score 4 goals to your opponent three goals then you win the game. Three numbers in the lottery should not ever be allowed to pay out more than four numbers.
There are now 59 balls in the draw which mean the odds of winning the jackpot have risen from 1 in 14 million up to I believe 1 in 49 million. You now get a free Lucky dip if you happen to get to numbers. There's also to £1 million raffle prizes in each draw. But that's the only thing that's changed, it certainly not made our chances of winning better, it's a damn sight lot harder to win the £25 now.
And have you noticed that jackpot prizes have dropped massively as well? The one thing they did promise was higher jackpots, they failed miserably. It's no wonder people are walking away from the lottery, £2 is a lot of money for one line. I had absolutely no qualms in buying five lines before the change. There's no way they are going to get £10 from me now. I can tell you right now that I don't spend anywhere near the amount of money I used on the National Lottery.
The National Lottery should go back to 1 Saturday draw per week. They should also revert back to the original £1 per line. If they did that then I reckon people would flood back to start playing again. But nobody likes getting ripped off, and that's what the National Lottery are doing to people nowadays with their new format.
And don't get me started on Euro Millions either :-)