There are threats to boycott the National Lottery when its price increases from £1 to £2 starting on the October 5 draw. Accusations have come from diverse groups that the price increase is only meant to generate bigger profits for lottery operators Camelot. One of the more concerned groups is that of retirees who say they could no longer afford the pricier tickets. Opponents of the increase have hailed the Health Lottery’s decision to maintain their £1 pricing.
The National Lottery maintains that the increase is a response to lottery players’ need for more ways to win. Lottery officials also claim they will be paying out more prizes under the new scheme.
To further sweeten the entry of the new higher priced tickets, Camelot has announced the first two Saturday draws will both feature £10 million jackpots and guaranteed 1000 winners of £20,000 each.