National lottery ticket price to double

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  • Lamb 17 Jan 2013 02:15:24 619 posts
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    Defend that quote below, considering how hard it even is to do that.

    However, some prize payouts are being reduced. The reward for matching five numbers will drop by £500 to £1,000, while that for five numbers and the bonus number will halve to £50,000.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/16/national-lottery-ticket-price-double
  • Psychotext 17 Jan 2013 03:18:35 60,045 posts
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    Isn't it about time another company got a chance at this? How long was their contract for?
  • X201 17 Jan 2013 06:16:39 17,319 posts
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    To answer the OP

    The fact that they will increase the prize for 3 balls by 150%

    From £10 to £25

    And that they were asked to do it by the people they surveyed

    Edited by X201 at 06:19:25 17-01-2013
  • CosmicFuzz 17 Jan 2013 07:12:58 30,231 posts
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    Meh, it's all about the Euromillions
  • Trowel 17 Jan 2013 07:31:55 20,114 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Isn't it about time another company got a chance at this? How long was their contract for?
    What have Camelot done wrong? Their contact gets renewed without too much fuss each time it comes to renewal. Seem to remember there's never a realistic challenger anyway.
  • THFourteen 17 Jan 2013 08:03:15 40,393 posts
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    if its too expensive... DONT BUY A TICKET!
  • FWB 17 Jan 2013 08:23:35 51,859 posts
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    You can choose not to play. You did know that, right?

    And second Cosmic. I only play the Euros. I don't want some piddly 8m. I only go for the grand 125 mil prizes.
  • nickthegun 17 Jan 2013 08:32:57 67,093 posts
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    I think, after 15 odd years, a price rise isnt entirely unexpected
  • Murbs 17 Jan 2013 08:35:48 23,445 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    I think, after 15 odd years, a price rise isnt entirely unexpected
    Think it will have a big impact though - how many grannies do you see buying 10 lines at a time? Can't see them being able to keep it up poor things.
  • DaM 17 Jan 2013 09:55:03 15,615 posts
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    If they restricted the jackpot to 1 million, could they maybe make the smaller prizes more interesting?

    Plus I thought their contract/bid would say that they would use a % of the take as prize money - will this percentage stay the same, or are they just making more profit?
  • RyanDS 17 Jan 2013 09:59:45 11,196 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    If they restricted the jackpot to 1 million, could they maybe make the smaller prizes more interesting?

    Plus I thought their contract/bid would say that they would use a % of the take as prize money - will this percentage stay the same, or are they just making more profit?
    I really liked the Branson bid a while ago.

    Maximum £1 million top prize, and all the lower prizes would be much higher.
  • 4gate 17 Jan 2013 10:01:23 362 posts
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    Pornographer and Ch 5 / Daily Express / Health Lottery owner Richard Desmond will be loving this.
  • Humperfunk 17 Jan 2013 10:03:17 4,996 posts
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    They're doubling the idiot tax?! Outrageous!
  • nickthegun 17 Jan 2013 10:06:11 67,093 posts
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    Murbal wrote:
    nickthegun wrote:
    I think, after 15 odd years, a price rise isnt entirely unexpected
    Think it will have a big impact though - how many grannies do you see buying 10 lines at a time? Can't see them being able to keep it up poor things.
    That much is true. My old dear got herself into the situation that she had played the same lines for so long, she only kept playing because she knew her numbers off by heart so if they came up one week and she hadnít bought them, she would probably have done herself in.

    This would, obviously, have doubled her weekly spend up to a tenner.
  • Whizzo 17 Jan 2013 10:12:37 44,659 posts
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    Unfortunately I started playing the same numbers as well some years ago, I'm rather locked in now.

    All I can see happening is less people playing, raising the £10 prize to £25 isn't going to make people cough up more money, the probability of winning anything at all hasn't increased.
  • glaeken 17 Jan 2013 10:36:21 11,645 posts
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    I guess the real question is where is the extra money actually going? Is it all accounted for by the changes in prizes?
  • sport 17 Jan 2013 10:40:34 13,540 posts
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    pfffft, it's all about the POSTCODE LOTTERY!!!!!!!

    Edited by sport at 10:40:44 17-01-2013
  • quadfather 17 Jan 2013 10:57:47 20,356 posts
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    Reason
  • Psychotext 17 Jan 2013 11:43:22 60,045 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    What have Camelot done wrong? Their contact gets renewed without too much fuss each time it comes to renewal. Seem to remember there's never a realistic challenger anyway.
    Well... originally not giving nearly enough to charity vs virgin who were also going for the contract. I imagine not much has changed.
  • glaeken 17 Jan 2013 11:59:14 11,645 posts
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    I would rather see it government run and non-profit making really. Of course they would probably fuck it up and not be able to do it for a reasonable cost but still it would be nice in an ideal world.
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