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The National Lottery has changed. Camelot introduced more numbers for people to pick from - all the way up to 59. This is designed to make it harder for anyone to win the jackpot - which means it will roll over more often, so that when people do win the jackpot, they get something life-changing. As a result, it's now so difficult to win that a number of bizarre things have become more likely than winning a lottery fortune.
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The changes

To take the sting out of fewer jackpot wins, each lottery will also have a raffle on the side that creates a millionaire in every draw - with another 20 prizes of £20,000. This means your odds of winning £1 million have increased. You will also get a free lucky dip ticket every time you match two numbers.

However, people remain unconvinced, and reactions on social media are overwhelmingly negative. One user tweeted: "National Lottery's new exciting features include, "Extra numbers to choose from." That's a lovely way of saying, "Less chance of winning."", while another added: "Fairly incredible that the National Lottery are spinning the line "Extra numbers to choose from" as a perceived benefit of their changes".

The odds

The odds of winning will change from roughly one in 14 million to 1 in 45 million. It means that a number of unusual things will suddenly become more likely than winning the lottery.

Being killed by your trousers
The Department of Trade and Industry figures reveal that your odds of dying in a trouser-related accident are 30 million to one - which is significantly more likely than winning the lottery.

Becoming a saint
The odds of becoming a saint have been calculated at 20 million to one - so you are more than twice as likely to be canonised as win the lottery.

Being killed by a bee
With odds of 25 million to one, you're far more likely to be killed by a stinging insect than winning the lottery

Being in the cabinet
The BBC has calculated that your odds of being selected to be a serving minister in the cabinet are one in 2.7 million - which is infinitely more likely than winning the lottery. In fact, becoming Prime Minister is only marginally less likely - at one in 62 million.

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Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
The sum was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity a secret.
One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.
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