Beat EuroMillions ticket price hike with this clever trick

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The cost of playing EuroMillions will be hiked to £2.50 in September. Punters are furious, because to add insult to injury, at the same time, the lottery operators will introduce a new Lucky Star Number, which will make it even harder to win the jackpot.

The good news is that there is a cunning way to get around the price hike.

The price increase has been met with anger from players, who consider a 25% price hike overnight to be completely unreasonable.

The introduction of another Lucky Number (which means you have to pick from 1-12 rather than 1-11) also means that the likelihood of winning has dropped from 1:117 million to 1: 140 million. The Mirror has pointed out that Wayne Rooney is more likely to become the next Prime Minister than you are to win EuroMillions now.

Camelot - one of the ten operators behind the game - has pointed out that this will mean more larger jackpots - and more £1 million pounds prizes. The number of millionaires created by the game each year will double to 208.

What can you do?

You can get around the price rise by playing the game through It is freezing its price for EuroMillions at £2. Punters will still be able to pick their numbers for a chance to win the same jackpot: it's just that they'll pay 50p less for the privilege.

It can do this because instead of people playing the game direct, Lottoland lets them bet on the outcome. Players pick their winning numbers, and if they match the draw, they will win the same jackpot as the actual game.

As well as EuroMillions, it lets you choose from 28 other lotteries worldwide - including America's famous Powerball. Occasionally it will also offer specials - such as two EuroMillions bets for the price of one.

Camelot is keen to point out that there is a downside to taking this approach, because, as a spokesperson says: "You don't get any of the wider benefits that EuroMillions offers – the two guaranteed UK millionaires in every draw, the fantastic Mega Weeks at the end of every month, the pan-European raffle events and so on." They also add that by betting on the outcome instead, you're not supporting the National Lottery Good Causes. So you need to weigh up whether these things are worth an extra 50p to you.


Of course, it's worth pointing out that the odds of winning the jackpot remain incredibly distant, and that the vast majority of people will end up losing. With that in mind, there is always the option of simply not playing the game, and refusing to throw good money after bad.

The problem is that the game has become part of the national psychology now. People have a habit of playing, and many have regular numbers that they play each time, so they feel they cannot risk stopping now - in case they miss out on a prize.

The question is whether you would rather overcome your superstitions and save your money, freeze your outgoings with Lottoland, or take the price rise on the chin in the hope you will make your multi-million pound fortune. What will you do? Let us know in the comments.

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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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