Sneaky NLCB did a number on us
The National Lotteries Control Board recently made some "adjustments" to the Lotto jackpot game.
They increased the starting pot prize and also changed the numbers to pick from.
Instead of picking from 36 numbers, a Lotto player now picks from 35 along with the Powerball. Previously a $5 ticket would buy two sets of numbers.
Under this system the effective mathematical odds of winning were approximately one in 6.8 million. A $5 ticket now buys one set of numbers and using the current range of 35 numbers the odds are now approximately one in 11.3 million.
It is now almost twice as difficult to win and with our population size we can expect many weeks of no winners and more money in the coffers of the NLCB.
Cranking up the degree of difficulty in a covert manner should not be tolerated. It is akin to supermarkets raising their prices.