The chances of you dying on the way to get your lottery tickets is greater than your chances of winning. The National Lottery will soon be harder to win than ever with an extra 10 balls to choose from, according to statisticians. Lotto players will have to select their winning numbers from a pool of 59 - up from 49 - from October. This means the chance of matching all six balls will decrease from one in 14million currently, to one in 45million. He calculated that the chance of matching all six numbers from 59 balls would increase to precisely one in 45,057,474.

The chances of winning at least ?1million will be better than the chances of winning the jackpot on the current game, with odds at one in just under 10million. The cost of playing will remain at ?2 a line, and other prizes such as ?25 for matching three numbers will also stay the same. Dr John Haigh, emeritus reader in mathematics at the University of Sussex, said: "I will continue not to buy tickets, but that's just me. Camelot chief executive Andy Duncan said: "Lotto has enjoyed two years of consecutive growth since we re-invigorated the game in 2013 and has already delivered over ?250 million more to Good Causes than if we had done nothing to change the game. This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice.

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