There was mixed reaction yesterday to the news Lottery prices have doubled to £2 per ticket.
Lottery operator Camelot said the price rise is offset by other changes that mean customers now have “more ways to win more money”.
The price rise is the first since Lotto launched in 1994 and Camelot said it follows research into what consumers want.
In Wrights shop on the Dungannon Road in Portadown owner Andrew Wright said most customers were not impressed by the ticket price rise.
“From speaking to customers I found that not too many were impressed by the price going up,” he said. “But it doesn’t seem like it is going to put people off buying the tickets – they just won’t spend as much.”
Many of the Portadown shop’s customers were not expecting the price hike, Andrew added.
“It has come as a bit of a surprise to a lot of them. One man has now cancelled his direct debit and said he’ll just do it now when he wants to.”
Andrew also said Camelot’s assertion that more people now have a chance to win more prizes doesn’t seem to wash with customers either.
Elsewhere in Co Armagh lottery enthusiast Bernie McGrady was not put off by the price increase.
Although she said she did not think it was a good move by Camelot, the mother-of-three from Benburb added that she will spend the same money on tickets as she always has.
“I spend around £12 each week on the different draws and will keep doing that,” she said. “I want to win!”
The shop assistant at Emerson’s in Armagh city is also part of a 12-strong syndicate, but said they changed from the main draw to the cheaper Thunderball option last week when they heard the price was to increase.
“I want to have money and go and see a bit of the world and help my family out,” added the 56 year-old.
The average Saturday jackpot will increase from around £4.1 million to £5 million and the Wednesday jackpot will increase from an estimated £2.2 million to around £2.5 million, while a new Lotto raffle will guarantee at least 50 winners of £20,000 in each draw, Camelot added.
Camelot is holding two £10 million jackpot draws on Saturday and Wednesday to mark the launch of the new game.
The prize for matching three numbers rises from £10 to £25.
The prize for matching four numbers will increase from £60 to £100.
But the prize pot for matching five numbers will drop by £500 to £1,000, while the reward for matching five numbers and the bonus number will halve to £50,000.