Health Lottery cuts prize payouts
The Health Lottery have reduced payouts for players matching three or four balls.
The prize for correctly predicting four numbers has dropped from £500 to £250, while the reward for successfully guessing three balls is down from £50 to £20.
A Health Lottery spokesman said the change in the payout structure was necessary to accommodate the inclusion of additional prizes, namely a second chance to win feature which sees one extra player a week win £100,000, with prizes such as holidays, a car and shopping vouchers also up for grabs.
It is understood that under the old structure the Health Lottery were spending around 75% of ticket takings on payouts in weeks when particularly popular numbers were drawn.
The Health Lottery was launched in October 2011, offering a weekly jackpot of £100,000 to players matching five numbers between 1 and 50.
The chances of winning the jackpot are 1 in 2,118,760.