Lotto problems as winning numbers lower prize fund

Lottery players with four numbers for Wednesday's draw will get just �15 - �10 less than those with three numbers.
Lottery players with four numbers for Wednesday's draw will get just �15 - �10 less than those with three numbers.
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Lottery players in the Capital have been left stunned after discovering they would get just £15 for matching four numbers - £10 less than the prize for matching just three.

The pay-out problem was created after almost 220,000 people matched three of the numbers in Wednesday night’s draw - earning them an automatic win of £25.

That meant more than £5.4 million was taken out of the prize fund of £7.5m - leaving those who had matched four numbers getting a lower payout.

And the 464 people ‘lucky’ enough to match 5 numbers - which players have a one in 55,400 chance of doing - would have been left stunned after getting a payout of just £105.

One local winner who was left flabbergasted after going to collect her winnings this morning said: “It’s just ridiculous. I don’t see how it can be right that you get less money for matching more numbers.”

The National Lottery previously posted an explanation on their website for the discrepancy saying: “As the Match 3 winners have to be paid first – due to the fact the these prizes are for a fixed amount – when there are more winners than usual it means there is less left in the pools fund, which can result in a lower jackpot and lower prizes for the other levels.

“However, when there are fewer Match 3 winners, it can result in a higher than estimated jackpot and increased prizes at the other levels.”