15th March 2019, that’s the date a new game goes live. Three days later, the first draw will be made and the numbers released. Called National Lottery Set for Life, the top prize will pay out an amazing £10,000 every month for 30 years. It’s part of a radical overhaul of the UK’s largest and favourite lottery game. Dwindling sales have led to punters choosing other options and lost revenue. However, the changes, including this new game, could revitalise the major lottery. Organisers are hoping it will draw people back to playing every week with such an enticing set of prizes.
How Will the National Lottery Set for Life Work?
The premise is simple. Just like other National Lottery games, the player buys a ticket and selects numbers. Choose from 1-47 and then a “Life Ball”. The prizes for the National Lottery Set for Life game are as follows:
- Match just two numbers to win £5. Match two numbers plus the Life Ball to win £10
- Three numbers is £20, three plus Life Ball is £30
- Four numbers is £50, four plus Life Ball is £250
- Five numbers is £10,000 every month for one year, Five plus the Life Ball is the top prize of £10,000 every month for 30 years
You will be able to buy tickets for National Lottery Set for Life anywhere you buy your other tickets. This means over 45,000 retail outlets and also the website. How web players engage with ticket purchasing is also changing. Now, when Set for Life begins, you will be able to buy tickets for up to a month in advance.
There are a couple of caveats. Because this is a life payout game, winners will not be permitted to claim a lump sum. However, should a player pass away before the 30 years have expired, the estate will receive a lump sum. The prize is tax free and (at present) is a minimum of £10,000.