Increase in lotto price under fire
Camelot's plans to double the price of National Lottery tickets have been branded "cynical" by a top councillor.
Deputy mayor of Leicester Rory Palmer said the increase in the price of a standard ticket to £2 in the autumn "penalises ordinary people who enjoy a weekly flutter on the lotto".
He said it also "represents a step towards pushing people into debt and needs a serious rethink".
"It plays on the hopes and vulnerability of people, many on low incomes who see this as their big opportunity," Councillor Palmer said.
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"I accept that adults can choose whether or not they want to buy a ticket but lots of people are creatures of habit who play the same numbers each week.
"I have no problem with gambling in moderation and I play the lottery from time to time but I think Camelot has made a serious misjudgment on this."
Coun Palmer accepted the lottery raised large sums of cash for good causes but said he would prefer the draw to be run by a not-for-profit company.
Thomas Wilson, 72, of Leicester, said: "I will definitely stop. It's just too much and I don't have any luck.
Full-time mum Jenny Freeman, 34, of Loughborough, said: "I don't play the lottery and never have. I don't believe in gambling.
"I'm glad the cost has been raised. Hopefully, it will deter people from gambling their money away."
Camelot UK managing director Andy Duncan said: "Our players still love Lotto but after 18 years say they want more from it.
"We've spoken extensively with them to develop a re-energised game."
The Saturday jackpot will increase from about £4.1 million on average to £5 million and the Wednesday jackpot will increase.
A Camelot spokesman said: "Buying a National Lottery ticket is optional.
"Lotto remains the biggest game in our portfolio and is essential to the long-term health of the National Lottery and the money it generates for good causes.
"Our players raise more than £30 million each and every week for these good causes – money that is changing lives for the better for people and communities the length and breadth of the UK."