The price of a ticket to play the National Lottery has been increased from £1 to £2, in order to fund bigger prizes and increasing philanthropic activity.
The cost of a ticket has been falling in real terms since its launch - if hikes had matched inflation a ticket would now cost a £1.67. At present six million people buy a ticket each week.
Now winners who match three numbers will receive £25 rather than £10, and those scoring four matching digits will get £100 instead of £60. But you'll receive less for matching more numbers - with five you'll be able to cash in a ticket for just £500 (from £1,000) and five with the bonus ball will net you £50,000 (from £100,000).
State controlled price increases such as those on tuition fees and government imposed costs on energy bills already account for much of the consumer price index - going some way to explaining why it is so far above target.