National Lottery players have threatened to boycott the prize draw after Camelot changed its rules.
One furious player said it was "clearly a rip-off" and another quipped "We have more chance of nailing a blancmange to the ceiling (than winning)."
The backlash has come after organisers scrapped the Lotto Millionaire Raffle – which gave out a guaranteed £1million payout twice a week.
But now players will only be able to get their hands on the £1million if they match five balls plus the bonus ball.
Lotto chiefs say the changes mean there are bigger cash prizes in the main game, with the smallest win increasing from £25 to £30.
But Lotto fans are furious, branding the latest move an "absolute con."
Responding to the changes on a lottery forum in a post titled ‘Grabalot National Connery,’ Gerald wrote: "An absolute con now they have ruined the lottery added more numbers to Lotto which has decreased the chances of winning the main prize and the lower tiers are pathetic."
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Ian Papap wrote: "It used to be possible to at least win SOMETHING. It has got worse over the years but now it is ridiculous.
"With a standing order, the payouts never quite kept pace with the costs but in the last 6 months I haven’t won a penny. This is my last month of standing order as it’s clearly a rip-off. Bye."
And Graham Barnett wrote: "Lotto, Euro, Scratch Cards, Online Instant Win Games, all daylight robbery. We have more chance of nailing a blancmange to the ceiling."
In response to several tweets slamming the changes, the National Lottery apologised to players, writing: "The recent enhancements made to Lotto mean bigger cash prizes and more Jackpot winners!
"We’ve listened to feedback from people (players, non-players, retailers) and have, in turn, returned Lotto back to its roots.
"We want lots of people to play a little, rather than a few playing a lot, it’s our guiding principle.
"Around 60% of UK adults play our games and encouraging Responsible Play is at the heart of everything we do."
What National Lottery changes have been made?
If you match five balls plus the bonus ball you will now win £1,000,000. Matching five balls without the bonus ball will see players win £1,750, while four balls has a prize of £140.
Matching three balls will see players win £30, up from £25.
National Lottery has also changed the rules regarding rollovers. Under the old format the jackpot was capped at £22 million, at which point it was allowed to roll-over one final time.
Under the new rules it will only be allowed to roll-over five times before it has to be won.
If no player matches all six balls in the fifth and final rollover draw, the jackpot will "roll-down" and be split between all the players who have won cash prizes by matching three or more numbers.
To put this into context, it could mean you walk away with £100 for matching three main numbers instead of £30.
You could also win around £500 for matching four numbers as opposed to £140.
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Wednesday’s base jackpot will increase from an estimated £1.8 million to £2 million, and Saturday’s from £3.1 million to £3.8 million.
The maximum amount on a rollover will decrease, however, from £22 million currently to an estimated £11 million on a Wednesday and £12 million on a Saturday.
Base jackpots on Lotto will stand at £2m on a Wednesday, which is up from the previous figure of £1.8m, and £3.8m on a Saturday. This previous figure for the weekend draw stood at £3.1m.
Why have the rules changed?
Camelot chief executive Nigel Railton said: "It was clear from the review that we needed to create a more appealing and balanced range of games that offers something for everyone."
The review found that when Lotto changed in 2015 so gamblers pick six numbers from 59, compared to from 49 before, the game resembled its high-stakes sibling EuroMillions too closely because it became harder to win.
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