Lotto sales plunge to record low

Lottery sales for the main game plunged to a record low at the weekend, operator Camelot said.

Sales for Saturday night's Lotto draw were £38,419,826 - the worst since the National Lottery was launched in 1994.

Before this weekend the previous low for a Saturday draw was £38,501,959 on December 28 last year.

Camelot said the slump was expected as it launched alternative games in a bid to revive interest among the public.

Last November Camelot announced the National Lottery had had its worst six months of sales since its launch.

The figures showed one reason was falling interest in the main Lotto game, with sales down 10% from £1.9 billion to £1.7 billion.

The next set of six-monthly results are not expected until May.

Camelot says games such as Lotto HotPicks and Thunderball, introduced as part of a multi-million pound relaunch last April, were performing "above expectations."

A Camelot spokeswoman conceded that further falls in Lotto ticket sales could not be ruled out.

"We expect to see Lotto perform in a similar way as we introduce new games and offer players different opportunities to win different amounts of money," she said.