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Big Set for Life Changes Now In Effect

Last Updated: Tuesday 14 January 2020, 10:06 am

A number of changes have been introduced to Set for Life, adding ‘an exciting new dimension’ to the game, according to lottery officials. The new rules have seen an annuity prize brought in to Division 2, while there are set to be more winners in every draw. Here’s a summary of what has changed:

The changes took effect from draw number 1691 on Monday 23 March. It is the first major update to Set for Life since the game was launched in August 2015.

Number Changes

To play Set for Life previously, you had to select eight numbers from 1 to 37. Under the new rules, you are required to choose seven numbers from 1 to 44. Two supplementary balls are still drawn after the main numbers.

Matt Hart, spokesperson for lottery operator The Lott, said: “By tweaking the game matrix, the chances of winning any prize has increased from 1-in-59 to 1-in-50, while the chances of winning division one has also improved.”

With better odds of winning, both overall and Division 1, there are set to be more winners in every draw than was previously the case. The new odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 38,320,568, rather than 1 in 38,608,020.

Division 2 Annuity Prize

Hart also revealed that a major reason for the changes was that customer research showed how much players enjoyed the annuity aspect of Set for Life’s top prize, with winners paid out $20,000 a month for 20 years.

This annuity concept will now been expanded to Division 2. If you win in this category, you will receive a fixed prize of $5,000 every month for a year, adding up to a total payout of $60,000. This is guaranteed for up to four winners in every draw.

Previously, the prize for Division 2 was a one-off payment that was a percentage of the prize fund, so it varied from draw to draw, but was estimated to be around $7,670 on average.

Winning Combinations

There are still eight winning combinations under the new rules but the prize divisions have been adjusted due to the new game matrix. Under the previous setup, you had to match four main numbers plus at least one supplementary ball to win the minimum prize. You now only have to match three main numbers plus one supplementary number.

The cost per entry has increased by $0.05 to pay for the bigger prizes and increased number of winners.

Set for Life has created more than 50 Division 1 winners since it started in 2015, including 11 in 2019. It is played every day of the year and you can find the latest Set for Life Results after every draw.

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