Lottery: – hasn't happened in 20 years

Sometime over Christmas, after winning NOK 25 on a pre-Christmas linen ticket, I was finally able to redeem the winning ticket.

The plan was to cash it in for a new one, hoping that the gains on the new piece would be much greater.

“I'm just taking a fresh breath,” I said to the lady behind the box.

-So I'm about to ask you for five kroner. It costs 30 NOK now. The price had gone up, she replied shortly.

I was so stunned where I stood that I muttered “Well, yes,” opened the card and paid the extra five kroner.

According to Anne-Marit Sletten, press contact at Norsk Tipping, this may indicate that the store in question sold a lot of “MillionFlax” on the eve of the year, because the change was only scheduled to take effect on January 1.

– But if the store sold out the old raffle series, they would have activated the raffle tickets at a new price already at Christmas, Sletten tells Dagbladet.

– Why is this happening now?

The price has not been adjusted since 2004, so there is no other explanation for the change except that the time has come. It has nothing to do with expensive time. “If you compare it to the general price increase over the last 20 years, it is likely to be much higher than our price adjustment,” she says.

The price adjustment applies only to “MillionFlax” tickets.

Increase the chance of winning

The fact that the ticket price goes up also means that the prizes you can win are larger. Instead of previously being able to win NOK 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500, you can now win NOK 30, 60, 120, 300 and 600.

So you can still redeem any prizes for new tickets.

– But the major prizes, such as the \$1 million main prize, remain unchanged, the press call explains.

Although you now have to pay an additional five kroner per lottery ticket, you can take solace in the fact that the probability of winning has increased slightly.

– The chance of winning is 1 in 3.2 compared to 1 in 3.49 previously. Sletten says this is because there are slightly fewer lottery tickets in each series.

And for those who now had to sit there wondering: I didn't win anything in the new, slightly more expensive lottery.