17 Jun 2009

Lotto may get bigger jackpot

10:01 pm on 17 June 2009

Despite calls to lower the cap for lotto prizes, the Lotteries Commission is looking at allowing a bigger jackpot.

Wednesday night's Big Wednesday draw, which hit a record $26 million, was not won, but cannot jackpot higher than $30 million.

The Problem Gambling Foundation says it wants the cap lowered because record jackpots tend to get people to gamble when they can barely afford it.

But Karen Jones, spokesperson for the Lotteries Commission, says the $30 million cap is reasonable compared with those in other countries.

Ms Jones says that in the event New Zealand Lotteries is invited to participate in a World Lottery, there will be talks to try to secure a lifting of the cap.