Nigel Evans, Member of Parliament for the Ribble Valley, has spoken out over changes to the price of the National Lottery.
Camelot, which runs the operation, plan to raise the price of a ticket from £1 to £2.
Mr Evans said: “Notwithstanding the higher winnings, I do think that this is bad timing on Camelot’s part.
“Most people who play the National Lottery do so out of a sense of hope and what could be.
“Increasing the price by 100 per cent does seem very unfair especially at a time when people are struggling financially.
“Many people also play the same numbers week in week out and I worry that they would feel compelled to continue at double the cost.
“I understand that prices have not changed since 1994, but I see no compelling reason to change them now and I hope that they remain the same in the autumn.”