Fertility treatment is often described as a postcode lottery, but now would-be parents can enter the real thing, as the world’s first IVF lottery launches in Britain on July 30.
Tickets for the controversial game will go on sale online later this month, costing £20 each, after the Gambling Commission granted a licence to fertility advice charity To Hatch.
The winner of the monthly jackpot will get £25,000 worth of fertility treatments at one of the country’s top clinics.
If standard IVF fails, the winner will be offered donor eggs, reproductive surgery or even a surrogate birth.
“We will offer struggling couples a completely tailor-made service. We hope the lottery can ease the burden on the NHS and reduce the stress slightly on some of those who are struggling,” said Camille Strachan from To Hatch.
The NHS came under fire last month after a damning report by MPs found that more than 70% of trusts do not offer the three cycles of IVF that women aged 23-39 are entitled to.
But the new lottery is not without its critics.
“Creation of human life should not be reduced to a public lottery. Instead of this, shouldn’t more be spent on research into fertility problems?” Josephine Quintavalle, of ethical dilemma group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, told the Daily Mail.