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|Number of matches||Prize|
|6 Main numbers||Jackpot *|
|5 Main numbers Plus the Bonus ball||£1,000,000|
|5 Main numbers||£1,750|
|4 Main numbers||£140|
|3 Main numbers||£30|
|2 Main numbers||Free Lucky Dip|
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If no one matches all 6 main numbers in a Must Be Won draw, the Jackpot will be shared by all cash winners , so they’ll win an even bigger prize.
For example, that could mean winning £100 for matching 3 main numbers instead of £30!
Estimated , Prizes are subject to prize capping. If the jackpot is not won in a Must Be Won draw, each winning prize tier will be allocated a percentage of the jackpot. More information about prize capping and Rolldowns are included in the Lotto Game Procedures
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What are the average jackpots, compared with the previous game?
Base jackpots on Lotto are £2 million on a Wednesday (up from £1.8 million previously) and £3.8 million on a Saturday (up from £3.1 million previously).
The jackpot grows as it rolls, and we expect Must-Be-Won draws to be around £11 million on a Wednesday and £12 million on a Saturday.
As the jackpot is now only allowed to roll five times under the new format (compared with the previous rules where it rolled up to £22 million), the jackpot will be won more often.
How does a Rolldown work?
If no one matches all 6 main numbers in a Must-Be-Won draw, the jackpot will no longer just go to a single prize tier as before (e.g. Match 5+Bonus).
Now, there are ‘Rolldowns’ where the jackpot is shared out through all of the winning cash prize tiers (Match 5+Bonus, Match 5, Match 4 and even Match 3), boosting each individual prize amount.
Each winning cash prize tier is allocated a set percentage of the jackpot and example prizes in a Rolldown are as follows (these are all estimated and will be based on the number of winners in each tier):
- Match 5+Bonus Ball – £1.2 million (compared with £1 million)
- Match 5 – £10,500 (compared with £1,750)
- Match 4 – £500 (compared with £140)
- Match 3 – £100 (compared with £30)
What are the odds?
The odds remain the same as they were previously, but the jackpot will be won more often because it is now only allowed to roll over five times (previously it rolled up to £22 million).
Why did you not change the price or number of balls?
Sales of the old £1, '6 from 49' game had been falling for a long time. As a result, so had the amount of money it was raising for Good Causes, which is ultimately what we’re here for.
Secondly, in 2015, we didn’t just add 10 extra balls – there were a number of other changes (for example, the ‘Millionaire Raffle’ and a free Lotto Lucky Dip® ticket for matching two main numbers). If we make a change to one part of the game, we have to consider the knock-on effects that would happen in other parts of the game. We need to look at the game in its entirety.
We’ve listened to what people (players, non-players and retailers) have told us and what they want from Lotto in the future – jackpots that will be won more often, with bigger cash prizes at the other levels. We believe that the improvements we’ve made will do just that.
Where has the money from the raffle gone?
All of the money has gone into the main draw.
We’ve listened to feedback and responded by taking Lotto back to its roots: focusing on the main draw and bigger, fixed prizes – so players will know exactly what they will win.
In addition, the jackpot will be won more often, the prize fund will be more fairly shared across all levels and we’ve added a new £1 million prize for matching 5+Bonus Ball (up from around £50,000 previously).
Have these changes impacted Lotto HotPicks?
There have been no changes to Lotto HotPicks prizes as a result of these changes – the new prize amounts apply to Lotto only.
The only change is that you can now only play Lotto HotPicks 4 weeks in advance.