Five Share Midweek Lotto Jackpot
Five tickets matched all six main numbers to win the midweek Lotto jackpot on Wednesday 9 May, but unfortunately the jackpot itself failed to reach the official estimated value of around £2.2 million. The actual final value of the jackpot was £1,451,285, and so each of the five winning tickets won an equal share of that sum, which worked out to £290,257 each. Winning that kind of money for doing little more than buying a lottery ticket is of course worthy of celebration, but the prizes would have been even better if the jackpot had reached expectations.
The Lotto results that proved so popular on Wednesday 9 May were 02, 07, 08, 10, 22 and 23, and the Bonus Ball was 46. Having all of the main numbers fall into the ‘days of the month’ range of 01 to 31 always tends to increase the number of winners, so when you consider that Wednesday’s numbers fell into the even narrower range of 02 to 23, multiple jackpot-winners were almost inevitable.
Payouts were also fairly modest at the second-tier prize level, where 11 tickets matched five main numbers as well as the Bonus Ball to win £40,595 each. 699 tickets won £399 each by matching five main numbers only, and another 449,729 tickets matched either four or three main numbers to win £21 or £10 each, respectively.
Overall, we think that the combination of a weak jackpot and extremely popular results worked together to create this disappointing scenario, and the only consolation is that Saturday’s draw will – if you’ll pardon the pun – be a whole different ball game. The jackpot for the Lotto game on Saturday 12 May is expected to be worth around £4.2 million, so hopefully that estimate will be reached and prize values will bounce back to higher levels.
Of course, anyone who wants to try and win big money has a golden opportunity to do just that this Friday 11 May, when the EuroMillions game will give players the chance to land a triple-rollover jackpot worth around £35 million. Buy lottery tickets online if that sounds like your kind of money, and good luck!
Written by Tony SharpeThursday 10th May 2012
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