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Lotto Changes After Paying out Nearly £10 Billion in Jackpots

Lotto Changes After Paying out Nearly £10 Billion in Jackpots
Updated: Wednesday 14th October 2015

The Lotto ball pool had ten extra numbers added to it on Saturday 10th October 2015 for the first time since the game debuted on 19th November 1994. No one could match all six winning balls from 59 on the night to add their name to the list of 4,702 Lotto jackpot winners who, between them, have shared a staggering £9.9 billion in prizes over 21 years under the old matrix.

Infographic of Lotto 49 Ball Pool Summary

In all 2,065 draws made using the original 49 numbers, 23 was the ball that appeared the most often, showing up in the winning line 282 times. Of the original balls, 20 and, unlucky for some, 13 shared the dubious honour of having being drawn the least, each being dispensed on a total of 215 occasions.

The most common pairs of numbers to pop up in the draws were 33 & 40 and 35 & 39, which came out 45 times each.

The most successful combination of six numbers you could have picked from the 49, in terms of the number of big prizes won, was 3, 6, 13, 23, 27 and 49. Had you played it in every draw from the beginning, you would have picked up an award in the Match 5+1 prize tier, as well as a jackpot of £1.9 million on Wednesday 26th November 2008. You would also have matched four numbers on two occasions, in addition to receiving 41 prizes for matching three main balls.

Of course, you only need to hit a big jackpot once to set yourself up for life and Lotto has provided some massive paydays. In total, Lotto has created 3,142 jackpot millionaires since 1994 and the top jackpot of the 49 ball-era was £42 million, shared between three ticket holders on Saturday 6th January 1996. The largest award for a single ticket went to a syndicate of two business partners from St Leonards-on-Sea, who picked up £22.5 million on Saturday 10th June 1995. Under the new rules, there will be a jackpot cap of £50 million and longer odds of matching all six main numbers, so it is entirely possible that there could be a record-busting top prize pool turning up before long.

The largest number of jackpot winners in one year came in 1997, when 372 players banked an average of £3.3 million. However, the greatest number of jackpots won in a single year came in 1999, with players matching all six main numbers in a phenomenal 95 of the 104 draws. The most jackpot winners in a single draw was a remarkable 133, who each claimed £122,510 from a total of £16.2 million on Saturday 14th January 1995. A possible explanation for the very high number of jackpot winners on that occasion  could be  that all the numbers dispensed were from the central columns of the playslip, where players seem to prefer to make their marks.

Lotto Raffle was replaced by Lotto Millionaire Raffle on Saturday 10th October 2015, having distributed 16,300 prizes of £20,000 and 41 £1 million awards.

To find out more in depth information about the game, visit the Lottery Statistics page.

As Lotto enters its new era, there are ten more balls from which to choose and a promise of bigger rolling jackpots to go alongside a guaranteed £1 million Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize in every draw. Wednesday’s jackpot stands at £7.7 million and Lotto tickets are on sale now online and from authorised retailers across the UK.

Published: Monday 12th October 2015

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