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Lotto Jackpot Must Be Won As Superdraw Approaches

Lotto Jackpot Must Be Won As Superdraw Approaches
Updated: Tuesday 29th January 2019

A special week lies ahead for National Lottery players in the UK, with a ‘Must Be Won’ Lotto draw on Wednesday night followed by Friday’s EuroMillions Superdraw. Learn more about the two big upcoming events.

£12.9 Million Lotto Jackpot Will Be Won

The Lotto jackpot stands at £12.9 million following five consecutive rollovers since it was last won on 9th January. The top prize must now be given away in the next draw, under the rules that were introduced in November last year.

The changes were made to ensure the jackpot would be won more regularly, while they also provide players with a better chance of winning big prizes than regular draws. When a jackpot must be won, there can be a ‘rolldown’ if no ticket matches all six main numbers.

When a rolldown occurs, the jackpot money filters down through all the other prize tiers apart from the Match 2 category. If you match three numbers, for example, you could end up receiving around £100 instead of the usual fixed prize of £30. The exact payouts will depend on how many players win in each tier and how many tickets are sold for the draw.

This is the first time that the jackpot has rolled over five times in a row since the new rules came in. However, a ‘Must Be Won’ draw was held on 22nd December to celebrate Christmas and two players matched all the numbers to split the £15 million jackpot, so a rolldown was not required. It remains to be seen whether there will be a rolldown this time, but it is the perfect moment to play as the odds are the same as normal but the rewards could be greater.

EuroMillions Superdraw Offers £100 Million Jackpot

Even if you miss out in Wednesday’s big Lotto draw, you can look forward to a EuroMillions extravaganza on Friday night. This Superdraw was announced a few weeks ago, guaranteeing a jackpot of €120 million (set to be more than £100 million).

The top prize has climbed to £73 million ahead of Tuesday’s draw as a result of rollovers, but the jackpot for Friday will remain at its advertised amount whether or not anyone wins beforehand. The money comes from the Reserve Fund, which receives 4.8 percent of the prize fund in every draw, going up to 21 percent after there have been six rollovers in a row.

The Reserve Fund ensures that the minimum jackpot of €17 million can always be guaranteed, while it allows the nine participating countries to hold special events such as Superdraws throughout the year.

If there are no winning tickets in Friday’s Superdraw, the jackpot will roll over and an even larger amount will be put up for grabs next Tuesday.

How To Enter Lotto or EuroMillions

This week’s draws may be especially exciting but you can still enter in the same way as normal. You can play online or visit any authorised retailer, and you may even decide to mix up your usual approach by choosing a different set of numbers, selecting an extra line or joining a syndicate.

By playing in a group, you can own a share of multiple entries without being concerned about the costs. You can team up with friends or family, or even join an online syndicate where the organisational work is done on your behalf.

In a week where the jackpots are large and some of the prizes are guaranteed to be won, you could even allow yourself to dream of becoming the UK’s next big winner. Good luck!

Published: Tuesday 29th January 2019

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