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Saturday Lotto Shortfall Shocker

Saturday Lotto Shortfall Shocker
Updated: Wednesday 9th April 2014

The estimated jackpot sizes issued by lottery organisers in the UK are just that – estimations – but by and large they tend to be accurate to within a few hundred thousand pounds. That wasn’t the case a couple of nights ago, however, because the Saturday Lotto jackpot fell quite a bit short of the £4 million that had been estimated, weighing in at a much lower £2,226,920. To make the situation even more bizarre, there were eight tickets that matched all six main numbers, and that gave each winner a jackpot prize of just £278,365.

The explanation for there being so many jackpot winners on Saturday is fairly straightforward – all of the numbers drawn were in the ‘days of the month’ range. The Lotto results for Saturday 12 January were 03, 07, 11, 12, 24 and 27, and the Bonus Ball number was 13. In that scenario, anyone who had focused exclusively on birthdays, anniversaries and so on when making their lottery selections would have had a better chance of landing a prize than those who had included one or more higher numbers.

As far as the jackpot shortfall itself was concerned, there was a huge number of £10 prize winners, and there wouldn't have been enough cash set aside to pay those prizes, so money had to be taken from the overall prize fund to compensate. This left less money available for the non-fixed prizes, which include the jackpot itself.

Although the Saturday Lotto game gave us something of a ‘shortfall shocker’, we should still congratulate the eight players who beat the odds to win themselves a share of the jackpot on offer. The total number of prizes won on Saturday was 911,749, so well done to everyone concerned and let’s hope that the estimated jackpot of £2.2 million for the next game this Wednesday lives up to expectations.

In other lottery news, the EuroMillions results on Friday 11 January were 04, 22, 29, 37 and 41, and the Lucky Stars were 04 and 07. One ticket purchased in France matched all of those numbers to land a double-rollover jackpot of £28,307,149, and five tickets won £246,070 each by matching five main numbers and one Lucky Star. The total number of prizes won was 2,817,102 and the biggest winner in the UK was the player who won £1 million by matching the Millionaire Raffle number LBG257565. 

There will now be a brand new jackpot that is guaranteed to be worth €15 million (around £12 million) in the EuroMillions game this Tuesday. Click here to buy your tickets online and if you don’t win the EuroMillions jackpot you just might become a millionaire anyway thanks to the Millionaire Raffle game!

Written by Tony Sharpe 

Published: Monday 14th January 2013

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