Second-Tier Prize Exceeds Jackpot Payout
The second-tier prize that was paid out in the Lotto game on Saturday 1 September exceeded the amount of money paid out to each jackpot winner. That was because there were five jackpot-winning tickets sharing a total prize pool of £4,841,360 (giving each jackpot winner a personal fortune of £968,272) but just one winning ticket receiving the whole second-tier prize pool of £1,489,649. It isn’t a situation that arises often, so it is very noticeable when it does, and the Lotto results that made it happen on Saturday were 15, 30, 36, 39, 41 and 49. The Bonus Ball was 02.
We don’t think that the jackpot winners will be too disappointed about the sums that were paid out on the first and second tiers, because each of the five players still picked up close to a million pounds each. That said, we do think that the second-tier winner will be feeling very glad that he or she matched five main numbers and the Bonus Ball rather than the six main numbers that everyone usually hopes for.
There were 331 winning tickets at the third-tier prize level and each of those won £2,812 each by matching five main numbers only. 17,931 tickets won £114 each by matching four main numbers only and 367,896 tickets matched three main numbers only to pick up the smallest possible prize of £10 each. Now that the jackpot has been won (five times over, no less) the next Lotto jackpot this Wednesday will be worth around £2.2 million.
In the EuroMillions game on Friday 31 August, no player matched the seven numbers required to win the jackpot. The EuroMillions results were 16, 28, 31, 33 and 48, and the Lucky Star numbers were 07 and 11. Three tickets (none of them purchased in the UK) matched all five main numbers and one Lucky Star to win a second-tier prize of €599,110 each and eight tickets (three purchased in the UK) won £53,860 each by matching the five main numbers only. There were more than 2.71 million prizes won in total, and one player in the UK won £1 million by matching the Millionaire Raffle number QHJ184396. The next EuroMillions jackpot this Tuesday will be worth around £27 million.
We congratulate all of the players who managed to win a lottery prize over the last few days, and we wish everyone the best of luck in winning big this week. Buy your lottery tickets here today and if you don’t win the EuroMillions double-rollover jackpot on Tuesday you just might land yourself the Lotto jackpot on Wednesday!
Written by Tony Sharpe
Monday 3rd September 2012
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