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Lottery Rollovers

A lottery rollover occurs when no one wins the jackpot in a draw. The funds that would have normally been awarded to the top-tier winner are instead added to the jackpot for the following game.

Why Do They Happen?

Rollovers help increase the size of a jackpot, as ticket sales and funds from the previous draw are added to the value of the top prize. As the advertised prize rises, more people tend to buy tickets as they hope for a huge win. Playing for the same amount week after week won’t create the same amount of excitement – or ticket sales – as a rapidly-growing jackpot.

How Many Times Can the Jackpot Rollover?

For EuroMillions, the jackpot can roll over until it reaches the value of €190 million. It can stay at that amount for four draws until it must be won in the following draw. If there are no winners in the fifth draw at the EuroMillions jackpot cap, the entire prize rolls down into the next winning tier.

Rollover Limit

Some lottery games have limits on the value the jackpot can reach, or the number of times it can rollover. When new rules come into effect on Lotto in November 2018, the existing £22 million jackpot cap will be replaced by a rollover limit, preventing the top prize from rolling more than five times in a row. The jackpot must be won in the fifth draw, and if no ticket matches all six main numbers, the money will be shared between players in other prize tiers. This rule was announced to ensure the jackpot would be won more regularly.


The longest Lotto rollover encompassed 15 draws – the jackpot rolled after the draw on Saturday 14th November 2015 in which one player won £4.3 million, and kept rolling until Saturday 9th January 2016. The jackpot, worth £66 million, was split by two ticket holders – David and Carol Martin of the Scottish Borders and an anonymous player from Worcester.

There is a tie for the longest EuroMillions rollover under the existing rules. The top prize rolled over 14 times before being won both in 2011 and 2012, reaching the predetermined jackpot cap in both instances. On 12th July 2011, Chris and Colin Weir from Ayrshire in Scotland won £161.6 million (€185 million), while Adrian and Gillian Bayford of Haverhill, Suffolk, won an amazing £148.6 million (€190 million) on 10th August 2012. The Bayfords won slightly more in Euro than the Weirs because, after the Scottish couple scooped the top prize, the jackpot cap was raised by €5 million to its current value.

What Do You Call Multiple Rollovers?

If a jackpot has rolled over two, three or even four times, it’s pretty easy to describe; you would refer to it as a double rollover, triple rollover or quadruple rollover. However, if the run of rollovers continues, you might be hard-pressed to think of an adjective that covers the ninth or even the 20th rollover of a game.

Keep in mind that the higher numbers (6 – 20) are not often used, and in this instance most lotteries will advertise that there has been a “6x rollover, a “10x rollover” or another number that accurately reflects how many rollovers there have been.