Lottery games often offer special draws that feature bumped-up jackpots, additional cash prizes or even non-cash prizes. Here's a look at the special event draws offered by some of the big UK lotteries:
Special Lotto draws are held from time to time to mark big occasions, and usually work by offering extra raffle prizes. There were multiple chances to win £1 million when the Lotto Millionaire Raffle was launched in October 2015, and again in August 2016 to mark the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, while festive draws have taken place in 2016 and 2017 to give ticket holders even more opportunities to win wonderful prizes.
To learn more about these big events and upcoming draws, go to the Special Lotto Events page.
To find out more about previous changes to Lotto visit the Lotto history page.
EuroMillions Superdraws tend to take place a few times a year and offer a guaranteed jackpot. The top prize can roll over until it reaches the cap of €190 million if it is not won.
To find out more information about previous and upcoming draws visit the EuroMillions Superdraw page.
An Event Draw is called to celebrate a special occasion, such as an anniversary or change to the game. They feature a boosted guaranteed jackpot which, if it is not won on the night, rolls down to be distributed between the ticket holders in the next winning prize tier.
UK Millionaire Maker
The Millionaire Maker usually creates two winners of £1 million in every draw. However, there are a number of occasions on which multiple prizes are awarded.
Mega Week is the name given to the last Tuesday and Friday EuroMillions draws of every month. In these draws, Millionaire Maker gives away a number of prizes of £1 million and a luxury experience, usually a five-star holiday. Visit our dedicated Mega Week page to learn more.
Millionaires Month happened in the lead up to Christmas 2011, creating 50 brand new millionaires over nine draws.
£1 Million Every Month for a Year intended to pay one lucky Millionaire Maker ticket holder £12 million over 12 monthly instalments. It was held on Friday 31st May 2013, but the winning ticket holder failed to claim their prize within 180 days, meaning that it was distributed to good causes.
Christmas Millionaire Maker tends to give away multiple prizes over the festive period. In 2015, Mega Friday turned into Mega Week as the EuroMillions draws on both Tuesday 22nd December and Friday 25th December offered five Millionaire Maker prizes each. The ten lucky winners each received £1 million as well as a luxurious chalet holiday in Sweden.
In 2014, the December Mega Friday draw fell on Boxing Day and offered ten prizes of £1 million as well as unforgettable trips to see the Northern Lights in Canada.
Second Chance Guaranteed Winner ran until the end of 2011 and meant that, if no one matched the winning numbers, one ticket's reference number was picked at random and that player would win the main prize.
The Christmas Million draw offered an additional chance for players to win prizes over the festive period, with one postcode winning over £1 million to share between ticket holders. Regular People's Postcode Lottery players were automatically eligible for participation in the special draw.