Special Event Draws
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:
There was a special Lotto medal event held on Saturday 27th August to celebrate National Lottery contributions made to the Great Britain Olympic team. In addition to the usual single Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize of £1 million and 20 awards of £20,000, there were a further 27 £1 million prizes, 23 of £100,000 and 17 of £50,000 in honour of the number of gold, silver and bronze medals won in Rio 2016.
There was also a special draw to mark a number of Lotto changes made on Saturday 10th October 2015, with 25 Lotto Millionaire Raffle prizes of £1 million paid out to launch the new supplementary game.
To find out more about previous changes to Lotto visit the Lotto history 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.