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Lotto Must Be Won Draws

Lotto Must Be Won draws are special events in which the jackpot can roll down if nobody matches all six main numbers. The jackpot is guaranteed to be given away, so prize amounts can be far larger than normal for hundreds of thousands of players at a time. Find out more about Lotto rolldowns and Must Be Won draws.

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Changes are Coming from November!

From 7th November 2020, Must Be Won draws will benefit even more players if the jackpot rolls down. Match just two numbers and you will also get an extra £5 cash prize in addition to your Lucky Dip. Find out more about the Match 2 changes.

Lotto Must Be Won Draw Results

To date, there have been 25 'Must Be Won' Lotto draws where the advertised jackpot amount was guaranteed to be won on the night, either by players matching all six numbers or by the funds rolling down across other cash prize tiers. You can see the details of all Must Be Won draws, starting with the most recent, below.

  • 1
  • 19
  • 35
  • 38
  • 54
  • 55
  • 45
Jackpot: £11,496,937

JACKPOT ROLLDOWN: All lower tier cash prizes are boosted.

Show Prizes
Match 3:
£118
  • Standard: £30
  • Plus: £88
Match 4:
£651
  • Standard: £140
  • Plus: £511
Match 5:
£12,887
  • Standard: £1,750
  • Plus: £11,137
Match 5+1:
£1,000,000
  • Standard: £1,000,000
  • NO WINNERS
Match 6:
£11,496,937 Rolled Down
  • 3
  • 11
  • 28
  • 36
  • 38
  • 47
  • 32
Jackpot: £20,000,000

JACKPOT ROLLDOWN: All lower tier cash prizes are boosted.

Show Prizes
Match 3:
£108
  • Standard: £30
  • Plus: £78
Match 4:
£525
  • Standard: £140
  • Plus: £385
Match 5:
£10,260
  • Standard: £1,750
  • Plus: £8,510
Match 5+1:
£1,200,000
  • Standard: £1,000,000
  • Plus: £200,000
Match 6:
£20,000,000 Rolled Down
  • 1
  • 20
  • 24
  • 32
  • 33
  • 42
  • 30
Jackpot: £11,499,676

JACKPOT ROLLDOWN: All lower tier cash prizes are boosted.

Show Prizes
Match 3:
£96
  • Standard: £30
  • Plus: £66
Match 4:
£508
  • Standard: £140
  • Plus: £368
Match 5:
£13,249
  • Standard: £1,750
  • Plus: £11,499
Match 5+1:
£1,172,495
  • Standard: £1,000,000
  • Plus: £172,495
Match 6:
£11,499,676 Rolled Down

View in Table Format
Date Match 6 Prize Match 5 + Bonus Prize Match 5 Prize Match 4 Prize Match 3 Prize
26/09/2020 £11,496,937
(Rolldown)
No Winners £12,887
(£1,750 + £11,137)
£651
(£140 + £511)
£118
(£30 + £88)
05/09/2020 £20,000,000
(Rolldown)
£1,200,000
(£1M + £200,000)
£10,260
(£1,750 + £8,510)
£525
(£140 + £385)
£108
(£30 + £78)
18/07/2020 £11,499,676
(Rolldown)
£1,172,495
(£1M + £172,495)
£13,249
(£1,750 + £11,499)
£508
(£140 + £368)
£96
(£30 + £66)
27/06/2020 £7,500,000
(2 Winners)
£1,000,000
£1,750
£140
£30
24/06/2020 £12,867,635
(Rolldown)
£1,386,029
(£1M + £386,029)
£15,061
(£1,750 + £13,311)
£840
(£140 + £700)
£155
(£30 + £125)
29/04/2020 £12,384,648
(Rolldown)
£1,371,539
(£1M + £371,539)
£12,677
(£1,750 + £10,927)
£667
(£140 + £527)
£126
(£30 + £96)
08/04/2020 £11,735,036
(Rolldown)
No Winners £14,294
(£1,750 + £12,544)
£589
(£140 + £449)
£121
(£30 + £91)
07/03/2020 £11,578,001
(Rolldown)
£1,115,780
(£1M + £115,780)
£11,534
(£1,750 + £9,784)
£476
(£140 + £336)
£93
(£30 + £63)
01/02/2020 £11,574,206
(Rolldown)
£1,173,613
(£1M + £173,613)
£10,887
(£1,750 + £9,137)
£576
(£140 + £436)
£109
(£30 + £79)
25/12/2019 £15,000,000
(Rolldown)
No Winners £15,630
(£1,750 + £13,880)
£628
(£140 + £488)
£116
(£30 + £86)
14/12/2019 £11,598,525
(Rolldown)
£1,347,955
(£1M + £347,955)
£7,963
(£1,750 + £6,213)
£413
(£140 + £273)
£85
(£30 + £55)
23/11/2019 £25,000,000
(Rolldown)
£1,187,500
(£1M + £187,500)
£18,054
(£1,750 + £16,304)
£863
(£140 + £723)
£157
(£30 + £127)
06/11/2019 £6,317,431
(2 Winners)
£1,000,000
£1,750
£140
£30
16/10/2019 £13,023,710
(Rolldown)
£1,390,711
(£1M + £390,711)
£13,959
(£1,750 + £12,209)
£583
(£140 + £443)
£117
(£30 + £87)
25/09/2019 £12,907,599
(Rolldown)
No Winners £18,777
(£1,750 + £17,027)
£769
(£140 + £629)
£139
(£30 + £109)
04/09/2019 £12,852,503
(Rolldown)
No Winners £15,256
(£1,750 + £13,506)
£710
(£140 + £570)
£133
(£30 + £103)
14/08/2019 £12,675,909
(Rolldown)
£1,190,138
(£1M + £190,138)
£15,331
(£1,750 + £13,581)
£636
(£140 + £496)
£125
(£30 + £95)
17/07/2019 £12,500,333
(Rolldown)
£1,375,009
(£1M + £375,009)
£14,045
(£1,750 + £12,295)
£609
(£140 + £469)
£128
(£30 + £98)
26/06/2019 £12,497,210
(Rolldown)
£1,374,916
(£1M + £374,916)
£7,144
(£1,750 + £5,394)
£419
(£140 + £279)
£96
(£30 + £66)
18/05/2019 £11,708,252
(Rolldown)
No Winners £12,425
(£1,750 + £10,675)
£473
(£140 + £333)
£90
(£30 + £60)
27/04/2019 £11,396,192
(Rolldown)
£1,170,942
(£1M + £170,942)
£13,745
(£1,750 + £11,995)
£609
(£140 + £469)
£109
(£30 + £79)
06/04/2019 £11,399,990
(1 Winners)
£1,000,000
£1,750
£140
£30
13/03/2019 £12,984,966
(Rolldown)
£1,194,774
(£1M + £194,774)
£14,116
(£1,750 + £12,366)
£701
(£140 + £561)
£133
(£30 + £103)
20/02/2019 £18,448,180
(Rolldown)
£1,276,722
(£1M + £276,722)
£14,620
(£1,750 + £12,870)
£791
(£140 + £651)
£153
(£30 + £123)
30/01/2019 £12,950,857
(Rolldown)
£1,388,525
(£1M + £388,525)
£19,820
(£1,750 + £18,070)
£724
(£140 + £584)
£138
(£30 + £108)
22/12/2018 £7,500,000
(2 Winners)
£1,000,000
£1,750
£140
£30

When do Must Be Won draws happen?

Must Be Won draws are held after the jackpot has rolled over five times in a row. In the subsequent draw, the top prize must be won and could roll down to be shared between other winners.

The National Lottery introduced this rollover limit in November 2018 as part of several changes to the prize structure and how the jackpot is capped. Where previously the jackpot could roll over until it hit £22 million, the updated rules were designed to ensure that the top prize was won more regularly, even if no tickets meet the usual winning criteria of matching all six numbers. Here’s how to work out when the next Must Be Won draw might be due:

Draw 1

The jackpot starts at £3.8 million on a Saturday or £2 million on a Wednesday. If nobody wins, the jackpot rolls over.

Draw 2

There is a double rollover if no one matches all six main numbers.

Draw 3

If there are no Match 6 winners, it is a triple rollover.

Draw 4

There is a quadruple rollover if there are still no players in the top Match 6 prize division.

Draw 5

The jackpot rolls over for a fifth time if there are no Match 6 winners.

Draw 6

The jackpot must be won.

Must Be Won draws can also be scheduled to mark key dates or special occasions such as Christmas. On such occasions the jackpot is increased to an advertised amount regardless of what it was worth in the previous draw.

Lotto Rolldowns

A rolldown is what happens to the jackpot if there are no Match 6 winners in a Must Be Won draw. The top prize is shared between every other winner from the Match 3 tier to the Match 5 + Bonus tier.

If you win a cash prize when a rolldown occurs, you are therefore guaranteed to receive a bigger payout than usual. A certain percentage of the jackpot prize money is allocated to each category from Match 3 to Match 5 + Bonus. The table below shows the percentage that is distributed to winners in each tier, as well as the estimated prize values for each category.

If anyone does match all six main numbers in a Must Be Won draw, they win the jackpot as normal and prize amounts in other categories remain the standard amount.

Numbers Matched Fixed Prize in a Regular Draw Percentage of Jackpot Fund Allocated Estimated Prize in a Rolldown Draw
5 + Bonus Ball £1 million 3% £1.2 million
5 £1,750 6% £10,500
4 £140 17% £500
3 £30 74% £100

History of the Rolldown and Jackpot Cap

Must Be Won draws have existed in Lotto since the game was launched in 1994, but the rules have changed over time. Previously, National Lottery roll down draws would see the jackpot money shared between only the next tier of prize winners.

The jackpot cap was £22 million before the new rules were announced. The top prize could then roll one more time after it had reached this mark, before it had to be won in the following draw. If no one matched all six main numbers, the money would be split between ticket holders in the next winning tier.

In the draw on 27th December 2017, for example, a player won £24.5 million by matching just five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball. This was because the jackpot had to be won, and there were no Match 6 winners. Had it not been for this participant, the money would have been split between everyone in the Match 5 tier.

Go to the Lotto Events page to find out more about how jackpot caps and rollover limits have been implemented, plus details of any upcoming special draws.