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Lotto Jackpot Rolldowns

A jackpot rolldown occurs in a draw in which the top prize must be won but nobody matches all six numbers. When that happens, the prize money is split between other winners. Find out exactly how 'Must Be Won' draws and jackpot rolldowns work and how they benefit Lotto players.

Must Be Won Draws

Saturday 18th May was a 'Must Be Won' Draw!

The Lotto draw on Saturday 18th May was the sixth 'Must Be Won' draw of 2019! The advertised jackpot prior to the draw was £11.6 million, which rolled down to increase prizes for players who matched three, four or five numbers. View the results to see if you won a prize.

Camelot introduced updates to Lotto in November 2018, including changes to the prize structure and how the jackpot is capped. Where previously the jackpot could roll over until it hit £22 million, it can now only roll over for a maximum of five consecutive draws before a 'Must Be Won' draw is held. In a Must Be Won draw, the jackpot is guaranteed to be given away, even if no tickets meet the usual winning criteria of matching all six numbers.

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 ‘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.

If anyone matches all six main numbers in the Must Be Won draw, they win the jackpot as normal. If, however, no tickets match all six numbers, the prize money does will be distributed to other winners through a rolldown.

Previous 'Must Be Won' Draws

To date, there have been five '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 find the previous draws below, along with the prize amounts that were won in each tier:

Date Match 6 Prize Match 5 + Bonus Prize Match 5 Prize Match 4 Prize Match 3 Prize
18th May 2019 £11,708,252
(Rolldown)
No winner £12,425 £473 £90
27th April 2019 £11,396,192
(Rolldown)
£1,170,942 £13,745 £609 £109
6th April 2019 £11,399,990
(1 winner)
£1,000,000 £1,750 £140 £30
13th March 2019 £12,984,966
(Rolldown)
£1,194,774 £14,116 £701 £133
20th February 2019 £18,448,180
(Rolldown)
£1,276,722 £14,620 £791 £153
30th January 2019 £12,950,857
(Rolldown)
£1,388,525 £19,820 £724 £138
22nd December 2018 £7,500,000
(2 winners)
£1,000,000 £1,750 £140 £30

How the Rolldown Works

The rolldown only comes into effect if no player matches all six main numbers in the Must Be Won draw. In this scenario the top prize - which will usually be worth around £11 million or £12 million by this point - will be 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 larger amount than the standard fixed award. A certain percentage of the jackpot prize money will be allocated to each category from Match 3 to Match 5 + Bonus. The table below shows the percentage that will be distributed to winners in each tier, as well as the estimated values for each category.

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 jackpot did not previously roll down in the same way. The money for the top prize instead spilled down just to the next tier in which there were 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.

Camelot stated that the most recent rule changes introduced in November 2018 were designed to create more millionaires in every draw.