Lotto Changes Coming in November 2018
Lotto is changing from November 2018, bringing in fixed prizes for all non-jackpot tiers and introducing new Rolldown draws. The changes will lead to the jackpot being won more frequently and players winning bigger prizes in the lower tiers than are currently available.
The game matrix and price will not be changing, so you will still pick six numbers from 1-59 and tickets will still cost £2 each. The odds of winning will also stay the same.
Here is a brief overview of what will be changing:
- All non-jackpot prize tiers will be fixed (see table below for details).
- Bigger cash prizes in all non-jackpot tiers will replace the Lotto Raffle.
- Jackpots will be capped at 5 rollovers before rolling down.
- Jackpot Rolldowns will see the jackpot prize fund rolled down and shared across all cash prize winning tiers (all tiers except Match 2).
New Prize Structure
The table below shows the prize amounts for each tier under the current Lotto format against the new format due to come into effect later in the year. Tickets for the new Lotto will go on sale on Sunday 18th November, ahead of the first draw under the new rules on Wednesday 21st November.
Prizes for Match 3, Match 4, Match 5 and Match 5 + Bonus will become fixed amounts. In the current format, they are based on a percentage of the prize fund and are listed as estimated amounts. If you match two numbers you will still win a free Lucky Dip. The jackpot will continue to be estimated, but the base jackpot is set to go up to £2 million on a Wednesday, and £3.8 million on a Saturday.
|Prize tier||Current format||New format
(21st November onwards)
|Match 5 + Bonus||£50,000*||£1 Million|
|Match 2||Free Lucky Dip||Free Lucky Dip|
*Estimated prize amounts
Note: The Lotto Raffle draw will no longer take place. The money which currently goes towards raffle prizes will instead be used to fund the bigger fixed prizes in the main Lotto game.
New jackpot rules will be introduced to guarantee that the top prize will be won more regularly. The current format allows the jackpot to grow until it hits a cap of £22 million, then it can roll over one final time before it has to be won.
Under the new format, the top prize will only be able to roll over five times. The jackpot funds must be won in the fifth rollover draw.
If no players match all six numbers in the fifth rollover draw (known as a "Must Be Won" draw), the jackpot will roll down and be shared between all the players winning cash prizes. This will increase the value of any prizes won for matching three or more numbers.