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More Details Revealed About November’s Lotto Changes

Last Updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 15:03

In August, the National Lottery announced big changes to how Lotto Must Be Won draws will work, including a new £5 rolldown prize for Match 2 winners. Now more details have been revealed about the game update, which is due to come into effect on 7th November 2020.

The addition of the extra £5 rolldown prize for all Match 2 winners is the biggest shake-up to the game since the current Must Be Won rules were introduced in November 2018. The prize will be awarded on top of the free Lucky Dip that you currently win for matching two numbers in a rolldown.

The extra cash prize will also have a knock-on effect on the prize amounts in the other tiers when a Lotto rolldown occurs. Under the current rolldown rules, a certain percentage of the jackpot prize money is allocated to each of the other cash prize tiers, from Match 3 to Match 5 + Bonus. 

Under the new rules, the money needed to fund the fixed £5 Match 2 prize will first be deducted from the jackpot prize fund, and then the rest of the money will be split between the other prize tiers. 

This will mean that during a rolldown, the tiers that currently receive a share of a jackpot will be allocated less when the new rules are in effect. The good news is that an average of one million Match 2 winners will receive a £5 prize on top of the free Lucky Dip that they currently would win.

The table below shows how the jackpot is currently split between the other prize tiers in a rolldown, and how it will be split after November’s changes:

Prize tier Current allocation of jackpot New allocation of jackpot*
Match 5 + Bonus 3% 3%
Match 5 6% 5%
Match 4 17% 7%
Match 3 74% 85%

*From remaining funds after £5 prizes have been deducted

Individual prize amounts depend on how many winners there are in each prize tier and how much money there is in the jackpot prize fund when it’s allocated to other tiers. The National Lottery has stated that there are roughly one million Match 2 winners in a Must Be Won draw, so when a rolldown occurs under the new rules, around £5 million will be required to pay out the new fixed prize.

The only changes announced so far to Lotto concern Must Be Won draws and rolldowns, as described above. Other aspects of the game, such as the number of draws that the jackpot is allowed to roll over for, the ticket cost, and the numbers you choose from, will remain unaffected.

The National Lottery has planned to hold a special Lotto Must Be Won draw in November to celebrate the changes to the game. Details are yet to be confirmed, but it is likely that the jackpot will be boosted to a big value and will be guaranteed to be won on the night, just like the special Must Be Won draw that took place on Saturday 5th September. That draw resulted in a rolldown, which saw the £20 million jackpot split between winners in the other prize tiers.

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