The rules of the national lottery have changed – and now you do not need six numbers to win a million


It has become easier to become millionaires by playing the National Lottery.

After a rule change that takes effect today, you do not need to match six numbers and the bonus ball to become a millionaire.

Instead you can get a seven-figure sum that changes your life by matching five main numbers and the bonus ball.

In this way you will win a guaranteed £ 1,000,000 – double the old prize of £ 50,000.

Get all six numbers and the bonus ball will still win the multi-millionaire jackpot, which gets bigger as more people play.

Even the smallest possible win has become bigger, since matching three balls will now win you £ 30 instead of £ 25.

How the new prizes are divided
How the new prizes are divided

The rules for rollovers have also changed.

Now, the main jackpot can only run five times, before it has to be won by someone.

Previously, it may take 10 weeks to request the main prize.

All jackpots must be won after five weeks
All jackpots must be won after five weeks

The changes mean that the odds of winning will remain the same, but the first prize will be won much more often.

If you do not have a clear winner in the fifth week, the prize will now "roll down" with all the cash winners who collect an even bigger prize.

Why was it done?

The draw changes follow a wide-ranging review of how the lottery works.

Nigel Railton, CEO of the Camelot lottery organizer, said: "The review revealed that we had to create a more attractive and balanced range of games that offered something for everyone.

"In particular, we had to make our games draw from each other and give people the chance to play their own way – with prizes, chances to win and prices to suit different tastes.

"The portfolio updates we are announcing today will complement the other initiatives we are carrying out through retail and digital, as well as our ongoing work to make the National Lottery brand more relevant and visible – and will ensure that The National Lottery as a whole continues to be delivered for both players and good causes. "

What are the average jackpots?

Lotto base jackpots are £ 2 million on Wednesdays (from £ 1.8 million previously) and £ 3.8 million on Saturdays (compared to £ 3.1 million previously).

The jackpot grows as it approaches, with winning projects expected to be around £ 11 million on Wednesdays and £ 12 million on Saturdays.

Since the jackpot is now only allowed to roll five times with the new format (compared to the previous rules in which it has reached 22 million pounds), the jackpot will be won more often.

What about EuroMillions?

On EuroMillions, the main game prizes will remain exactly the same, but Camelot will perform more special draws where more than 1 million pounds sterling UK winners are created – and these will be bigger and better.

To help fund these larger and more frequent projects, Camelot will guarantee a UK millionaire in each draw instead of two.

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