Change is in the air and it's not just the seasons – The UK National Lottery will be implementing its Rolldown draw prizes from Saturday 7th November. A Rolldown happens when the jackpot has rolled over so many times that the prize has to be won (Must Be Won draws). Therefore, for the first time in National Lottery history, players stand a chance to win £5 (R104) for matching two numbers in addition to their free Lucky Dip to play the next draw.
A Rolldown draw
Under Lotto rules when a Lotto has rolled over 5 consecutive times, the jackpot must be won in the sixth draw. This has not changed with the advent of the new Rolldown rule.
In Must Be Won draws, if there are no players who match all six numbers, the match 6 jackpot is rolled down and shared between all lower-tier cash prize winners. Therefore, players in the other tiers (Match 3, Match 4, Match 5) win larger prizes than usual. With the new changes, Match 2 players will be added to the Rolldown draw and winners in the Match 2 tier will receive a free Lucky Dip plus an extra £5 cash.
A spokesman from The National Lottery stated: “The Lotto Rolldown feature has proven popular with our players since it was added in November 2018, with millions of players benefiting from boosted prizes in these Rolldowns.
” “But we’re always looking at ways to make our games even better, and one thing that Match 2 winners were regularly telling us was that they wanted a share of the jackpot too.
“So, from Saturday, November 7, when we have a Rolldown, everyone could scoop a share. As well as their free Lucky Dip, Match 2 winners will win £5.
“This update to Lotto will mean that, on average, 1.1 million players matching two main numbers in a Lotto Rolldown will also experience the excitement of a boosted prize and share of the jackpot.”
Summary of the Rolldown draw
An enhancement has been made so that in the event of no one matching all six main numbers in a Lotto Must Be Won Draw:
- The jackpot will be used to pay all Match 2 prize winners in that draw a £5 cash prize in addition to their usual Lotto Lucky Dip.
- The remaining jackpot will be shared across all other cash prize tiers in line with the Lotto Game Procedures.
- This will mean ALL PRIZE TIERS from Match 2 to Match 5 plus the Bonus Ball can expect to receive a boost to their prize.
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