Wouldn’t it be great if you could win a lottery jackpot without having to correctly match all the required numbers? Well that’s just what is going to happen in the UK Lotto draw due to be held on Wednesday January 30.

That’s  been the case in the past but the new rules that were introduced last year have speeded up the process. It used to be ten rollovers that were allowed before a ‘Must-Be-Won’ draw is held.

Lower Jackpots

It’s a controversial move because it means the UK Lotto jackpot isn’t going to be getting too high. After previous changes, the top prize got as high as £66m but Wednesday’s draw only has a £12.9m jackpot on the line. All a bit puny compared to the £100m EuroMillions Superdraw on February 1 and the multi-million jackpots seen in the USA and Canada.

So how does a ‘Must-Be-Won’ draw work?  Well, if anyone is lucky enough to match the six main numbers, then it’s the same as any other UK Lotto draw. It’s when no ticket can get those numbers that it starts to get interesting.

If that is the case on Wednesday, the £12.9m jackpot will be distributed to the next four tiers. 3% goes to the second-tier where you need to match five of the main balls and the Bonus Ball. 6% is allocated to the third-tier for matching the five main balls and 17% to tier number four where to win you need to match four main balls. As for those who are only able to get three main balls, that tier sees 74% allocated.

German Success

A recent Lotto 6 aus 49 draw in Germany saw three players each win over €3n despite not matching all the numbers required. It’s a way to ensure the draw doesn’t go too long without a jackpot being won (as is the case with the SuperEnalotto draw) but wouldn’t players also like to win larger jackpots?

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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