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UK Lotto Must Be Won | What is a Must be Won Draw?

A UK Lotto Must Be Won happens when the Lotto has rolled over five times. On the next draw, the jackpot must go! The Must Be Won draws were introduced following a rule change in November 2018.

Jackpot roll-downs mean bigger prizes for all

If somebody matches all six main numbers, they take home the jackpot as usual. However, if there is still no jackpot winner in the Must Be Won draw, a rolldown takes place.

A jackpot rolldown means that the top prize is shared between all cash winners. Whether you match three or five numbers, the cash prize will be bigger.


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How much can you win in a rolldown?

Each prize tier is allocated a percentage of the jackpot. 3% of the jackpot is shared between the Match 5 + Bonus tier, usually fixed at £1 million. 6% then goes to the Match 5 tier, usually worth £1,750.

The Match 4 tier shares 17%, and Match 3 is allocated 74%. Prize amounts vary depending on the number of winners. Each winner will, as a rule, get a bigger prize than a regular draw.

Must Be Won Rolldown Amounts

Numbers MatchedThe amount in a Regular DrawPercentage of Jackpot in a RolldownEstimated Prize with a Rolldown
5 + Bonus Ball£1 million3%£1.2 million

It has already made a big difference

The UK Lotto Must Be Won drawings began in November 2018. The aim was to ensure the jackpot is won more often.

Since then, Must Be Won drawings have taken place several times with plenty of rolldowns. Thanks to the new rules, lucky players took home bigger prizes.

UK Lotto Must Be Won Draws so far

DateJackpot AmountDid it rolldown?
Saturday 27 June 2020£7,500,000No - 2 winners
Wednesday 24 June 2020£12,867,635Yes
Wednesday 29 April 2020£12,384,648Yes
Wednesday 8 April 2020£11,735,036Yes
Saturday 7 March 2020£11,578,780Yes
Saturday 1 February 2020£11,574,206Yes
Saturday 25 December 2019£15,000,000Yes
Saturday 14 December 2019£11,598,525Yes
Wednesday 22 November 2019£25,000,000Yes
Wednesday 6 November 2019£12,634,862No – 2 winners
Wednesday 16 October 2019£13,023,710Yes
Wednesday 25 September 2019£12,907,599Yes
Wednesday 4 September 2019£12,852,503Yes
Wednesday 14 August 2019£12,675,909Yes
Wednesday 17 July 2019£12,500,333Yes
Wednesday 26 June 2019£12,497,210Yes
Saturday 18 May 2019£11,708,252Yes
Saturday 27 April 2019£11,396,192Yes
Saturday 6 April 2019£11,399,990No - 1 winner
Wednesday 13 March 2019£12,984,966Yes
Wednesday 20 February 2019£18,448,180Yes
Wednesday 30 January 2019£12,950,857Yes
Saturday 22 December 2018£12,950,857No - 2 Jackpot winners

More jackpot wins but the same odds of winnings

Prior to the new rules being introduced, there was a cap on the UK Lotto jackpot of £22 million. Before that, the largest UK Lotto win to date was in January 2016, when two winning tickets shared a jackpot worth £66 million.

The odds of winning the UK Lotto are still the same. To win the jackpot the odds are 1 in 45 million. To win any prize you have a 1 in 9.3 chance.

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