Camelot, the UK National Lottery organisers, have arranged an extra special Christmas on Wednesday the 25th of December by announcing a festive lottery jackpot prize of £15 million.
The UK National Lottery often offer something special for lucky lottery players over the Christmas holiday period and this year, they have included this generous prize as part of their 25th-year birthday celebrations.
The format will be a ‘Must Be Won’ prize draw on Christmas Day which means the prize money will be jacked up to £15 million no matter what the prize value was in the previous draw and it will need to be won by the end of play that day.
The ‘Must Be Won’ jackpot draws usually only happen after the fifth continuing rollover where the rules say that the jackpot money has to be handed to a winner.
These ‘Must Be Won’ draws are also used to celebrate certain special moments and milestones such as the ‘Birthday Jackpot’ that took place on the 23rd of November this year where the jackpot prize was worth £25 million.
If there is no winner whose tickets match all six main numbers within this special draw, a roll down happens where the prize money is shared between the next tiers down and so on. For example, if you match three numbers, the prize goes up from the standard £30 pay-out to around £100 or thereabouts and the other prizes go up in a similar way.
Roll down prizes will only be announced once the draw has taken place and the number of winners in each tier and tickets sold has been accounted for.
In previous Christmas draws, not many have occurred on a Wednesday or a Saturday. 2019 is the first year since 2013 that Christmas Day has occurred on either a Wednesday or Saturday and in the past, the UK National Lottery has always organised many a special lottery event over the Christmas holiday season.
Last years’ ‘Must Be Won’ jackpot draw with a £15 million cash prize happened on Saturday the 22nd of December where two ticket holders managed to match up all the winning numbers. They split the jackpot prize between them with a nice Christmas present of £7.5 million each so no roll down occurred. Over one and a half million other players also picked up various prizes.
The UK National Lottery dished out more prizes than normal in 2016 and 2017 with their ‘Lotto Raffle’ that was played alongside the usual Lotto game. The Lotto Raffle offered prizes of £20,000 or £1 million to punters who matched up an auto-generated raffle number on their actual Lotto ticket.
The Christmas holiday time seems to be quite a lucky time for big lottery wins.
Further to last year where the two winners split the jackpot prize between them, on the 27th of December 2017, a taxi driver won a fabulous £24 million lottery jackpot.
On New Year’s Eve 2016, another jackpot winner won a huge £26 million cash prize and the previous year to that in 2015, the winning numbers 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58 with a bonus number of 48, generated a massive £66 million record prize that was shared between two people. All the winners had a very happy Christmas!
Previous UK Lottery event draws:
Saturday 23rd November 2019
The most recent UK Lottery even draw took place on November 23rd, 2019 to celebrate the Lotto’s 25th birthday. The jackpot on offer was none other than a whopping £25 million in a guaranteed Must Be Won draw.
There were no 'Match 6' winners on the night, which meant that all lower cash prize tier winners won larger prizes than usual.
Saturday 24th August 2019
On Saturday 24 August 2019, the first-ever 'Double Prize Event' draw took place. Thanks to the internet lottery players from all over the world won double the usual prize amount.
Saturday 4th May 2019
In the draw that took place on Saturday 4 May 2019 players won £100 for matching three numbers instead of the usual prize of £30. The draw was held to celebrate the early May bank holiday and made 97,939 players £100 richer.
Saturday 23rd December 2017
Lotto offered an extra 200 prizes of £20,000 in its Lotto Christmas Raffle extravaganza. In addition to the 21 prize winners in every regular Lotto Millionaire Raffle draw, which included one winner of £1 million, there were a further 200 guaranteed winners, each of whom received a slice of a £5.4 million prize pool.
Lotto hosted special raffle events on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The draw on 24th December saw 200 additional second-tier Lotto Millionaire Raffle awards of £20,000 given away, while the 31st December draw offered 100 extra £20,000 prizes.
Saturday 27th August
To celebrate the number of gold, silver and bronze medals won by Team GB at the Rio Olympics, there were 27 extra £1 million prizes, 23 worth £100,000 and 17 of £50,000.
There were two Lotto Millionaire Raffle top prizes of £1 million offered in each draw, rather than the usual one.
9th April 2016
Ten millionaires were created in April 2016 making the beginning of the tenth series of Britain’s Got Talent, which was sponsored by Lotto.
10th October 2015
The first Lotto Millionaire Raffle draw saw the game distribute 25 top-tier prizes to mark the first Lotto draw under the new rules.
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