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Lottery Rollovers

A lottery rollover occurs when no one wins the jackpot in a draw. The funds that would have normally been awarded to the top-tier winner are instead added to the jackpot for the following game.

Why Do They Happen?

Rollovers help increase the size of a jackpot, as ticket sales and funds from the previous draw are added to the value of the top prize. As the advertised prize rises, more people tend to buy tickets as they hope for a huge win. Playing for the same amount week after week won’t create the same amount of excitement – or ticket sales – as a rapidly-growing jackpot.

How Many Times Can the Jackpot Roll Over?

For EuroMillions, the jackpot can roll over until it reaches the value of €210 million. It can stay at that amount for four draws until it must be won in the following draw. If there are no winners in the fifth draw at the EuroMillions jackpot cap, the entire prize rolls down into the next winning tier.

Lotto Rollover Limit

Lotto has a rollover limit rather than a jackpot cap, ensuring that the top prize is won on a regular basis. The jackpot is only permitted to roll over five times in a row and it must then be won in the next draw. If no ticket matches all six main numbers, the money is shared between players in other prize tiers. A jackpot cap had previously been in place in Lotto but officials wanted to keep the game exciting and different to EuroMillions so made the changes in November 2018.


The longest Lotto rollover encompassed 15 draws – the jackpot rolled after the draw on Saturday 14th November 2015 in which one player won £4.3 million, and kept rolling until Saturday 9th January 2016. The jackpot, worth £66 million, was split by two ticket holders – David and Carol Martin of the Scottish Borders and an anonymous player from Worcester.

The longest rollover for EuroMillions stands at 22 draws without a jackpot winner. Having been won by a Spanish ticket holder on Friday 19th July 2019, the EuroMillions jackpot reset to its minimum value and proved to be elusive until it climbed all the way to its jackpot cap – which was €190 million at the time. Eventually, one UK player won a prize worth ВЈ170 million on Tuesday 8th October. The winner decided to stay anonymous.

What Do You Call Multiple Rollovers?

If a jackpot has rolled over two, three or even four times, it’s pretty easy to describe; you would refer to it as a double rollover, triple rollover or quadruple rollover. However, if the run of rollovers continues, you might be hard-pressed to think of an adjective that covers the ninth or even the 20th rollover of a game.

  • 1 – single
  • 2 – double
  • 3 – triple (or treble)
  • 4 – quadruple
  • 5 – quintuple (or pentuple)
  • 6 – sextuple
  • 7 – septuple
  • 8 – octuple
  • 9 – nonuple
  • 10 – decuple
  • 11 – undecuple
  • 12 – duodecuple
  • 13 – tredecuple
  • 14 – quattuordecuple
  • 15 – quindecuple
  • 16 – sexdecuple
  • 17 – septendecuple
  • 18 – octodecuple
  • 19 – novemdecuple
  • 20 – vigintuple

Keep in mind that the higher numbers (6 – 20) are not often used, and in this instance most lotteries will advertise that there has been a “6x rollover, a “10x rollover” or another number that accurately reflects how many rollovers there have been.

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National Lottery punters fuming over jackpot rollovers with no winner for FIVE draws

Outraged players have set up a Facebook group called ‘Boycott the National Lottery’

  • 29 Sep 2017, 15:06
  • Updated : 29 Sep 2017, 15:46

LOTTERY players are fuming over a string of jackpot rollovers.

The main lotto prize has not been won in five draws, meaning ticket-buyers will tomorrow play for £14.4million.

It has angered Lotto players who have set up a Facebook group called ‘Boycott the National Lottery’.

Furious John Bowman wrote: “The odds are so absurdly weighted in their favour.

“Disgusting creeps trot out how lottery funds help so much.

“Well how have you benefited?

“People surely must abandon blind hope over reason. Once a mug is a mistake.

“A mug every week is plain stupid.”

Punter Michael Timmis wrote: “Just think, they have put more numbers on every game over the years – prices up but payouts disgusting.”

New rules, which came into force in October 2015, mean lotto bosses can continue to rollover the National Lottery jackpot for longer than before.

Previously, the rules also said that there could only be four rollovers before the pot was split up, whereas now it can keep growing until it reaches £22 million.

After this limit has been reached or exceeded, it can only roll over once more before it is won.

If no-one matches all six numbers in the next draw then the jackpot amount will roll down to the next prize tier.

At the time Camelot said that the chances of winning at least £1 million had improved and that the Lucky Dip tickets would create an extra 1.8 million winners each week.

But, independent statisticians argued that it is now a lot harder to win the big jackpot – with the chances of winning the biggest prize down to one in 45 million from one in 14 million.

Ticket-buyers will tomorrow play for £14.4million after a string of rollovers. It has angered Lotto punters who have set up a Facebook group called 'Boycott the National Lottery'. ]]>