Bonfire Night Sees Explosive Rollover Jackpots

This weekend saw some whopping jackpots on the world’s most popular lotteries rollover yet again. The Euromillions rolled over on Friday 2nd November 2012 to generate an estimated top prize for Tuesday 6th November 2012 of £106 / €132 million and the US Powerball rolling over for the ninth time on 3rd November 2012 to create a midweek top prize of $143 million. Even the smaller but ever popular UK Lotto has rolled for the second time, giving an estimated jackpot for its draw on Wednesday 7th November 2012 of an impressive £8.8 million. But will these lotteries see any midweek winners?

Interestingly enough, although none of these lotteries saw a jackpot winner, most saw a generous helping of secondary prize tier winners. On the UK Lotto, a whopping 20 ticket holders matched five numbers plus the Bonus Ball to win £54,743 – which although still an excellent prize, is nowhere near the £391,219 won in the same tier the previous draw by two ticket holders. Also, the Euromillions saw an impressive 11 winners match five numbers and one Lucky Star to win £160.569 / €226,567 – again, a much smaller prize for that tier than often can be seen, with three European winners on 19th October 2012 scooped €655,940 by matching the same numbers. For the full results over the weekend, visit our Results Page.

These differences in prizes are due to the fact that these lotteries are pari-mutuel, which means that the prize divisions are made up of a percentage of the prize fund. For example, matching five numbers and one Lucky Star on the Euro-millions sees 4.8% of the overall prize fund dedicated to the winners. Obviously, the more prize winners the lower the individual prize, but that is the risk you take on the lotteries! For more information on the Euromillions prizes, see the Prizes page on

Written by Grace Mee

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