National Lottery announces big EuroMillions change from July – explained

National Lottery bosses have announced some huge changes to the game from July – and it means more money will go to the causes that need it most.

Camelot – which runs EuroMillions – is to make a sweeping change next month – just a year after announcing bigger prizes for winners.

Each time you play a National Lottery game you help the charity support a series of Good Cause projects.

The total amount of money delivered to these projects depends on a number of variable factors, including the proportion of ticket sales that is made available to pay out prizes before proceeds are passed on to the charities.

For every £2.50 EuroMillions line purchased, 85p is allocated to the UK Millionaire Maker game. A percentage of the total value of UK Millionaire Maker entries is then made available to pay the game’s prizes.

At present, 42% (of the 85p per £2.50 line that goes towards the UK Millionaire Maker game) goes towards the prize money, however from 14 July 2019, the percentage available to pay prizes for the UK Millionaire Maker game will fall to 30%.

This means less money will go towards the final pot – and more money into the Big Lotto Fund.

However, Camelot says it won't affect your chances of winning.

Millionaire Maker – how can I get involved?

Millionaire Maker is a supplementary game to the main EuroMillions draw, available for all UK-based ticket holders to enter at no extra cost.

A unique Millionaire Maker nine-digit code is added onto a ticket for each line purchased for the main draw, consisting of four letters and five numbers. These codes begin with the letter H, J, M, T, V, X or Z.

The odds of winning in UK Millionaire Maker tend to vary from draw to draw, based on how many tickets are sold for each game.

What does this mean to EuroMillions and UK Millionaire Maker players?

You will see no difference in either prize levels or the odds of winning a prize on either the main EuroMillions game or the UK Millionaire Maker game.

All other rules will stay the same.

For example, if you win a UK Millionaire Maker prize, you need to claim your prize within 180 days of the draw date.

If you do not claim in time, your prize, and the interest that has accumulated, will be allocated to the lottery’s Good Causes fund.

Will it affect the jackpot on offer?

The prize payout on the main EuroMillions game is staying at 50% of tickets sales, meaning there will be no effect on the huge EuroMillions jackpots on offer.

By slightly altering the proportion of ticket sales used to pay prizes in just the UK Millionaire Maker game, Camelot says it will be able to give more money to National Lottery supported Good Cause projects while maintaining the prizes available to be won by players at their current levels.

There will still be guaranteed millionaire prizes every Tuesday and Friday in the UK Millionaire Maker game, as well as events offering multiple £1 million prizes.

Have there been any other EuroMillions changes?

Every time you buy a EuroMillions ticket you’re automatically entered into the UK Millionaire Maker game. It’s another chance to win a prize when you play EuroMillions and creates guaranteed UK millionaires every week.

However on January 15, 2019, Camelot announced that the number of EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker prizes will change from two winners every draw to one winner every draw.

"This change enables more money to be allocated to EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker Event Draws and National Lottery Good Cause projects," an email read.

"Please note that all main game prizes remain the same."

What about changes to the main National Lottery?

National Lottery rules changed last November for millions of players.

Amendments to the game now mean you no longer have to match all six of the main numbers to bag the windfall.

Instead, there's now a fixed prize of £1m for players who match five balls, plus the bonus ball.

If you match five balls, but don't get a bonus ball, you win £1,750.

Roll-overs have also been extended to up to five times.

Under the old format the jackpot was capped at £22m, at which point it was allowed to roll-over one final time.

However, this can now happen up to five times, and if by the fifth time no-one has won, the cash will go to the lower tier prizes, boosting the rewards players get.

Meanwhile, matching three balls will see players win £30, up from £25.

Camelot chief executive Nigel Railton said: "It was clear from the review that we needed to create a more appealing and balanced range of games that offers something for everyone."

The review found that when Lotto changed in 2015 – so gamblers picked six numbers from 59, compared to from 49 before – the game resembled its high-stakes sibling EuroMillions too closely, because it became harder to win.

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