Matching five main lottery numbers usually means winning a substantial sum that can help you cross a few things off your bucket list, but National Lottery players recently found out that’s not always the case. Last Wednesday’s drawing produced around 4.000 Match 5 winners and they’ve all scooped a paltry £15 prize.
National Lottery works a little bit differently than American lotteries like Powerball and Mega Millions, where a Match 5 prize amounts to $1.000.000. Only the prizes for matching one, two or three main numbers are fixed, and after they are paid out the other prize tiers are allocated a certain percentage of the remaining prize pot. Matching four numbers gets 12.9%, five gets 2%, five plus the bonus ball gets 1.9% and the jackpot gets 83.2%. The amount of money must be shared equally by the number of winners in each prize tier.
When it comes to Match 5 prizes, there are approximately 60 winners in every draw and they usually end up taking home around £1.000 – but not last Wednesday! Over 4.000 people matched the five main numbers after the winning line 7, 14, 21, 35, 41, 42 with the bonus ball 43 was drawn. Camelot has blamed the unusually high number of winners on the “lucky number seven sequence”.
“It is a lottery at the end of the day, and the prizes people win are determined by the balls drawn and the number of people who match those numbers. As a result, extremely rare events like this do happen,” explained a Camelot spokesperson.
Logical or not, it wasn’t enough to stop winners’ outrage – some vented their annoyance online, while others went one step further after discovering they won less than those who matched three or four numbers. Michael Keenan from Cardiff called the police to report a theft, while Karen Porter from Nottingham described herself and other winners as “the unluckiest people in the world”.
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