Accumulations help increase the size of the jackpot, as ticket sales and funds from the previous draw add up to the value of the first prize. As the announced prize increases, more people tend to buy tickets in the hope of getting a big win. Playing for the same amount week after week won't generate the same excitement (or ticket sales) as a rapidly growing jackpot. If no one wins the Must Be Won draw, they will move on to the jackpot accumulation phase.
This is where the huge jackpot is divided between players who match two or more main numbers, with thousands lining up to secure big cash prizes. Participating in the National Lottery costs 2 pounds per ticket, 50 pence cheaper than the EuroMillions that are played internationally. There are six prize levels, which are awarded to players who match at least two of the six numbers drawn, and the prizes increase as more numbers are matched. A 1698 law established that lotteries in England were illegal by default unless specifically authorized by law.
Players who match three numbers receive an additional 15€, compared to the previous 10€ and an additional 40€ for matching 4 numbers. It was a complement to the main draw in which the player could select the same Lotto Extra numbers or a stroke of luck. The accumulations are no longer limited in number, but the size of the pot is limited; the limit is reached after about 14 accumulations. The current Lotto machines are the Smartplay Magnum II model, and the current Thunderball and Set For Life machines are the Smartplay Halogen II model.
The National Lottery promises a huge jackpot in this week's game with a huge quadruple accumulation on the table. Players chose six numbers out of 49 and there were no lower-level prizes, so a perfect combination was required.
The National Lotteryis a jackpot system in which most of the winnings go to the few players who choose all six numbers. With a jackpot of at least 2 million pounds on Wednesday and a jackpot of at least 3.8 million pounds on Saturday, the lowest amount that a maximum lottery accumulation can reach is 13.6 million pounds.
To win, players had to match at least five games, which resulted in a draw; this always won 5 pounds sterling. Three Dream Number machines, called Peridot, Tourmarine and Adventurine, were manufactured and were custom-made single-digit air mixing machines by Smartplay International Inc. The jackpot, valued at 66 million pounds, was divided between two ticket holders: David and Carol Martin from the Scottish Borders and an anonymous player from Worcester.