National Lottery: Two numbers could now win cash prize for millions under new rules

New National Lottery rules mean millions of Britons will win £5 for matching just two numbers.

It applies to so-called “Must Be Won” games – which are held after the jackpot rolls over five times.

In these games, if no one matches all six main numbers to win the jackpot outright, the cash is shared among lower-tier prize winners.

Now only two numbers will be enough for a prize.

It means around a million players per draw could collect £5 – in addition to a free lucky dip.

“We know an unexpected extra fiver – which could be spent on a box of chocolates, a book or magazine, or to treat a friend to a coffee – can really put a smile on someone’s face,” said Camelot’s Neil Brocklehurst.

The move will come into force from 7 November.

Other changes include three “Big September” draws, kicking off with a special £20m “Must Be Won” game on 5 September.

This will be closely followed by two EuroMillions draws – one guaranteeing 20 millionaires (18 September) and one with a boosted jackpot of more than £100m (25 September).

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