UK National Lottery

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As the UK National Lottery’s flagship game, UK Lotto has captured the hearts of millions of players. The game was launched in November 1994 and has undergone a few structural changes in the last two decades. A midweek Lotto draw was added in 1997 and the game changed its name to “Lotto” in 2002. The cost of a ticket increased from £1 to £2 in 2013, at the same time as the Lotto Raffle was introduced and Lotto Plus 5 game was removed.

In October 2015, the ball pool expanded to 59, a new prize tier was introduced for matching two main numbers and the supplementary Lotto Raffle draw became the Lotto Millionaire Raffle.

How to Play UK Lotto

Players pay £2 per ticket and select six numbers from 1 to 59. To win the jackpot, they must match the six main numbers drawn. A seventh number, known as the Bonus Ball, is drawn after the first six digits and boosts the value of prizes won in the second tier. UK Lotto draws are held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

Buy UK Lotto Tickets

You can buy UK Lotto tickets from an authorised retailer either in person or online. Buying your ticket online also has several distinct advantages. Your ticket can never be lost, stolen or damaged - instead, it is stored in a secure online system. Once the draw has taken place, you’ll receive any notifications about a win via email, meaning that you never miss out on a prize.

UK Lotto Odds and Prizes

There are six ways to win a Lotto prize, with rewards on offer for matching at least two main numbers. The jackpot is given away if any player matches all six main numbers, and rolls over to the next draw if nobody wins. Once the jackpot reaches £55 million, it can roll over one more time before it must be won in the following draw, otherwise the money will roll down to players in the next winning tier. The record jackpot stands at £66 million, after two ticket holders split the top prize of £66 million – the excess funds had accumulated due to increased ticket sales – in January 2016. 

Here are the estimated prizes available to UK Lotto players as well as their respective odds of winning:

Match Win Odds of Winning
Match 6 Jackpot 1 in 45,057,474
Match 5 + Bonus Ball Estimated £50,000 11 in 7,509,579
Match 5 Estimated £1,000 1 in 144,415
Match 4 Estimated £100 1 in 2,180
Match 3 Fixed prize of £25 1 in 97
Match 2 Free Lotto Lucky Dip Ticket 1 in 10.3
Overall odds of winning any Lotto prize are 1 in 9.3.

Overall odds of winning any Lotto prize are 1 in 9.3.

Lotto Millionaire Raffle

Originally known as Lotto Raffle, Lotto Millionaire Raffle was refreshed in October 2015 in an effort to create more Lotto millionaires and big prize winners. For more information, visit the Lotto Millionaire Raffle page.

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