Lotto Millionaire Raffle
|The final Lotto Millionaire Raffle took place on 17th November 2018, so is no longer available to play alongside UK Lotto. This page is for informational purposes only.|
Lotto Millionaire Raffle began in October 2015 when it replaced Lotto Raffle. The game guaranteed at least one UK Lotto player won £1 million in every draw as well as awarding 20 additional ticket holders with £20,000. Entry to Lotto Raffle was included in the price of a UK Lotto ticket and players had to participate in both games; they could not be played separately.
For information on the main draw, you can visit the UK National Lottery page.
How Lotto Millionaire Raffle Worked
You received an automatically-generated Lotto Millionaire Raffle code for every line you played in the main Lotto game. The code consisted of a four-letter colour and an eight-digit number, for example: BLUE 1234 5678. There were twelve different colours that could be generated, although the random nature of the draw meant they might not have all appeared in the 21 winning codes. However, every single code had exactly the same chance of winning as any other.
This code was unique to you and was entered into the Lotto Millionaire Raffle draw along with everyone else’s. From all the codes created for UK Lotto players, one was randomly selected in each regular draw and was worth £1 million to its owner. A further 20 were then dispensed, which would win those ticket holders £20,000 each. Only codes generated by players who bought lines for that particular UK Lotto draw were entered into the game, meaning the prizes were guaranteed to be won on the night.
Lotto Millionaire Raffle Odds
Your odds of winning a Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize depended on the number of other people who played Lotto on the same night as you, as all codes had the same chance of being drawn. When there were fewer people playing UK Lotto, there was less competition for Lotto Millionaire Raffle prizes and that meant your chances of winning were more favourable.
Wednesday draws and those games with smaller advertised jackpots traditionally see lower ticket sales than Saturday draws or those following multiple rollovers, so you stood the best chance of winning a Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize on a Wednesday after the jackpot had been won on the previous Saturday.
Here is an estimate of what the Lotto Millionaire Raffle odds for winning a prize were, based on approximate average sales figures for draws in which the usual 21 awards are offered.
|Draw||Odds of Winning|
|Wednesday - Non-rollover draw (approximately 7.1 million UK Lotto lines played)||1 in 338,000|
|Saturday - Non-rollover draw (approximately 14.4 million UK Lotto lines played)||1 in 686,000|
It should be noted that these odds varied for draws with more than one prize of £1 million and those with multi-rollover UK Lotto jackpots.
Special Lotto Millionaire Raffle Draws
Occasionally there were special Lotto Millionaire Raffle draws in which more than one top prize of £1 million was offered. On Saturday 10th October 2015, to celebrate the launch of the game, there were 25 £1 million winners created in a single evening. A further five ticket holders received prizes of £1 million each in the draw on Saturday 26th December 2015.
Lotto Millionaire Raffle replaced Lotto Raffle, which had been running since October 2013. Lotto Raffle provided at least 50 guaranteed prizes of £20,000 in every UK Lotto draw and worked in a similar manner to Lotto Millionaire Raffle, with a code automatically generated for every UK Lotto line purchased.