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The UK National Lottery: UK National Lottery

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The UK National Lottery was launched in 1994 to give players the chance to win life changing prizes. Since then, several changes have been made to their flagship lottery game, including the addition of a Wednesday draw in February 1997 and the introduction of Lotto Raffle in October 2013. A new prize structure was introduced in November 2018 that increased the second prize to £ 1 million and limited the number of unconscious jackpots to five consecutive drawings. The Lotto Millionaire Raffle has been discontinued as part of these changes.

On Saturday 9 January 2016, two winning ticket holders broke a 20-year-old record by sharing a £ 66 million lottery jackpot, with each player receiving £ 33 million. Another huge win was awarded the following month when a single player landed £ 32.5million on Saturday 13th February 2016.

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Rules of the game

To play the lottery, choose six numbers between 1 and 59. You can buy a ticket at any licensed retail outlet in the UK, or you can play online and play your own numbers or opt for a lucky dip to get six randomly selected Get numbers. The goal is that your chosen numbers are those that will be drawn in the lottery and the more correct predictions you have, the greater your win.

For online ticket purchases, simply select the numbers you wish to play or select the lucky dip option. Once you have paid for your ticket (s), you will receive an email confirmation from the National Lottery containing important details about your ticket as well as the draw you entered. Your ticket will be automatically checked after the drawing and if you have won something you will receive an email stating “There is important news about your ticket”. For security reasons, this email does not disclose how much you have won, but instead asks you to log into your account for further details. Winnings up to £ 500 will be deposited into your online account instantly.

Check out the How to Claim a Prize page to find out more about how to claim UK National Lottery winnings.

UK Lotto odds and prize money

You can win something if only two numbers are correct, while the jackpot is won if all six numbers are correct. The starting jackpot varies depending on which day of the drawing it falls. It starts at £ 2m on a Wednesday and ends at £ 3.8m on a Saturday. If the numbers of two or more players match all six main numbers to win the jackpot, then the jackpot will be split equally among the winners, but if there are no jackpot winners the jackpot will carry over and increase for the next one Drawing.

Lotto has a total of six prize tiers. The table below shows the sums you can win, the numbers that need to be correct, and the odds:

Number of correct onesOdds of winningPrize money
6 correct1 : 45,057,474jackpot
Match 5 + Bonus Ball 1 : 7,509,579£ 1 million (estimated)
5 correct1 : 144,415£ 1,750 (estimated)
4 correct1 : 2,180£ 140 (estimated)
3 correct1 : 97£ 30 per winner
2 correct1 : 10.3Free lucky dip

'Rollovers', 'Rolldowns', and 'Must Be Won'

The jackpot can only be carried over for a maximum of five consecutive drawings before it has to be paid out. When it gets to this point, a "Forced Payout" draw will be held and the jackpot will be guaranteed to pay out even if no one has correctly predicted all six numbers. If there are no winners in the 6 correct class in a compulsory distribution drawing, there is a “jackpot split” and the money is distributed among all winners from the 2 correct class upwards.

When a split occurs, a certain percentage of the jackpot win is distributed to each winning class from 2 numbers correct to 5 numbers + bonus and then distributed among all winners in each tier. The table below shows what percentage of the money is allocated and roughly how much is added to the value of an individual win:

Winning combinationOriginal profitApportionment profit
Match 5 + Bonus Ball £ 1 million £ 1.2 million
5 correct1.750 £10.000 £
4 correct140 £500 £
3 correct30 £100 £
2 correctFree lucky dip5 £

Other British state lottery games

EuroMillions is one of the UK's favorite lottery games, but it's not the only major lottery on offer in the country. The games listed below are also enjoyed by many gamers every week.

Lotto HotPicks

HotPicks uses the same winning numbers as the main lottery draw, but it is treated as a separate game. It costs £ 1 a line and in order to play you must first decide how many numbers you want to play and predict correctly. For example, you can play a pick 1 game where you just pick one number and try to predict it correctly, to a pick 5 game where you have to pick five numbers and predict it correctly. You win nothing if you correctly predict fewer numbers than you pick, so if you play a game of pick-5, for example, you win nothing if you correctly predict four or fewer numbers.


Thunderball is another UK National Lottery game that takes place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and offers prizes of up to £ 500,000. The players must choose five main numbers between 1 and 39 and a Thunderball number from 1 to 14. Anyone who got all five numbers and the Thunderball correct wins the top prize of £ 500,000. In addition, there are eight other prize tiers on offer and you can be a winner just by correctly predicting the Thunderball.

Set for Life

Set For Life was the first annuity lottery ever played in England. Draws were held on Mondays and Thursdays. It costs just £ 1.50 per line and you can play by choosing five main numbers from 1 to 47 and a 'Life Ball' from 1 to 10.

The first two prizes will be paid out in the form of an annuity in which the winners will gradually receive the prize money over a period of time. The grand prize is £ 10,000 per month and will be paid out over a 30 year period for a grand total of £ 3.6 million. The second prize is £ 10,000 per month, redeemable for one year for a grand total of £ 120,000. The ratio of the odds of winning the main prize is 1: 15,339,390 and the total odds of winning is 1: 12.4.

Occasionally, the state lottery holds special "have-taken-out" draws called super chance draws. In a Super Chance drawing you can win € 10,000 a month for 30 years if the five main balls match - which increases the chance of winning the top prize 1: 1,533,939. Super Chance draws will be announced several weeks in advance of the drawing date and you can enter them in the same way as you would with a "Got Out Draw".