UK Lotto - UK's National Lottery

To win the jackpot on the UK Lotto, you must select six matching numbers from 1-49. The draw itself chooses six main numbers and a seventh 'bonus ball', giving players who have five matching numbers an extra chance to increase their payout from around £1,500 ($2,300) to over £100,000 ($153,000).

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UK Lotto Payouts

The UK Lotto, originally called the National Lottery, and still referred to by many British players using that name, is classed as a 6/49 lottery with an estimated first prize of around £2,000,000 ($3,000,000), depending on how many players share the jackpot and if there is a rollover.

Your overall odds of winning any prize - from the six-number jackpot, down to the lowest-tier three-number £10 ($15) prize - are roughly 1 in 54, meaning most people who play one line each week should expect at least one or more wins over the course of a year.

The table below shows the odds of winning each prize level and also the estimated payout amount according to past draws.

Matches Estimated Prizes in UK Pounds Estimated Prizes in US$ Odds of Winning
6 (Jackpot) £2,000,000 (minimum) $3,000,000 1 in 13,983,816
5 + Bonus £100,000 $153,000 1 in 2,330,636
5 £1,500 $2,300 1 in 55,492
4 £62 $95 1 in 1,033
3 £10 $15 1 in 57

Itís worth noting that the prize amounts above are estimations. This is so because the amount that you can win when playing the UK Lotto varies for all prize levels except three-number prize which is the only fixed sum at £10 ($15). All others depend on the total number of winners. In the case of a jackpot payout, you could be the only winner and claim as much as £5,000,000 ($7,675,000) on a rollover draw, or you may have to share and receive less than £1,000,000 ($1,535,000).

Quick Guide to Playing

  • Buy Lotto tickets at UK licensed retailers or online.
  • Pick six numbers from 1Ė49.
  • Draws are held at 10.35 p.m. GMT (5:35 p.m ET) on Wednesday and at 8.45 p.m. GMT (3:45 p.m. ET) on Saturday.
  • Check for UK Lotto results at
  • Odds of winning a UK Lotto prize are 1 in 54.
  • Win jackpots of more than £2,000,000 ($3,000,000) that often rise to tens of millions.
  • Claim UK Lotto prizes within 180 days or miss out on your windfall.

Unlike the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots where rollovers are unlimited, if the UK Lotto jackpot hasnít been won after three consecutive draws the rollover jackpot will be shared amongst any player or players that match just five of the six main numbers in the fourth draw. So itís easy to see why the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots get so high!

The Lotto draws take place on Wednesday and Saturday night are televised on the BBC. The Saturday draw has been running since 1994, and remains the most popular option for many players - meaning the jackpot may be higher, but thereís a greater chance of having to share it with others.

UK Lotto Plus 5

Lotto Plus 5 runs alongside the main Lotto draw and is only available to players who opt in when buying tickets for the main Saturday or Wednesday Lotto draw.

Lotto Plus 5 draws take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays using the same set of numbers that you picked for the main Lotto draw. Itís a relatively easy process and for the sake of a few more lines you drastically improve your chances of winning as we explain below.

The prizes are fixed so if youíre in possession of a winning ticket youíll know exactly what youíve won as it draws from the same number pool as the main Lotto game. While the odds of winning anything in one draw are the same as Lotto at 1 in 54 if you enter all five draws the odds are slashed to a very reasonable 1 in 11 chance.

Matches Estimated Prizes in UK Pounds Estimated Prizes in US$ Odds of Winning
6 (Jackpot) £250,000 $383,500 1 in 13,983,816
5 + Bonus £25,000 $38,350 1 in 2,330,636
5 £250 $383 1 in 55,492
4 £25 $38 1 in 1,033
3 £2.50 $3.80 1 in 57

Lotto Plus 5 was introduced on Thursday February 10, 2011 for ticket purchases, with the first draw on Sunday February 13, 2011. The similar Daily Play game ended on May 6, 2011 making Plus 5 the only daily UK lottery draw.

UK Lotto History

The National Lottery launched in the UK in November 1994, with the first tickets going on sale on Monday November 14 of that year. The first ever draw took place on Saturday, November 19 in the same year. The winning numbers were 3, 5, 14, 22, 30, 44 with a bonus ball of 10 which resulted in a jackpot of £5,874,778 ($9,020,000) being shared amongst five lucky first-time winners.

In the years since, there have been several new games introduced, some of which have since been retired:

  • Thunderball was introduced in June 1999 and now offers a top prize of £500,000 ($770,000);
  • Daily Play ran until May 2011, but the daily draw itself was not televised;
  • Dream Number was introduced in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and helped to fund the Olympic Games.

Much to the annoyance of Virginís Richard Branson, a cosmetic change came in spring 2002 when Camelot were granted a renewal of their licence to operate the National Lottery.

Ticket sales - and therefore jackpots - had been in decline for some time at that point, and in order to combat this, the main game was rebranded as Lotto, the moniker it bears to present day.

In early 2013, the biggest overhaul to the main Lotto game since its 1994 launch was announced by Camelot, for introduction later in the year. The plans outlined an increase in ticket price, with the extra revenues funding increased prize levels - taking estimated jackpots to £5,000,000 ($7,670,000) and the lowest-tier prize to £25 ($38) for three matching numbers.

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