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All you need to know about Lotto

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Saturday nights changed forever when Lotto was introduced back in 1994. Since then, it’s become the nation’s favourite game – played by millions in towns and cities across the country. Today, it’s as popular as ever, with thousands winning prizes in every game. As far as lotteries go, Lotto is the real McCoy.

So how do you play?

Pick 6 numbers from 1–59 or go with a Lucky Dip ® for randomly selected numbers.

You can play up to 7 lines of numbers on each play slip and buy up to 10 slips at a time.

Choose to play on Wednesday or Saturday – or both, and then the number of weeks you’d like to play.

You’re good to go!

You can buy Lotto tickets online every day from 6am until 11pm. But remember, to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.

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Draw Days

Play every Wednesday and Saturday.

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Look out for those rolldowns

Lotto can only Rollover 5 times. The 5th Rollover is a Must Be Won draw.

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In a Lotto Must Be Won draw where no one wins the jackpot by matching 6 main numbers, there’s a Rolldown. This means the jackpot is shared by players matching 2 or more main numbers, so thousands can expect to win a boosted cash prize! [1]

Lotto Rolldown enhancements are effective from the 7th November draw. See more information on these changes. [1]If the jackpot is not won in a Must Be Won draw, match 2 winners will each receive £5 in addition to their Lotto Lucky Dip. The remaining jackpot will be allocated to all other winning prize tiers in set percentages. More information about Rolldowns are included in the Lotto Game Procedures

Different ways to check results

Check on the go

Use our App on your mobile to see if you’ve won. You can also scan paper tickets for instant results. Get it on Google Play or the App Store.

Here on the web

All results are published here on the website every Wednesday and Saturday from around 9.30pm.

Watch the draw live

Watch all Lotto draws first on our website or YouTube channel at 8pm every Wednesday and 7.45pm every Saturday.

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What are the average jackpots, compared with the previous game?

Base jackpots on Lotto are £2 million on a Wednesday (up from £1.8 million previously) and £3.8 million on a Saturday (up from £3.1 million previously).

The jackpot grows as it rolls, and we expect Must-Be-Won draws to be around £11 million on a Wednesday and £12 million on a Saturday.

As the jackpot is now only allowed to roll five times under the new format (compared with the previous rules where it rolled up to £22 million), the jackpot will be won more often.

How does a Rolldown work?

Lotto Rolldown enhancements are effective from the 7th November draw. Find out more.

Whenever there’s a Lotto Must Be Won draw and no one wins the jackpot by matching 6 main numbers, there’s a Rolldown. This means the jackpot is shared across other prize tiers where players match 2 or more main numbers, so thousands can expect to win a boosted cash prize.

Players matching 2 main numbers in a Rolldown will each receive a £5 cash prize in addition to their usual free Lucky Dip ® . The remaining jackpot prize fund will then be allocated (in set percentages) to the other winning prize tiers and shared amongst those winners.

For details of the Rolldown mechanic, see the Lotto Game Procedures.

What are the odds?

The odds remain the same as they were previously, but the jackpot will be won more often because it is now only allowed to roll over five times (previously it rolled up to £22 million).

Why did you not change the price or number of balls?

Sales of the old £1, ‘6 from 49’ game had been falling for a long time. As a result, so had the amount of money it was raising for Good Causes, which is ultimately what we’re here for.

Secondly, in 2015, we didn’t just add 10 extra balls – there were a number of other changes (for example, the ‘Millionaire Raffle’ and a free Lotto Lucky Dip® ticket for matching two main numbers). If we make a change to one part of the game, we have to consider the knock-on effects that would happen in other parts of the game. We need to look at the game in its entirety.

We’ve listened to what people (players, non-players and retailers) have told us and what they want from Lotto in the future – jackpots that will be won more often, with bigger cash prizes at the other levels. We believe that the improvements we’ve made will do just that.

Where has the money from the raffle gone?

All of the money has gone into the main draw.

We’ve listened to feedback and responded by taking Lotto back to its roots: focusing on the main draw and bigger, fixed prizes – so players will know exactly what they will win.

In addition, the jackpot will be won more often, the prize fund will be more fairly shared across all levels and we’ve added a new £1 million prize for matching 5+Bonus Ball (up from around £50,000 previously).

Have these changes impacted Lotto HotPicks?

There have been no changes to Lotto HotPicks prizes as a result of these changes – the new prize amounts apply to Lotto only.

The only change is that you can now only play Lotto HotPicks 4 weeks in advance.

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    UK Lotto FAQs

    Do you have questions about UK Lotto? This is the place to find out all of the answers that you need in order to enhance your playing experience.

    • When does the UK Lotto draw take place?
    • What time do UK Lotto ticket sales close?
    • How do you win a prize on UK Lotto?
    • Can I play the UK Lotto if I do not reside in the UK?
    • If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?
    • How old do I have to be to play UK Lotto?
    • Are winnings on UK Lotto taxable?
    • What are the odds of winning UK Lotto jackpot?
    • What are the odds of winning a prize on UK Lotto?
    • Does UK Lotto have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?
    • Does UK Lotto have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
    • What is the largest jackpot won on UK Lotto?
    • What is the Lotto Millionaire Raffle?
    • When is the next UK Lotto draw?
    • What does the UK Lotto jackpot currently stand at?
    • How much does it cost to buy a UK Lotto ticket?

    Question: When does the UK Lotto draw take place?

    Answer: The UK Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday evening. Wednesday draws are scheduled for 8pm and Saturday draws for 8.30pm, with a full breakdown of results and prizes available soon after the draw is completed.

    Question: What time do UK Lotto ticket sales close?

    Answer: Sales for UK Lotto tickets close at 7:30pm GMT on the night of the draw. Ticket sales will re-open for the next draw later that evening.

    Question: How do you win a prize on UK Lotto?

    Answer: UK Lotto has six prize tiers, ranging from a fixed Lotto Lucky Dip ticket awarded for matching two main numbers up to the multimillion-pound jackpot for matching all six main numbers. Players who match five main numbers can increase the value of their prize by also matching the Bonus Ball. There is a full list of the UK Lotto prize tiers and your chances of winning in each one on the UK Lotto Prizes page.

    Question: Can I play UK Lotto if I do not reside in the UK?

    Answer: You can play UK Lotto from wherever you are in the world courtesy of an online ticket concierge service. They will purchase your ticket, send you a scan of it and process any winnings that you are due before transferring them to you. Have a look at the Lotto Tickets page for more information on playing UK Lotto.

    Question: If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?

    Answer: The cut off point for claiming UK Lotto prizes is 180 days from the date of the draw. Any winnings not claimed by that point will be allocated to the UK National Lottery Good Causes Fund, which helps fund charitable projects across the country.

    If you purchase your ticket online, you will be notified after the draw if you are due a prize, meaning that you won’t miss out on a big win.

    Question: How old do I have to be to play UK Lotto?

    Answer: Players within the UK can purchase tickets from the age of 16 but, if you’re buying online from elsewhere, you must be 18 or over in order to take part in UK Lotto.

    Question: Are winnings on UK Lotto taxable?

    Answer: Players within the UK will not be taxed on their winnings, but online players from elsewhere may be liable for taxes in their home country. It is best to check with your local tax authority to find out whether or not you owe any taxes on your windfall.

    Question:What are the odds of winning UK Lotto jackpot?

    Answer: The odds of matching six main numbers are 1 in 45,057,474.

    Question: What are the odds of winning a prize on UK Lotto?

    Answer: You have a 1 in 9.3 chance of winning a prize on UK Lotto. The UK Lotto Prizes page offers a rundown on the different prize tiers and your chances of winning in each.

    Question: Does UK Lotto have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

    Answer: The starting jackpot for Wednesday draws is a minimum of £2 million, and £3.8 million for Saturday draws. They may be higher than this if there are sufficient ticket sales.

    Question: Does UK Lotto have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

    Answer: The Lotto jackpot can roll over for a maximum of five consecutive draws. After that, a ‘Must Be Won’ draw is held, in which the prize money is guaranteed to be given away. If no one matches all six numbers to win the jackpot in a Must Be Won draw, the money is shared between winners in all categories from Match 3 to Match 5 + Bonus Ball.

    Question: What is the largest jackpot won on UK Lotto?

    Answer: On 9th January 2016, two tickets shared a jackpot of £66,070,646, which broke the record for the biggest top prize ever given away on UK Lotto.

    Question: What is the Lotto Millionaire Raffle?

    Answer: The Millionaire Raffle was discontinued in November 2018 so is no longer available to play. It replaced Lotto Raffle in October 2015 and allowed ticket holders to win one of 20 prizes of £20,000, or even the top tier award of £1 million, by matching the code that was automatically generated on their UK Lotto ticket with one of those drawn on the night.

    Question: When is the next UK Lotto draw?

    Answer: Wednesday 25th November 2020 .

    Question: What does the UK Lotto jackpot currently stand at?

    Answer: The next UK Lotto jackpot is £9,100,000

    Question: How much does it cost to buy a UK Lotto ticket?

    Answer: A single ticket costs £2. Please note that a small handling fee will also be required if you buy your ticket through an online concierge service.

    Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the UK Lotto, such as the draw time, how to win a prize and the rollover limit.