UK Lotto FAQ
The UK Lotto is a lottery offered in Great Britain. Players have tickets consisting of 6 numbers, and a drawing is held in which 6 numbers are drawn. If a ticket issued during that drawing cycle matches all 6 numbers, that ticket wins the jackpot.
Once all 6 numbers have been drawn, a bonus ball is drawn, which gives players who matched 5 out of 6 numbers a chance to win more money.
To play the UK Lotto, you’ll need to buy a ticket. The ticket will consist of 6 numbers from 1 to 59, and you can potentially win cash prizes depending on how many of your numbers match. An additional chance to win money is offered via the Lotto Millionaire Raffle, a code printed onto the UK Lotto Ticket.
If you win the jackpot by matching all numbers, you’ll win the jackpot, which is variable from drawing to drawing. Additionally, you can win a number of cash prizes for partial matches.
The full prize structure is:
- Match all 6 Numbers – Jackpot
- Match 5 Numbers + Bonus Ball – £50,000* (estimated)
- Match 5 Numbers – £ 1,000 (estimated)
- Match 4 Numbers – £100 (estimated)
- Match 3 Numbers – £25 (fixed)
- Match 2 Numbers – Free Lotto Lucky Dip (fixed)
There is not a hard number figure guaranteed for the UK Lotto starting jackpot. Usually, jackpots starting from the beginning on Wednesday are around £2 million, and jackpots beginning on Saturday are around £4 million. But the exact values are dependent on ticket sales.
Also, if a jackpot rolls over, the jackpot amount will be considerably higher.
The UK Lotto will continue to roll over if no jackpot matching ticket is sold until it hits £22 million. At this point, it can roll over one final time. On the following draw, the jackpot must be won, and if nobody matches the full six numbers, the full amount of the jackpot prize pool will go to the next winning tier.
A UK Lotto Millionaire Raffle code is randomly generated for each ticket, consisting of four letters and eight numbers. On the night of a drawing, one of the codes is drawn, and the matching code’s ticket holder wins a £1 million prize, with an additional 20 codes drawn to create 20 £20,000 winners.
Every once in a while, there will be special drawings held, with more and larger prizes awarded via the Millionaire Raffle.
The UK Lotto is open to all British citizens who wish to buy a ticket, as well as any non-UK citizen who wishes to buy a ticket through an online concierge service. The concierge service will buy your ticket and send you a scan, and then process any winnings you might be due.
More information about ordering a UK Lotto ticket online can be found on the UK Lotto official site.
Residents of the UK 16 years old and older can play the UK Lotto. If you’re outside the UK, you’ll need to be 18 years or older to play.
The UK Lotto draw takes place each Wednesday and Saturday evening. Wednesday drawings are at 8 pm Greenwich Mean Time Zone, and Saturday drawings are 8:30 pm GMT.
Ticket sales for UK Lotto close at 7:30 pm GMT on the night of Wednesday or Saturday. After the drawing is completed, ticket sales for the next drawing begin.
A ticket for the UK Lotto is £2.
The odds of winning any of the various prizes in the UK Lotto are as follows:
- Matching all 6 Numbers – 1 in 45,057,474
- Matching 5 Numbers + Bonus Ball – 1 in 7,509,579
- Matching 5 Numbers – 1 in 144,415
- Matching 4 Numbers – 1 in 2,180
- Matching 3 Numbers – 1 in 97
- Matching 2 Numbers – 1 in 10.3
The deadline for claiming a UK Lotto prize is 180 days from the date of the drawing. After that point, any prizes not claimed are allocated to the UK National Lottery Good Causes Fund, which funds charitable projects across the UK.
For residents of the UK, UK Lotto winnings are tax free. However, if you’re not a resident of the UK, it’s possible that you will owe taxes on any UK Lotto winnings to your local government.
Consult with your local government to determine whether and how much taxes you owe on UK Lotto winnings.
The largest UK Lotto jackpot ever was a £66,070,646 jackpot, which came on a drawing held on January 9th, 2016. Two winning tickets were issued, and so two players split the jackpot, winning just over £33 million each.
A little more than one month later, on February 13th, a single ticket won £32.5 million.