GeoLotto is a rather unique lottery game that gives players five chances to win a top prize of £1,000,000 every day or the week, as well as plenty of consolation prizes worth up to £50,000 each. The name of the game is derived from the fact that players choose geographical positions (known as Geos) rather than numbers, and prizes are awarded to players who have their chosen Geos selected during the GeoLotto draw.
There are 59,251,500 Geos in the game, and each one represents a unique square on a master map of the UK, which gives it a specific geographical identity. This makes it possible for players to 'buy' any location in the UK that they want, which adds an element of fun to the game that number-based lotteries can't compete with. For example, you could buy the Geo that is associated with your place of birth, the place that you live in right now, or even the place you intend to move to if you are lucky enough to win one of the £1,000,000 prizes!
How to Win GeoLotto
One GeoLotto draw takes place every day, seven days a week, and players can participate in as few or as many draws as they want. Results are published just after midday, and each daily draw awards over 5.7 million prizes, as follows:
|Prize||Number of Winners|
Odds of winning any prize: 1 in 10
Odds of winning the jackpot: 1 in 11,850,300
Each Geo belongs to one of 14 geographical groups. When the first Geo is randomly selected to win one of the top prizes, the group it belongs to is designated the Guaranteed Prize Group. The remaining four top prize winners are also selected from this group, and then every other Geo in the group is awarded a consolation prize of £2. When all of that has been taken care of, the remaining consolation prizes are awarded.
Tips For Playing GeoLotto
It is important to note that each Geo can only be played by one participant at a time, so it is possible that your first choice of Geo has already been taken, in which case you will have to choose an alternative. Also note that, if you play a particular Geo for one draw but not the next, someone else could choose to play the Geo you have freed up. For this reason, many GeoLotto players enter their favourite Geo in every draw so that they don't risk missing out if and when it wins a prize.
Participating in every GeoLotto draw is made easy thanks to the ability to Pay as You Go, so if you want to do so you can pick your Geo, set up an on-going subscription and leave it running. Any prize of less than £500 will automatically be added to your online wallet, and if you win a prize of £500 or more you will be contacted so that you can make a formal claim. You must do this within 180 days, so the sooner you make your claim, the better.