For every £1 spent on the UK National Lottery...
- 45p is returned in prizes for that draw. See below.
- 28p is added to the National Lottery Distribution Fund.
- 12p goes to the Government in Lottery Tax.
- 5p is kept by the National Lottery Operator for running costs.
- 5p is kept by the retailer.
- 5p is reserved for future Superdraws and Instant Win scratchcard games.
How the Lottery Prizes are Worked Out
The total prize pool for each draw is 45% of the total cost of the tickets sold for that draw. This 45% figure is rounded down to the nearest 10p before further calculations on it are performed. All Match 3 prizes are fixed at £25 each and are subtracted from the total prize pool. The approximate allocation of the remaining money (the "Pools Fund") is as follows:
Match 6 (Jackpot) Prize Pool
52% of the Pools Fund plus any rollover from the previous draws un-won jackpot prize pool. An occasional Superdraw, funded from 5% of the ticket sales of previous lottery draws, will either top-up by adding a fixed amount or guarantee a minimum jackpot prize pool. If there is no jackpot winner, then the entire jackpot prize pool is "rolled over" to the next draw. This can happen a maximum of three times - if there is a fourth consecutive draw with no Match 6 winners, the jackpot prize pool is shared amongst the Match 5 plus Bonus Ball winners of the fourth draw or, if no winners in that prize tier, amongst the Match 5 winners of the fourth draw.
Match 5 + Bonus Ball Prize Pool
16% of the Pools Fund plus the fourth consecutive un-won jackpot prize pool as detailed above. If there are no Match 5 plus Bonus Ball winners and it's not the fourth consecutive un-won jackpot, the Match 5 plus Bonus Ball prize pool is added to the jackpot prize pool for the same draw.
Match 4 Prize Pool
22% of the Pools Fund plus the Match 5 Prize Pool if there are no Match 5 winners. If there are no Match 4 winners, the Match 4 Prize Pool is shared equally amongst the Match 3 winners in addition to their set £25 prize.