You’ve bought your UK Lotto ticket and decided what you’d spend the money on if you won big – and now you want to know the odds on actually winning a cash prize. The good news is that you have a very decent chance of bagging £25, the fixed sum for matching just 3 numbers.
Everyone dreams of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot, joining more than 3,000 lucky players who have become millionaires since the UK Lotto began. Each and every jackpot winner has overcome odds of one in 13,983,816 to win their prize.
Below is a table displaying the odds of winning a Lotto or Lotto Raffle prize:
UK Lotto Odds
|Numbers Matched||Odds Of Winning|
|6 main numbers||1 in 13,983,816|
|5 main numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 2,330,636|
|5 main numbers||1 in 55,492|
|4 main numbers||1 in 1,033|
|3 main numbers||1 in 57|
|Lotto Raffle (Wednesday)||1 in 170,000*|
|Lotto Raffle (Saturday)||1 in 330,000*|
*These odds are approximate based on average ticket sales
The one obvious way to improve your odds of winning is to simply buy more UK Lotto tickets for each draw. However, you can maximise your share of any prize money by minimising the chances that you have to share it with one or more other ticket holders who matched the same combination. All you have to do is pick at least one number over 31.
As many people use a combination of memorable dates to choose their numbers, such as birthdays and anniversaries, their choice of numbers is obviously limited to the number of days in the longest month – i.e. 31. Therefore, choosing at least one number higher than 31 dramatically increases the chances of you not having to share your prize if your numbers do come up!