The Lotto is the main lottery game in the United Kingdom, and also one of the most popular. It is a 6 from 49 lottery, so players have to select six numbers and match all of them to win the jackpot. Smaller prizes are available for anyone who matches fewer numbers, all the way down to a £10 prize for matching just three numbers. This means that the overall odds of winning a Lotto prize are 1 in 54. When playing offline, Lotto selections are marked on a play slip and handed to a retailer who issues a ticket. When playing online, Lotto numbers are entered manually and a ‘virtual ticket’ is issued. In both cases, players can opt for a Lucky Dip entry which is a random selection of six numbers. You can find more details on How to Play Lotto here.
Lotto draws are held twice a week, every Wednesday and Saturday. The Lotto draws are usually televised live from Lottery HQ on the BBC, and complete Lotto Results are published on this site on our Lottery Results page, where you will also find results for the EuroMillions, Thunderball, and Lotto Plus 5 games. There's also a page dedicated to the Lotto game featuring the last five Lotto Results.How to Play Lotto Online (in the UK)
Playing the Lotto online in the UK is very straightforward – all you have to do is visit our Buy Lotto Tickets page, or use the link above, and follow the simple instructions provided, When you buy UK Lotto tickets online you will not receive a physical piece of paper but will instead be issued with an official receipt (which you can print out if you wish). This means it is impossible to “lose” your ticket – something that a surprising number of big winners have been unfortunate enough to do when playing offline. Another advantage of playing online is that you will automatically be notified should you win a prize.How to Play Lotto Online (Outside UK)
For those of you who don’t happen to live in the UK, playing the UK Lottery online is almost as simple, but you will need to purchase your tickets from a “lottery agent” that has been specially selected for its ease of use and reliability. Visit our Buy Tickets page, or use the link above, and select the Outside UK option to visit the agent in question.
You will need to purchase your UK Lotto tickets using a credit card or Neteller account, and if you win up to US$500, your prize will be credited back to you automatically using your chosen payment method. A scan of the Lotto ticket, bought on your behalf, will be sent to you.
If you agree with us that reading about the latest lottery jackpot winners, lottery developments and new game launches is almost as exciting as actually playing, you’ll love our Lottery News items. Breaking lotto news stories are published regularly, and not only do we tell you who won and how much, we also go out of our way to flag up big opportunities that you should look out for in the future. For example, we might tell you that the UK Lotto has rolled over so that you can make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to win a particularly large jackpot!
National Lotto Statistics
Lotto statistics are fascinating as well as potentially useful for players. By visiting our Stats page you can discover how many times the numbers 1 to 49 have been drawn ever since the Lotto game was launched. You can either use that information to quell your curiosity, or you can use it to help you pick your lotto selections for future draws. Players who select numbers that have been picked most often are said to play “hot numbers”, whilst those who select numbers that have been picked least often are said to play “cold numbers”. Playing hot or cold numbers won’t affect your chances of winning the lotto jackpot (the odds of this are always 1 in 13,983,816) but it can make selecting your winning numbers a more interesting and involving experience.
National Lotto – Key Facts
The National Lotto was launched in the UK in November 1994, and the basic idea was for the sale of lottery tickets to support a wide range of “Good Causes” as well as give players the chance of winning a life-changing amount of money for a modest outlay. Around 28% of money raised from Lotto ticket sales goes to good causes, and this has generated over £22 billion since the lottery was launched. Over the same period of time, more than £32 billion has been paid out to players in prizes, with 2,100 people having won £1 million or more. It is also interesting to note that 25% of national lotto jackpots have been won by lottery syndicates.