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Monday 26th September 2016
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Bonus Ball

Lotto players are required to select six numbers from 1 to 59 and must match the six main numbers drawn on the night in order to win the jackpot, so why is a Bonus Ball also drawn and why donít you need to pick an extra number when buying your ticket?

The idea behind the Bonus Ball is to give players who have matched five of the six main numbers a chance to win an even better prize. As the Bonus Ball is drawn from the 53 numbers left in the machine after the six main numbers have come out, there is no need to select a seventh number on your ticket.

A game like EuroMillions works differently, as five main numbers are drawn from a pool of 50 and two Lucky Stars are drawn from a different pool between 1 and 11, so the same number could come out twice as both a main number and a Lucky Star. This is not possible in Lotto.

If you match five of the six main Lotto numbers and your final number is a match for the Bonus Ball, you will significantly increase the amount you win. For example, if you choose the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6:

Alternatively:

The odds of matching five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball (1 in 7,509,579) are much longer than just matching five main numbers (1 in 144,415), but winners in this tier regularly scoop prizes in excess of £50,000. Visit the Lotto page for more information on prizes and how to play.