Lotto launched in 1994 as the National Lottery and has been going strong ever since. Take a look at the Lotto timeline below to find out about previous changes to Lotto since the first draw in November 1994.
Previous Changes to Lotto
The first ever Lotto draw, known as The National Lottery at the time, is held.
Business partners Mark Gardiner and Paul Maddison from St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex win the biggest ever Lotto prize on a single ticket when they claim £22.5 million.
The biggest ever Lotto jackpot of £42 million is shared by three anonymous ticket holders who each won £14 million.
A Wednesday Lotto draw is introduced.
First draw following the name change from the National Lottery to Lotto.
Lotto Rollover limit was increased from three to four, meaning that even bigger prizes could be offered.
Lotto Superdraw jackpot of £10 million shared by four players.
First ever Lotto quadruple rollover saw a jackpot of £19.5 million shared by five ticket holders.
- Bigger jackpots offered
- Prize for matching three balls increased to £25 from £10
- Ticket price increased from £1 to £2
- Lotto Raffle introduced, offering 50 prizes of £20,000 in each draw
- Lotto Plus 5 discontinued
- Thunderball remained at £1 with a top prize of £500,000
- Lotto Millionaire Raffle replaces Lotto Raffle, guaranteeing a £1 million winner in each draw in addition to 20 prizes of £20,000.
- The four-rollover limit is scrapped, meaning jackpots can rise as high as the cap of £50 million.
- The ball pool increases from 49 to 59.
- A brand new prize of a Lotto Lucky Dip for matching just two numbers is introduced.
- Lotto Hotpicks ball pool rises to 59, with the top prize for picking and matching five numbers growing to £350,000.
- A record Lotto jackpot of £66 million was shared between two players who matched all six main numbers, with both winners receiving £33 million each.
- It was announced that changes would be made in 2018 to give Lotto players a better winning experience.
- The next special Lotto event will take place on Saturday 23rd December, with 200 additional ticket holders guaranteed to win £20,000 each.