How to Play Lotto
To play Lotto simply select six numbers between 1 and 59. Draws take place on Wednesday at 8.30pm and Saturday at 7.45pm, be sure to check what time ticket sales close so you don't miss out on a chance to win.
You can buy Lotto tickets from authorised retailers across the UK or enter draws online. However you choose to play, the main steps you need to follow are the same:
Choose your six numbers from 1-59. You can select your own numbers or have a random selection made for you by purchasing a Lucky Dip ticket or using a number generator.
Decide how many lines you want to play. Retailers allow you to select up to seven lines of numbers on a single play slip.
Purchase your entries before the cutoff time for that draw.
Relax and wait for the results! The Lotto results page will display the latest results immediately after each draw. Alternatively, you can watch live on YouTube, draws are also broadcast on ITV1 every Saturday evening at 8.15pm.
National Lottery players can also choose to play via Direct Debit. This option allows you to enter draws automatically and continuously so you never miss out on a chance to win.
Fill in an online playslip Choose your numbers, decide how many lines you want to play with and then choose whether to enter Wednesday draws, Saturday draws, or both.
Select the ‘play continuously by Direct Debit’ option
Submit your bank sort code and account number
Once the Direct Debit is fully set up you will then be entered into your chosen draws. A new Lotto Raffle code will be generated for each draw. Entries will be made automatically, but if you want to update your numbers or make any other changes then you can do so by logging into your account.
How Many Numbers Do You Need to Match?
To win the Lotto jackpot, you must match all six main numbers drawn. However, other prizes are offered for matching two numbers or more. All available prizes are listed below:
|5 numbers + Bonus Ball||£50,000|
|2 numbers||Free Lucky Dip Ticket|
|The overall odds of winning are 1 in 9.3|
*Estimated based on previous draws, actual prize amounts may differ depending on ticket sales and the number of winners. For more information on your chances of winning in each prize tier, visit the Lotto Odds page.
The Bonus Ball is the seventh ball selected in each draw and gives players who have matched five main numbers a chance to win the second-tier prize. It does not affect your chance of winning the jackpot or any other prize tiers.
Millionaire Raffle & HotPicks
When you buy a Lotto ticket you will also receive an entry into the Millionaire Raffle for a chance to win one of twenty £20,000 prizes, or even £1 million. In order to win, you must match one of the winning codes exactly.
HotPicks is not part of the main Lotto draw, you must buy a separate ticket for £1. This exciting game lets you control how many numbers to play with, however you can only win by matching all of your chosen numbers. For example, if you buy a Match 4 entry then you will not receive a prize for matching 3 numbers. Visit the HotPicks page for further details.
Ticket Sale Cutoff Times
|Day||Retailers||Online Ticket||Online Syndicate|
|Monday||Dependent on individual opening hours||11.00pm||Available all day|
|Tuesday||Dependent on individual opening hours||11.00pm||Available all day|
|Thursday||Dependent on individual opening hours||11.00pm||Available all day|
|Friday||Dependent on individual opening hours||11.00pm||Available all day|
|Sunday||Dependent on individual opening hours||11.00pm||Available all day|
|On Wednesdays and Saturday ticket sales will reopen for the next draw at 9pm.|
How to claim a Lotto prize varies depending on which method you used to play. For example, if you are part of an online syndicate then winnings will be deposited directly into your player account. Go to the Claiming Prizes page for a guide on what to do to receive your payment.