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National Lottery – Play and Win Jackpot National Lotto UK
Lotto UK began under the name the National Lottery in November 1994 and was originally drawn just once a week. Nowadays, under the new name that was introduced in 2002, there are draws on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Players win prizes by matching anything from a minimum of two numbers, which is rewarded with a Lotto Lucky Dip ticket, to all six main balls, which wins the multimillion-pound jackpot.
Lotto Millionaire Raffle is played alongside the main game, offering 20 prizes of £20,000 and one award of £1 million in each draw. Players are automatically entered into the supplementary game, with a code being generated on their ticket for each line they play in the main draw.
UK Lotto Draw
The UK Lotto is drawn twice a week and uses a variety of different lottery machines and sets of balls to truly randomise the draw. The machines are given names taken from the mythology surrounding King Arthur or from gemstones. Both the machine and set of balls are chosen at random before each draw by an independent onlooker from sealed envelopes.
The UK Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday evening. Wednesday draws are scheduled for 8pm and Saturday draws for 8.30pm, with a full breakdown of results and prizes, plus the winning Lotto Millionaire Raffle codes, available soon after the draw is completed.
What time do UK Lotto ticket sales close?
Sales for UK Lotto tickets close at 7:30pm GMT on the night of the draw. Ticket sales will re-open for the next draw later that evening.
How to Play and Win UK Lotto
On your UK Lotto ticket you need to pick six numbers from a choice of 59 and you must match all six to win the jackpot. There are also prizes for matching two, three, four and five numbers, as well as for matching five numbers and the Bonus Ball, which is drawn from the remaining numbers after the six main digits have been dispensed.
You have a 1 in 9.3 chance of winning any prize on UK Lotto and odds of 1 in 45,057,474 of winning big and scooping the jackpot. If the top prize isn’t won, it rolls over and can continue doing so up to the jackpot cap of £22 million, although that amount can be adjusted in advance by lottery officials. If it rolls again after reaching the cap, the jackpot must be won in the next draw.If there is still no player who can match the entire winning line drawn, the full jackpot amount will roll down to players in the next winning prize tier.
If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?
The cut off point for claiming UK Lotto prizes is 180 days from the date of the draw. Any winnings not claimed by that point will be allocated to the UK National Lottery Good Causes Fund, which helps fund charitable projects across the country.
What are the odds of winning UK Lotto jackpot?
The odds of matching six main numbers are 1 in 45,057,474.
Does UK Lotto have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?
The starting jackpot for Wednesday draw is estimated at £2 million, and an approximate jackpot of £4 million is offered on Saturdays, but these are not guaranteed and their value can change depending on ticket sales and whether or not a rollover has occurred.
Does UK Lotto have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
Once the UK Lotto jackpot reaches £22 million it can roll over for a final time. The jackpot must be won in the following draw, and if nobody matches all six main numbers the full amount will go to the next winning tier.
What is the largest jackpot won on UK Lotto?
The biggest UK Lotto win to date came on 9th January 2016, when two winning tickets shared a £66,070,646 jackpot. Each player received just over £33 million. Over a month later, a single participant won an amazing £32.5 million on Saturday 13th February.
What is the Lotto Millionaire Raffle?
Lotto Millionaire Raffle replaced Lotto Raffle in October 2015 and allows ticket holders to win one of 20 prizes of £20,000, or even the top tier award of £1 million, by matching the code that is automatically generated on their UK Lotto ticket with one of those drawn on the night.
Thunderball gives you the chance to win a guaranteed top prize of £500,000 in every draw, with draws taking place every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For a ticket price of just £1, this game offers fantastic overall odds of 1 in 13 of winning a prize.
How to Play Thunderball?
Thunderball offers a chance to win £500,000 four times a week. There are nine prize tiers in which you can win and tickets cost just £1 per line. Players select five main numbers between 1 and 39 as well as a Thunderball between 1 and 14, with the option to use the Number Generator if they wish to create a random selection. There is a 1 in 13 chance of winning a prize with every Thunderball line played.
National Lotto winning numbers today
At the end of the National Lottery draw, you are ready to look at the results of today’s: National Lotto results, winnings numbers, jackpot winnings, number of winners, current jackpot, jackpot estimates.
Playing National Lottery today, the opportunity to become a Jackpot millionaire is waiting for you. Are you ready for this million dollar opportunity?