All you need to know about Lotto
THE ONE. THE ONLY. THE ORIGINAL.
Saturday nights changed forever when Lotto was introduced back in 1994. Since then, it’s become the nation’s favourite game – played by millions in towns and cities across the country. Today, it’s as popular as ever, with thousands winning prizes in every game. As far as lotteries go, Lotto is the real McCoy.
So how do you play?
Pick 6 numbers from 1–59 or go with a Lucky Dip ® for randomly selected numbers.
You can play up to 7 lines of numbers on each play slip and buy up to 10 slips at a time.
Choose to play on Wednesday or Saturday – or both, and then the number of weeks you’d like to play.
You’re good to go!
You can buy Lotto tickets online every day from 6am until 11pm. But remember, to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.
Good to know.
Play every Wednesday and Saturday.
If You Win.
We’ll email you with the good news!
Play in Advance
Save time and play continuously by Direct Debit.
SEE WHAT YOU CAN WIN Δ
Look out for those rolldowns
Lotto can only Rollover 5 times. The 5th Rollover is a Must Be Won draw.
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In a Lotto Must Be Won draw where no one wins the jackpot by matching 6 main numbers, there’s a Rolldown. This means the jackpot is shared by players matching 2 or more main numbers, so thousands can expect to win a boosted cash prize! 
Lotto Rolldown enhancements are effective from the 7th November draw. See more information on these changes. If the jackpot is not won in a Must Be Won draw, match 2 winners will each receive £5 in addition to their Lotto Lucky Dip. The remaining jackpot will be allocated to all other winning prize tiers in set percentages. More information about Rolldowns are included in the Lotto Game Procedures
Different ways to check results
Check on the go
Use our App on your mobile to see if you’ve won. You can also scan paper tickets for instant results. Get it on Google Play or the App Store.
Here on the web
All results are published here on the website every Wednesday and Saturday from around 9.30pm.
Watch the draw live
Watch all Lotto draws first on our website or YouTube channel at 8pm every Wednesday and 7.45pm every Saturday.
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What are the average jackpots, compared with the previous game?
Base jackpots on Lotto are £2 million on a Wednesday (up from £1.8 million previously) and £3.8 million on a Saturday (up from £3.1 million previously).
The jackpot grows as it rolls, and we expect Must-Be-Won draws to be around £11 million on a Wednesday and £12 million on a Saturday.
As the jackpot is now only allowed to roll five times under the new format (compared with the previous rules where it rolled up to £22 million), the jackpot will be won more often.
How does a Rolldown work?
Lotto Rolldown enhancements are effective from the 7th November draw. Find out more.
Whenever there’s a Lotto Must Be Won draw and no one wins the jackpot by matching 6 main numbers, there’s a Rolldown. This means the jackpot is shared across other prize tiers where players match 2 or more main numbers, so thousands can expect to win a boosted cash prize.
Players matching 2 main numbers in a Rolldown will each receive a £5 cash prize in addition to their usual free Lucky Dip ® . The remaining jackpot prize fund will then be allocated (in set percentages) to the other winning prize tiers and shared amongst those winners.
For details of the Rolldown mechanic, see the Lotto Game Procedures.
What are the odds?
The odds remain the same as they were previously, but the jackpot will be won more often because it is now only allowed to roll over five times (previously it rolled up to £22 million).
Why did you not change the price or number of balls?
Sales of the old £1, ‘6 from 49’ game had been falling for a long time. As a result, so had the amount of money it was raising for Good Causes, which is ultimately what we’re here for.
Secondly, in 2015, we didn’t just add 10 extra balls – there were a number of other changes (for example, the ‘Millionaire Raffle’ and a free Lotto Lucky Dip® ticket for matching two main numbers). If we make a change to one part of the game, we have to consider the knock-on effects that would happen in other parts of the game. We need to look at the game in its entirety.
We’ve listened to what people (players, non-players and retailers) have told us and what they want from Lotto in the future – jackpots that will be won more often, with bigger cash prizes at the other levels. We believe that the improvements we’ve made will do just that.
Where has the money from the raffle gone?
All of the money has gone into the main draw.
We’ve listened to feedback and responded by taking Lotto back to its roots: focusing on the main draw and bigger, fixed prizes – so players will know exactly what they will win.
In addition, the jackpot will be won more often, the prize fund will be more fairly shared across all levels and we’ve added a new £1 million prize for matching 5+Bonus Ball (up from around £50,000 previously).
Have these changes impacted Lotto HotPicks?
There have been no changes to Lotto HotPicks prizes as a result of these changes – the new prize amounts apply to Lotto only.
The only change is that you can now only play Lotto HotPicks 4 weeks in advance.
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National Lottery Tickets
You can buy lottery tickets online for all of your favourite games. Playing the lottery online provides a host of benefits and means you do not need to leave home to purchase entries or claim any prizes you win.
Pick your game from the options below to get started, whether you want to take part in Lotto online, try to win the next huge EuroMillions jackpot or enter Thunderball.
When you take part online, you have the opportunity to win the largest jackpots in the world. You no longer have to visit another country to be able to enjoy the lotteries they provide. Pick your numbers for a big international game such as Powerball or Mega Millions.
Online Lottery Winners
Playing online gives you extra security as you cannot lose your numbers and you will be automatically emailed if you win, so you will never miss out on a prize. There have been many players who have won big jackpots online – here are just a few of the biggest winners:
Frances and Patrick Connolly from Northern Ireland bought a single Lucky Dip online for the EuroMillions draw on 1st January 2019. They were notified that they had won and Patrick checked online to see how much. He turned to his wife and said вЂdo you want the good news?вЂ™ before revealing they had landed a jackpot of ВЈ114 million.
Ryan Hoyle, a joiner from Rochdale, won a ВЈ58 million EuroMillions jackpot on 17th April 2020. He revealed that he usually purchased his tickets in stores, but he decided to play online as it was the middle of the coronavirus crisis. With many shops closed and social contact discouraged, playing online was the safest option. He even had to celebrate with his brothers at a distance.
Sam Lawton from Leamington Spa won ВЈ10,000 a month for a year on Set For Life with his first-ever ticket. He played online on 12th August 2019 after seeing a television advert earlier in the day, and said he would use the money to go on holiday to New York and put down a deposit for a house.Buying National Lottery tickets online doesnвЂ™t have to mean leaving the house and making the car journey to your nearest lotto retailer. Buy Lottery Tickets Online ]]>