UK National Lottery

The National Lottery was established in 1994 as a vehicle for generating funding to support charity.

On the first week it was launched, more than 24 million people played the UK Lottery. It became popular because 50% of its sales are distributed back as cash prizes. Since then, total prize winnings have reached over £19 billion and another £19 billion has been generated and donated to good causes.

Quick Facts: UK LOTTO 6/59
First Draw:14 November 1994
Draw Day:Wednesdays and Saturdays
Draw Time:7:45 pm broadcast live on BBC 1 Television
Biggest Jackpot:£66,070,646 which won on 9th January 2016.
Biggest Individual Winner/Payout:£33,035,323 which won on 9th January 2016

The UK Lotto makes 750,000 new winners each week and pays out over £1.9 Billion in cash prizes every year.

Changes to the UK Lotto

The same number selections from 1 to 59 are still in place as well as the odds of winning however the major change comes in the form of the removal of the Millionaire Raffle effective starting the November 21, 2018 Draw.

Players can also expect a fixed division amount for lower division prizes. Due to the removal of the raffle, the pool allocated for it previously will now be used to fund bigger cash prizes. Despite, the non jackpot divisions having a fixed division, players can see a significant increase in possible winnings (Lucky Dip remains in place for matching 2 Numbers).

Jackpots can now also be won much more quickly! UK Lotto will now only have a total of 5 Rollover Draws. The 5th one from the starting jackpot is called MUST BE WON Draw. For this draw, if no one successfully matches the 6 Main Numbers, the jackpot is divided among all the winners from the lower divisions so it is possible to take home an EVEN BIGGER PRIZE!

These changes all draw into one conclusion – UK Lotto just got more exciting to play. With a little bit of math, you will know how to win the UK lotto in no time.


This is the percentage of the prize pool that you receive if some or all of your numbers are drawn.

PRIZE POOLMatching NumbersTotal Prize Pool (£)Odds of Winnings
Division 1
6 of 6Jackpot1 : 45,057,474
Division 25 of 6 + Bonus Number£1,000,0001 : 7,509,579
Division 35 of 6£1,7501 : 144,415
Division 44 of 6£1401 : 2,180
Division 53 of 6£301 : 97
Division 62 of 6Free Lotto Lucky Dip1 : 10.3