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:£42,008,610 which won on the 6th June 1996.
Biggest Individual Winner/Payout:£22,590,829 which won on 10th June 1995

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 UK Lotto has been revamped to accommodate bigger jackpots. The previous UK Lotto field of numbers, 1 to 49, has been expanded to 1 to 59. The first draw under the new field of numbers was held on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

Players are still required to match all six numbers to win the jackpot. However, a new prize pool division has been introduced that made the overall odds of winning any lotto prize drop from 1 in 54 million to 1 in 9.3 million. That is, players are now only required to match two numbers to win a consolation prize – a free Lotto Lucky Dip – instead of the now Division 5 prize pool of matching three numbers for $25.

Introducing the Millionaire Raffle

The previous Lotto Raffle has been enhanced to the all-new Millionaire Raffle which will hand out a guaranteed £1 million prize to one lucky winner along with £20,000 each to up to 20 winners. Each game you play in the UK Lotto will generate a random Lotto Raffle combination. This combination will serve as your entry and consists of a four-letter color, such as BLUE, and 8 numbers.

This new raffle has been improved from its predecessor, the Lotto Raffle, which only handed out 50 £20,000 rewards.

More exciting Rollovers

New Lotto is making Rollovers more exciting than ever before. Now when the jackpot rolls, the number of raffle winners of £20,000 grows, creating even more guaranteed winners.

Number of raffle winners
Lotto draw50
Single Rollover100
Double Rollover150
Triple Rollover200
Quadruple Rollover250

6 WAYS TO WIN

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

PRIZE POOLMatching NumbersPercentage Payout
Total Prize Pool (£)
Division 1
(JACKPOT)
6 of 6Jackpot
Division 25 of 6 + Bonus Number£50,000
Division 35 of 6£1,000
Division 44 of 6£100
Division 53 of 6£25
Division 62 of 6Free Lotto Lucky Dip

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