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|
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 POOL||Matching Numbers||Percentage Payout|
Total Prize Pool (£)
|6 of 6||Jackpot|
|Division 2||5 of 6 + Bonus Number||£50,000|
|Division 3||5 of 6||£1,000|
|Division 4||4 of 6||£100|
|Division 5||3 of 6||£25|
|Division 6||2 of 6||Free Lotto Lucky Dip|