UK’s National Lottery has existed since 1994 and offers a variety of ways to win. The Lotto runs twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and is a six-number game with prizes available from matching only two numbers. The National Lottery works with many charities and organisations, so much of the money spent on their games goes to various projects to improve people's lives, infrastructure, community initiatives and much more.
The UK Lottery: Important Statistics
The National Lottery has given away more than £69 billion in prizes since 1994 and has created more than 5,350 millionaires. The highest jackpot that has been won to date (July 2019) is £66,070,646 in January 2016. In fact, four of the top five highest wins were in 2016. Even the lowest jackpot ever won was still more than £1.9 million. The most people to have ever shared a single jackpot is four, with each winner getting a share of a £9.4 million jackpot.
How It Works
The Lotto is a lottery where players choose six numbers from 1 to 59. The draw takes place on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The balls are drawn using machines which select six balls, and then a further bonus ball. The Lotto operates with prize caps and can only rollover five times. If no one has won the jackpot after this, the prize is split between other cash winners. In this case, each winning prize tier is allocated a percentage of the jackpot. Players can win a lucky dip entry into the next draw with just two numbers, but cash prizes start at three numbers for a £30 prize.
How Many Numbers Do You Need to Win?
If you want to win the next big Lotto jackpot, you need to match six numbers on a single line. If you match five numbers and also the bonus ball, you can win a million pounds. However, after this, the prize amount usually drops off sharply. The usual amount for just five numbers is £1,750. For four numbers, you win £140.
UK Lotto Odds vs EuroMillions
When it comes to the odds of winning, there is a much higher chance of winning the Lotto. The Lotto jackpot odds are 1 in 45,057,474 and the overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 10. If you want an increased chance at a win, playing the Lotto is a great idea!