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What is UK Lotto?

The UK Lotto is the State lottery of the United Kingdom. It is by far the biggest lottery game in the UK. UK Lotto has a jackpot that rolls over without any limit until a jackpot winner is found! UK Lotto has been extremely popular ever since its inception and has been gaining popularity recently with the revolution of the online lottery. The UK Lotto is available to play from anywhere in the world thanks to the online lottery & Lottosend.

How To Play UK Lotto

In order to take part in the UK Lotto draw you need to pick 6 out of 59 possible numbers. The top prize is awarded to anyone who has correctly picked all 6 of the regular numbers. The bonus ball in this draw is only relevant to the second-tier prize. Choose between buying a single ticket or pooling together and joining a Group Game. Group games are a smarter option if you want to increase your chances without spending a fortune. For this draw, keep your Wednesday & Saturday evenings free so you can check your winnings in peace.

When Do The Draws Take Place

Wednesday and Saturday evenings
The UK Lotto draw takes place at 10:00 PM GMT / 5:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM GMT

Odds of Winning – UK Lotto


Divisions Match Winning Odds
1st Prize 6 Numbers 1 in 45,057,474
2nd Prize 5 Numbers + Bonus 1 in 7,509,579
3rd Prize 5 Numbers 1 in 144,415
4th Prize 4 Numbers 1 in 2,180
5th Prize 3 Numbers 1 in 97
6th Prize 2 Numbers 1 in 10.4

UK Lotto History

The history of the UK Lotto is a relatively new & successful story. Before 1994 there was no national lottery in the UK to speak of, within a few months of the launch of the UK National Lottery it was inconceivable to imagine there not being a national lottery game in the UK.

This draw has now become a staple diet of the British people. The rapid growth and huge popularity of the UK Lotto has generated a buzz online of it being a lottery worth playing worldwide.

The UK Lotto lottery has 6 separate prize divisions where you can win money. This draw has not succumbed to additional prize tiers yet like the EuroMillions and EuroJackpot has. To win the top tier jackpot you must match 6 regular numbers from 1 – 59. The bonus ball selection is purely for the second-tier prize division. Please note that you can win millions in the UK Lotto without matching the Bonus Ball: Match all 6 regular numbers and you will become a UK Lotto instant millionaire!

Minimum Jackpot

£10,000,000 GBP

Record Jackpot

£162,000,000 GBP

UK Lotto Taxes

Prizes worth over £599 are by default subject to taxes and additional regulation required by law. Please check with the local authorities, depending on where you are based may affect how much tax, if any, you are eligible to pay.

What Happens When I Win?

When you win a jackpot, you will have two options as to how you would like to claim your winnings. The first is the most common, where jackpot winners are paid in a series of staggered payments. The second option to claim your winnings is to take a lump sum up-front payment. This figure will be anywhere from 50-80% of your matched jackpot figure. After you win the jackpot and your prize is validated by the Lottery, you will have 60 days to choose the cash value of the prize instead of the staggered payments option.

Tips & Tricks For Increasing Your Odds

The best way to increase your odds of winning a jackpot is to buy group game tickets. It’s pure logic, math and what more do lottery enthusiasts love!? When you buy group game tickets you essentially ‘pool together’ your tickets and therefore up your odds immensely.

For example: If you wanted to buy a single ticket for a UK Lotto draw it will cost you £2 offline, and anywhere up to £5 per ticket online. With a group game option, you buy shares in a preset group of tickets online. 50 tickets could make up one group (groups can be anywhere from 20-200 tickets grouped together). This group of 50 tickets is then split into 100 shares and each share can be sold separately, this way the player can buy a share in a group of 50 tickets for a price much cheaper, as little as $0.16 per ticket. If one of the group’s ticket is a winner then the winning amount will be split according to how many shares you have in the group.

So, if we have a group of 50 tickets, split into 100 shares and you buy 10 shares in the group, you own 10% of the group of 50 tickets. This means if the group of tickets has a winner in it, say £100,000.00, you would receive 10% of this total, meaning you would win £10,000.00.


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