What is UK Lotto lottery?
UK Lotto is the oldest and biggest lottery played in United Kingdom. All Lotto prizes are paid as a lump sum and are tax-free. Of every pound (£) spent on Lottery games, 50 pence (p) goes to the prize fund, 28p to good causes as set out by Parliament, 12p to the British Government as duty and 5p to retailers as commission, while Camelot receives 4.5p to cover operating costs and 0.5p profit. Players must be at least 16 years of age to participate in the lottery.
How to play UK Lotto?
Six main Lotto numbers are drawn, along with one additional number - the bonus number. Match a minimum of three numbers to the main Lotto numbers drawn to win a prize. The bonus number is only relevant when you match five main numbers and the bonus number. You can always play UK Lotto online here.
What are the odds to win UK Lotto jackpot?
You can win by matching any of the combination of main numbers and the bonus ball below. Match minimum of 3 main numbers for a lowest prize or match all 6 main numbers for the jackpot!
|Match 6 numbers||1 in 45,057,474||Jackpot|
|Match 5 numbers + bonus||1 in 7,509,579||£1,000,000|
|Match 5 numbers||1 in 144,415||£1,750|
|Match 4 numbers||1 in 2,180||£140|
|Match 3 numbers||1 in 96.2||£30|
|Match 2 numbers||1 in 10.3||One Lucky Dip (value of £2)|
|Any Lotto prize||1 in 9.3|
UK Lotto historical prize breakdown
(History since 19 October 1994)
There are 5 prize tiers in Lotto with the odds to win the smallest prize are 1 in 10.3. The prizes for each tier (except the jackpot) are now fixed (for most of the time) and the lowest prize is £30 when you match 3 main numbers. However, this was not the case in the past where only the lowest prize was fixed at £10. So here's the table with historical averages MIN/AVG/MAX prizes per each tier.
|Winning selections||MAX prize||AVG prize||MIN prize|
|Match 6 numbers||£52,964,701||£4,906,966||£122,510|
|Match 5 numbers + bonus||£26,410,895||£237,791||£3,848|
|Match 5 numbers||£18,777||£1,802||£2|
|Match 4 numbers||£863||£88||£12|
|Match 3 numbers||£157||£16||£10|
Winning VS Loosing combinations
Did you know that after each Lotto draw, there will be exactly:
Winning Combinations: 489,509 (1%)
Loosing Combinations: 44,567,965 (99%)
So that means, 99% of all possible Lotto combinations will not win a prize after each draw and only 1% of combinations will always win a prize.
With our system you will be able to play the winning 1% of Lotto combinations plenty of times.
How can I increase my chances of winning the UK Lotto jackpot?
There are several ways how to increase your chances to win the jackpot, and we specialize in doing just that! You can find all the information to help you win here: How to win UK Lotto
What are the most common numbers in UK Lotto?
Please refer to our UK Lotto statistics page where we provide all the statistics you need including most often drawn single numbers, number pairs, triplets, lucky stars pairs and more.
Where do I get the latest UK Lotto results?
Where can I buy UK Lotto tickets?
The easiest way to buy your ticket is to do it online. You can do it either via the official lottery provider - National Lottery or you can purchase them via 3rd party resellers .
UK Lotto Special Draws
In case you wondered why there are some extra draws for certain Lotto draw dates, here's the explanation:
18th May 2002
On Saturday 18th May 2002, Camelot decided to change the name of the main UK lottery to Lotto. To celebrate this, an additional three draws (no bonus ball) took place. Anyone buying a ticket for Saturday's main Lotto draw had their 6 numbers also automatically entered into the three additional draws at no additional cost. The three additional draws only had one prize each: a £4 Million jackpot.
1st June 2002
Another bonus draw took place on 1st June 2002 (we don't have any more information about this extra draw).
6th November 2004
On Saturday 6th November 2004, Camelot held a 10th anniversary draw in the style of a Lotto Extra draw, where every ticket bought for that Saturday's main Lotto draw was also entered for free into a 6 from 49 draw with no bonus ball. A single jackpot prize pool of £10 Million was available.
29th April 2006
On Saturday 29th April 2006, Camelot decided to seemingly spoil the forthcoming launch of the "Monday draw" that is run by their rivals, Chariot. It involved one additional 6 from 49 (no bonus ball) draw and anyone buying a ticket for that Saturday's main Lotto draw had their 6 numbers also automatically entered into that draw at no additional cost. The additional draw only had one prize: a £5 Million jackpot.