UK Lotto began under the name the National Lottery in November 1994 and was originally drawn just once a week. Nowadays, under the new name that was introduced in 2002, there are draws on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Players win prizes by matching anything from a minimum of two numbers, which is rewarded with a Lotto Lucky Dip ticket, to all six main balls, which wins the multimillion-pound jackpot.
Lotto Millionaire Raffle is played alongside the main game, offering 20 prizes of £20,000 and one award of £1 million in each draw. Players are automatically entered into the supplementary game, with a code being generated on their ticket for each line they play in the main draw.
UK Lotto Draw
The UK Lotto is drawn twice a week and uses a variety of different lottery machines and sets of balls to truly randomise the draw. The machines are given names taken from the mythology surrounding King Arthur or from gemstones. Both the machine and set of balls are chosen at random before each draw by an independent onlooker from sealed envelopes.
How to Play and Win UK Lotto
On your UK Lotto ticket you need to pick six numbers from a choice of 59 and you must match all six to win the jackpot. There are also prizes for matching two, three, four and five numbers, as well as for matching five numbers and the Bonus Ball, which is drawn from the remaining numbers after the six main digits have been dispensed.
You have a 1 in 9.3 chance of winning any prize on UK Lotto and odds of 1 in 45,057,474 of winning big and scooping the jackpot. If the top prize isn’t won, it rolls over and can continue doing so up to the jackpot cap of £50 million, although that amount can be adjusted in advance by lottery officials. If it rolls again at the cap, the next draw will offer the same top prize and if there is still no player who can match the entire winning line drawn, the full jackpot amount will roll down to players in the next winning prize tier.
You can find out about prize breakdowns and winning numbers at the UK Lotto Results page of this site.