UK Lotto FAQs

Do you have questions about UK Lotto? This is the place to find out all of the answers that you need in order to enhance your playing experience.

Question: When does the UK Lotto draw take place?

Answer: The UK Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday evening. Wednesday draws are scheduled for 8pm and Saturday draws for 8.30pm, with a full breakdown of results and prizes, plus the winning Lotto Millionaire Raffle codes, available soon after the draw is completed.

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Question: What time do UK Lotto ticket sales close?

Answer: Sales for UK Lotto tickets close at 19.30 GMT on the night of the draw. Ticket sales will re-open for the next draw later that evening.

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Question: How do you win a prize on UK Lotto?

Answer: UK Lotto has six prize tiers, ranging from a fixed Lotto Lucky Dip ticket awarded for matching two main numbers up to the multimillion-pound jackpot for matching all six main numbers. Players who match five main numbers can increase the value of their prize by also matching the Bonus Ball. There is a full list of the UK Lotto prize tiers and your chances of winning in each one on the UK Lotto Prizes page.

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Question: Can I play UK Lotto if I do not reside in the UK?

Answer: You can play UK Lotto from wherever you are in the world courtesy of an online ticket concierge service. They will purchase your ticket, send you a scan of it and process any winnings that you are due before transferring them to you. Have a look at the Lotto Tickets page for more information on playing UK Lotto.

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Question: If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?

Answer: The cut off point for claiming UK Lotto prizes is 180 days from the date of the draw. Any winnings not claimed by that point will be allocated to the UK National Lottery Good Causes Fund, which helps fund charitable projects across the country.

If you purchase your ticket online, you will be notified after the draw if you are due a prize, meaning that you won’t miss out on a big win.

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Question: How old do I have to be to play UK Lotto?

Answer: Players within the UK can purchase tickets from the age of 16 but, if you’re buying online from elsewhere, you must be 18 or over in order to take part in UK Lotto.

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Question: Are winnings on UK Lotto taxable?

Answer: Players within the UK will not be taxed on their winnings, but online players from elsewhere may be liable for taxes in their home country. It is best to check with your local tax authority to find out whether or not you owe any taxes on your windfall.

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Question:What are the odds of winning UK Lotto jackpot?

Answer: The odds of matching six main numbers are 1 in 45,057,474.

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Question: What are the odds of winning a prize on UK Lotto?

Answer: You have a 1 in 9.3 chance of winning a prize on UK Lotto. The UK Lotto Prizes page offers a rundown on the different prize tiers and your chances of winning in each.

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Question: Does UK Lotto have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

Answer: The starting jackpot for Wednesday draw is estimated at £2 million, and an approximate jackpot of £4 million is offered on Saturdays, but these are not guaranteed and their value can change depending on ticket sales and whether or not a rollover has occurred.

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Question: Does UK Lotto have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

Answer: Once the UK Lotto jackpot reaches £22 million it can roll over for a final time. The jackpot must be won in the following draw, and if nobody matches all six main numbers the full amount will go to the next winning tier.

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Question: What is the largest jackpot won on UK Lotto?

Answer: On 9th January 2016, two tickets shared a jackpot of £66,070,646, which broke the record for the biggest top prize ever given away on UK Lotto.

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Question: What is the Lotto Millionaire Raffle?

Answer: Lotto Millionaire Raffle replaced Lotto Raffle in October 2015 and allows ticket holders to win one of 20 prizes of £20,000, or even the top tier award of £1 million, by matching the code that is automatically generated on their UK Lotto ticket with one of those drawn on the night.

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Question: When is the next UK Lotto draw?

Answer: Wednesday 25th January 2017 .

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Question: What does the UK Lotto jackpot currently stand at?

Answer: The next UK Lotto jackpot is £5,500,000

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Question: How much does it cost to buy a UK Lotto ticket?

Answer: A single ticket costs £2, that includes entry into the Millionaire Raffle. Please note that a small handling fee will also be required if you buy your ticket through an online concierge service.

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