UK Lotto Prizes
UK Lotto draws take place on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, offering jackpots that can rise higher than £55 million. After it hits that point, there can be only one more draw without a winner before the full amount is rolled down to the next winning prize tier.
The biggest UK Lotto win to date came on 9th January 2016, when two winning tickets shared a £66,070,646 jackpot. Each winning ticket holder received just over £33 million. Over a month later, a single participant won an amazing £32.5 million on Saturday 13th February.
The Lotto Millionaire Raffle replaced the Lotto Raffle when a number of changes were made to UK Lotto on 8th October 2015, offering 20 awards of £20,000 and one prize of £1 million in every draw.
UK Lotto Prize Tier and Odds of Winning
UK Lotto players must pick six numbers from a choice of 59 and match all of them in order to win the jackpot. A Bonus Ball is also taken from the same pool after the other balls have been dispensed, which can boost the prize of anyone who has matched five main numbers.
Prizes are awarded for matching anything from two main numbers, which is worth a free Lotto Lucky Dip ticket. Here are the winning tiers, the odds of winning in each and the prize offered:
|Numbers to Match||Odds of Winning||Prize Value|
|6 Numbers (jackpot)||1 in 45,057,474||Jackpot|
|5 Numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 7,509,579||£50,000 (estimated)|
|5 Numbers||1 in 144,415||£ 1,000 (estimated)|
|4 Numbers||1 in 2,180||£100 (estimated)|
|3 Numbers||1 in 97||£25 (fixed)|
|2 Numbers||1 in 10.3||Free Lotto Lucky Dip (fixed)|
|Odds of winning any UK Lotto prize are approximately 1 in 9.3.|
Prizes are tax-free for UK residents, although anyone playing from overseas is advised to check with financial experts in order to work out whether a UK Lotto win will bring them any tax implications in their own country.