The English UK Lotto

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United Kingdom, home of the Queen, Black Pudding, Afternoon Tea and the UK National Lottery!

The National Lottery is one of the most popular lotteries in the Europe.

Offering 0% Tax on winnings and high winning odds; The UK Lotto generates new Millionaires weekly with 2 separate draws offering 2 different Jackpots twice a week.


UK Lotto


The British tradition of national lottery has been traced back to the 16th century when a jackpot of £5,000 (equivalent to £850,000 today) was up for grabs and participants had to wait three years to find out if they were winners. A letter has emerged from Queen Elizabeth the first, written in 1566, which gives instructions for collecting money, commanding that persons of ‘good trust’ be entrusted with the prizes.


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A letter from Queen Elizabeth I instructing how to carry out Britain’s first national lottery


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Queen Elizabeth the first


The draw was not held until three years later 1569, due to a lack of support and the logistics in selling the tickets around the country. This specific lottery discontinued but there were similar draws held between 1750 and 1826.




The first National Lottery of our time draw took place on 19 November 1994. The first numbers drawn were 30, 3, 5, 44, 14 and 22, the bonus was 10 and seven jackpot winners shared a prize of £5,874,778.


National Lottery first logo

National Lottery’s 1st Logo



In 2002 the main game was renamed Lotto and the stylized crossed-fingers logo was modified, however, the games as a collective are still known as the National Lottery. It is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the United Kingdom.

In November 2009 ‘Camelot’ replaced its older Lotto draw machines. The new machines are named Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and Merlin, reusing the names of older machines. The new Lotto machines are the Magnum II model, manufactured by Smart play International Inc.

In the draw, six numbered balls are drawn without replacement from a set of 49 balls numbered from 1 to 49. A further Bonus Ball is also drawn, which affects only players who match five numbers.



UK Lotto first draw






In order to win the Jackpot- one must guess all 6 numbers correctly from a guess range of 1- 49. The secondary prize will also allow you to win big by matching 5 numbers including the Extra ball (additional number) which is the only one combined in the entire prize division. This is drawn after the main numbers are drawn.


Prizes are awarded to players who match at least three of the six drawn numbers, with prizes increasing for matching more of the drawn numbers. All players who match all six drawn numbers win equal shares of the Jackpot; the chance of doing so is 1 in 13,983,816.



Winning tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the draw taking place. If a prize is unclaimed within that time, it is distributed through the National Lottery Distribution Fund. For all major prizes (£50,000 and over) approximately two weeks after the draw, if no claim has been received, the area in which the ticket was purchased is released. The first quadruple rollover draw occurred on Saturday 29 September 2012 with a jackpot of £19.5 million! 


UK Lotto







On 5 October 2013, Camelot launched “New Lotto”. As part of the refresh, the ticket price doubled and prizes for matching numbers were modified. Also, new Lotto Raffle was introduced, with at least 50 winners of £20,000 per draw!








From October 2015 Camelot have announced further changes to the Lotto game which involves the pool of numbers increasing from 49 to 59. Rollovers will have no limitation to the amount of times they can roll. However a cap on how big the jackpot can get is yet to be announced. Jackpots are expected to be significantly higher as the odds of winning will become 1:45 million instead of 1:13.9 million at this time.




A new ‘Millionaire Raffle’ will also be launched guaranteeing a £1million prize in every draw – giving you a second chance to win with the same ticket.

And players who match two numbers on the draw will win a lucky dip ticket for a future draw meaning a second chance to hit the jackpot!





  • There are two main ways of winning with the UK Lotto. Each entry is also placed into the Lotto Raffle, where at least 50 people will have their assigned raffle numbers drawn and win €20,000.


  • When picking your own numbers, it is worth looking at previous UK Lotto results for guidance:


  • The most commonly drawn numbers in the UK Lotto are 15, 19, 12, 9 and 17.


  • The least drawn numbers are 2, 32, 6, 1 and 47.


  • There is a 1 in 2,330,636 chance of winning. 1 in 54,201 players will win the 3rd prize division by selecting correctly 5 matching numbers.


  • The biggest Jackpot ever won in UK Lotto was €42 million!



The UK Lotto is a 6/49 lottery which is drawn Wednesday at 10:30pm and Saturday nights at 8:30pm, offering fine prizes for the taking, all that is left for you to do is to get your lottery ticket ready for the upcoming draw!


After all, we really do not wish for this guy to win;







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