UK Lotto

The UK Lotto has been around for over 20 years and is Britain’s most popular lottery game. Here at Online Lotto you can discover everything you could ever want to know about the UK’s best loved lottery, from winning numbers and results to rollover alerts and news of winners.

The National Lottery has been a major part of Saturday night entertainment since its launch in 1994. In 1997 a midweek draw was introduced and, since then, there have been draws on both Wednesday and Saturday evenings. In 2002, the National Lottery was rebranded to Lotto and there have been further changes over the years, including an increase in ticket price, a new prize tier and the introduction of a Lotto Millionaire Raffle, all with the goal of bettering prizes while returning funds to good causes.

Not only has the lottery created multiple millionaires a year since its inception, it has also raised billions of pounds for the National Lottery Good Causes Fund and has provided much needed financial help to a range of social projects across Britain. To date, the UK Lotto has raised over £34 billion for various good causes with the funds being shared amongst more than 420,000 different individuals or groups.

The National Lottery Good Causes fund currently supports: the Arts Councils of England, Northern Ireland and, Wales; Creative Scotland; the British Film Institute (BFI); the Heritage Lottery Fund; Sport England; the Sports Council for Northern Ireland; Sports Wales; sportscotland; the Big Lottery Fund and UK Sport. To see which local charities and projects are being supported in your area, simply visit the Lottery Good Causes website and type in your postcode.


Lotto is played twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.  Players pay £2 per ticket and select six numbers from 1 to 59 or have them randomly generated by choosing a Lucky Dip. For every line purchased, players receive an entry into the Lotto Millionaire Raffle, a side game in which one player in every draw will win £1 million if the code on their ticket is drawn on the night. Another 20 players in every draw will each win £20,000 as part of the raffle.


To win the jackpot, players must correctly match all six main numbers, although prizes can be won for matching two or more main numbers. Players can also win a prize for matching winning codes in the Millionaire Raffle. There are six prize tiers, which are detailed in the table below:

Numbers to Match

Odds of Winning

Prize Value

6 Numbers

1 in 45,057,474


5 Numbers + Bonus Ball

1 in 7,509,579

Estimated £50,000

5 Numbers

1 in 144,415

Estimated £1,000

4 Numbers

1 in 2,180

Estimated £100

3 Numbers

1 in 97


2 Numbers

1 in 10.3

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Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 9.3

In the run up to the draw, the jackpot value is estimated based on ticket sales with the final amount announced on the night, when the total value of ticket sales has been confirmed. This means that the actual jackpot can be more or less than the estimates advertised in the lead up to the draw. Apart from the lowest two prize tiers, which have fixed values, the value of the other prizes on offer will vary depending on the number of winners in each tier and the number of tickets sold for a game.

The record Lotto jackpot stands at just over £66 million, after two players split the top prize on Saturday 9th January 2016 to win £33 million each. A single ticket holder also landed £32.5 million on Saturday 13th February 2016 as bigger jackpots became increasingly common.

The National Lottery and Lotto are operated by the Camelot Group PLC and are governed and regulated by the National Lottery Commission in the UK. All National Lottery draws are stringently scrutinised by independent regulators to ensure absolute fairness and transparency.

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