How to Play
French Loto tickets can be purchased online or in person from an authorised retailer at a cost of €2.20 per line.
Loto jackpots are worth a minimum of €2 million and if there is no Match 5 plus Chance Number winner, the jackpot will roll over to the following draw and increase by €1 million. It is possible for the jackpot to roll over for a maximum of 34 consecutive draws and if there is still no top prize winner, the jackpot prize will roll down and be shared between players in the next winning prize tier.
In addition to the jackpot, there are eight other winning combinations and you can even win a prize just for matching the Chance number. The majority of the prizes are pari-mutuel so they vary from draw to draw based on the number of tickets sold and the number of winners, but there is a fixed prize of €2.20 for matching the Chance number with one or none of the main balls.
The Loto winning combinations and odds are as follows:
|Winning Combination||Odds of Winning||Percentage of Prize Fund|
|5 more luck||1 in 19,068,840||Jackpot|
|5||1 in 2,118,760||8.44%|
|4 more luck||1 in 86,677||2.06%|
|4||1 in 9,631||7.43%|
|3 more luck||1 in 2,016||4.44%|
|3||1 in 224||15.98%|
|2 more luck||1 in 144||12.43%|
|2||1 in 16||49.22%|
|1 more luck||1 in 28||€2.20|
|Chance number||1 in 18||€2.20|
The percentage allocated to each prize category is taken after the prize money has been distributed to the jackpot and fixed prize tiers.
How to Play
To play Lotto, choose six numbers between 1 and 59. You can buy a ticket at any licensed retailer in the UK or you can play online, and you can choose your own numbers or opt for a Lucky Dip to receive six randomly selected numbers. The objective is to match your chosen numbers with those drawn in the lottery, and the more you match the bigger your prize.
See the How to Claim page to find out more about claiming UK National Lottery prizes.
Living Outside the UK?
If you don’t live in the UK, don’t worry, you can use the lottery ticket concierge service to buy your tickets by clicking the link above. You get a scan of the ticket as proof that it has been bought for you.
UK Lotto Prizes
You can win prizes for matching as few as two numbers, while the jackpot is won by matching all six. The starting jackpot varies depending on which draw day it falls on. It starts at £2 million on a Wednesday and £3.8 million on a Saturday. If two or more players match all six main numbers to win the jackpot, then the top prize is shared equally between the winners, but if there are no jackpot winners then the prize money rolls over and increases for the next draw.
Lotto has six prize tiers in all. The table below shows the prize amounts you can win, the numbers you must match for each of them, and the odds of winning:
|Winning Combination||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|6 Numbers||1 in 45,057,474||Jackpot|
|5 Numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 7,509,579||£1 million|
|5 Numbers||1 in 144,415||£1,750|
|4 Numbers||1 in 2,180||£140|
|3 Numbers||1 in 97||£30|
|2 Numbers||1 in 10.3||Free Lotto Lucky Dip|
Overall odds of winning a Lotto prize are 1 in 9.3.
Rollovers, Rolldowns, and Must Be Won Draws
The jackpot can only roll over for a maximum of five consecutive draws before it must be given away. When it gets to this point, a ‘Must Be Won’ draw is held, in which the jackpot money is guaranteed to be awarded, even if no one matches all six numbers. If there are no winners in the Match 6 tier in a Must Be Won draw, a ‘jackpot rolldown’ occurs, and the money is distributed between all winners in the Match 3 prize tier upwards.
When a rolldown takes place, a certain percentage of the jackpot prize is distributed to each prize tier from Match 3 to Match 5 + Bonus, to be shared among all winners in each tier. The table below shows what percentage of the money is allocated, and roughly how much is added to the value of an individual prize:
|Winning Combination||Original Prize||Rolldown Prize|
|5 Numbers + Bonus Ball||£1 million||£1.2 million|
The Match 2 prize tier does not receive any of the jackpot money, as it is not a cash prize. It instead remains fixed at an award of one free Lucky Dip ticket.
Exciting And Interesting EuroMillions Stories
- Aaron Smith and his family. This winner and his family discovered the EuroMillions lottery game and pretended to have won the jackpot over Christmas. They had not realized that their mock-up celebration ignited the power of positive thinking and they had a million-pound ticket yet to be claimed.
- Derek Ladner. This Lotto jackpot winner from Cornwall, always had a tendency of playing the same numbers every time. At one time, he couldn’t remember whether he had placed a bet or not and went ahead to place another ticket just in case. It turned out that he had placed two bets with the same numbers and won two shares of the jackpot, thus pocketing £958,284.
- James Wilson. Next time you are cleaning your house, be sure to check what you are disposing off. This winner thought he had found some old tickets in his house that he was about to burn but found out that one of them was a EuroMillions ticket worth £51,232.90 won six months ago but yet to be claimed. It was only 34 hours left for the winner to claim the winnings after which the prize would have been used to support projects of the National Lottery.
EuroMillions: Requirements To Participate and Betting Responsibly
For you to play the EuroMillions Lotto, you must be over 18 years of age. The guiding principle of the Lottery encourages people to play responsible other than indulging in it so much. The game is designed in a way that it has tools developed to put you in control of your playing behavior. We don’t want you to spend more money on the game than what you can afford. So, when you want to make a limit of the amount you want to spend in a specific period, you may request to take a break or simply step back to keep an eye on things. There are numerous features of the website that are designed to help you maintain control of your waging behavior. Multilotto is always there to help our customers.
EuroMillions: Game Is Accredited By GamCare
Euro Lotto results are analysed by a number of reviewers such as GamCare. This is the leading provider of various services to problem gamblers. It provides you with online help and face-to-face counseling at no cost throughout Britain. As the leading national centre for information, GamCare provides advice and practical help to companies and individuals in the negative social impacts of gambling. In addition, it also provides certification and awards for UK Lotteries acknowledging the achievements and implementation of GamCare Player Protection Code. EuroMillions is accredited for being the best lottery in Europe.
The EuroMillions jackpot continues growing if no one wins when the draw is made and the prize can increase up to €190 million. When the ultimate prize reaches this level, it has to be capped. Any additional money to the jackpot in the jackpot prize is rolled over to increase the reward money at the next highest tier of winners. The reason for capping the EuroMillions jackpot is to protect you from over-indulging in wagering or the betting company accumulating too much prize money.
EuroMillions: And The Jackpots Drawing
The EuroMillions draw history for the last 180 days can be obtained from the Multilotto website as listed from the most recent to the oldest. You can also search the draw results based on date, jackpot amount, ball numbers or lucky stars. When you click to your favourite draw, you can find further information about the draw details and prize breakdown for other categories.
2nd Tirage (2nd Loto draw)
Players can also take part in a 2nd Loto draw for an extra €0.80 per line. This is a separate draw which sees five numbers selected between 1 and 49 – the Chance number is not used in the 2nd draw. Ticket holders play with their same numbers from the main game, and win prizes for matching between two and five numbers. The winning combinations, odds and prizes are as follows:
|Winning Combination||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|Match 5||1 in 1,906,884||€100,000|
|Match 4||1 in 8,667||Estimated €500|
|Match 3||1 in 201||Estimated €30|
|Match 2||1 in 14||Estimated €3|
The jackpot prize and the Match 2 prize are fixed amounts. The other two prizes are pari-mutuel so the amount varies between draws. The fixed prizes are paid first using money from the prize fund, then of the remaining fund, 28% goes to players in the Match 4 category and 72% is allocated to Match 3.