How to play
To play the lottery, pick six numbers from 1 to 59. The lottery ticket can be purchased from any licensed retailer in the UK or online. In this case, you can choose your own numbers or the Lucky Dip option ("Pull for luck"), to get six randomly selected numbers. The object of the game is to pick numbers, which match the winning draw numbers. The more numbers you guess, the bigger the prize you get.
When buying tickets online, simply select the numbers you want or the Lucky Dip option
After paying for one or more tickets, you will receive an email confirmation from the National Lottery with important information about your ticket and the draw, in which you participate. Your ticket is automatically verified after the draw and, if you won a prize, you will receive an email notification with the subject "there is important news about your ticket" ("Important news about your ticket")
For security reasons, the email does not inform, how much did you win. Instead, you will be asked to log into your account for more information. Winnings up to 500 pounds are immediately credited to your online account.
For more information on claiming UK National Lottery prizes, please visit our How to Claim page (How to Claim).
Not a UK resident?
If you do not live in England, but want to participate in the British National Lottery, then the "Lottery Concierge" service was created to help you, which will help you purchase tickets online by clicking on the "Buy Lotto Tickets" button above. As proof of purchase, a scanned copy of the purchased tickets will be posted to your account.
British Lotto prizes
You can get prizes, guessing just two numbers, But to win the jackpot you need to match all six. The initial jackpot amount may vary depending on the day of the draw. It starts from 2 £ million on Wednesday and from 3,8 million on Saturday. If two or more players match all six main numbers and win the jackpot, then the main prize is divided equally among the winners. However, if nobody wins the jackpot, then the prize pool is carried over to the next draw and increases the total jackpot amount.
There are six levels of prizes in this lottery. The table below shows the prize amounts, which you can win, Number of rooms, which you need to guess to get each of the prizes, and the probability of winning:
|Combination||Chances of winning||Prize|
|6||1 of 45 057 474||Jackpot|
|5 + "Bonus" ball||1 of 7 509 579||1 £ million|
|5||1 of 144 415||1 750£|
|4||1 of 2 180||140£|
|3||1 of 97||30£|
|2||1 of 10,3||Free ticket (Lotto Lucky Dip)|
The overall average chance of winning a prize in Lotto is 1 to 9,3.
Return of interest
National Lottery – most win jackpot system, going to those few players, who pick all six numbers. Average percentage return – share of ticket sales, dedicated to prize funds, about 45% (i.e., 45% of money, spent on tickets, would be won in prizes). Profit distribution will be very wide and influenced by several factors, which change week by week (eg, number of tickets sold, The "clarity" and popularity of winning numbers). Over an extremely long period (tens of millions of draws) return on investment would approach the average, about 45%. In a shorter period there is a very small chance of a big victory, but otherwise the average return is less than 45%; numerical experiment, using 10 000 random sets of numbers every week for 3 years found, what, had tickets, bought, the rate of return will be less than 30%.
In their book Scenarios for Risk Management and Global Investment Strategies, Academicians Rachel ES Zimba and William T Zimba talk about 6/49 lotteries, “Random numbers have an expected loss of approximately 55%. However, six tuples of unpopular numbers have an edge with expected returns, exceeding their cost by approximately 65%. Increases in mathematical expectation and approaches, bet on 2,25$ per dollar, when there are hyphens . Random numbers, such as those from lottery and quick pick and popular numbers cost more with carry over, but never have the advantage ". They come to a conclusion, what, due to time, which it would take, to succeed, "Excluding millionaires and amalgamated syndicates, it is not possible to use unpopular numbers in a scientific way to break the lotto and have high confidence in becoming rich; these aspiring millionaires will also most likely reside in the cemetery, when their distant heirs reach their goal ".
national lottery has many different machines and ball sets, which are selected by either a celebrity or a member of the general public. This is used, to randomize the process and create an independent selection of equipment, to reduce a person's chance, reject. Below is the table, how many times each car has appeared in a major National Lottery or Lotto game.
From Saturday 3 May 2014
Mark for a draw on Saturday 17 september 2011, they announced, that Arthur with a set of balls 3 was chosen, but they used Guinevere due to technical difficulties. Arthur was not used again until Saturday's draw 8 October 2011.
Also mark for draw on Saturday 14 april 2012, they announced, that Merlin with a set of balls 5 was chosen, but they used Lancelot due to technical difficulties. Merlin was not used again until Saturday's draw 8 December 2012.
Also mark for draw on Saturday 12 May 2012, they announced, that Arthur with a set of balls 5 was chosen, but they used Lancelot due to technical difficulties. Arthur was not used again until Saturday's draw 5 january 2013.
Also mark for draw on Saturday 31 August 2013, they announced, that Arthur with a set of balls 3 was chosen, but they used Merlin due to technical difficulties. Arthur was not used again until Wednesday's draw 18 september 2013.
The Health Lottery
In 2011, a new English lottery from Northernand Shell appeared, which operates many media outlets in England. During the game, participants are asked to choose five numbers numbered from 1 to 50. To claim a prize, you need to guess correctly at least 3 numbers. The Health Lottery got this name due to the fact, that some of the proceeds from ticket sales go to medical charity.
Draws are held twice a week, and the maximum gain here is 100 000 pounds. Tickets are on sale from retailers, but you can also take part through an online bet. Age limit for the participant - 16 years old.
The game provides two options, among which the standard for 1 £., or fast for 0.5 £. As part of a normal game, it is necessary to choose the correct numbers with numbering from 1 to 50, and you can choose them yourself, or randomly using a special generator. The participant can make only five bets, by setting certain options, moreover, his bet can participate in all further games within 8 weeks. You can watch the broadcast of the classic game on Saturdays and Wednesdays on Channel 5, and quick draws are held on Friday and Tuesday.
If this is the classic version, then here they get from the lottery drum 5 balls and an extra sixth at the end. Thus, a winning combination is formed. If the participant can collect 5 correct numbers, ему вручается 100 000 pounds. If this is a quick game, then only 5 balls, а победный выигрыш достигает 25 000 pounds. In that case, when several players claim the same winnings at once, it is divided equally between them.
National Television Lottery
Most National Lottery draws, take place on live television. First National Lottery Show (gave the right National Live Lottery: First Draw), was in 19:00 on Saturday 19 November 1994. Submitted by Noel Edmonds, this was a one hour long special, wherein 49 rivals competed, to become the first person, who will start the draw, first man, being 18 year old Deborah Walsh. First number, which will be drawn, equaled 30. During its first few years, the series took on a title National Live Lottery, and was presented, mainly, Antey Turner or Bob Monhaus. Other notable presenters during this period included Carol Smillie, Terry Wogan and Ulrika Jonsson. 30 November 1996, live on BBC One, no one's car started.
20 May 2006, during a draw on National Lottery Elite, which took place minutes before the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, several members of the Fathers group, which 4 Justice objected to the set, forcing the show to be taken off the air for a few minutes, while the protesters were removed from the studio.
Traditionally, draws would take place at the BBC studio during the game show on Saturday. However, in more recent years, channel, lottery handler, pulls, has pre-recorded portions of a non-naughty show and then switched to the National Lottery HEADQUARTERS, designated studio for live draws.
Wednesday pulls used, to have their own 10 minute spot on BBC One, which has been hosted by various presenters at the National Lottery Studio HEADQUARTERS, some of the presenters included Gethin Jones, Christopher Biggins. Among the presenters were OJ Borg, Matt Johnson and Jenny Falconer. It is Alan Deadcoat who provides voice-overs for the drawn balls announcement and sometimes interaction with the presenter, he is known as Voice Balls.
FROM 7 january 2012 were in total 1678, pulls, which consist of 784 middle, pulls, and 894 saturdays pull. Planned to expand BBC production across the United Kingdom, all lottery shows will relocate to BBC Scotland. UKTV Gold additionally accepted Euromillions: Boom Beat show, which was broadcast every Friday.
From January 2013 draws on wednesday are no longer transmitted and available, to look exclusively on the web-National Lottery website. There is still an update to the results on BBC One at 22:35.
Xtra National Lottery
Between 10 Martha 2008 and 1 february 2010, "National Lottery Xtra" channel was broadcast on the channel 45 Freeview for one hour a day. Programming included content from Jackpot and National Lottery winners Good Reasons designs, and also a behind-the-scenes video of, how the National Lottery was run.
How the first lotteries appeared in England?
It was Elizabeth I who introduced many Englishmen to the first lotteries in 1559, that is, just at that time, when the country suffered from many political and economic crises, tearing apart its resources. England was under constant blockade by its enemies, and politicians tried to find a quick and effective solution to this military problem. Of course, many advisers suggested that Elizabeth I simply find herself a worthy and powerful husband, eg, monarch of another country. Elizaveta did not want to take such a desperate step and chose a more interesting and non-standard solution, which she, however, spied on the Italians, that have already had successful experience in organizing lotteries. Thus, in 1566, the Queen issued a decree to hold the very first official lottery in England, during which participants could win expensive prizes.
To successfully carry out this first draw, was printed from above 400 000 unique tickets, moreover, the winning participants in the lottery could collect their winning sum in money, either in gold. As a result, the royal treasury was able to replenish well, and the proceeds from ticket sales went to the most important social needs at that time: repair of harbors and ports in the south of the country. It is thanks to this modernization that in the future England will be called nothing less than the "mistress of the seas" with a very strong fleet., which determined its absolute leadership among all other European states.
Future UK lotteries looking back on first positive experiences, arranged the same in anticipation of large and costly projects, to compensate for losses and attract, thus, population to participate in government buildings. Here you can remember, eg, large-scale construction of an aqueduct in London, which has advanced greatly since, how in 1627 year in support of this project, a widespread lottery draw was held. Also, do not forget about the large British Museum., which was built, among other things, using the proceeds from the corresponding lottery. Among other similar construction projects: construction of large bridges and water pipes, as well as other socially useful and very expensive objects.
Large national lotteries have really been of great benefit to the state, but at the same time, many small lotteries began to appear against their background, in which too many gambling citizens participated. The government is, sure, didn't like, and they decided to ban all possible lotteries from individuals in 1698. Thus, the kingdom wanted to attract all active population to participate only in its lotteries, so that the profit from them could quickly replenish the treasury of England at the right time. At the same time, the ban on participation in local lotteries lasted until the 20th century and only through the successive adoption of the corresponding Acts of 1934, 1956-th and 1976 it turned out to get permission to hold certain lotteries, organized by private companies.
In the history of lotteries in England there is, sure, and your unpleasant moments. The first serious epidemic of widespread lotomania manifested itself in 1755, when people really went crazy and did everything, to get your coveted ticket. Many acts of vandalism have been recorded, since people in huge queues simply could not stand it and began to break down windows and doors, which caused great damage to urban infrastructure.
In the end, when all these problems became critical, opponents of gambling were able to pass anti-lottery laws in 1825, which completely prohibited the organization of such activities in the UK, because they began to be considered "godless". And yet a fairly large part of the population continued to take part in new sweepstakes, which now began to be carried out unofficially and secretly from the authorities, what caused the corresponding losses.