Final UK Lotto Draw Before Changes Take Place

October 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Lottery News

It’s out with the old and in with the new at UK Lotto headquarters this week, as the lottery prepares to make some of the biggest changes in its history. Tonight will see the final UK Lotto draw in its current format and a £2 million jackpot that must be won tonight!

To ensure the new game launches with a completely new jackpot, tonight’s jackpot of £2 million must be paid out regardless of whether or not a player matches all six numbers. Should there be no ‘jackpot’ winner then the prize will roll down to the next prize tier until a winner is found, which means the tonight’s UK Lotto draw could make a millionaire out of a player who doesn’t hit the jackpot!

Tickets for tonight’s draw can be purchased until 19.30 BST tonight. After this point, Lotto ticket sales will be suspended until the following morning to allow the technical changes to be implemented. Ticket sales will resume, at the new cost of £2, on Thursday morning.

Tickets for Euromillions, Thunderball and Hot Picks are not expected to be affected by the closure period, so players should be able to buy their tickets for these games as usual. Lotto Plus 5, which was the only game to be a casualty of the lottery changes, has already closed and the final draw took place last night.

‘New Lotto’ is being launched with a bang on Saturday 5th October 2013 alongside a brand new BBC entertainment television show hosted by Chris Evans. The show will feature the first 49 to 1 game (read more about that here) plus the inaugural draw of the new Lotto, which will have a guaranteed jackpot of £10 million, and will introduce the new Lotto Raffle by giving away 1,000 raffle prizes worth £20,000 each.

Tickets for the new Lotto game can be purchased from tomorrow morning, so don’t forget to set yourself a reminder to buy your ticket for Saturday’s new and improved Lotto draw!