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. A midweek draw was introduced in 1997 and since then there have been draws on both Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The National Lottery was rebranded to Lotto in 2002 and there have been further changes over the years, including an increase in the ticket price and a completely overhauled prize structure.

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, providing much needed financial help to a range of social projects across Britain. To date, the UK National Lottery has raised over £38 billion for various good causes, with the funds being shared amongst more than 535,000 different individuals and groups.

The funding for good causes is distributed by 15 independent bodies across the UK, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the British Film Institute, and Sport England. To see which local charities and projects are being supported in your area, simply visit the Lottery Good Causes website and enter your postcode.


Players pay £2 per line and select six numbers from 1 to 59 or have them randomly generated by choosing a Lucky Dip. Draws take place every Wednesday at 8.30pm GMT and Saturdays at 7.45pm.


To win the jackpot, players must match the numbers on their ticket with those drawn in the lottery. The more numbers matched, the bigger the prize. The jackpot is shared between all players who correctly match all six main numbers, and smaller fixed prizes can be won for matching two or more main numbers. There are six prize tiers in total, 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

£1 million

5 Numbers

1 in 144,415


4 Numbers

1 in 2,180


3 Numbers

1 in 97


2 Numbers

1 in 10.3

Free Lotto Lucky Dip

Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 9.3

Lotto jackpots start at £2 million on a Wednesday and £3.8 million on a Saturday. 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.

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.

The National Lottery and Lotto are operated by the Camelot Group PLC and are governed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. All National Lottery draws are audited and conducted under the scrutiny of independent regulators to ensure absolute fairness and transparency.

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