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All you need to know about Lotto

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Saturday nights changed forever when Lotto was introduced back in 1994. Since then, it’s become the nation’s favourite game – played by millions in towns and cities across the country. Today, it’s as popular as ever, with thousands winning prizes in every game. As far as lotteries go, Lotto is the real McCoy.

So how do you play?

Pick 6 numbers from 1–59 or go with a Lucky Dip ® for randomly selected numbers.

You can play up to 7 lines of numbers on each play slip and buy up to 10 slips at a time.

Choose to play on Wednesday or Saturday – or both, and then the number of weeks you’d like to play.

You’re good to go!

You can buy Lotto tickets online every day from 6am until 11pm. But remember, to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.

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Play every Wednesday and Saturday.

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Look out for those rolldowns

Lotto can only Rollover 5 times. The 5th Rollover is a Must Be Won draw.

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In a Lotto Must Be Won draw where no one wins the jackpot by matching 6 main numbers, there’s a Rolldown. This means the jackpot is shared by players matching 2 or more main numbers, so thousands can expect to win a boosted cash prize! [1]

Lotto Rolldown enhancements are effective from the 7th November 2020 draw. See more information on these changes. [1]If the jackpot is not won in a Must Be Won draw, match 2 winners will each receive £5 in addition to their Lotto Lucky Dip. The remaining jackpot will be allocated to all other winning prize tiers in set percentages. More information about Rolldowns are included in the Lotto Game Procedures

Different ways to check results

Check on the go

Use our App on your mobile to see if you’ve won. You can also scan paper tickets for instant results. Get it on Google Play or the App Store.

Here on the web

All results are published here on the website every Wednesday and Saturday from around 9.30pm.

Watch the draw live

Watch all Lotto draws first on our website or YouTube channel at 8pm every Wednesday and 7.45pm every Saturday.

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What are the average jackpots, compared with the previous game?

Base jackpots on Lotto are £2 million on a Wednesday (up from £1.8 million previously) and £3.8 million on a Saturday (up from £3.1 million previously).

The jackpot grows as it rolls, and we expect Must-Be-Won draws to be around £11 million on a Wednesday and £12 million on a Saturday.

As the jackpot is now only allowed to roll five times under the new format (compared with the previous rules where it rolled up to £22 million), the jackpot will be won more often.

How does a Rolldown work?

Lotto Rolldown enhancements are effective from the 7th November draw. Find out more.

Whenever there’s a Lotto Must Be Won draw and no one wins the jackpot by matching 6 main numbers, there’s a Rolldown. This means the jackpot is shared across other prize tiers where players match 2 or more main numbers, so thousands can expect to win a boosted cash prize.

Players matching 2 main numbers in a Rolldown will each receive a £5 cash prize in addition to their usual free Lucky Dip ® . The remaining jackpot prize fund will then be allocated (in set percentages) to the other winning prize tiers and shared amongst those winners.

For details of the Rolldown mechanic, see the Lotto Game Procedures.

What are the odds?

The odds remain the same as they were previously, but the jackpot will be won more often because it is now only allowed to roll over five times (previously it rolled up to £22 million).

Why did you not change the price or number of balls?

Sales of the old £1, ‘6 from 49’ game had been falling for a long time. As a result, so had the amount of money it was raising for Good Causes, which is ultimately what we’re here for.

Secondly, in 2015, we didn’t just add 10 extra balls – there were a number of other changes (for example, the ‘Millionaire Raffle’ and a free Lotto Lucky Dip® ticket for matching two main numbers). If we make a change to one part of the game, we have to consider the knock-on effects that would happen in other parts of the game. We need to look at the game in its entirety.

We’ve listened to what people (players, non-players and retailers) have told us and what they want from Lotto in the future – jackpots that will be won more often, with bigger cash prizes at the other levels. We believe that the improvements we’ve made will do just that.

Where has the money from the raffle gone?

All of the money has gone into the main draw.

We’ve listened to feedback and responded by taking Lotto back to its roots: focusing on the main draw and bigger, fixed prizes – so players will know exactly what they will win.

In addition, the jackpot will be won more often, the prize fund will be more fairly shared across all levels and we’ve added a new £1 million prize for matching 5+Bonus Ball (up from around £50,000 previously).

Have these changes impacted Lotto HotPicks?

There have been no changes to Lotto HotPicks prizes as a result of these changes – the new prize amounts apply to Lotto only.

The only change is that you can now only play Lotto HotPicks 4 weeks in advance.

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    God Bless the Lottery Rollovers! Let Jackpot Miracle Grow!

    The Bigger, The Better

    When we play the lottery, we always hope that we will be the lucky one who holds the winning lottery ticket and be an instant millionaire. We meticulously (and sometimes superstitiously) choose our numbers and some people even have a particular ritual they go through before they check to see if they won. Sadly, most of us will never experience that thrilling moment when we realize that we hold the winning ticket.

    Even though our odds are not in our favor, we continue to play—especially when we learn that no one claimed the jackpot, which is now larger than it was the night before, thanks to lottery rollover.

    What is a Lottery Rollover?

    For those who are unfamiliar with the term, lottery rollover is when there is no winning ticket to claim the jackpot. Since there are no winners to claim the jackpot, the money is “rolled over” and added to the jackpot for the next draw.

    These rollovers do have some limitations though. Many games have rules that stipulate how many times a jackpot can be rolled over. Once that limit has been reached, the entire amount of money that has been rolled over must be paid out—even if there are no jackpot winners, which will result in a lottery roll down. Of course, if there are multiple winners, then the entire amount will be shared between the lot.

    What is a Lottery Roll Down?

    When a game experiences a roll down, this means there are no jackpot winners, and the money that was rolled over is distributed to the highest prize tier that does have a winner(s). So… Let’s say that no one wins the jackpot that has had the maximum rollovers, but several players have won the second prize tier jackpot. If no one wins in that tier, the prize money will drop down to the third tier.

    With this in effect, the theory states that the jackpot funds could potentially be rolled down to the lowest prize tier, but usually it will just drop down to the second prize tier and is shared amongst those winners.

    How Does Roll Overs Affect Ticket Sales?

    Like a moth to a flame, people who play the lottery are more aware when a jackpot grows. When rollovers occur, you can expect that, not only will more people play the lottery, but they will purchase more tickets. Because of this influx of players and tickets, the chances of winning that jackpot are even lower.

    For avid players who pay close attention to the number of times a jackpot has been rolled over when the maximum rollovers have occurred, you can expect to see even higher ticket sales. Not only are players hoping to win the jackpot, but many people will also settle for second-tier prizes because of the possibility of a roll down. In essence, when any lottery game has reached the maximum possible rollovers, you still can win a whole lot of money, even without matching all the numbers necessary to claim the jackpot!

    LottoExposed helps you understand how lottery rollovers and even roll downs can mean big wins for those who choose the right numbers. ]]>