The UK Lottery boasts jackpots which can quickly rise higher than £10 million before they’re won. Draws are held twice a week and there are six prize tiers altogether. Find out more about how the game works, including all the prize information and some frequently asked questions.
You can play the UK Lottery from outside the UK by choosing and entering your numbers online. Playing online works in the same way to buying entries in person and just allows you to take part in a game you would not normally be able to enjoy. Follow the steps below to play the UK Lottery.
You win UK Lottery prizes by matching the numbers you have picked to the winning numbers that are drawn. Match all six main numbers to land the jackpot, which starts at a minimum of £2 million and grows quickly when it is not won.
As well as the jackpot, you can also win prizes for matching at least two numbers. A Bonus Ball is also drawn from the remaining 53 numbers left in the machine. If you match five of the six main numbers and your final number matches the Bonus, you win a larger prize. The following table shows all the different prize tiers:
|6||Jackpot||1 in 45,057,474|
|5 + Bonus Ball||£1 million||1 in 7,509,579|
|5||£1,750||1 in 144,415|
|4||£140||1 in 2,180|
|3||£30||1 in 97|
|2||Free Lucky Dip||1 in 10.3|
The UK Lottery jackpot can only go five consecutive draws without being won; if that happens, the sixth draw will be a ‘Must Be Won’ draw. If no one hits all six numbers to win the jackpot in a Must Be Won draw, the prize money is shared between the winners in all the other prize tiers, in what’s known as a ‘rolldown.’
The amount by which prizes increase during a rolldown can be different each time, but some of them can be boosted to up to five times their usual value. The match 3 prize, for instance, is boosted to around £110 on average, while an extra £200,000 can be added to the match 5 prize.
Learn more about UK Lottery by taking a look at the answers to some of the most common queries about the game.
Is there a jackpot cap or rollover limit?
There is no jackpot cap but there is a rollover limit. The jackpot can only roll over five times in a row before it has to be won in the following draw, and if the jackpot is not won in that draw then the prize money is shared among all the other tiers, sizeably increasing the prize amounts.
What is the biggest jackpot ever won?
The biggest jackpot ever won on UK Lottery was £66 million. This came on 9 January 2016 – before the current rollover limit was in place - and there were two winners who split the prize. Because of the rollover limit this record will likely never be beaten.
Can foreigners play the UK Lottery?
UK Lottery tickets are only sold in the UK, but the game is available to bet on in various other countries around the world. You won’t notice any difference in playing online compared to buying tickets at a retailer, as you win the same prizes and they are paid directly to you. Its cheaper than buying a ticket to fly to the UK, that’s for sure!
What happens if you win a prize?
You will be sent an email if you win a prize. Smaller amounts will be paid straight into your LotteryWorld account. Extra verification checks may be required for larger prizes before they can be paid, but you will be guided through what to do when the time comes.
What days are the lottery in the UK?
Draws take place on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm GMT.
How do I win the lottery UK?
You win prizes by matching the numbers you chose to those that are drawn out on draw nights. You win prizes for matching two numbers or more, with all six needed to win the jackpot. If you match five numbers but also the bonus ball then you win a much bigger prize than without the bonus ball.