The National Lottery, which is the Lotto's previous name in the UK, is the state franchise national lottery of the United Kingdom. This organization is licensed and operated by the Camelot Group. Lotto from the National Lottery UK also includes the Millionaire Raffle. Drawn every Wednesday and Saturday, Lotto tickets can be bought either online or at retailers who sell lottery tickets in the UK. When these tickets are bought/played online, different rules apply as expressed on their site. This also includes rules for those having a Pingit or Direct Debit account. And furthermore, if there is any conflict with the rules of the accounts and Lotto and Millionaire Raffle, the specific rules of the game take precedence over the procedures. Then, the rules, Pingit account terms, and other account terms are followed in that order.
History of the National UK Lottery
Lotto, which was formally called National Lottery, made its debut in November 1994. Since their debut, there have been additions of extra balls, supplementary games, and huge, life altering winners included. As a matter of fact, the following entails key events that occurred since this game has been in operation:
- June 10, 1995- Mark Gardiner and Paul Maddison, business partners from the St. Leonards-on-Sea of East Sussex won £22.5 million which is the largest win until 2016.
- January 6, 1996- marks the game's record highest prize for 20 years in which a £42 million jackpot was shared among three players.
- February 5, 1997- Wednesdays were introduced for game drawing.
- May 18, 2002- first drawing under the new name, Lotto, occurred. Before that, the game was known as National Lottery.
- February 10, 2011- a new limit of four rollovers was introduced. Before that, only the top prize could roll three times before a win is required in the following draw.
- September 29, 2012- five players shared the first quadruple rollover in which each received £3.9 million, thus sharing a £19.5 million jackpot.
- October 5, 2013- several changes were introduced on this day as follows: The prize of matching three balls increasing from from £10 to £25, the Lotto price increasing from £1 to £2, the launching of Lotto Raffle offering at least 50 prizes of £20,000 for each drawing, and the discontinuation of Lotto Plus 5.
- October 8, 2015- several changes occurred which include the following: Ten more balls were added to the pool now totaling 59 balls, Lotto Millionaire Raffle replaced Lotto Raffle which ensures at least a £1 million winner in each draw, the removal of the limit of four rollover happened along with an introduction of a starting moveable jackpot cap of £50 million, and a Lotto Lucky Dip ticket prize for matching two numbers was introduced.
- January 9, 2015- a sharing of the record jackpot of £66 million between an anonymous player from Worcester and David and Carol Martin of Hawick of the Scottish Borders.
- April 6, 2016- a player who wished to remain anonymous picked up the biggest prize win by a single ticket holder in the game's history winning £35.1 million.
To purchase an ticket from the National Lottery site, the player must have a UK bank account for direct debit or debit card purposes. The player must also be a resident of the Isle of Man or the UK, and are physically present in either of these locations when purchasing the ticket.
Weekly Day Draw
The cost to play Lotto is £2, and this would include the Lotto and the Millionaire Raffle drawings. In the Millionaire Raffle draw, a minimum of 21 raffle numbers are selected in which each number will win a Millionaire Raffle prize guaranteed. This means that the first raffle number will be £1,000,000, and the other 20 raffle numbers will each win £20,000 which is the second Millionaire Raffle Prize.
Prize Tiers at the National UK Lottery
The approximate odds to win a Millionaire Raffle prize includes a Lotto base draw of one in 338,000 based on an indicative 7.1 million Lotto entries on Wednesdays, and a Lotto base draw of one in 686,000 based on an indicative 14.4 million Lotto entries on Saturdays. The Lotto prize value depends on the number of Lotto entries sold and the matching of the number of Lotto Entries with the player or players.
The odds to win Millionaire Raffle prizes vary on the Millionaire Raffle entries' number in each drawing of a Millionaire Raffle. In a Lotto base draw, 21 Millionaire Raffle prizes are available for winning. As mentioned above, the first raffle number will be £1,000,000, and the other 20 raffle numbers will each win £20,000 which is the second Millionaire Raffle Prize. Other than that, the following includes the different prize categories when there is no winning entries in Lotto:
- Match 6 / Jackpot- it will either roll over and be added to the Jackpot for the next drawing, or part of it will be added to the Reserve Fund while the rest of it is rolled over and added to the Jackpot at the next drawing. Camelot will decide upon the approval of the Commission on which of these methods will be used for each Lotto Draw. This is for the prize category in which no one has won.
- Match 5 + Bonus- will be added to the Jackpot.
- Match 5- will be added to the prize pool for the Lotto draw's Match 4 prize category.
- Match 4- will be added to the Match 3 prize pool category for that Lotto drawing.
With no maximum rollovers' number, the jackpot can continually roll until it reaches or exceeds the agreed amount by the Gambling Commission and the Camelot. The Camelot will also advertise the amount in which will be shown on the site. Once the amount is reached or exceeded, rollover can happen one more time before it must be won. The entire jackpot will roll to the next drawing if the jackpot is not won in the first Lotto drawing in which the amount is reached or exceeded. And then, if the jackpot is still not won in the next Lotto drawing, the Jackpot is then rolled down to the next prize category that has at least one winner.
As mentioned earlier, all National Lottery games and the prize winnings are subject to the Game Rules and Procedures. However, Camelot at any time can decide to withhold a promotional Millionaire Raffle drawing in which additional Millionaire Raffle prizes of amounts that they decide may be available for winning. This is in addition to the guaranteed Millionaire Raffle prize of £1,000,000 plus the 20 guaranteed Millionaire Raffle Prizes of £20,000 that are available for winning in the Millionaire Raffle drawing.
Jackpots and Winners at the National UK Lottery
As with all established and reputable lotteries, there are statistics. Having said this, the statistics for the largest Lotto jackpots and the largest number of Lotto jackpot winners are as follows:
The Largest Lotto Jackpots
- Sat 9th January 2016 for £66,070,646
- Wed 6th January 2016 for £52,964,701
- Sat 2nd January 2016 for £47,405,023
- Wed 30th December 2015 for £42,659,372
- Sat 6th January 1996 for £42,008,610
The Largest Numbers of Lotto Jackpot Winners
- Sat, 01/14/1995, 133 winners, prize per winner £122,510, jackpot- £16,293,830
- Sat, 03/16/1996, 57 winners, prize per winner £145,859, jackpot- £8,313,963
- Sat, 03/26/1999, 46 winners, prize per winner £152,431, jackpot- £7,011,826
- Sat, 11/04/2000, 32 winners, prize per winner £625,000, jackpot- £20,000,000
- Sat, 11/18/1995, 20 winners, prize per winner £425,503, jackpot- £8,510,060
And lastly, on the National Lottery site, it states that even though they carefully work to ensure accuracy about the National Lottery results, Camelot UK Lotteries Limited can't be responsible for any omissions or errors.