The UK National Lottery Lotto upholds a tradition of impressive jackpots and philanthropy, offering players some of Europe’s best prizes while contributing to over 800 national charitable organizations.
UK National Lottery Lotto History
The UK Lotto was originally known as the UK National Lottery when it was founded in 1994. From the time of its founding, the lottery was drawn once a week on Saturdays, until February 1997, when lottery officials added a Wednesday night draw. In March 2002, the bi-weekly lottery was renamed the UK Lotto, and since then has continued to help raise funds for the National Lottery Good Causes foundation which assist hundreds of needy organizations.
On 11th January 1995, the lottery set a new jackpot record with a top prize of £42 million ($64.4 million), a figure that has stood for the better part of two decades!
On October 5th, 2013 the UK Lotto received a makeover which raised the lottery's opening biweekly jackpots and added a raffle which creates 50-250 £20,000 winners in every draw! The number of winning raffle tickets starts at 50 and will grow by 50 with every rollover until a maximum of 250 winners.
The New Lotto launch was highly anticipated and offered exciting £10 million jackpots and 1,000 raffle prizes worth £20,000 on consecutive Saturdays, October 5th and 12th to mark the occasion.
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UK National Lottery Lotto Rules
Players must select six numbers from a guess range of 1-49 and can choose an entry form of 5 or 7 lines when playing online. A bonus ball is also drawn to decide the second place prize.
If you enjoy playing the UK Lotto, you may wish to try playing the UK National Lottery's Thunderball, or to buy a lottery ticket online for EuroMillions UK, which includes the UK Millionaire Raffle.
Winning the UK National Lottery Lotto
Wednesday jackpots open at £2.5 million, while Saturday opening jackpots are set at £5 million. There are 5 prize divisions in the UK Lotto, and the bonus number is counted towards the second prize only. To win the jackpot, players must guess six numbers out of a guess range of 1-49 correctly, regardless of the bonus number.
Like many European lotteries, there are no taxes on the UK National Lottery Lotto winnings.
UK National Lottery Lotto Anecdotes
Truly Unlucky in Love - In March 2011, after a son and a 14 year relationship, a young woman broke up with her long time truck-driver boyfriend. A few days later, the boyfriend won the UK National Lottery Lotto's £17.8 million (US$ 27.7 million) jackpot, branding his ex the unluckiest woman in Britain!