The UK Lotto is drawn every Wednesday and Saturday night. The Wednesday draw has a guaranteed minimum jackpot of £2.5 million (approx. $4.2 million). The Saturday draw has a guaranteed minimum of £5 million ($8.4 million). Similar to many Australian lotteries, proceeds from the UK’s national lottery go toward supporting over 800 UK charitable organisations. UK Lotto has a history of some impressive jackpot wins including £42 million (approx. $70 million) in 1995 and its record of £66 million (approx. $110 million) in 2016. It’s so popular because of its generous odds with the chance of winning a prize 1 in 10.
How to Play
For UK Lotto, six main numbers are drawn from a machine containing 59 balls numbered from 1 to 59, as well as one bonus number which acts as a supplementary number which is used to create an additional prize division for players who have five correct numbers as well as the bonus number. In order to win the jackpot, a player must match all of the six main numbers, regardless of the bonus number.
Like many European lotteries, there are no taxes on the UK National Lottery Lotto winnings.
Odds of Winning
Odds of winning a prize are 1 in 10, and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 45,057,474.