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UK Lotto is a leading lottery game in the United Kingdom. It started in 1994 and used to be called National Lottery, which was later changed to UK Lotto or simply, Lotto.
The draw takes place twice a week, every Wednesday at 8.00 pm GMT (1.30 am IST) and Saturday at 7.45 pm GMT (1.15 am IST). Except that, if a weekly draw falls on Christmas, it is moved to Christmas Eve.
There are six combinations of winning prizes, including a million-pound jackpot.
How to Buy a UK Lotto Ticket?
The tickets can be bought from licensed retailers at approved premises in the UK. The cost per UK Lotto ticket is £2.
You can also buy the tickets online by registering yourself on an online casino. The tickets of UK Lotto are also available online on their official website.
You will first be required to pay a deposit using your international debit or credit card or e-wallet. Enter your details like name, mobile number, e-mail ID, bank details, etc. After the account is created, you can buy as many tickets online as you want using the deposit amount. Once you have made the payment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with all the important details of your ticket.
Remember that you must only choose an online casino that has a standard and safe transaction method in place. Note that there are many fake online casinos offering lotteries. Refrain from depositing your money on those.
How to Play UK Lotto?
Playing UK Lotto is quite simple and exciting. You have to choose six different numbers (balls) from 1 to 59. A bonus number (ball) is also drawn from the remaining 53 numbers after the six main numbers have been selected from the lottery machine.
On the other hand, you can even opt for a Lucky Dip, where there is a provision for random numbers to be generated automatically, in case you don’t want to choose your numbers yourself.
The objective of the game is to match your chosen numbers with those drawn in the lottery. The more numbers you match, the bigger is the prize.
Prizes are awarded to the player who matches at least two of the six main numbers. The jackpot winner is the one who is able to match all six of the winning numbers.
Prize Structure of UK Lotto
Altogether, there are six prize tiers that are awarded to the participants, depending upon the number of balls matched. Note that you need to match at least two of the six drawn numbers. The prize amount increases as you match more numbers.
Here’s a table showing the six prize tiers.
|Five numbers + Bonus Ball||£1 million|
|Two numbers||Free Lotto Lucky Dip|
The jackpot amount is £2 million on Wednesdays and £3.8 million on Saturdays.
It is interesting to note that the jackpot of UK Lotto keeps on growing if there are no winners, for a limit of five consecutive rollovers. That is, if no player matches all six winning numbers, then that particular jackpot prize is added to the jackpot amount of the next Lotto draw. This is known as Jackpot Rolldown. If no one matches all six numbers even in the fifth draw, then the jackpot prize is shared by all the cash winners. The Jackpot Rolldown gives a chance to increase your cash prize by a substantial amount.
If two or more players match all six winning numbers to win the jackpot, then the reward is shared equally between all the winners.
Checking the Results of UK Lotto
You can check the lottery results of a UK Lotto draw on your mobile phone using the UK Lotto app, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
Also, all results are published on the official website of UK Lotto. You can click on the web link below to check the results. Check the results at https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/results/lotto/draw-history.
Even you can watch live draws on the website at https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/results/lottery-draws.
Claiming the Prize
UK Lotto winners get their rewards transferred to them in their registered bank account. So, there is no hassle of late payments and you will never lose out on your winning amount.
However, you must claim your reward within 180 days of the draw.
Why should I buy a UK Lotto ticket?
Buying a UK Lotto ticket gives you a chance to win millions. Apart from winning, you become a part of the noble cause as the money enables the lottery organizers to give back the funds for good causes. While winning a lottery will definitely give you an opportunity to fulfil your dreams, every single ticket sold also makes a lot of people happy at the same time. Lottery ticket sales bring in a huge amount of money. After deducting the prize money and all costs, the fund is used for charity, educational enhancement, public safety and health, and other noble causes.
Can I play the UK Lotto from India?
Yes. If you are above 18 years of age, you can play the UK Lotto and choose your numbers online, from India. The international lotteries are not subject to Indian gambling restrictions, so you can play from anywhere in the country. You can buy UK Lotto tickets from your phone or computer without having to visit the UK. Just register at an online casino with your information and make a deposit to buy the tickets online. You will then be able to play the lottery from the comfort of your home and wait for the results!
Is there a minimum jackpot amount?
Every jackpot winner is guaranteed to win £1 million as a minimum prize, regardless of the number of winners of that particular draw. Say, if the jackpot prize is £3 million, but there are a total of four jackpot winners, the jackpot amount will increase to £4 million using the reserve funds. And the four winners will be awarded £1 million each as the jackpot prize.
What is a Lotto Bonus Ball?
The Lotto Bonus Ball is an additional number which is drawn after the six main numbers. At first, the six main numbers are pooled from a range of 1 to 59. After that, a bonus number (Bonus Ball) is randomly selected from the remaining 53 numbers. This enables a player to increase the size of their prize if they miss the jackpot by a single number.
Can a tourist win a lottery in the UK?
All tourists are allowed to participate in the UK Lotto, provided they fulfil the age restriction norms of their respective countries. It is worth noting that you are authorized to claim your winnings only from the country you have purchased the ticket from.
What are must-be-won draws?
If the jackpot is not won by any player in a Lotto draw, then the prize money rolls over to the next draw, adding the prize amount to the next draw amount. But there can only be five consecutive draws without a jackpot winner. After the five consecutive rollovers, the jackpot prize money is guaranteed to be given to all the cash winners. This is called a must-be-won draw.
Do I have to pay tax in India on the winning amount of UK Lotto?
Yes, all the lottery prizes are taxable in India.
As per the Income Tax Act of India, Income Tax of 30.9% is levied on the total winning amount. This amount is deducted as TDS (Tax deducted at source) before the final amount is transferred to the bank account of the winner.
At what time do UK Lotto ticket sales close?
You can buy the tickets for UK Lotto by 7:30 pm GMT (1.00 am IST) on the night of the draw. Once the draw for that day has taken place, the sale of the tickets for the next draw will be opened.
What are the odds of winning a UK Lotto jackpot?
In UK Lotto, the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 45,057,474. However, the overall odds stand at a good 1 in 9.3.
Are the amounts of the prizes fixed?
All the winning amounts, apart from the jackpot prize, are fixed amounts. The minimum winning amount is a free Lucky Dip when you match a total of two numbers on the ticket with those that were randomly chosen in the draw. You get £30, £140 and £1,750 respectively if you match two, three, and five numbers respectively. You win the jackpot If you match the five main numbers along with the Bonus Ball. The jackpot amount is a staggering £1 million. However, this amount is different on different draw days. Moreover, it changes if the number of winners is more, as each winner gets at least £1 million upon winning the jackpot.