UK National Lottery (UK Lotto)

UK National Lottery (UK Lotto)

The UK National Lottery is the largest lottery operated within the United Kingdom, although the UK is of course part of the European EuroMillions lottery which is somewhat bigger in scale.

The UK National Lottery is operated by Camelot group under license issued by the british government in 1994 (renewed in 2001 and 2007) and regulated by the National Lottery Commission.

Despite a major rebranding programme in 2002 dubbing the lottery ‘UK Lotto’ it is still referred generally as UK National Lottery – we just want to clarify here and now that both names refer to the same lottery.

UK National Lottery / UK Lotto is marketed and sold throughout the British isles and foreigners can also buy UK Lotto tickets online and play from wherever they are located in the world. The UK National Lottery offers somewhat smaller jackpots then say, Euro Millions, but it is also worth considering that the odds of winning UK Lotto jackpot prize are about 5.5 times better then winning EuroMillions. All prizes are paid out as lump sums and UK Lotto wins are tax free.

A UK Lotto draw is conducted so that six numbers are drawn from a pot of balls ranging from 1 to 49 and then a bonus ball is drawn from the same pot. Players who buy UK Lotto tickets over the counter can choose whether to pick their own lucky numbers or spring for the Lucky Dip option, where the ticket machine randomly generates the numbers. The same options are available to those who play UK National Lottery online.

As explained before the odds of winning UK Lotto prize pots are rather good. We have included a table detailing the prize breakdown for each level but the overall odds of winning any UK National Lottery prize are around 52 to 1. As you can see there is a fixed ten pound win amount for matching 3 UK Lotto numbers, after this amount has been deducted from the overall prize fund, the remaining money is divided based on the percentages detailed in the prize column:

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