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Choose Lotto draws
Select which Lotto draw day(s) you'd like to play; you can choose Wednesday, Saturday or both.
Number of weeks
You can purchase Lotto tickets for up to 8 weeks at a time
From the 11th May we're making temporary changes to the Direct Debit service and as a result of this you won't be able to start a new Direct Debit. If you'd like to play in advance, please buy your Lotto ticket for up to 8 weeks.
Enter your numbers
Choose 6 numbers from 1 to 49 and type them in, tabbing from one box to the next.
If you don't have a set of numbers in mind, select 'Lucky Dip' and a line of numbers will be generated randomly (indicated by 'LD' on your play slip). Your numbers won't be displayed until you have bought your ticket. If you've selected to play for multiple draws the same Lucky Dip numbers will be entered in to each draw.
If you have incorrectly entered numbers or selected Lucky Dip in error on the play slip, select 'Clear' to delete the complete line and start again.
Add more lines
By selecting this link you will be able to purchase up to five play slips (35 lines of numbers).
If you're happy with the details on your play slip, select 'Play now' to continue with your ticket purchase.
Don't forget, every line you play also gives you an automatic entry into the new Lotto raffle.
It costs £2.00 per line of numbers per draw to play.Back to Top
There's no need to re-enter your favourite numbers - we'll remember the last Lotto numbers you played online so that you don't have to. This does not include Lotto raffle numbers, which are randomly generated when you purchase your ticket. For each line of Lucky Dip® you last played, a new line of Lucky Dip® will be generated for you. Click the link and sign in to your Account if you are not already signed in.Back to Top
When you buy Multiple Tickets using the 'Add more lines of numbers' option, you can save your numbers and play them whenever you choose. Lotto raffle numbers are randomly generated when you purchase your ticket and cannot be saved. For each line of Lucky Dip® you saved, a new line of Lucky Dip® will be generated for you. Click the link and sign in to your Account if you are not already signed in.Back to Top
- Tell me about Lotto
Lotto is the UK's biggest millionaire-making game. Simply select 6 numbers from 1 to 49.
The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday and six numbers (the main numbers) are drawn, along with one additional number - the bonus number. Match a minimum of three numbers to the main numbers drawn to win a prize. Remember, the bonus number is only relevant when you match five main numbers and the bonus number.
Every line you play also gives you an automatic entry into the Lotto raffle. Your raffle number(s) will be found on your ticket and every draw we guarantee at least 50 winners of £20,000. So there are two things to check on your ticket. More details about Lotto and the Lotto raffle
From the 11th May we're making temporary changes to the Direct Debit service and as a result of this you won't be able to start a new Direct Debit. If you'd like to play in advance, you can buy your Lotto ticket for up to 8 weeks.
- How do I play online?
You need to open a National Lottery Account to play online. If you haven't opened one, we'll prompt you to do so once you've completed an online play slip. If you need assistance completing the play slip, click on 'Help' at the top left of the play slip.
- Where is my ticket?
Your online ticket is kept safe and secure in your National Lottery Account, but you can view it whenever you like (except when the system is closed for maintenance). To access your Account, click 'Sign in' at the top of the page, and then enter your username and password. If you can't remember your sign in details, click the 'Forgot username or password?' link.
Once you've signed in, select 'My Account' at the top right of the page. To view your ticket select the 'My Tickets' option.
- What happens if I win?
If you win, we'll send an email informing you that you have some news and ask you to sign in to your Account (this is for your security and protection; we will never tell you about your win in an email). In the message area of 'My Account' you'll find a message informing you of your win.
For convenience, most winnings will be paid directly to your National Lottery Account or to your debit card bank account by electronic transfer. You can claim your prize the day immediately after you win it.
Here's how we pay you:
Wins of up to £500
These will be paid directly to your Account. You can either choose to transfer them to your debit card bank account by electronic transfer or use them to play more games.
Wins of £501 to £5,000
These are paid directly to your bank account by electronic transfer.
Wins of over £5,000
Wins over £5,000 must be claimed by calling our National Lottery Customer Care Team on 0845 278 8000, and will be paid by cheque.
- Results processing and verification
While the results are being processed and verified on draw nights, the jackpots remain unconfirmed. Please be aware that this means that for a short time on both a Saturday and Wednesday night, you may still see information about that night’s jackpot on the site, even though you can no longer buy a ticket for that night’s draw.
Any ticket you buy after 9pm on a Saturday or Wednesday night, where you choose that day’s draw on your play slip, will be for the next draw for that day, not that night’s draw.
Our results verification process is very carefully monitored and audited so that when the results are published on this site, you can be sure that they are 100% accurate.
- Important – in-store prize payments
There are over six million winners on The National Lottery every week.
When you buy your ticket and check your results there are simple steps you can follow to ensure that, when you win, you receive your prize.
- Other ways to play Lotto
- Important online information
- Playing Lotto in-store