About Lotto

The nation's favourite

What is Lotto?

Join in the excitement of the nation’s favourite lottery game that’s helped change lives and made dreams possible. Lotto is yours to play every Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets costs £2 per play and include entry to the ‘Millionaire Raffle’ that guarantees £1 million prize in every draw. Alongside the jackpot, that's two chances to become a millionaire. Plus there are 20 prizes of £20,000 in every draw. Remember, anyone can win with Lotto.

How do I play Lotto?

  • Simply select six numbers from 1–59 or pick Lucky Dip for a random selection
  • Choose how many lines to play

You can play up to 7 lines of numbers on each play slip and buy up to 10 play slips at a time.

  • Then, choose the draws and number of weeks you'd like to play.

You can play up to 8 weeks in advance or continuously by Direct Debit.

You automatically get a randomly-generated Millionaire Raffle entry with every line of Lotto numbers you play. The Millionaire Raffle takes place on the same day as the Lotto draw you have entered. Millionaire Raffle entries start with four letters that spell out a colour and are followed by eight numbers.

You can play Lotto online every day from 8:00am (sometimes earlier) until 11:00pm. But remember: Lotto ticket sales close from 7:30pm to 9:00pm on Wednesday and Saturday for that evening's draw. To play Lotto on the day, you'll need to buy your ticket before 7:30pm.

If you want to make sure you're always in the Lotto draw, play by Direct Debit.

You can also spread the excitement of playing Lotto by starting a syndicate.

Check out our how to play Lotto video guide

What is the Millionaire Raffle?

The Lotto raffle has become the Millionaire Raffle. This gives you two chances to become a millionaire with every Lotto ticket. The Millionaire Raffle has two prize tiers in every draw – one guaranteed £1 million prize and 20 guaranteed prizes of £20,000. The Millionaire Raffle takes place on each Lotto draw day, and at least 21 raffle numbers will be selected. We draw the £1 million winning raffle number first, followed by the 20 prizes of £20,000.

Free Lucky Dip

Match 2 main numbers and you win a free Lotto Lucky Dip ticket, giving you another chance to become a millionaire in a future draw. If you have purchased your Lotto ticket online or by Direct Debit, then your free Lucky Dip will automatically be entered into the next draw. We will let you know that you have won and give you the option to decide which Lotto draw you would like any future Match 2 Lotto prizes to be entered into (next Lotto draw, next Wednesday Lotto draw or next Saturday Lotto draw).

If you play in retail, you will need to present your winning Lotto ticket at a National Lottery Retailer. The retailer will then give you the option of receiving a free Lotto Lucky Dip for either the next Wednesday or Saturday Lotto Draw.

What can I win?

Match all 6 main numbers to win the jackpot. If there's more than one jackpot winner, the prize will be shared equally between all the jackpot winners. Match just 3 main numbers to win £25. Match 2 main numbers and win a free Lotto Lucky Dip and another chance to become a millionaire on the next Lotto draw. Match your Millionaire Raffle entry with a drawn Millionaire Raffle number to win a Millionaire Raffle prize. The Millionaire Raffle has 2 prize tiers in every draw – one guaranteed prize winner of £1 million and 20 guaranteed prizes of £20,000. You can win both the Lotto jackpot and Millionaire Raffle on one ticket.

Prize table for Lotto
Prize Categories Prize
Match 6 main numbers Jackpot
Match 5 main numbers + Bonus Estimated £50,000
Match 5 main numbers Estimated £1,000
Match 4 main numbers Estimated £100
Match 3 main numbers £25
Match 2 main numbers One free Lotto Lucky Dip
Millionaire Raffle Guaranteed £1 million & £20,000 prize tiers

Camelot may decide at any time to hold a promotional Millionaire Raffle Draw in which additional Millionaire Raffle Prizes (of amounts to be decided) may be available to be won. These Prizes will be in addition to the one guaranteed Millionaire Raffle Prize of £1,000,000 and the 20 guaranteed Millionaire Raffle Prizes of £20,000 that can be won in that Millionaire Raffle Draw. The odds of winning a Millionaire Raffle Prize will vary depending on the number of Millionaire Raffle Entries in each Millionaire Raffle Draw.

For more information about playing Lotto online, see the Lotto Game Procedures.

How many times can the Lotto jackpot rollover?

If nobody wins the Lotto jackpot in the draw when it hits £22M or more, it will roll to the next draw one final time. Then, the jackpot MUST BE WON! So, if no one matches all six main numbers, the prize WILL be shared by the players with the most winning numbers.

For the full details refer to the Lotto Game Procedures.

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