The UK National Lottery follows a simple 6/59 number format meaning that lottery players must pick 6 numbers from a possible 59. There is no extra number set from which to pick so the UK Lottery is thus a relatively easy lottery to play and win.
To win the UK National lottery a player must match his 6 chosen numbers to all 6 numbers drawn from the lottery machine. A further bonus ball is also drawn creating an additional prize tier to reward lottery players who have matched both the bonus ball and 5 numbers.
Please note: You do not choose the bonus ball. It is an additional ball that is chosen automatically during the draw process.
UK National Lottery drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night at 21:00 BST. The UK Lotto draw is broadcast live on BBC One.
How Do You Win the UK National Lottery Jackpot?
If the numbers on your UK Lottery ticket match all six main numbers, you are the winner of the UK National Lottery jackpot! If your numbers form a partial match you could still be a winner. There are an additional 5 secondary prizes in every UK Lottery draw.
UK National Lottery has a starting jackpot worth £2,000,000 and a jackpot cap at no more than 5 rollovers. If no one matches all the winning numbers in the 5th draw, a 'Must be Won' draw will be held where the jackpot prize will be divided among all the winners. 'Must be Won' jackpots will ultimately increase the size of everyone's prize.
How Do You Claim UK National Lottery Prizes at MagicLotto?
Receive automatic email alerts and FREE SMS winning notifications when your lucky numbers come in! All secondary wins go directly into your account after the lottery results are published and the prize money has been received from the official lottery operator. Larger prizes may require you to collect your winnings in the United Kingdom. Should this be necessary, MagicLotto will pay for your flight to the UK. UK National Lottery wins are tax-free. For more information, check out our lottery tax guide page.
How Can You Be Sure You'll Receive Your UK National Lottery Winnings?
History of the UK National Lottery:
The UK National Lottery was first launched in November 19, 1994 with a jackpot size of £5,874,778.00. Since this first draw the UK Lottery has grown from strength to strength and a second weekly draw was added on Wednesday 5th February 1997. The UK Lottery is now drawn twice a week on Saturday and Wednesday nights.
In 2002 The National Lottery changed its name to simply ‘Lotto’ and has been continuing to make millionaires ever since.