How to play Lotto HotPicks

Lotto HotPicks is a unique lottery game in that it does not have its own lottery draw. Instead, the game is based on the numbers that are drawn for the main Lotto game. However, unlike the main Lotto game, the HotPicks game doesn’t require the player to pick six numbers. When playing HotPicks the player can “Pick 1”, “Pick 2”, “Pick 3”, “Pick 4” or “Pick 5”. The more numbers you choose to play, the greater the potential reward is for winning.

Step 1 – Pick Your Numbers

When you have decided whether to Pick 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 numbers, mark this choice on the relevant “Pick” box on the play slip. Then mark the numbers you want to play on the adjacent board. For example, if you want to Pick 3 you would mark the Pick 3 option and then mark each of the three numbers you actually want to play. The Lotto HotPicks play slip has several boards, allowing you to make several HotPicks entries on the same slip.

Step 2 – Pick Your Draws

As with the main Lotto game, you can play Lotto HotPicks on both Wednesdays and Saturdays, and you can mark your play slip for your numbers to be entered for either one or both draws – simply mark the “Wed”, “Sat” or “Both” option. You can also play the same numbers for up to eight consecutive draws by marking the relevant box, but do remember that all entries must be paid for in advance.

Step 3 – Check Your Ticket

After handing your ticket to the lottery retailer and paying the amount due, you will be issued with your Lotto HotPicks ticket. Check it to make sure that it is accurate and that the “Void” box hasn’t been marked. If you do find any errors then you will need to tell the retailer immediately to get them rectified. If the lottery terminal closes or two hours pass without you mentioning an error then there is nothing you can do about it, so speak up quickly if you need to.

Step 4 – Check Your Numbers

When the Lotto draw has taken place you can check your numbers to find out if you have won a prize. The prize you can win is totally dependent on how many numbers you picked, as illustrated in the table below:

Game How to Win Prize Odds of Winning
Pick 5 Match 5 £130,000 1 in 317,814
Pick 4 Match 4 £7,000 1 in 14,126
Pick 3 Match 3 £450 1 in 922
Pick 2 Match 2 £40 1 in 79
Pick 1 Match 1 £5 1 in 9

HotPicks players should note that “in exceptional circumstances” the value of the prizes shown here may be lowered.

Step 5 – Claim Your Prize

If you have won a prize then you can claim modest wins from any lottery retailer. National Lottery Post Offices can deal with claims of up to £10,000. If you Pick 5 and Match 5 you will need to claim your prize in person, and should call the National Lottery Line as instructed on the back of your winning ticket.


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