Lotto is the nationís favourite National Lottery game and attracts millions of players each week, as well as providing funds to a wide variety of charitable causes. There are six ways to win prizes, so you can snap up rewards for matching just two main numbers, and there are some massive amounts of money to be had for matching more numbers. The jackpot can grow beyond £55 million and a record top prize of £66 million was split between two players in January 2016.
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Lotto is a 6/59 game that offers six different prize tiers and a supplementary raffle. Find out how to play here.
The Lotto Millionaire Raffle creates a winner of £1 million in every draw and also rewards 20 lucky winners with £20,000 each.
Find out how you can win bigger prizes for matching fewer Lotto numbers with Lotto Hotpicks, which is played alongside the main game.
Are you a Lotto winner? Head this way to find out more about what to do next.
Lotto has a total of six prize tiers; matching anything from two main numbers upwards will see you win a prize. Find out more about the various prizes here.
You've got your ticket and you've seen the latest numbers, but have you won a prize? Use the Lotto Ticket Checker to find out.
From draw machine frequencies to the most common numbers, this Lotto Statistics page has everything you need to know about the game.
Games like Lotto help contribute funding for a variety of initiatives throughout the UK. Learn more about how Lotto supports good causes here.
Lotto has created thousands of huge prize winners since 1994. Read about the biggest Lotto winners here.
The National Lottery launched on Saturday 19th November 1994, with a jackpot of nearly £6 million on offer in the first game. The winning numbers in the first-ever draw were 3, 5, 14, 22, 30 and 44 with Bonus Ball 10. Seven top prize winners split a prize pool of £5,874,778 that very night. Each player received £839,254.
A Wednesday night draw was added in February 1997 to give players a second chance to win each week, and in 2002 the game underwent a major rebrand and became known simply as Lotto.
In 2013, the price of tickets increased from £1 to £2 to help jackpots grow more quickly and allow the prize for matching three main numbers to go up to £25. The Lotto Raffle was also introduced, which was then revamped in October 2015 when a number of significant changes came into effect.
The new Lotto Millionaire Raffle guaranteed that at least one player would win £1 million in every Lotto draw in addition to awarding fixed prizes of £20,000 in every draw. At the same time, the Lotto ball pool was increased from 49 to 59 and a new prize tier came in for players who matched just two main numbers, boosting the overall odds of winning a prize while helping average jackpots grow larger. A limit on the number of rollovers was removed to allow the top prize to climb into the high eight figures.