Lotto Hot Picks
Although the Lotto HotPicks game is separate from the main UK Lotto draw, it does use the same sequence of numbers which are drawn in the main Lotto game. However, unlike the UK Lotto, HotPicks gives the player a choice on how many numbers they'd like to predict.
From October 2015 HotPicks will be making some exciting changes! To find out information visit the National Lottery Changes page.
How to Play
Draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays alongside the UK Lotto game. There are five options in HotPicks and players can choose Pick One, Pick Two, Pick Three, Pick Four or Pick Five with prizes awarded for matching one or more of the numbers drawn in the main Lotto game. The more numbers a player correctly predicts, the greater the prize. The big difference between Lotto and HotPicks is that the ticket holder must get all of their predictions correct to win a prize. For example, if a player chooses to play just one number, and that number is subsequently drawn in the Lotto, the player wins a prize. If the player correctly predicts two numbers, then the prize increases. However, if a player predicts two numbers but only one of them is drawn, they do not win a prize.
HotPicks prizes are always a set value and the odds and guaranteed prize values for each Hotpicks option are shown 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|
Buy Tickets Online
Buying HotPicks tickets online is quick, easy and secure. The online system eliminates any possibility that a ticket can be lost, stolen or damaged and notifies you if you win a prize ensuring that prizes from ticket purchases made online never go unclaimed. Click here for more information about purchasing lottery tickets online.
Claiming a Prize
All HotPicks prizes are valid for 180 days after the draw takes place so if you have any unchecked tickets, please make sure you check them before throwing them away.
If you've played HotPicks online, the method of claiming your prize will be different than the procedure for paper tickets. The value of your win will also affect the way you make a claim. Visit the Lottery Claims page to find out how you can claim your prize.
Prize money which has not been claimed within the 180 day claim period will be donated to National Lottery Good Causes fund.
The National Lottery contributes 28% of all revenue generated by ticket sales to the National Lottery Good Causes Fund. Since its launch in 1994, the National Lottery has donated a staggering £31 billion to over 420,000 worthy causes across the nation. To read more about where this money goes, click here.