Ticket price: £1 per line

Number Matrix: 6/49

Draws: Wednesday and Saturday

Prize Tiers: Six

First Draw: 19th November 1994

Largest Jackpot: 6th January 1996 - £42,008,610 shared between three tickets

See our section for Lotto results, we list all past results there and update it as soon as the new results come out.

You can also use our Lotto checker form to check if you've won on a draw - it also allows you to check past dates too! There is also a fun tool that will check your numbers against all past draws to see how much you would have won if you had always played those numbers.

Prize Tiers and Percentage Payouts:

Prize Tier Percentage of Prize Fund
Match 3 £10 per winner
Match 4 22% of the remaining fund shared
Match 5 10% of the remaining fund shared
Match 5+Bonus 16% of the remaining fund shared
Jackpot 52% of the remaining fund shared

Odds of Winning:

Prize Tier Odds
Match 3 56 to 1
Match 4 1,031 to 1
Match 5 55,490 to 1
Match 5+Bonus 2,330,635 to 1
Jackpot 13,983,815 to 1

Overall odds of winning 54 to 1

Results:

The BBC Lottery Show takes place on Wednesday and Saturday night on BBC1. The midweek show is a short round up results show on BBC1 and it’s usually transmitted a little after 10.30pm. Then for the weekend draw on Saturday nights the Lottery Show is a longer, primetime show and is usually aired at around 8.30pm with the UK Lotto results announced at around 9pm.

If you miss the BBC results show you don’t need to worry as you can check the Lotto results with us immediately after each draw. We’ll announce the winning numbers as the draw takes place within seconds of the results being aired. A little while later we will update our pages with all the evening’s Lotto winners or rollover information, prize breakdowns for each prize tier and all the details of each draw once an announcement has been made by the lottery organisers.

If you don’t have time to drop in to the website after each draw you can have the Lotto results fed to you directly from our social networking feeds if you follow us on either Twitter or Facebook. This means you can check the winning numbers straight after each lottery draw, no matter where you are.

How to Play:

The Lotto is a 6/49 game. This means that players need to choose six numbers from a possible 49 in order to play. Each selection must contain six individual numbers between 1 and 49 inclusive and these numbers make up one line, or one entry into the draw.

When the Lotto draw takes place seven numbers are drawn from the 49, six main balls and one Bonus Ball. To win the jackpot for the game you must match all six numbers in your selection to the six main numbers drawn in the Lotto game. Odds of winning the jackpot are almost 14 million to one.

However, there are six prize tiers in the Lotto and this is where the Bonus Ball comes into play and increases your overall chances of a win to 1 in 54. If you don’t match all six numbers you could still win a substantial amount of money using the Bonus Ball. The second tier prize on the game goes to players matching any five of the six main balls and the Bonus Ball. The lower prize tiers are paid to players matching five, four or three of the six main balls and all the payouts and odds of winning for each prize tier can be found in the table above.

General Information:

The UK Lotto launched in 1994, the nation’s first ever lottery draw and was initially a once-weekly draw. The popularity was enormous and pretty soon the Lotto began its midweek Wednesday draw giving us the format still used today. In the early days, when the flagship draw was the only draw in the UK, big jackpots were frequently seen particularly when the Lotto rolled over. It was a triple rollover that gave us the biggest ever win of £42 million a couple of years after the National Lottery was launched.

There are no jackpot caps on the UK Lotto jackpot but there is a limit to the number of rollovers. Previously there were just three rollovers allowed but this has since been revised to four. This means that the jackpot can roll a maximum of four times before it has to be won. If a top tier winner isn’t found the jackpot will roll down to the next prize tier with winners – although this has never happened in any draw since the National Lottery launched.

While the British game has one of the highest percentage jackpot funds of any lottery, a substantial amount still goes to charity. For every £1 spent on Lotto tickets 28p goes directly to the Good Causes Fund making a difference to hundreds of thousands of good causes over the years, including a huge contribution to the London 2012 Olympics.

All unclaimed lottery prizes are also handed to the Good Causes Fund, boosting their figures when players forget to check the Lotto results.

Claim Period:

If you play the Lotto and you purchase your tickets over the counter the lottery organisers recommend that you sign the back of your lottery ticket as soon as you get it and they also advise you to check the Lotto results as soon as possible after each draw.

Lotto winners have 180 days to claim prizes, which equates to around six months. We don’t recommend leaving it this long to check the results but this does give players a chance to track down lost, potentially winning tickets. Smaller tier prizes of up to £100 can be collected from any lottery retailer. Just present your winning ticket after signing the back. For funds up to £500 you can still collect in store but you may need to go to a National Lottery Post Office or arrange to come back into the store at a convenient time.

Winnings up to £50,000 can be claimed at any National Lottery Post Office but you must fill in a claim form. If you’re lucky enough to win a Lotto prize worth more than £50,000 then you must call the National Lottery hotline, who will arrange to send a representative to your home to arrange collection of your winnings!

Of course, in the age of the online world, players are recommended to buy their tickets online thus negating the need for all of this fuss. If you buy tickets directly from the National Lottery website then they will not only check the results for you and send you an email if you’re a lucky winner, but you can also transfer winnings to your bank account at the touch of a button.

If prizes are not claimed within the 180-day deadline, then they are handed over to the Good Causes Fund. The biggest unclaimed prize to date is £9,476,995, which expired on 2nd January 2006.