The UK Lottery was launched in November 1994. The main UK National Lottery game is the Lotto, and this is a 6 from 49 game that takes place every Wednesday and Saturday. To play the game, you need to select 6 numbers from the range 1 to 49 and if all of your selections are drawn as main numbers you win the jackpot. If you don’t want to pick your own numbers you can opt for a ‘Lucky Dip’ entry, which is a randomly generated selection of six numbers.
If two or more players match all six main numbers then the Lotto jackpot is shared equally between the winners. Should no player match all six main numbers then the jackpot is rolled over to the next draw, and if a handful of consecutive rollovers take place the jackpot can quickly reach 10 million and more.
When the UK National Lottery game takes place, a total of seven numbers are drawn. The first six numbers are the ‘main’ numbers which determine the winner of the UK National Lottery jackpot. The seventh ball is a ‘bonus ball’ and this is used to determine the winners of the second-tier prize.