The National Lottery first began in 1994 and since then, has managed to pay out over £55 billion in prizes. This impressive lottery has also managed to make 6 million winners every week, with 6 becoming millionaires. Life has changed for over 38 000 people who became instant millionaires overnight and who says that the next winner can’t be you?
The National Lottery does so much more than just handing out millions of pounds every day, they also fund many projects across the UK. Every week the lottery gives projects around the UK over £34 million to fund sports teams, save the environment and improve the lives of the elderly and people in need.
There are 4 games that capture the attention and imagination of UK residents every week.
The UK lotto takes place twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays and has fast become the main lottery played in the country. To play, 6 numbers must be chosen from a possible 49 by either picking your own numbers or selecting the “Lucky Dip” option where the computer will randomly generate the numbers for you. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 13,983,815 with the biggest win in the lottery’s history taking place in October 2013 and amounting to an impressive £42,008,610.
Euromillions is played by over 14 European countries across the continent, bringing together millions of hopeful players every week. This lottery takes place every Tuesday and Thursday evening with televised draws filmed in Paris. The game has hit some incredibly high jackpots in its day with the biggest jackpot of €190 million won by a UK couple.
The Thunderball has become a popular game in the UK with prizes of £500 000 and draws held 3 times a week. Simply select 5 main numbers from 1 to 39 and 1 Thunderball from 1 to 14 for a chance to pocket this fantastic prize.
Looking for a game with fewer number choices? Then Lotto HotPicks is for you. This lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, and players can decide how many numbers they want to play. Matching from as little as 1 number, all the way up to 5, the more numbers you decide to match, the bigger the payout. Matching 5 numbers can see you taking home £130 000!
Many lottery enthusiasts have started trying their luck on Instant Wins. With more ways to win and instant cash prizes paid out on the spot, these fun games can cost as little as 25p.
Snakes and Ladders Jungle has taken a classic board game and revamped it into a lottery game that keeps the masses coming back for more. In this game, you can win up to £50 000 by moving through the board and collecting various symbols for bonus points.
Instant Lotto gives players a chance to play the lotto on a smaller scale with daily prizes. Think you can do with your share of £100 000? You have a 1 in 3 chance of winning a prize, so try your hand at the game by selecting 6 numbers between 1 and 49.
No game is as sweet as Treat Shop. The name of the game is to collect 3 of the same treats by connecting them in a row or column. The odds of winning are 1 in 3, with cash prizes reaching up to £50 000.
How do I play if I am not a resident of the UK?
You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home by playing online. Easy to use concierge systems allow you to access this lottery from anywhere in the world. Open an account with an accredited concierge, buy your ticket and select your chosen numbers. The concierge will buy the ticket for you and scan it straight into your account for your perusal. Any winnings will be transferred to your account from the concierge and you can choose to withdraw this amount or you can always carry on playing with your winnings.