UK lottery games were introduced to the British public in 1994, which makes the UK quite a late-starter compared with countries like the USA, which had official lottery games in some states several decades earlier. Despite its relative youth, the UK lottery has quickly become something of a national treasure, with the majority of people in Britain playing UK lottery games on a regular basis.
Money raised from the sales of UK lottery tickets goes to several organisations that have been set up to fund a variety of good causes, and UK lottery players actually use the term Good Causes to collectively refer to these. Since the launch of the UK lottery, more than £24 billion has been raised for Good Causes, and that total grows week after week.
The last UK lottery draw result is given below. Please visit the UK National Lottery results page for a full breakdown of the other games and past results.
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UK lottery players have plenty of UK lottery games that they can participate in. The biggest is EuroMillions, a multi-national lottery that is currently played in nine European countries. EuroMillions was launched in 2004 by three founding nations, including the UK, and offers a base jackpot of €15 million which can, after rollovers, become many times higher. To win the jackpot, UK lottery players need to select 5 main numbers from the range 1 to 50 and 2 ‘Lucky Star’ numbers from the range 1 to 11. There are two weekly draws, which take place in Paris each Tuesday and Friday evening.
Other UK lottery games that are worthy of particular note include:
Lotto – This was the first ever draw-based UK lottery game, and has been played since November 1994. UK lottery players have to select 6 numbers from the range 1 to 49 and match all six to win the jackpot. There are two Lotto draws each week (one on Wednesday and the other on Saturday) and prizes are paid to any UK lottery player matching 3 numbers or more.
Thunderball – This UK lottery game has been around since 1999, but Thunderball was overhauled in 2010 to give UK lottery players the chance of winning bigger jackpots more often. UK lottery players have to choose 5 main numbers from the range 1 to 39 and 1 ‘Thunderball’ from the range 1 to 14. There are three draws each week (on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) and matching all 6 numbers wins a jackpot worth £500,000.
Lotto Plus 5 – Lotto Plus 5 launched in 2011, giving players the chance to enter their usual lottery numbers into a daily draw. The Daily Lotto Plus 5 draw plays every day there is no main lotto draw offering prizes from £2.50 for matching three numbers, up to £250,000 for matching all six. Lotto Plus 5 costs £1 to play in all five additional draws for each line of lottery numbers you wish to enter.
Other UK lottery games include Daily Play, Lotto HotPicks and a an ever-growing range of UK lottery scratchcards that can be played both offline and online. The UK lottery has been so successful that the UK lottery organiser is expected to be playing an important if not pivotal role in developing a new World Lottery to be launched at some point in the future.