Playing the lottery: your options

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There are a number of different lotteries you can play in the UK.

The most notable are the National Lottery, the Euromillions, the Thunderball and the Health Lottery.

You can also buy Premium Bonds for the chance of winning a life-changing prize.

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The National Lottery

This is perhaps unsurprisingly the most popular lottery in the UK. Punters select six numbers between 1 and 49, and must match all six winning balls that are drawn in order to win the jackpot.

However, smaller prizes can be won by just matching at least three numbers. There are two UK Lotto draws per week which take place on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

Upon purchasing their lottery numbers, players will also receive an entry to the Lotto Raffle. The Raffle is played alongside the main UK Lotto game and guarantees a minimum of 50 winners of £20,000 in every draw.

Your overall odds of winning a Lotto prize of any kind are 1 in 54. Your odds of winning the main jackpot are 14 million to 1.


Each EuroMillions play slip has several sections, each of which features two numbers boards. The main board shows the numbers 1 to 50 and the second "Lucky Stars" board shows the numbers 1 to 11. You need to select 5 numbers on the main EuroMillions Lottery board and 2 numbers on the Lucky Stars board by marking your choices with a pen. EuroMillions Lottery draws take place every Tuesday and Friday night

The EuroMillions has a jackpot cap in place which means that the top prize in this lottery cannot go above €190 million.


The Thunderball Play Slip has 5 boards on it. Each board consists of 2 boxes. One box contains the numbers 1 to 39 from which you select five numbers. The other box contains the Thunderball numbers 1 to 14 from which you select one number.
You only need to match the Thunderball to win a prize!

The Health Lottery

The Health Lottery is an independent Great British lottery game that launched to help raise funds for 'health-related good causes'. From every £1 raised through ticket sales, 20p goes to the good cause fund. In every draw there is a fixed jackpot of £100,000 and players have to match five numbers from the range 1 to 50 to win this prize. Health Lottery draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday.

Premium Bonds

A Premium Bond is slightly different to traditional lotteries in that you never lose your initial stake. Essentially it is a savings account where all the money that would normally be paid out as interest is pooled together and handed out to a lucky few winners in a monthly draw.

There are many different prizes ranging from £25 to the top prize of £1,000,000. You have to hold a minimum of £100 in Premium Bonds and a maximum of £40,000. Each £1 secures you an entry into the monthly draw, so the more bonds you have, the better chance you have of winning. But it also means you lose out more if none of your numbers are drawn (as you could have been earning a guaranteed interest rate with a traditional savings account).

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