Home to some of the most popular lottery games internationally, the UK offers games such as the twice-daily 49’s, the flagship Lotto game and, of course not forgetting the Free Lottery draws.
Take a look at some of the biggest games offered from the United Kingdom here:
Hugely popular in the UK and South Africa, the 49’s offers two daily draws that can only be bet on at bookmakers; it is not possible to purchase an actual lottery ticket for this game.
There are lunchtime and teatime draws taking place every day of the year (except Christmas Day), with live hosts presenting as the winning numbers are drawn from the machine. The reliability and consistency of the draws makes it a popular game among lottery fans around the world, as you’re never far away from your next chance to win.
Six numbers are drawn from 1-49, similar to the previous UK Lotto format, followed by one Bonus Ball (also known as Booster Ball). When you place a bet, you can choose whether or not your bet should include the Bonus Ball; these are called Six number games and Seven number games. It’s also possible to bet on other aspects, such as on the Bonus Ball number itself.UK 49's results
Creating millionaires since 1994, the UK’s Lotto game has maintained its popularity over the years following format changes and special events.
The UK Lotto draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening (from 8pm GMT on Wednesdays and 7:45pm GMT on Saturdays). Live draw broadcasts are available on YouTube, so you can follow along as the winning numbers are drawn. Alternatively, follow the link below to the results page to see the confirmed numbers.
One of the most exciting parts about this game is the ‘Must Be Won’ feature that was added back in 2018. Must Be Won draws can take place at pre-planned dates with boosted jackpots, or whenever the jackpot has rolled over five consecutive times. If no players match the Division 1 prize in a designated Must Be Won draw, the entire Div. 1 pool rolls down and gets shared between all lower winners! This means that those matching three numbers can see their prize jump from to an impressive £100!Lotto results
The Health Lottery is one of the more recent lottery additions in the UK, first being established back in 2011. Under the current format, the game is drawn five nights a week (except Sunday and Monday).
To play the Health Lottery, you need to pick five numbers from a pool of 1-50. On draw nights, five numbers are then drawn using a Random Number Generator (RNG), similar to the South African lotteries, rather than a traditional draw style lottery. A sixth number - the Bonus Ball – is then drawn. The Bonus Ball number offers bigger prizes if matched alongside some of the main numbers, unlike in other similar lottery games where it would only boost a prize for those matching all but one of the main numbers.
Second chance draws are also held on Wednesdays and Saturdays alongside the main game, offering players a second chance at landing a £100,000 prize (around R2.02 million).
As one of the cheapest lotteries to enter in the UK, Thunderball draws offer a fixed Division 1 prize of £500,000 – around R10.1 million, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night.
The game has been running since 1999, making it one of the longest-running lotteries in the UK, just behind UK49’s and Lotto.
The odds of winning a Thunderball prize are one of the main contributing factors to the game’s popularity both in the UK and internationally. With overall chances of winning a prize standing at just 1 in 13, combined with the low entry price, it’s no surprise that Thunderball has become a fan favourite.
To play and win, you must correctly match five main numbers from a pool of 1-39, plus the Thunderball which is drawn from a separate pool of 1-14.
As the name suggests, the Free Lottery doesn’t cost anything to enter and is available around the world.
The game uses an insured Random Number Generator (iRNG) to draw the winning numbers and, as it’s insured, you know that you’re guaranteed your payout if you win.
There are two types of Free Lottery draw – Daily game and the Weekly game. In the Daily game, there’s a £500 jackpot (approx. R10,000) up for grabs, while in the Weekly draw held on Mondays, you have the chance to win up to £10,000 (approx. R203,000)!
While it’s understandable that there are questions about how such a game can be offered, the Free Lottery is funded by advertising on the website, which allows you to enter for free. The draws only offer a Division 1 prize, which means you need to match all the numbers drawn to win; there are no lower division prizes.