All you need to know about Lotto
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Saturday nights changed forever when Lotto was introduced back in 1994. Since then, it’s become the nation’s favourite game – played by millions in towns and cities across the country. Today, it’s as popular as ever, with thousands winning prizes in every game. As far as lotteries go, Lotto is the real McCoy.
So how do you play?
Pick 6 numbers from 1–59 or go with a Lucky Dip ® for randomly selected numbers.
You can play up to 7 lines of numbers on each play slip and buy up to 10 slips at a time.
Choose to play on Wednesday or Saturday – or both, and then the number of weeks you’d like to play.
You’re good to go!
You can buy Lotto tickets online every day from 6am until 11pm. But remember, to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.
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Lotto can only Rollover 5 times. The 5th Rollover is a Must Be Won draw.
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In a Lotto Must Be Won draw where no one wins the jackpot by matching 6 main numbers, there’s a Rolldown. This means the jackpot is shared by players matching 2 or more main numbers, so thousands can expect to win a boosted cash prize! 
Lotto Rolldown enhancements are effective from the 7th November 2020 draw. See more information on these changes. If the jackpot is not won in a Must Be Won draw, match 2 winners will each receive £5 in addition to their Lotto Lucky Dip. The remaining jackpot will be allocated to all other winning prize tiers in set percentages. More information about Rolldowns are included in the Lotto Game Procedures
Different ways to check results
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Use our App on your mobile to see if you’ve won. You can also scan paper tickets for instant results. Get it on Google Play or the App Store.
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All results are published here on the website every Wednesday and Saturday from around 9.30pm.
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Watch all Lotto draws first on our website or YouTube channel at 8pm every Wednesday and 7.45pm every Saturday.
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What are the average jackpots, compared with the previous game?
Base jackpots on Lotto are £2 million on a Wednesday (up from £1.8 million previously) and £3.8 million on a Saturday (up from £3.1 million previously).
The jackpot grows as it rolls, and we expect Must-Be-Won draws to be around £11 million on a Wednesday and £12 million on a Saturday.
As the jackpot is now only allowed to roll five times under the new format (compared with the previous rules where it rolled up to £22 million), the jackpot will be won more often.
How does a Rolldown work?
Lotto Rolldown enhancements are effective from the 7th November draw. Find out more.
Whenever there’s a Lotto Must Be Won draw and no one wins the jackpot by matching 6 main numbers, there’s a Rolldown. This means the jackpot is shared across other prize tiers where players match 2 or more main numbers, so thousands can expect to win a boosted cash prize.
Players matching 2 main numbers in a Rolldown will each receive a £5 cash prize in addition to their usual free Lucky Dip ® . The remaining jackpot prize fund will then be allocated (in set percentages) to the other winning prize tiers and shared amongst those winners.
For details of the Rolldown mechanic, see the Lotto Game Procedures.
What are the odds?
The odds remain the same as they were previously, but the jackpot will be won more often because it is now only allowed to roll over five times (previously it rolled up to £22 million).
Why did you not change the price or number of balls?
Sales of the old £1, ‘6 from 49’ game had been falling for a long time. As a result, so had the amount of money it was raising for Good Causes, which is ultimately what we’re here for.
Secondly, in 2015, we didn’t just add 10 extra balls – there were a number of other changes (for example, the ‘Millionaire Raffle’ and a free Lotto Lucky Dip® ticket for matching two main numbers). If we make a change to one part of the game, we have to consider the knock-on effects that would happen in other parts of the game. We need to look at the game in its entirety.
We’ve listened to what people (players, non-players and retailers) have told us and what they want from Lotto in the future – jackpots that will be won more often, with bigger cash prizes at the other levels. We believe that the improvements we’ve made will do just that.
Where has the money from the raffle gone?
All of the money has gone into the main draw.
We’ve listened to feedback and responded by taking Lotto back to its roots: focusing on the main draw and bigger, fixed prizes – so players will know exactly what they will win.
In addition, the jackpot will be won more often, the prize fund will be more fairly shared across all levels and we’ve added a new £1 million prize for matching 5+Bonus Ball (up from around £50,000 previously).
Have these changes impacted Lotto HotPicks?
There have been no changes to Lotto HotPicks prizes as a result of these changes – the new prize amounts apply to Lotto only.
The only change is that you can now only play Lotto HotPicks 4 weeks in advance.
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Florida Lotto tickets — $1 since 1988 — just doubled in price and players aren’t happy
“All you need is a dollar and a dream.”
Florida Lotto players can forget that slogan. The price to dream just doubled to $2, and many people aren’t happy about it.
“It’s a real good scheme they got going there,” grumbled longtime player William “Bill” Price of North Miami after finding out about the price hike that took effect Oct. 8. “It looks like they’re just coming up with money-generating stuff.”
If you’re not a regular player, you might not have noticed that Florida Lottery’s original six-number Lotto game still exists amidst a bewildering pile of drawings like Powerball, Mega Millions, Picks 2 through 5, Fast Play, Jackpot Triple Play, Cash 4 Life, and no less than 99 different scratch-off games priced up to $30.
Introduced in April 1988 as the Department of the Lottery’s flagship game, the now-twice-weekly drawing cost $1 per chance for 32 years even as the state tacked on higher-cost options and surrounded it with ever-more complex and expensive ways to kiss one’s cash goodbye.
The cost to play the multistate Powerball game jumped to $2 in 2012 while the other multistate game Mega Millions followed suit in 2017. But those price increases led to much-bigger jackpots.
The Lotto jackpots did not double along with the ticket prices. However, the amount of money added to “rollover” jackpots — the ones that grow when no one wins — increased from about $500,000 before the price hike to $1 million now.
For example, after no one won the $2.5 million jackpot on Sept. 12, it became a $3 million jackpot on Sept. 16. The first jackpot after the price increase — $7 million on Oct. 10 — became an $8 million jackpot on Oct. 14.
In an email statement, Keri Nucatola, the lottery department’s director of communications, hailed the changes as improvements for players. “While Florida Lotto is an established brand with a loyal player base, the game has had very few changes over its 30+ year history. The game was in need of a refresh to give players new and more ways to win, bigger prizes, and better odds,” the statement said.
But William Price isn’t buying that. He noticed immediately that prize amounts declined for non-jackpot, partial-match payouts for players spending $2 now compared to those who previously bought a $1 ticket and spent another $1 for what used to be called the “Xtra” option.
Before the price increase, it worked like this: You spent $1 for the machine at your favorite retail store to print a basic Lotto ticket. After the drawing, if you matched three of five numbers, you’d win $5. If you hit four numbers, you’d win $70. If you hit five numbers, you’d win $5,000.
If you spent the additional $1 for the “Xtra” option, that ticket would be imprinted with a multiplier of 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X, chosen by the machine. A 2X multiplier would turn that $5,000 into $10,000. A 3X multiplier would turn that $5,000 into $15,000 and so on.
If you hit four of the six numbers, the 2X multiplier would turn that $70 prize into $140, while the 3X multiplier would turn it into $210.
Any of the multipliers would turn the prize for hitting three numbers from $5 into $25.
Lotto machines were programmed to generate 2X multipliers most commonly, while 5X multipliers were rarest.
Now, a player spending that same $2 for a ticket will automatically get a multiplier. The “Xtra” option is now standard.
But the prize amounts that get multiplied were decreased, resulting in lower multiplied payouts.
That $15,000 prize for hitting five numbers with a 3X multiplier is now $9,000. The $140 prize for hitting four numbers with a 2X multiplier is now $100.
Even the minimum $25 prize for hitting three numbers with any multiplier is now gone. Hitting three numbers with a 2X multiplier now pays just $10. You’ll need a 5X multiplier to get that same $25 now. Price said he used to win $25 every few months. Those days are gone. he said.
Despite the lottery’s statement about better odds, a player’s odds of hitting any of the number combinations remain unchanged because those are baked in mathematically. Players still have the same 1 in 23 million chance to hit six numbers. Odds of hitting five numbers are still 1 in 81,410. Odds of hitting four numbers are still 1 in 1,416.
“They tout that it’s better odds,” Price said. “How does that come out to better odds?”
Still, the new $2 format adds a new 10X multiplier. And players get an option to spend a third dollar for what’s called a “Double Play” drawing. That means the six numbers that turned out to be losers in the main Lotto drawing are entered again into a second chance drawing for a $250,000 jackpot. Multiplier prizes for matching three to five numbers are slightly higher than for the main Lotto drawing.
Yet players must spend three times the old ticket price to have that second chance to win.
On the Florida Lottery’s social media pages, players complained that during the first weekend of the price increase, store clerks were automatically charging $3 a ticket and failing to ask whether customers wanted to spend the third dollar. They figured that would subside once stores become more accustomed to the changes.
Sharon Sharp was one of the players surprised last weekend when her store clerk charged $30, automatically including the Double Play option, for the same 10 tickets she bought the week before for $10. She paid it without complaint because she didn’t want to hold up the other customers in line, she said.
The Florida Lottery says it doubled the price of its twice-weekly Lotto drawing to give players better odds and more chances to win. Players say that's a bunch of malarkey.