Improve Your Chances and Win the UK National Lottery

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I never win anything..... How can I increase my chances of winning the National Lottery??

As with anyone else, we keep our fingers crossed in the hope of winning a large prize, but in the meantime, enjoy the fun of waiting to see if our numbers come out on a Wednesday or Saturday night.

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There are several systems and programs which promise to increase the odds of winning, some of which require regular updates of the latest winning numbers, to try and work out the most common numbers. However, when it is an entirely random draw, every ball has the same odds of being included in the winning lottery numbers. You must also ask yourself one main question - if a computer program works to provide you with the winning lottery numbers, why does the author need to sell it when they could just live on their weekly winnings?

How to actually win the lottery.

There is no great secret for success in winning a really big lottery prize and sorting all your financial worries in one foul swoop. Anybody can manage it. All you have to do is buy a ticket with the numbers that are going to be drawn at the next draw. If you do this I can GUARANTEE you will win the lottery.

OK, so on a more serious note, there is no sure-fire method of ensuring that you win the lottery.

What is the UK's National Lottery?

Many countries throughout the world have introduced a state lottery system which is used to raise funds for the government, charities or a combination of both.  They have proved popular and many pay out prizes in excess of £1m each week, making millionaires the whole world over.  Everyone dreams of winning, but the odds against winning the biggest prizes (the jackpot) are stacked against you.

Since the UK National lottery (now known as UK Lotto) was introduced in 1994, millions of people have taken part in the draws.  However, as the number of lottery draws increased, with the main lottery draws now on a Wednesday and Saturday, with extra draws on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, with daily play draws and the latest Dream Ticket draw; people need to become more choosy over which draws they enter and balance the odds of winning.

The UK Lotto Draw is run by Camelot, a syndicate of various companies, who also run (in conjunction with the operators of the national lotteries of France and Spain) the EuroMillions Draw.

Although the UK Lotto Draw remains one of the largest tax free lump sum lotteries in the world, the prizes for matching less than 6 numbers reduce significantly (with smaller prizes generally on a Wednesday unless it is a rollover when no-one won the jackpot on the previous draw).  For example, you generally receive around 2,000 for matching 5 numbers, 100 for matching 4 numbers and 10 for matching 3 numbers.  The odds of winning any prize at all are 1 in 9.3.

Whilst in the past, you could find triple rollover jackpots in excess of 21 million, more recently the level of jackpot prizes has been less, as less people play the lottery and more draws are introduced.  The ticket price has also increased from 1 when the UK lotto started to 2, with the number of numbers in the draw also increased from 49 to 59, reducing your chances of winning the big jackpot substantially.

The main concept of the UK National Lottery has remained the same from the start - for each £2 line, you select 6 numbers from 59 and the draw consists of six balls being released at random, plus a bonus ball. Prizes are awarded for matching 2,3,4,5 or 6 of the main balls; with further prizes for matching 5 of the main balls plus the bonus ball.  The chances of winning the main prize by matching all 6 main balls is around 1 in 45 million !!

In order to try and keep interest in the lotto draws, the National Lottery has introduced an extra raffle draw to run alongside each Lottery draw, which uses a unique code printed on each ticket. This allows one lucky ticket to win £1 million, and twenty ticket holders win £20,000.


The Chances Of Winning The UK National Lottery

The odds against winning the National Lottery are huge - the chance of winning a prize (any prize that is) is 1 in 9.3, so that means on average you need to pay £20 by entering 10 lottery draws just to win a free lucky dip in the next draw!  We have provided a full breakdown of the odds of winning the various UK National Lottery prizes here.

How Can I Improve My Chances of Winning the Lottery?

Other than being able to see into the future and finding out the winning lottery numbers for a given draw before you even buy your ticket, the best chance of winning a major prize in a lottery is to create a syndicate, whereby several people pool their entries on the understanding that any winnings are split equally between members of the syndicate.

Many people set up syndicates at places of work, or between family members to pool their entries into lottery draws in order to reduce their odds of winning any prize.  However, the rules of the syndicates have to be carefully set up in order to cover the position if one player is unable to pay their contribution for some reason, or what happens to the smaller prizes and also to cover the position if someone wants to leave the syndicate.

The Official National Lottery Website contains a standard syndicate agreement which can help overcome the legalities and arguments which may arise when setting up a syndicate (for example, what happens if someone forgets to contribute one week).