The UK National Lottery was created in 1994. The first draw occurred on 19 November of that year. Today, the main National Lottery draw is known as Lotto. The odds of one person winning the jackpot are nearly 14 million to one. That does not, however, prevent millions of people in the UK from purchasing lottery tickets every week. There are a number of ways to check for winning lottery numbers.
Lotto: the facts
Lotto tickets are available from numerous locations in the UK, including supermarkets, petrol stations and the official National Lottery website. Players select six different numbers of their choice between one and 49 to play. Payment is made on all tickets that match at least 3 numbers with the winning 6 numbers. There are two lotto draws per week in the UK, one on Wednesday nights and the other on Saturday nights.
The BBC delivers the figures
The Wednesday night Lotto draw is only available to view live at the official website of the National Lottery. The BBC, however, broadcasts the results on TV that same night. The National Lottery show is aired on BBC1 every Saturday night, when the second draw of the week takes place. For those who do not have Internet access, tuning in to the BBC is the easiest way to check for winning lottery numbers.
After the winning Lotto numbers have been confirmed, they are posted to the National Lottery's official website. Near the top of the homepage is a button titled "Check Results." Clicking on the button shows the results of the most recent lottery draw. All of the winning numbers for the previous six months are also viewable on the same page.
Getting the news by email
The National Lottery has a system in place that allows Lotto to be played online. It requires players to provide the National Lottery with bank account details and six lottery numbers. Payment for tickets can be made by direct debit or card payment. Checking the results is very easy. Winners are notified via their email address, which has to be submitted during the initial sign-up process. Finally, both national and regional newspapers in the UK publish the winning numbers the day after they have been announced.
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