How to play the UK Lottery Online & Cash In

January 13, 2014 Posted in uk lottery by No Comments

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[h2 align=’right’]How to Play the UK Lottery Online – What is it? And how to play & cash-in?[/h2]
Today I thought I should write an article about the most played gambling game around the world, the lottery. So let’s take a look at this popular game, how to play the UK Lottery online, it’s advantages and more.

The UK Lottery dates back to the mid 1990’s and it’s popularity has only increased throughout the years. The UK government through it’s regulating body, the National Lottery Commission, licensed the game to well-established Camelot Group which has been running every draw ever since.

As you’re probably already aware, the main purpose for the government to create the UK Lottery was to have an additionally mean of raising funds for finance good causes and charity projects while providing people with a thrilling millionaire-maker game to enjoy.

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[h2]How is the UK Lottery prize pot shared?[/h2]

Since the real objective of the UK Lottery game is to raise fund for charity and other government projects in benefit of the society, you should note that not all money that is raised is paid out to players. In fact, 50% of the total amount that accumulates makes up the prize pot for players.

Of the renaming 50% of the funds raised, 28% of that money goes to the actual ‘good causes’. Another 12% of the total goes to the government, yes they too take a cut; and 5% is shared as commission among all the country’s retailers.

Where’s the other 5% , you ask? Well, that money goes to cover all the operational costs of Camelot which represent around 4.5% while the 0.5% is the actual profit of the company.
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[h2 align=’right’]UK Lottery Numbers – How to pick your lucky numbers![/h2]

If you haven’t played the UK Lottery in the last 6 months or so, then you should note that the game has changed. The National Lottery has made some changes in Oct 2013 that improved the odds of winning as well as the payouts and of course, the ticket prize.

To play the UK Lottery online, simply go the National Lottery website and create a new free player account. Fill in your details and credit/debit card info, so you can fund your account with some cash.

Once you have an account with at least £2 , which is the cost of one single UK Lottery ticket, head over to the Lotto section. There will choose 6 different numbers which range from 1 to 49; for example I may choose 3, 5, 11, 26, 34 & 46.
The ‘Lucky Dip’ option that appears is an automatic way to choose your numbers. So players prefer not to pick their numbers themselves and let Random Number Generator pick the lucky numbers for them.

Next you will choose WHEN you would like to play your numbers. There are two different Lotto draws every week. One happens on Wednesdays and another on Saturday nights. You may choose to play on both days, but bear in mind that you would be paying for 2 tickets; one for Wed and one for Sat. If you choose to play one day, it will cost you £2; the price of  a single ticket.

Now if you really want to experience the thrill that the lottery game offers, tune your TV to BBC One on the day you submitted your tickets for and watch the draw as the numbers come up. During the event, there will be six numbered balls drawn from a crystal spinning ball containing all 49 numbered balls. One by one, each ball will be removed from the pot and these will make up the 6 winnings numbers. There will be an additional 7th ball drawn from the pot, and this is known as the Bonus Ball.

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[h2]UK Lottery Bonus Ball & how it affects your winnings[/h2]

In the UK Lottery, and most lottery games for that matter, there is something called the ‘Bonus Ball’. This bonus ball is an extra numbered ball which is drawn at the end and it affects only those players who have matched 5 numbers in the Lotto entry.

To understand the impact that the Bonus Ball has on the game and of course your winnings, one must have a look at the Prize Calculation.

According to the National Lottery data, the estimated prize for matching 5 numbers is £1,000, whereas the return for matching all 5 numbers PLUS the Bonus Ball goes up to £50,000. That’s 50x more money for matching that last bonus ball. Not bad, uh?
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[h2]How to win the UK Lottery?[/h2]

There are basically two ways in which you can win at the UK Lottery: either matching your numbers or winning the Raffle Game.

To win at lotto matching your lucky numbers, you will need a minimum of three matching numbers. The maximum Jackpot prize is paid out to the lucky winner that matches all six numbers. In  the event that more than one player matches all 6 numbers, then the prize is shared among those players. The same happens if there is more than one player matching four or five numbers.

In the table below you can see a breakdown of the estimated cash prizes per segment plus the odds of winning:

Matched Numbers Estimated Win Approx odds (1 in X)
6 main numbers (Jackpot) Sat £5 m 13,983,816
Sat £2.5 m
5 main numbers plus bonus ball £50,000 2,330,636
5 main numbers £1,000 55,492
4 main numbers £100 1,033
3 main numbers £25 57
Raffle Winners (50 winners) £20,000  1 in 180k on Wed & 1 in 320k on Sat

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[h2]How to win the UK Lottery?[/h2]

Among the latest changes to the UK Lottery we can find the introduction of the New Raffle Game, but what is this and how is it attractive to players?

The Raffle Game, as the name suggests, it’s essentially just a raffle game which can be won by any player who has purchase a ticket for either the Wednesday or Saturday draw.

There is no need to pay extra to enter the Raffle since the entry is included in your £2 lottery ticket. What’s really cool about the Raffle Game is that the National Lottery guarantees at least 50 winners on every draw who will take home a mind-blowing £20,000 in cash!

As you can see from the table above, you have far better chances of winning the raffle and cash out a  £20,000 prize than you are to win £50,000 matching five numbers plus the bonus ball.
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[h2]What’s the Lotto Raffle Game?[/h2]

Among the latest changes to the UK Lottery we can find the introduction of the New Raffle Game, but what is this and how is it attractive to players?

The Raffle Game, as the name suggests, it’s essentially just a raffle game which can be won by any player who has purchase a ticket for either the Wednesday or Saturday draw.

There is no need to pay extra to enter the Raffle since the entry is included in your £2 lottery ticket. What’s really cool about the Raffle Game is that the National Lottery guarantees at least 50 winners on every draw who will take home a mind-blowing £20,000 in cash!

As you can see from the table above, you have far better chances of winning the raffle and cash out a  £20,000 prize than you are to win £50,000 matching five numbers plus the bonus ball.
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[h2]How to cash in Lotto ticket in England – When luck strikes![/h2]

It happens to the best of us, you bought your lotto ticket and as you’re watching the draw you see your numbers come up, wow!  It’s one of the best sensations I’ve experience but do you know how to cash in your lotto tickets in England? I do, check it out:

Cash in up to £500
If you bought your tickets through the National Lottery website, and you won less than £500 on any of the lottery games available, then your winnings will be paid in to your player account. If you bought your tickets from a street retailer, then you can cash in at that specific retailer’s shop.

Cash in up to £5,000
If you bought your lotto tickets at the UK Lotto website and you won more than £500 but less than £5,000 on any of the available games, then your winnings will be deposited directly to your debit card so you can start spedning your winnings right away. If you bought your tickets from a retailer, then you will need to contact the National Lottery.

Cash in over £5,000
If you are lucky enough to hit one of the bigger prizes above the £5,000 mark, then you will need to get in touch with the National Lottery Customer Service at 0845 278 8000. Winnings above this threshold are paid out in cheque.
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[h2]What to make of the UK Lottery? [/h2]

Well there you have, a quick yet comprehensive review on the UK’s most played gambling game, the UK Lottery.
Truth to be told, your chances of winning cash prizes playing video slot games and specially other casino games like roulette and blackjack are much higher than the odds of winning playing lotto.

Nevertheless, it is unlikely that you will find a casino game or progressive Jackpot game that will ever match the winning potential of matching all six numbers in the lotto, so if you don’t mind chucking £2 per week for an extra thrill on the side, I say it’s definitely worth playing the UK Lottery.

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