The National Lottery is the state- franchised national lottery in the United Kingdom. It is operated by Camelot Groupto whom the licence was granted inand again in The lottery was initially regulated by the National Lottery Commissionwhich Whitelabeldating uk national lottery since been abolished and its responsibilities transferred to the Gambling Commissionand was established by the government of John Major in All prizes are paid as a lump sum and are tax-free. A Whitelabeldating uk national lottery of provided that in England lotteries were by default illegal unless specifically authorised by statute.
These Lotteries were part of a series of financial experiments by the English government including recoinage and the foundation of the Bank of England to raise the capital available to the state. The UK's state-franchised lottery was set up under government licence by the government of John Major in The first draw took place on 19 November with a television programme presented by Noel Edmonds.
Tickets became available on the Isle of Man on 2 December at the request of Tynwald. The National Lottery undertook a major rebranding programme in Octoberdesigned to combat falling sales. The stylised crossed-fingers logo was modified. It is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the United Kingdom. In November Camelot replaced its older Lotto draw machines.
The new machines are named Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and Merlin, reusing the names of older machines. At the same time, new machines for the Thunderball game were introduced. On 16 MarchCamelot advised more than 10 million players with online accounts to change their passwords because of a "low-level" cyber attack that affected customer accounts.
They claim that Whitelabeldating uk national lottery money was taken from customers. Camelot claimed the hackers used a method called credential stuffing and said the attack appeared to have begun on 7 March. Players buy tickets with their choice of six different numbers between 1 and 59; there is provision for random numbers to be generated automatically for those who do not wish to choose, known as 'Lucky Dip'.
The draw is conducted twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, except that a draw on Christmas Day is moved to Christmas Eve. Saturday draws started on 19 Novemberunder the name 'National Lottery'; the first Wednesday draw was on 5 February All of the draws are shown live on the official website at Lotto was originally called The National Lotterybut was renamed Lotto Whitelabeldating uk national lottery an update in after ticket sales decreased.
Lotto is by far the most popular draw, with around 15 to 45 million tickets sold each draw. In the draw, six numbered balls are drawn without replacement from a set of 59 balls numbered from 1 to 59 formerly 1 to 49 until October A further Bonus Whitelabeldating uk national lottery is also drawn, which affects only players who match five numbers.
There are six prize tiers,  which are awarded to players who match at least two of the six drawn numbers, with prizes increasing for matching more of the drawn numbers. The players who match all six drawn numbers win equal shares of the jackpot ; the chance of doing so is 1 in 45, Similarly, if four or five balls are matched, the relevant prize is divided equally between all who match that many balls.
If no player matches all six numbers, the jackpot is added to that of the next Lotto draw—a rollover. This accumulation was limited to three consecutive draws until 10 Februarywhen it was increased to four. In Octoberthis rollover limit was replaced by a jackpot cap. From 10 OctoberCamelot announced further changes to the Lotto game which increased the pool of numbers from 49 to Rollovers are no longer limited in number, instead the size of the jackpot is capped; the cap is Whitelabeldating uk national lottery after about 14 rollovers.
In the event nobody matches all six numbers on that draw the jackpot "rolls down" and is combined with the prize fund for the next prize category where there is at least one winner. Since the rule changes in October there is also a "match 2" prize of a free lucky dip ticket for another draw, with odds of doing so at 1 in Then, the jackpot must be won: From October the total prize fund is Wednesday 21 November brought significant changes.
From this date, each prize level is a fixed amount per winner, similar to the Thunderball draw. For the changes to be made possible, the Lotto raffle was discontinued. Rollovers are limited to five. If nobody matches all six main numbers after the fifth rollover, the jackpot is shared between every cash prize winner. This is called a "Jackpot Rolldown".
Every cash prize therefore increases substantially. Lotto Hotpicks uses the main Lotto draw for its numbers but is a different game. The player chooses both the numbers and the number of draw balls they want to try to match, up to a maximum of five.
However, if the player does not match all the numbers chosen, they are not a winner. The National Lottery describes Hotpicks as "five games in one", because the player has a choice of five ways of playing the game, each offering different odds and payouts.
Prizes may be won by matching the main numbers, with matches of the Thunderball number winning bigger prizes. Draws take place four times a week — Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays — and are shown live on the official website at Whitelabeldating uk national lottery The first Thunderball draw was held on 12 June and the draw was originally only held on Saturdays until the major rebrand in Octoberwhen it was held on Wednesdays "Whitelabeldating uk national lottery." From toonly "Whitelabeldating uk national lottery" Saturday draw was televised, while on Wednesday the draw took place prior to the live TV show and the winning results were announced during the show.
The rules of Thunderball changed substantially on 9 May After this date, the Friday draw was introduced in addition to the Wednesday and Saturday draws. Whitelabeldating uk national lottery the change of rules, while the chance of winning anything on Thunderball more than doubled, the chance of winning the top prizes more than halved. The Tuesday draw was added on 30 January On Saturday 7 February the lottery operator Camelot launched a pan-European lottery: The first draw took place on Friday 13 February in Paris.
The UK, France and Spain were involved initially. The draws are currently made in Paris and shown recorded in the UK on the official website twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, approximately three hours after the draw has taken place.
The odds of winning the jackpot are , to 1. The game works in a similar way to Lotto HotPicks whereby players have to decide how many numbers they are going to match.
If they do not successfully match all of their selected numbers, then no is awarded.
As well as tickets for the draw games, the National Lottery also sells scratchcards. Introduced inthey are small pieces of card where an area has been covered by a thin layer of opaque latex that can be scratched off.
The generic scratchcard requires the player to match three of the same prize amounts. More expensive scratchcards are larger and offer more games with higher-value prizes. Some scratchcards have jackpots other than one-off payments, such as a yearly sum or a car.