UK Lotto Draw
While other lottery draws were launching around the world, players were gripping their lottery ticket in the hope of scooping a big jackpot on their local lotto draw. The UK were originally opposed to the idea of a lotto draw, despite the subject coming up many times. In 1994 the idea finally became a reality and suddenly lottery fever swept the nation as the UK Lotto Draw launched. From the beginning, a winning lottery ticket on the UK lotto draw (know in the UK simply as the "National Lottery") could mean many millions of pounds, rollovers and double rollovers saw money that players had never imagined from a lotto draw.
Before long a Wednesday lotto draw was introduced on the National Lottery and after a few years jackpots had levelled out to a more modest couple of million per draw. Then of course came the launch of the Euromillions Lottery, by then a decade had passed and we were all lottery experts, buying lottery tickets on a regular basis.
Each line of numbers for the National Lottery costs £1 per lotto draw, a cost that has not increased since the launch of the National Lottery in 1994. Every Wednesday and Saturday night, a lotto draw machine and set of balls are chosen at random for the lotto draw and lottery tickets are available to buy until a short time before the Lotto draw takes place. During the Lotto draw seven numbered balls are selected from a pool of 49. The first six balls are the main numbers, the seventh, the bonus ball creating another tier of winners. To win the lotto draw jackpot, you must match the first six balls selected by the lotto draw. In the event of more than one player matching all six balls, the jackpot is shared equally between all winning players.
Originally called the National Lottery the brand has now become just "Lotto" although it was a blow to the organisers of the Lotto draw to find a few years ago that they could not copyright the name. In mid 2010, the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan took over the running of the National Lottery from the five main shareholders who had controlled the lotto draw until then.
Money from lottery tickets for the National Lottery draw is split between prizes, good causes and administration and from every £1 spent on the Lotto draw, a massive 28p goes towards good causes. That means that every time you buy tickets for the lotto draw, you are helping charitable causes around the UK too.
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