What Rules Have Changed?
The recently updated payout structure of the UK National Lottery is designed to ensure that the jackpot is won more often and that there are bigger, fixed rewards in the other categories. It is important to clarify that none of the main rules of the game has changed and only the payout structure has been modified. You will play the game the same way as usual – you will be asked to select six numbers from 1 to 59 and you will be charged £2. However, due to the recent changes, you will now receive bigger rewards for matching five, four or three numbers.
You Don’t Need the Jackpot to Become a Millionaire
Until recently, winning the jackpot was the only way to become a millionaire. But not anymore. Under the National Lottery’s new set of rules, players who match five numbers plus the Bonus Ball will be rewarded with £1 Million. The recent changes are beneficial to all lotto players, who now have a bigger chance of winning a life-changing prize. Furthermore, the generosity of the National Lottery does not end here. The new payout system gives out bigger rewards for fewer matches:
- Five numbers without the Bonus Ball will now receive £1,750
- Four numbers without the Bonus Ball will receive £140
- Three numbers without the Bonus Ball will receive £30
The Jackpot Could Be Won More Regularly
As a part of the new set of rules, the jackpot will now be won more regularly. If before the changes the jackpot could reach the maximum amount of £22 million before a final rollover, this will no longer be required. According to the new system, the jackpot will now be rolled over up to five times until being won. If no one manages to guess right the winning six numbers by the fifth draw, the jackpot will roll down and will be distributed to all winners of cash prizes. This means, that under the new rules, you could win much more than £30 for matching three numbers. If you have any doubts, we recommend you check the National Lottery’s official statement.
The National Lottery’s New Reforms Benefits Society
When the United Kingdom Gambling Commission appointed James Mackay an executive director of the National Lottery, it was clear that he had a great responsibility on his shoulders. Only a year after his promotion, Mackay has made a great step towards the National Lottery’s aim to grow as a public asset and to make a great contribution to society. The recent reforms introduced by the new director, are expected to change the public’s apathetic view towards the lottery and to register a rise in its profits. The new changes offer a more balanced distribution of the National Lottery’s rewards and are undoubtedly beneficial to all players.
Frequenly Asked Questions and Answers
If you are a regular lottery player, you probably know all National Lottery rules and conditions. If not, we will gladly answer the most common questions that you as a player might have. We will give you only accurate information that would be beneficial for you and that will help you understand how the recently announced changes will affect you.
What Days Is the National Lottery Played?
The Lotto draws have recently changed due to the newly implemented rules. The National Lottery lotto draws are currently broadcasted live on BBC One every Wednesday at 8 p.m. and every Saturday at 7:45 p.m. In case you miss the live broadcast, you can find the results listed on the National Lottery's official website.
Can You Remain Anonymous in the UK Lottery?
Winning the lottery is undoubtedly everyone's big dream. However, the millionaire jackpot offered by the UK National Lottery also suggests a great responsibility and a life-changing experience. Winning a huge jackpot inevitably suggests a major media exposure and fame. Perhaps, the most anonymous experience can be enjoyed when you play at online lottery sites. According to previous winners, however, it is hard to stay anonymous and unnoticed even when you opt out to stay away from the media.
Are Lottery Winnings Taxed?
No, the lottery winnings in the United Kingdom are not directly taxable. However, winners are still subjects of income tax or gift tax. We must clarify that the additional taxes are subjective and depend on each winner's situation and intentions to use the money.