The people of Britain seem to have gone wild over the UK Lottery draw. Over 70% of the population play every week and on average 4 million people win prizes. The national lottery numbers are drawn twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday and over £32 billion has been paid out in prizes since its launch in 1994. To win the jackpot you must match all six numbers but smaller prizes are given out for three numbers or more.
To participate in the UK lottery draw, every player must purchase a ticket. The usual way is to buy tickets at one of the 27 500 authorized distributor retail outlets where instant win scratch cards are also available. You choose your numbers and the shop assistant enters the details in a special terminal, which then produces a ticket listing the numbers chosen. The ticket has the details of the numbers and dates and a bar code serial number.
With the development of technology, it is now possible to play the British national lottery online as well. You simply go to the website and enter your selected numbers (and pay, of course). You receive a ticket by email, which can be printed off. This method is quite reliable and as acceptable as the offline method as long as you use the official site where, once again, instant win options are available.
If like me you are not good at picking lottery numbers, you can take the option of ‘Lucky Dip’ where your six numbers are randomly selected by the ltobet computer. You can use the same set of numbers for every weeks draw.
The winning national lottery numbers are widely publicized; the BBC indeed shows the draw live. If you should pick the winning national lottery numbers, you write your name and address on the back of the ticket and present it to a British national lottery retailer.
Of course, if nobody claims the top prize then the money is carried over to the next week as a ‘rollover.’
One in four jackpot winners in the UK lottery draw is a syndicate. Indeed, on 30 December 2009, a syndicate of six from the north east of England won £10 million (£1.7 million each). One person sets up a syndicate and coordinates the buying of the tickets. Most workplaces and clubs have a least one such British national lottery syndicate operating.