Lotto HotPicks is a popular UK lottery game that gives players another
chance to bet on the outcome of the main Lotto draw.
The main UK Lotto draw is held twice a week on Wednesdays at 20:00
and Saturdaysat 21:00 local time, with ticket sales
ending half-an-hour beforehand and resuming shortly afterward. All draws are
broadcast live on the official National Lottery website, with results published
on national TV and radio later on.
Entry costs £1.00.
This game is different to the main Lotto game, with players selecting how
many numbers they want to pick from their original Lotto choice. Prizes are
only won if all predictions are correct.
To enter, participants must first decide how many numbers to match between
one and five, with entry costing a fixed £1.00 for any amount of numbers due to
the scaling range of different prize tiers.
Selectable numbers range from 1 to 59, or go for a Lucky
Dip for randomly generated numbers instead.
Lotto HotPicks has a fixed jackpot of £350,000.
There are no jackpot rollovers or roll downs, and if the jackpot is not won,
the prize carries over to the next draw.
The odds of winning the Lotto HotPicks jackpot are 1 in 834,398, with prizes
available at five different tiers.
Remember that there are no secondary prizes and that all selected numbers
Lottery winnings in the UK are tax free, which are paid out as lump sums
Players have up to 180 days to make a claim, with unclaimed prizes being
distributed to good causes supported by Camelot, the licensed UK operator.
Overseas players should check local tax laws to find out if they need to pay
tax at home.
Players must be at least 16 years of age to play Lotto
Tickets can be purchased from authorized lottery retailers across the UK or
via the official National Lottery website. Results and ticket numbers can be
saved on the official app, which unfortunately does not sell tickets.
It is also possible to play Lotto HotPicks from abroad via Lottery Agent
Lotto HotPicks was launched in 2002 as an alternative method of betting on
the main draw, with the prize structure updated in 2015 to reflect Lotto
changes, when the number pool was expanded from 49 to 59.