types of lottery


UK lottery fans have a huge variety in the type of games that they can play, all in the hope of hitting that jackpot! Here’s a useful guide to the best games on offer. Select a lottery from the list to get more information:


Lotto was the original National Lottery game, with the very first draw taking place on Saturday 19th November 1994. Players pick six numbers from 1 to 59 and match two or more to win a prize. Draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening.


EuroMillions is played across nine European countries every Tuesday and Friday. It offers some of the biggest jackpots in the world, starting from at least €17 million and reaching up to €210 million. To win the jackpot, a player must match the five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two ‘Lucky Star’ numbers from 1 to 12.


Thunderball has a fixed ВЈ500,000 top prize available in every draw. Draws take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Select five numbers between 1 and 39 and one Thunderball between 1 and 14 to play. Prizes are awarded for matching just the Thunderball and the jackpot is yours if you match all six numbers!

Millionaire Maker

When UK players buy a EuroMillions ticket, they also receive automatic entry into the Millionaire Maker game. A raffle number consisting of four letters and five digits is generated for every line of numbers played and at least one player in the UK is guaranteed to win ВЈ1 million in every draw.

Health Lottery

The Health Lottery is drawn five times a week. It is played every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and has six prize tiers. Players must match all five main numbers drawn to win up to ВЈ100,000. Out of every ВЈ1 played, 20p is donated to health-related good causes across Great Britain.

Irish Lotto

Choose six numbers from 1 to 47 and if you match them all you will win a jackpot worth at least €2 million. The odds of winning the jackpot are impressive when compared to other lotteries, and there are two draws every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Lotto HotPicks

Lotto HotPicks is played every Wednesday and Saturday and gives you the power to predict how many numbers you will match from 1 to 59. State correctly that you’ll match all five numbers and you’ll snap up the top prize ВЈ350,000. Thanks to the fixed HotPicks prizes, you’ll receive the full jackpot amount even if someone else wins too!

EuroMillions HotPicks

HotPicks is played every Tuesday and Friday alongside the main EuroMillions draws. Players are required to correctly guess how many numbers they will match between 1 and 50 to win prizes from ВЈ10 up to ВЈ1 million! Tickets cost just ВЈ1.50 and the supplementary game offers great chances to win more money for matching fewer numbers.

Postcode Lottery

With the Postcode Lottery, players have been able to win great prizes just for their address since 2005. It is a subscription lottery where a different number of postcodes are drawn daily. If you buy more entries, then you win bigger prizes! Non-cash prizes are also up for grabs every month.

Free Lottery

The Free Lottery offers entrants the chance to win £500 each day or ВЈ10,000 once a week, all without spending a penny. Players select six numbers from 1 to 75 in the Daily Draw and the Weekly Draw and stand to win great prizes, all for free!

Set For Life

Get paid £10,000 every month for 30 years with Set For Life. With draws held on Mondays and Thursdays, there are eight different prizes to be won in the UK’s first and only annuity lottery. Simply choose five numbers between 1 and 47 and a Life Ball from 1 to 10 to be in with a chance of winning!

Health Millions

Health Millions is an online jackpot game giving you the chance to win up to ВЈ5 million every Monday and Thursday at 9:00pm. In addition to the big jackpot, you can also win other great prizes, such as a free bet for a future draw just by matching the Health Ball. Each line costs ВЈ1, to take part, simply pick six numbers between 1 and 50 and a Health Ball from 1 to 5.

Pick 3

Pick 3 is the newest online game brought to you by It gives you the chance to win up to ВЈ500 just by matching three numbers between 0 and 9. There are two draws every day at 1pm and 6pm. You can participate for as little as ВЈ0.50 per line, with the prize set at ВЈ250. Double your stake and you double your prize, so a ВЈ1 bet wins you ВЈ500.

There are numerous other lotteries around the world that you can play online from the UK. From America’s Powerball and Mega Millions games to Italy’s SuperEnalotto, you’ll find huge jackpots on offer. To find out more visit the Other Lotteries games page.

Check out the different types of lotteries available in the UK, then compare them all to pick the best lottery game to play for you! ]]>