Most of the developed countries in the world have lotteries which they consider as national before international ones. Examples are the Swiss Lotto, the Spanish “El Gordo”, the Irish Lotto, the Australian Oz Lotto, the Canadian Lotto 6/49 and the US Powerball lottery. Being one of the founders of the Euro Millions, the UK is renowned when it comes to lottery. It is estimated that over 30 million adults in the UK play lotteries each week. This explains why three of the top five largest Euro Millions jackpot winners are located in the UK.
The UK 49s’s is one of the games operated by the UK Lotto Limited which is a company based in London. The company also operates other games such as greyhound racing and virtual horse racing. In 1996, UK Lotto Limited was established. The UK 49 was originally created to help people who wish to play the UK national lottery which at the time wasn’t open to people from other locations other than the UK.
The UK 49’s raffle is a game which is different from other lotteries. This lottery has 49 balls from which players select their balls. The rules of the game are based in large part on the amount of money available for prizes, and how these prizes shall be allocated. The game is played by choosing six numbers from a list which ranges from 1 to 49. Six of these numbers in the lottery section are selected at random and are referred to as “main numbers”. A seventh number is chosen which is referred to as the bonus number. Players can use counting to determine the amount of money for each prize as well as their chances of winning.
How to Play
To win a share of the jackpot prize, a player will have to match all the six main numbers. The jackpot prize usually stands at around £2 million with it sometimes increasing to ten times the amount. Unfortunately, less than half of the total amount staked is returned back as prizes, meaning that each player loses on average 50p each time a ticket is purchased for £1. As with other lotteries, all players who successfully match all six numbers win the jackpot. The total amount of the jackpot which is based exclusively on sales is then shared amongst the winners. Thus, for a player to win a huge jackpot prize, he/she has to win alone.
Also, players can win some prizes if they match at least three of the main numbers. The draw for the UK 49’s lottery is held twice a day. There is a first draw at 12:49 noon known as the lunchtime draw and a second draw at 17:49 PM known as the teatime draw.
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Winnings and Prizes
During each of the draws, six main numbers and one additional number known as the “Booster ball” are a drum of numbers ranging from 1 to 49. Prizes depend on the number of balls matched. If a player successfully matches all the six balls which are drawn during any of the draws, that player wins the jackpot. In the case where multiple players match the ball, they share the jackpot. However, the odds of winning a UK 49’s lottery jackpot stand at 1 in 13,983,816. The Bonus ball or “Booster Ball” is used to determine the winners of the second, fourth, sixth, eighth and tenth prizes. Should a player match 5 main numbers and the bonus ball, he or she is entitled to the second prize, the odds of which are 1 in 2,330,636. Players who match one, two, three, four or five of the main balls without the bonus ball also win prizes as do those players who match any number of main balls plus the booster ball. If a player matches just the Booster ball, he/she is entitled to a prize which might be equivalent to the cost of a single ticket.
Playing UK 49’s Lottery Online
Websites try to help players by offering them different options and methods of play. An example is the Quick Pick system which is a unique and smart way to play the lottery. By using the Quick Pick, numbers are automatically generated for your UK 49s lottery tickets. Most websites use a system which checks numbers against past results to determine their different levels of frequency before generating the Quick Pick numbers. The Quick Pick system is especially good for novice players who are playing for their first time or players who are in a rush to pick their numbers.
Websites also use the UK 49s number generator where numbers can be generated and played for a number of draws. This option helps the player as he doesn’t have to remember each time to enter the lottery. Websites also offer a comprehensive list of statistics on past UK 49s teatime and lunchtime draws to help those players who are professionals to try and predict the winning numbers.
Playing the UK 49s can be done online. Most online service providers offer players a chance to purchase their tickets online. By simply creating an account, players can select UK 49s as the lottery they wish to play and then, select their favorite numbers either using the Quick Play or manually. Once they have selected and confirmed their numbers, they can submit these numbers so that their tickets can be generated. Some websites that offer players a chance to play the UK 49s lottery game include Lottosend.com and a few other online lotto websites.
Some online lottery websites try to predict the numbers which will occur in the next draw by studying past draw results and present ones plus other parameters. Using this, they believe they can help people predict which numbers might be drawn during either the teatime or the lunchtime draws. Some websites even give numbers which they categorize into hot picks and cold picks. Hot picks are numbers which have been studied using complicated systems and are believed to be numbers which can be drawn. Cold picks on the other hand are numbers which are unlikely to be picked. However, it is important to remember that none of these websites can tell for sure which numbers are going to be drawn.