How to Play
French Loto tickets can be purchased online or in person from an authorised retailer at a cost of €2.20 per line.
Loto jackpots are worth a minimum of €2 million and if there is no Match 5 plus Chance Number winner, the jackpot will roll over to the following draw and increase by €1 million. It is possible for the jackpot to roll over for a maximum of 34 consecutive draws and if there is still no top prize winner, the jackpot prize will roll down and be shared between players in the next winning prize tier.
In addition to the jackpot, there are eight other winning combinations and you can even win a prize just for matching the Chance number. The majority of the prizes are pari-mutuel so they vary from draw to draw based on the number of tickets sold and the number of winners, but there is a fixed prize of €2.20 for matching the Chance number with one or none of the main balls.
The Loto winning combinations and odds are as follows:
|Winning Combination||Odds of Winning||Percentage of Prize Fund|
|5 plus Chance||1 in 19,068,840||Jackpot|
|5||1 in 2,118,760||8.44%|
|4 plus Chance||1 in 86,677||2.06%|
|4||1 in 9,631||7.43%|
|3 plus Chance||1 in 2,016||4.44%|
|3||1 in 224||15.98%|
|2 plus Chance||1 in 144||12.43%|
|2||1 in 16||49.22%|
|1 plus Chance||1 in 28||€2.20|
|Chance number||1 in 18||€2.20|
The percentage allocated to each prize category is taken after the prize money has been distributed to the jackpot and fixed prize tiers.
How to Play
To play Lotto, choose six numbers between 1 and 59. You can buy a ticket at any licensed retailer in the UK or you can play online, and you can choose your own numbers or opt for a Lucky Dip to receive six randomly selected numbers. The objective is to match your chosen numbers with those drawn in the lottery, and the more you match the bigger your prize.
See the How to Claim page to find out more about claiming UK National Lottery prizes.
Living Outside the UK?
If you don’t live in the UK, don’t worry, you can use the lottery ticket concierge service to buy your tickets by clicking the link above. You get a scan of the ticket as proof that it has been bought for you.
UK Lotto Prizes
You can win prizes for matching as few as two numbers, while the jackpot is won by matching all six. The starting jackpot varies depending on which draw day it falls on. It starts at £2 million on a Wednesday and £3.8 million on a Saturday. If two or more players match all six main numbers to win the jackpot, then the top prize is shared equally between the winners, but if there are no jackpot winners then the prize money rolls over and increases for the next draw.
Lotto has six prize tiers in all. The table below shows the prize amounts you can win, the numbers you must match for each of them, and the odds of winning:
|Winning Combination||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|6 Numbers||1 in 45,057,474||Jackpot|
|5 Numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 7,509,579||£1 million|
|5 Numbers||1 in 144,415||£1,750|
|4 Numbers||1 in 2,180||£140|
|3 Numbers||1 in 97||£30|
|2 Numbers||1 in 10.3||Free Lotto Lucky Dip|
Overall odds of winning a Lotto prize are 1 in 9.3.
Rollovers, Rolldowns, and Must Be Won Draws
The jackpot can only roll over for a maximum of five consecutive draws before it must be given away. When it gets to this point, a ‘Must Be Won’ draw is held, in which the jackpot money is guaranteed to be awarded, even if no one matches all six numbers. If there are no winners in the Match 6 tier in a Must Be Won draw, a ‘jackpot rolldown’ occurs, and the money is distributed between all winners in the Match 3 prize tier upwards.
When a rolldown takes place, a certain percentage of the jackpot prize is distributed to each prize tier from Match 3 to Match 5 + Bonus, to be shared among all winners in each tier. The table below shows what percentage of the money is allocated, and roughly how much is added to the value of an individual prize:
|Winning Combination||Original Prize||Rolldown Prize|
|5 Numbers + Bonus Ball||£1 million||£1.2 million|
The Match 2 prize tier does not receive any of the jackpot money, as it is not a cash prize. It instead remains fixed at an award of one free Lucky Dip ticket.