History of The Veikkaus Lotto
Finland has a long lottery history and in fact, the first lotteries were already being organized in the 1940s. The Finnish government licensed the games, regulating the way people play and win. Known also as Veikkaus Lotto, the Finland Lotto was launched in 1970 with the first draw taking place on January 3rd 1971. The Lotto game’s popularity soon spread and this Finland Lottery 7/39 is a traditional jackpot and today, it’s the flagship game offered by Oy Veikkaus Ab. History tells us that the biggest jackpot won so far was in 2004 when a cool 5.7 million euro was won by a family who matched all the numbers when Finland lotto results were announced.
UK Lotto FAQ
The UK Lotto is a lottery offered in Great Britain. Players have tickets consisting of 6 numbers, and a drawing is held in which 6 numbers are drawn. If a ticket issued during that drawing cycle matches all 6 numbers, that ticket wins the jackpot.
Once all 6 numbers have been drawn, a bonus ball is drawn, which gives players who matched 5 out of 6 numbers a chance to win more money.
To play the UK Lotto, you’ll need to buy a ticket. The ticket will consist of 6 numbers from 1 to 59, and you can potentially win cash prizes depending on how many of your numbers match. An additional chance to win money is offered via the Lotto Millionaire Raffle, a code printed onto the UK Lotto Ticket.
If you win the jackpot by matching all numbers, you’ll win the jackpot, which is variable from drawing to drawing. Additionally, you can win a number of cash prizes for partial matches.
The full prize structure is:
- Match all 6 Numbers – Jackpot
- Match 5 Numbers + Bonus Ball – £50,000* (estimated)
- Match 5 Numbers – £ 1,000 (estimated)
- Match 4 Numbers – £100 (estimated)
- Match 3 Numbers – £25 (fixed)
- Match 2 Numbers – Free Lotto Lucky Dip (fixed)
There is not a hard number figure guaranteed for the UK Lotto starting jackpot. Usually, jackpots starting from the beginning on Wednesday are around £2 million, and jackpots beginning on Saturday are around £4 million. But the exact values are dependent on ticket sales.
Also, if a jackpot rolls over, the jackpot amount will be considerably higher.
The UK Lotto will continue to roll over if no jackpot matching ticket is sold until it hits £22 million. At this point, it can roll over one final time. On the following draw, the jackpot must be won, and if nobody matches the full six numbers, the full amount of the jackpot prize pool will go to the next winning tier.
A UK Lotto Millionaire Raffle code is randomly generated for each ticket, consisting of four letters and eight numbers. On the night of a drawing, one of the codes is drawn, and the matching code’s ticket holder wins a £1 million prize, with an additional 20 codes drawn to create 20 £20,000 winners.
Every once in a while, there will be special drawings held, with more and larger prizes awarded via the Millionaire Raffle.
The UK Lotto is open to all British citizens who wish to buy a ticket, as well as any non-UK citizen who wishes to buy a ticket through an online concierge service. The concierge service will buy your ticket and send you a scan, and then process any winnings you might be due.
More information about ordering a UK Lotto ticket online can be found on the UK Lotto official site.
Residents of the UK 16 years old and older can play the UK Lotto. If you’re outside the UK, you’ll need to be 18 years or older to play.
The UK Lotto draw takes place each Wednesday and Saturday evening. Wednesday drawings are at 8 pm Greenwich Mean Time Zone, and Saturday drawings are 8:30 pm GMT.
Ticket sales for UK Lotto close at 7:30 pm GMT on the night of Wednesday or Saturday. After the drawing is completed, ticket sales for the next drawing begin.
A ticket for the UK Lotto is £2.
The odds of winning any of the various prizes in the UK Lotto are as follows:
- Matching all 6 Numbers – 1 in 45,057,474
- Matching 5 Numbers + Bonus Ball – 1 in 7,509,579
- Matching 5 Numbers – 1 in 144,415
- Matching 4 Numbers – 1 in 2,180
- Matching 3 Numbers – 1 in 97
- Matching 2 Numbers – 1 in 10.3
The deadline for claiming a UK Lotto prize is 180 days from the date of the drawing. After that point, any prizes not claimed are allocated to the UK National Lottery Good Causes Fund, which funds charitable projects across the UK.
For residents of the UK, UK Lotto winnings are tax free. However, if you’re not a resident of the UK, it’s possible that you will owe taxes on any UK Lotto winnings to your local government.
Consult with your local government to determine whether and how much taxes you owe on UK Lotto winnings.
The largest UK Lotto jackpot ever was a £66,070,646 jackpot, which came on a drawing held on January 9th, 2016. Two winning tickets were issued, and so two players split the jackpot, winning just over £33 million each.
A little more than one month later, on February 13th, a single ticket won £32.5 million.
TheLotter Review on Payouts, Withdrawals, and Winners
TheLotter doesn’t charge commissions on your winnings. However, it does deduct any local taxes that may be required by the law in the country where a lottery is based.
Prizes are divided into two main types:
- Big or Locally Taxed Prizes: These include lottery jackpots, any prizes worth more than $2,500, and prizes subject to local tax
- Secondary Winnings: Any other prizes
Secondary winnings are collected and deposited directly in your TheLotter account.
For big or locally taxed prizes, you’ll typically have to claim these yourself. This is especially true for jackpots, in which lottery operators often require players to claim their winnings in person.
For non-jackpot prizes that are above $2,500 or taxable, if the local law permits it, TheLotter tries to collect these on your behalf and credit the amount to your account.
How to Withdraw Money from theLotter
You get 7 options for withdrawing your winnings from your TheLotter account. Most of these are through bank transfer or trusted banking networks like VISA and MasterCard.
Just go to your account’s “My Account” tab and click “Withdraw.”
Payment and Withdrawal Methods
The Lotter gets two thumbs up for accepting a wide array of payment methods.
You have 25 deposit methods and 7 withdrawal methods available. That’s more than you get from many other lottery websites. Better still, theLotter’s banking methods work with a wide range of currencies, too.
Here’s a quick rundown of theLotter’s available banking methods:
|Visa||US$ / € / £ / AUD / руб / CAD / CHF / SEK / ZAR / ₹||–||5,000|
|MasterCard||US$ / € / £ / AUD / руб / CAD / CHF / SEK / ZAR||–||5,000|
|Diners Club||US$ / € / £ / AUD / руб / CAD / CHF / SEK / ZAR||–||5,000|
|Skrill||US$ / € / £ / CAD / CHF / SEK / ZAR||–||–|
|Neteller||US$ / € / £ / руб / CAD / CHF / SEK / ZAR||–||5,000|
|PaySafe Card||US$ / € / £ / CAD / CHF / ZAR||–||–|
|Trustly||US$ / € / £ / CAD / CHF / SEK / ZAR||–||–|
|Sofort||US$ / € / £||–||–|
|Eps||US$ / € / £ / CAD / CHF / SEK / ZAR||–||–|
|Bleue||US$ / € / £||–||–|
|CartaSi||US$ / € / £||–||–|
|Postepay||US$ / € / £||–||–|
|RAPID||US$ / € / £ / CAD / CHF / ZAR||–||–|
|PSE||US$ / € / £ / CAD / CHF / ZAR||10||–|
|Efecty||US$ / € / £ / CAD / CHF / ZAR||10||–|
|Safety Pay||US$ / €||–||–|
|Zimpler||US$ / €||5,000/span>||–|
|Visa||US$ / € / £ / AUD / руб||US$1||US$1,000||1-3|
|MasterCard||US$ / € / £ / AUD / руб||US$1||US$1,000||1-3|
|Discover||US$ / € / £ / руб||US$1||US$2,000||1-3|
|Bank Transfers||US$ / € / £ / AUD||Varies||US$50,000||Varies|
Has Anyone Won?
Absolutely! Over 4 million people have won prizes since the company started in 2002. There’s even a (long) list of winners on their website!
Aura D., a player from Panama, holds the record for the website’s biggest win so far. Aura got $30 million as the sole winner of the Florida Lotto on July 19, 2017. She flew in on theLotter’s dime to claim her prize and has been living out a happy retirement since then.
Aura’s quiet post-win life is pretty typical for lottery jackpot winners. Check out our article on the lottery’s biggest winners to learn how other lucky players chose to spend their prize money.
In 2016, another lucky player from Iraq bet on the Oregon Megabucks lottery through theLotter and won the $6.8 million jackpot!
There are also about 5 winners who have won $1 million prizes each. Four of them hit the US Powerball’s second prize by matching 5 of the winning numbers. Another hit the $1 million US Mega Millions prize in 2017.
TheLotter Winners – Australia
- G. won $1 million by hitting the second prize for the US Powerball’s draw in October 2016. He had been playing through theLotter since 2003. G. racked up over 452 wins of minor prizes from various lotteries before hitting the million-dollar prize.
- 8 lucky Aussies struck gold with $106,300 in prizes after joining theLotter’s Powerball syndicate. Every line in their syndicate’s set won a prize, and the total was split among the 55 players who bought shares.
- L.M. won €25,000 from La Primitiva in 2015 by purchasing entries at theLotter.
- Howard L. won 885,377 rubles in the Russian Gosloto 6/45 lottery after just 6 months of playing through theLotter.
TheLotter Winners – The UK
- B.U. won $1 million after hitting the US Powerball’s second prize in April 2012. The major win came just five tickets after B.U. first started playing at theLotter. In another stroke of luck, B.U. won shortly after the new prize rules bumped up the second prize from $200K to a cool $1M.
- F.M. won €47,748 in Italy’s SuperStar draw after matching 5 of the winning numbers.
Additionally, there are plenty of winners (with pictures) between $50,000 and $1M providing further proof to the doubters regarding the authenticity of this platform.
Save Money by Knowing Lotto Numbers to Avoid
Lotto players who select their lottery numbers thoughtlessly or foolishly are destined to lose even before the drawing takes place.
By knowing which number combinations and patterns to avoid, you’ll have an advantage over such players—and save money, too.
AVOID NUMBER COMBINATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DRAWN BEFORE
Many players like to bet the numbers that have won someone else a big jackpot, and
by doing so, they are almost guaranteed NOT to win one themselves. In Lotto 6/42+1/6,
with two drawings a week, a set of 6 numbers has a chance of being drawn once
every 302,642 years!!! This should also answer the question we are so often asked,
«Shouldn’t I keep playing the same set of numbers every week because they are due
to hit sometime?»
AVOID BETTING SIX CONSECUTIVE LOTTO NUMBERS
Six consecutive numbers have never been drawn in any state or international lotto game.
Smart Luck has all the drawing results for more than 180 state and international lottery games, going back more than fifty years!
Even five consecutive numbers is a very rare occurrence that, in most Lotto games, has never happened once.
AVOID BETTING ONE LOTTO NUMBER GROUP
Never choose all six numbers from one number group, such as all single digits, or
all teens, or all 20’s, etc. All six winning numbers drawn from one group is
AVOID THE LOTTO COMBINATION 1-2-3-4-5-6
The most popular set of numbers most often played is: 1-2-3-4-5-6. Thousands of
tickets are bought with this combination every drawing. The selection
is too far out of balance to come up in a random drawing.
AVOID PATTERN BETTING
Pattern betting is an even more popular method of marking bet slips. Patterns of
numbers marked in a row to make a straight line, either across the bet slip
vertically or diagonally get heavy play—which means sharing the prize with
others if the numbers are drawn as winners. Other designs such as patterns of
initials or numbers or crosses also get heavy play.
AVOID NUMBER MULTIPLES
Other popular combinations that get heavy play are the number multiples, especially
5-10-15-20-25-30 and 7-14-21-28-35-42.
AVOID ALL SAME LAST DIGITS
Many people like to play same last digits, such as 2-12-22-32-42, or all digits that
end in seven, or some other favorite lucky lottery number. Even four same last digits occur
in less than two-tenths of one percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with
three last digits the same occur in less than 3 percent of all drawings. Winning sets
of numbers with no more than one repeated last digit represent nearly 90 percent of all
AVOID LOW NUMBER COMBINATIONS
The majority of Lotto players like to play the calendar numbers, such as birth
dates and anniversaries—and their children’s ages. This means that the most
heavily played numbers are 1 through 31. Swiss Lotto has 42 numbers. If you play
only the calendar numbers, you might be sharing your jackpot with dozens of other
winners. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t play your personal numbers if you feel these lucky numbers are good to play. But we recommend that you include a couple of high
numbers so that just in case your numbers do hit, you win a prize that’s worth
NIX LOTTO QUICK PICKS
Quick Picks are used by lazy people who want to be in the action without putting
any effort into winning. When you read articles about jackpot winners, it appears
as though they all used either Quick Picks, birth dates, or their children’s ages.
The vast majority of people do play that way. If the majority of tickets sold are
Quick Picks, then it makes sense that the majority of jackpots won should be won
with Quick Picks. However, when you see the actual statistics, as we did, you’ll find that you have
a better chance of winning by picking numbers randomly out of a hat than by using
Swiss Lottery Winners
Here are some interesting stories of lottery winners from Switzerland:
- The record for the biggest jackpot in Swiss Lotto history goes to the December 17, 2016 drawing for CHF70 million. The prize was split between 3 winning tickets.
- On the other hand, the biggest jackpot ever won by a single ticket was CHF48.6 million. This was for the Swiss Lotto drawing back in the August 23, 2014. Coincidentally, this is also the second-largest jackpot the lottery has ever reached.
- The biggest ever lottery winner from Switzerland won CHF183 million from a EuroMillions Superdraw back in December 2018. The lucky winner was the sole winning ticket-holder for that draw but their identity has not been revealed.
- Interestingly, a man named Andreas Bürkli almost won CHF1 million in a special televised Swisslos draw in December 2018. His name was announced as the winner, but because he was unable to pick up his phone after the operator tried calling him, he lost his claim to the prize.
Interested in other similar stories? You can read our article on The Biggest Lottery Winners and Where They Are Now for more historic wins.