Everything You Need to Know About Playing the Lotto

With almost £5 billion worth of lottery tickets purchased in the UK each year, it’s fair to say the demand for lotto draws on these shores remains sky high.

While some 70% of adults are said to have purchased at least one lottery ticket in their lifetime, there are newcomers to the game looking to get started.

And it can be confusing: how old do you have to be play the lottery? What is the difference between all of the different draws? When does the lottery take place?

If you are a lottery debutante, the following information should hopefully prove useful.

How Do You Play the Lottery?

The basic premise is simple: you choose the requisite amount of numbers, place your bet and then hope that the balls drawn are the same as the numbers you have chosen.

That’s the simplest way to explain it, and hopefully, the rest of this how to play lottery guide will fill in the rest of the blanks!

How to Play Online Lottery

It’s a doddle to play the lottery online courtesy of the likes of Unibet. You can bet on pretty much any lottery worldwide online – you can’t do that at your local newsagents – and any winnings are paid directly into your Unibet account.

What is the Legal Age to Play Lottery in the UK?

The lottery age in the UK with Unibet is 16, and this covers the main Lotto draw, the Thunderball and EuroMillions.

At the point of purchase you may be required to provide proof of your age, so have a form of identification handy.

Which Lottery Draws Are Available?

If you live in the UK and plan to purchase a lottery ticket at your local shop, you can play four lotteries: Lotto, Thunderball, EuroMillions and Lotto Hotpicks.

If you play the lottery online with Unibet, you can bet on these four draws as well as a host of others from across the globe, including the mega-money El Gordo, El Nino, US and Australian Powerball and SuperEnalotto, amongst others.

When Do the Lottery Draws Take Place?

The main UK Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, while the EuroMillions balls are drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Thunderball game is available to punters on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

If you choose to play online lottery with Unibet, further draws are carried out on Wednesdays and Saturdays (US Powerball and the Irish Lottery), Thursdays (Australian Powerball) and then on a given date each year, the Spanish El Nino and El Gordo draws.

How Do I Choose My Lottery Numbers?

That’s completely up to you! Most people will pick out numbers that mean something to them: birthdays of loved ones, the numbers of former homes, that sort of thing. One tip we can offer is to make sure you play the same numbers every week; imagine that one time your normal set of numbers is drawn and you haven’t picked them….

Do I Have to Pay Tax on My Lottery Winnings?

In the UK, all lottery winnings are tax free, as under the terms of the HMRC these are not considered ‘income’.

The same goes for any Australian lottery winnings, although if you scoop the jackpot of one of the US based lotteries then a tax bill will follow.

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