In this article, we will be looking at some of the basic facts about the lottery in the United Kingdom. Some of these facts you already know, especially if you are a fan of the lottery, while some of these might be brand new to you. However, we believe that these facts are something that everyone should know about, especially if they are one of those people who wish to win big in any of the lottery games in the UK.
First of all, we would like to say a thing or two about the history of UK lottery as it is both interesting and informational. For one, did you know that the history of lottery in the UK is more than four hundred years old? Yes, it is. The first officially recorded lottery in the UK was chartered by Queen Elizabeth I in the mid 16th century. The tickets were sold for three years in the period between 1566 and 1569 and everyone could buy a ticket. In fact, you could also buy a share in a ticket and the tickets were sold by brokers who later became stockbrokers, believe it or not. When the draw was held, the entire amount of money that was collected from the sales of the tickets was put towards covering the prizes. This way the government did not earn anything, but they did get a loan from their own people, without any interests, which was much more attractive than borrowing money from abroad or from someone who would charge exorbitant interests.
The modern lottery in the UK begins, one might say, in 1994 when John Major organized the National Lottery Commission and when the first national lottery came to life. There were different local and regional lotteries before that, of course, but it took the government to come up with a national one. It is important to point out, though, that unlike the national lotteries in other countries, the very national lottery in the UK is not organized by the government itself. Instead, they awarded the license to the Camelot Group which still holds the license.
Today, there are a few national lottery games in the UK that you can play. The first of these is Lotto and it is the most popular of them. You choose 6 numbers out of 49 and if you get all six of them, you win a jackpot. Lotto Hotpicks is associated with Lotto as it uses the same draw, only with different rules. There is also the Thunderball, Lotto Plus 5 and EuroMillions to play. Of course, there are also Scratchcards that you can play as well as online lottery games like Instant Wins.
It is important to point out that the players have to be 16 years or older in order to be eligible to play. Also, you can play UK lottery even if you are not the resident of the UK, as long as you bought the tickets in the UK. For those who wish to purchase tickets online, they need to have a bank account in the UK, a residential address in the UK and also have to be physically present in the United Kingdom at the moment of purchasing the ticket.