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How to play the Lotto HotPicks

Playing the Lotto HotPicks and picking possible winning numbers are easy and straight-forward. Simply buy a ticket from a Local Retailer to stand a chance to win big cash prizes.

Can you play online? Yes!

  • Check¬†winning numbers
  • Estimated jackpot¬†amounts
  • See draw¬†results
  • Payout¬†amounts

And more!

Easily check today’s Lotto HotPicks winning numbers, handy and useful tips.

What is the Lotto HotPicks?

The Lotto HotPicks is a Lotto with a twist and a part of the nation’s favorite game. Players can play Lotto HotPicks online every day from 6am until 11pm.

  • Draw days:¬†Every Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Top prize:¬†¬£350,000
  • Pick and match 3 balls: win ¬£800.
  • Save Time: Play up to 4 weeks in advance.

Note: On a draw day, players need to buy their ticket before 7.30pm.

Cost: £1

How to play the Lotto HotPicks?

  • Players simply need to decide how many numbers they would like to play with. The choice is between the range of 1 to 5.
  • Pick numbers in a range between 1 and 59 or pick a Lucky Dip¬ģ for a random selection.
  • Choose the draw days and number of weeks
  • Play for $1

Pick 1 Game: Players need to pick one number and if this chosen number matches any of the Main Numbers drawn, providing the requirements of the Rules and these Game Procedures are met, players will win the relevant Prize.

Pick 2 Game: Players need to pick two numbers if these chosen numbers match any two of the Main Numbers drawn, providing the requirements of the Rules and these Game Procedures are met, players will win the relevant Prize.

Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 5: Games follow the same theme and require players to pick three, four or five numbers. If a players’ entry into the Pick 3 Game matches any three of the Main Numbers drawn, the Pick 4 Game matches any four of the Main Numbers drawn, or the Pick 5 Game matches any five of the Main Numbers drawn, providing the requirements of the Rules and these Game Procedures are met, the player will win the relevant Prize.

Players can only win a Prize in the Lotto HotPicks game that they have entered. For example, if a player selects the ‘Pick 3’ Game and they match two of the Main Numbers drawn, they will not win a Prize.

Lotto HotPicks Prizes

What can be won?

Game

Match

Winnings1

Pick 1

1 number

£6

Pick 2

2 numbers

£60

Pick 3

3 numbers

£800

Pick 4

4 numbers

£13,000

Pick 5

5 numbers

£350,000

Prizes are fixed and subject to capping.

Will Prizes ever be less than stated (Prize capping)?

  • All Prizes in a¬†Lotto HotPicks¬†Game will be paid in full except in rare circumstances when Prize capping takes place.

How to claim your lotto cash prize

Online prizes

  • Prizes up to and including ¬£500¬†‚Äďwill be paid directly to a players National Lottery account.
  • Prizes over ¬£500 up to and including ¬£30,000¬†‚Äď Players will need to confirm if the prize should be paid to the debit card registered to their National Lottery account before 11.00pm on the last day of the claim period.
  • Prizes over ¬£30,000 up to and including ¬£50,000¬†‚Äď Players will need to contact the National Lottery¬†during normal opening hours during the claim period to claim their prize. Prizes will be paid by cheque.
  • Prizes over ¬£50,000¬†must be claimed in person during the claim period.

Playing Online Lotteries¬†‚Äď Important Tips:

Make sure that the online lottery site is secure.

Look for the lock! Websites that are secure will have a small symbol of a padlock obviously displayed Рthis indicates that your personal information will be safe. If you don’t see that symbol of safety and security, hit the back button immediately and do not enter any private information!

Always check the requirements of the online lottery site:

If there is a requirement that you must be at least 18 years old to play, (which there probably will be) then don’t sign up if you are under that specified age. You will need to prove your age to claim a prize.

Check to see if the lottery site will charge a fee on your winnings:

A legitimate, honest online lottery site will not impose fees on your winnings.

Does the online lottery ticket vendor display contact details?

If a website is untrustworthy about offering up their contact details and other information, there is probably a reason and it is likely to be one that doesn’t count in your favor. Make sure there is adequate contact information.

Only play lotteries online from your own home computer:

Entering credit or debit card information over an open Wi-Fi network or from an internet café can be a very risky move! Don’t enter personal information on a non-secure connection.

In-store prizes

  • Prizes up to and including ¬£100¬†‚Äď can be claimed from National Lottery retailers. All National Lottery retailers are required to pay prizes of up to ¬£100, apart from those with till-point terminals, who are required to pay prizes up to ¬£50. Some may pay prizes onto debit cards.
  • Prizes up to and including ¬£500¬†‚Äď can be claimed from National Lottery retailers. Retailers are allowed, not required, to make payments (in cash or to debit card) for prizes of over ¬£100 up to and including ¬£500.
  • Additionally, all¬†prizes¬†up to and including ¬£500¬†can be claimed at elected post offices with a National Lottery terminal.

History of The National Lottery

The National Lottery is the state-franchised national lottery in the United Kingdom and is operated by Camelot Group, to whom the license was granted in 1994, 2001 and 2007. The lottery was initially regulated by the National Lottery Commission.

Comparison table for The Lotto HotPicks

Prize Tiers:

Pick and match 1 main number

1

£6

Pick and match 2 main numbers

2

£60

Pick and match 3 main numbers

3

£800

Pick and match 4 main numbers

4

£13,000

Pick and match 5 main numbers

5

£350,000

Odds:

Game

Approximate Odds of Winning

Prize (subject to Prize capping explained further on)

Prize Cap Multiplier

Pick 1 = Pick 1 Match 1 Main Number

1:10

£6

1.2

Pick 2 = Pick 2 Match 2 Main Numbers

1:115

£60

1.3

Pick 3 = Pick 3 Match 3 Main Numbers

1:1,626

£800

2.8

Pick 4 = Pick 4 Match 4 Main Numbers

1:30,342

£13,000

9.0

Pick 5 = Pick 5 Match 5 Main Numbers

1:834,398

£350,000

28.0

Tips for playing The Lotto HotPicks

Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. But randomly drawn numbers form patterns that can be tracked and used to your advantage.  We will pop in some fun strategies and bonus tips for good measure!

Play the Right Games

There is a selection of lottery games‚ÄĒand they each have different odds of winning.

  • Read the odds¬†to ensure you’re maximizing your chances of winning.
  • Pick up some scratch cards. Yes, they offer smaller prizes but higher chances of winning overall.

Identifying Hot numbers, Cold numbers, Overdue Numbers

To use the hot, cold, overdue strategy, analyze the results of your chosen lottery – see which numbers have been drawn recently and which haven’t, at least 50 drawings is needed to get a decent sample size.

  • Hot numbers: Picked most frequently
  • Cold numbers: drawn less frequently overall.
  • Overdue numbers: are ones that have not shown up in recent weeks.

Some players claim that creating a set of winning numbers by mixing hot, cold, and overdue numbers gives players an edge.

Bonus Tip:¬†Look at a list of past winning numbers for Illinois Lotto, and you’ll see, more often than not, one or more of the¬†number groups¬†are not represented. For example, in the combination 5-14-17-32-38-46, there are no 20’s. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you make a informed choice.

Don’t Miss a Lottery Win!

  • Keep your ticket somewhere that is safe and easy to find
  • Make a note of the drawing date and time in your calendar
  • Check and Double-check the numbers against your ticket
  • Use a¬†lottery app¬†to keep track

Pick Traditional Lucky Numbers

According to a poll run by mathematician Alex Bellos, seven is not surprisingly the most popular lucky number in the world.

Seven days of the week, seven wonders of the world, seven continents, seven seas, and the list goes on.

Other traditional lucky numbers include three (as in “good things come in threes”) and four.

Play Second-Chance Games (Where Possible)

Many lotteries offer second-chance drawings on non-winning tickets giving players a bonus chance to be a winner.

Pick Traditional Lucky Numbers

Pick numbers that have a personal meaning to you. For example, birthdays, a wedding anniversary, or the birthdays of kids and/or grandkids.

Apart from dates consider the number of kids you have or the house number of your childhood home ‚Äď whatever feels lucky to you.

Just a little note on this play, when it comes to picking lottery numbers, dates are just as popular and many people will play them. On the other hand, dates often show up among the most popular lottery numbers!

Bonus Tip! Play a balanced game

After you choose six numbers you want to play, add them together and make sure that the sum of the six numbers adds up to between 122 and 196. Sums that fall within that range will account for over 70 percent of all lottery jackpots won.

Take Steps to Secure Winning Lottery Tickets

Sign it! Your signature on the back of a lottery ticket can help you prove that it is indeed yours if it gets lost or stolen.

Use Numerology to Pick Lucky Numbers

There are a lot of different ways to use numerology to find lucky numbers. One is to¬†create a table¬†with the numbers 1 – 9 at the top and one letter in each column below. A = 1, B = 2, and so on. After the ninth letter, I, you’d wrap around again so that J = 1, K = 2, and so on.

You can then plug in the letters of your name to get one digit for each letter. Add those digits together to end up with a lucky number.

Horoscopes: Lucky Numbers for Today

If you’d like to find lucky numbers without having to play around with numbers yourself, your daily horoscope is a good place to turn.

Many horoscopes include predictions of which days will be lucky for you (and you can try playing the lottery on those days).

Choose Rarer Numbers

Picking certain numbers may offer you a slight advantage, not for your chances of winning, but for your payout.

If you win a lottery jackpot, there is a chance that you might have to split the payout with players who picked the same numbers, so you might as well try to select rarer numbers to improve your odds of keeping more of the payout for yourself.

Lucky Number Generators

The simplest way to find lucky numbers to play is simply to use a generator. Lucky number generators use numerology, or perhaps simply randomness, to find numbers for you.

Bonus Tip: In Lotto 6/52, on average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the last drawing 56 percent of the time.

Remember – there’s no real way to predict the set of winning numbers as drawings are completely random, but there are tried and tested ways to increase your¬†chance to win. Previous results have no bearing on future ones. The key to successful lotto number selection methods are playing the probabilities. If you play a pattern that occurs only five percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose 95 percent of the time, giving you no chance to win 95 percent of the time. So, don’t buck the probabilities.

Just a note About Lottery Strategies

Finding and playing lucky numbers is based on fun more than facts. Mathematically, every number has an equal chance of being chosen as a winner.

Why the Lotto HotPicks is so popular

Not only does the¬†Lotto HotPicks¬†offer players ‚Äútop prize‚ÄĚ payouts, but it has multiple ways and¬†chances to win. As previous results and jackpot payouts will show, the¬†Lotto HotPicks¬†offers players of any income a chance to win and dream BIG!

Lotto HotPicks number generator

Odds of winning The Lotto HotPicks

Game

Approximate Odds of Winning

Prize (subject to Prize capping explained further on)

Prize Cap Multiplier

Pick 1 = Pick 1 Match 1 Main Number

1:10

£6

1.2

Pick 2 = Pick 2 Match 2 Main Numbers

1:115

£60

1.3

Pick 3 = Pick 3 Match 3 Main Numbers

1:1,626

£800

2.8

Pick 4 = Pick 4 Match 4 Main Numbers

1:30,342

£13,000

9.0

Pick 5 = Pick 5 Match 5 Main Numbers

1:834,398

£350,000

28.0

On average, the following percentage of sales will be available to be paid out in Prizes to players for each Game:

Pick 1¬†‚Äď 61.02%

Pick 2¬†‚Äď 52.6%

Pick 3¬†‚Äď 49.22%

Pick 4¬†‚Äď 42.85%

Pick 5¬†‚Äď 41.95%

Is the Lotto HotPicks a Scam?

Absolutely not! The¬†National Lottery¬†was launched in 1994 and is still going strong over 26 years later. Unfortunately, fake wins with other institutions have become a regular occurrence ‚Äď so here are a few tips to keep you and your money safe!

  • Only buy tickets from authorized lottery retailers.
  • Offers to sell international lottery tickets by mail or¬†online¬†are usually illegal.
  • If you didn’t buy a lottery ticket or participate in a second-chance lottery game, you didn’t win no matter how convincing a text message may sound.
  • The lottery doesn’t notify players when you win; players alone are responsible for checking your winning tickets.
  • Players are NEVER required to pay money up-front to receive a winning lottery prize.

A¬†lottery scam¬†is a type of advance-fee fraud which begins with an unexpected email notification, phone call, or mailing (sometimes including a large check) explaining that “You have won!” a large sum of money in a¬†lottery.

What to do:

If you receive a letter or email claiming that you won a prize for the Lotto HotPicks but did not enter, it is strongly recommended that you:

  • Delete¬†or¬†destroy¬†the letter or email immediately.
  • Do not¬†open any link contained in a suspicious email.
  • Do not¬†respond to, or contact, the sender.
  • Do not¬†disclose any personal or financial information.
  • Do not¬†send any money.
  • If¬†you have already responded, break off contact with the fraudster immediately.
  • If¬†you have provided personal or financial details, alert your bank immediately.
  • If¬†you receive a suspicious email, or believe you have been the victim of internet fraud, report it to the police.

Clues to look for:

  • The email is sent from a free webmail address (e.g. @hotmail.com, @yahoo.com, @gmail etc.)
  • The letter or email starts with something vague like ‚ÄėDear Winner‚Äô.
  • Scam letters are often on poor quality, photocopied letterhead (although some will include a genuine business address in an attempt to provide legitimacy).
  • Strict time limit to claim the ‚Äėprize‚Äô. This is intended to put the potential victim under pressure and deter them from seeking advice or investigating the matter further.
  • Confidentiality is often demanded as a ‚Äėcondition of winning‚Äô. Again, this is to deter the recipient from seeking the advice of friends or family who may be more familiar with this type of scam.
  • Poor spelling, grammar and syntax are usually a good indication that the letter or email is a scam.

Conclusion

The Lotto HotPicks is a Lotto with a twist and a part of the nation’s favorite game and players can play Lotto HotPicks online every day from 6am until 11pm. The Top Prize starts at £350,000 with a three-ball match cashing in at £800. Play costs is a small £1 fee, every Wednesday and Saturday.

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