The national lottery is the largest lottery in the United Kingdom. Since its launch in 1994, national lottery has been an extremely popular gambling form throughout the country. Initially, the national lottery was regulated by the Office of The National Lottery (OFLOT). Later, in April 1999, it was handed over to the National Lottery Commission – which is a non-departmental public body.
The UK national lottery is operated by the Camelot Group, a private company owned by five shareholders. In 1994, the company won the license to run the lottery and later in 2001, it was awarded a second seven-year license to operate the national lottery. The main game of the national lottery was named lotto in 2002.
Today, over 65% of the UK population is playing national lottery on a regular basis. Around 28% of the lottery revenue is used for good causes. It is estimated that the lottery has so far raised more than £17 billion pounds for various good causes across the country.
All the winning tickets need to be claimed within 180 days after the draw. The winning prize amount is paid as lump sum and is tax free. If the player does not claim the money within the above specific period, then the prize amount is given out through the good cause’s fund.
Lotto Extra, Lotto Hot Picks, Thunderball, EuroMillions, and Scratchcards are some of the games that operate under national lottery brands. To play national lottery, you need to fill a play slip, which contains a number of boxes called “boards.” Using pencil or blue/black ink put a bold mark on any six number boxes and hand over the ticket to the terminal. If you make any mistake, then put a mark on the void box and the terminal will ignore that particular board.
Young people – who are under the age of 18 – are prohibited from playing or purchasing national lottery. As a strategy to stop under-age playing, the Camelot Group has encouraged several proof-of-age-cards like Citizen Card and Validate. Moreover, the national lottery tickets are not available to non-UK residents.