My Secret Crush – Don’t Tell

it's my secret crushI know some people think it’s a waste of time, but I have a secret crush for the lottery.

C’mon, stay with me on this one. I mean, where else can you get that much excitement and fun for just £2? You can’t even rent a decent movie for that these days (not where I live anyway).

My favourite game is called, quite simply ‘Lotto’. How sweet 🙂

Lotto is one of the main lottery games in the United Kingdom and actually one of the most popular. Players select six of forty-nine numbers, and must match all the six winning balls drawn to win the jackpot. The good news is that there are smaller prizes for those who have matched even as low as three numbers. That’s me mostly.

Tickets are available from authorized national lottery merchants or online. The UK lotto game underwent some changes in the early October 2013 that included addition of a lotto ‘raffle’ which made the game a lot more interesting as there are now 20 bonus prizes of £20,000 given away to somebody every draw.

Playing Lotto Online in the UK

While in UK, playing online is quite straightforward. You only need to visit the Buy Lotto Tickets page at the official National Lottery site, and follow the simple instructions. You will be emailed with an official receipt. After the draw, your numbers will be automatically checked and again you will receive a notification via email if you win a prize. Simple.

Play Outside UK?

Outside the United Kingdom, you can either buy your tickets from a lottery agent, or better still, go for a lottery syndicate (check for reviews).

Agents buy the tickets on your behalf, and sometimes you get a scan of the Lotto ticket sent to you through your email. It depends on the company. But this option is typically pretty expensive.

With a syndicate it’s usually much better value for money, plus you get the extra benefit of a much better chance of winnning. This is the approach I take, alongside buying my own tickets too sometimes.

UK Lotto holds draws twice per week, Wednesday and Saturday evening. In addition, the full Lotto draws results from the two draws are published on the Results page shortly after the draw. A prize breakdown is also available shortly after too.

You can play other games the same way too of course, like EuroMillions, but it’s just not my preferred choice. If that’s your thing though, you can find reviews of syndicates for that here:

But wether you win or lose, the whole point is that playing is a lot of fun. You can make choosing your numbers as technical or as exciting as you like – it doesn’t have to be a boring ‘lucky dip’. Then if you make sure you watch the draw, you will get plenty of heart pounding adrenalin fun as you see some of your numbers start to appear while the tension builds for the next number coming out of the draw machine.

There you go, that’s my secret crush. I love it and I’m not going to give up any time soon either 🙂