Lotto HotPicks uses the same winning numbers as Lotto, but you can win bigger prizes for matching fewer numbers than you can on Lotto. The twist with HotPicks is that you select between one and five numbers instead of six, and to win you need to match all of the numbers you choose. See the latest HotPicks results for Wednesday, including a full prize breakdown.
Latest Lotto HotPicks Results
One Match 5 winner
Machine used: Lancelot
Ball set used: 8
|Pick 1, Match 1||3,107 winners||£6|
|Pick 2, Match 2||3,099 winners||£60|
|Pick 3, Match 3||322 winners||£800|
|Pick 4, Match 4||5 winners||£13,000|
|Pick 5, Match 5||1 winner||£350,000|
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Lotto HotPicks Tickets
Lotto HotPicks tickets are available online and in-store in the UK. A single play costs £1, making it half the price of the main UK Lotto game.
About Lotto HotPicks
Launched in July 2002, Lotto HotPicks gives you a different way to try and win prizes based on the winning Lotto numbers. You don’t play for a rolling multimillion-pound jackpot. Instead, you decide how many numbers you want to play (between one and five), and try to match them all.
The winning line for Lotto HotPicks is the same that is used for Lotto, so it contains six numbers from 1 to 59 (the Bonus Ball is not relevant to HotPicks). Just like with UK Lotto, you have until 7:30pm on Wednesday and Saturday nights to purchase your tickets.
Do I have to play Lotto if I want to play HotPicks?
The two games are entirely separate, even though they use the same winning numbers. You can play Hotpicks without playing Lotto, or vice versa, or you can take part in both games if you wish.
How to Play Lotto HotPicks in 3 Easy Steps
Decide how many numbers to pick
There are five different versions of Lotto HotPicks. If you opt for the ‘Pick 1’ game, you only need to select one number, if you play ‘Pick 2’, you have to choose two numbers, and so on.
The most numbers you can choose is five. The cost is the same regardless of how many numbers you pick.
Choose which draws to enter
Once you have decided how many numbers to pick, make your selections on your play slip. Alternatively, ask for a Lucky Dip to get a random pick.
Decide whether to enter your numbers into the next Wednesday draw, Saturday draw, or both. You can also play up to four weeks in advance.
Pay for your tickets
Pay for your Lotto HotPicks, at a cost of £1 per play. Remember to keep your entry safe if you play in a store. If you play online, there will be a secure digital record of your numbers.
All you need to do after you buy your ticket is wait for the draw to happen and see which winning numbers are selected.
Lotto HotPicks Prizes
For each version of Lotto HotPicks – Pick 1, Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 5 – there is one fixed prize. For example, if you select one number and match it, you receive £6. If you play Pick 5, you’ll win £350,000 if all five of your numbers appear in the Lotto draw.
Remember that you need to match all of the numbers you pick – this is the key difference between HotPicks and Lotto. For example, if you play Pick 4 and match three numbers, you do not win a prize.
You can see all the HotPicks payouts in the table below, along with the odds of winning each prize.
|HotPicks Game||How to Win||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|Pick 1||Match 1||£6||1 in 10|
|Pick 2||Match 2||£60||1 in 115|
|Pick 3||Match 3||£800||1 in 1,626|
|Pick 4||Match 4||£13,000||1 in 30,342|
|Pick 5||Match 5||£350,000||1 in 834,398|
You will receive the advertised prize regardless of how many other players win in the same category. However, prize capping can sometimes occur when the total value of prizes is far higher than average and exceeds a given limit for that particular game.
Frequently Asked Lotto HotPicks Questions
When are Lotto HotPicks draws?
Draws take place twice a week. There is one on Wednesday at 8:00pm, and one on Saturday at 7:45pm. The cut-off time for ticket sales is 7:30pm on draw days.
How many numbers do you need to match to win?
To win a HotPicks prize, you must match all the numbers you select. For example, if you play Pick 5, you must match them all to win the £350,000 prize. If you match four numbers out of five, or fewer, you do not win anything.
Does the top prize roll over if nobody wins?
No, the prizes stay fixed at the same amount in every draw.
What are the best numbers for HotPicks?
The odds are the same for all the numbers from 1 to 59, so you have just as much chance of winning regardless of your selections. The highest probability of getting a win is to play the Pick 1 game, as you only need to match that one number you have selected. However, the potential payouts are better as you pick more numbers.