General information about HotPicks
This is the UK based lottery game that was launched in July 10, 2002, or 17 years, 2 months and 10 days ago. Hot Picks is currently available only in the UK and the Isle of Man. This is a widely popular lottery, but it has still always been known as Hot Picks. The game-play format used to be different: players were to choose up to 5 numbers from the 1-49 range. The lottery is operated by The National Lottery. In case you want to know more about The National Lottery, here is their official website: https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/games/lotto-hotpicks. Lotto HotPicks results may be found there as well, by the way. As for their support service, The National Lottery can be reached via the following contact details:
- E-mail: [email protected]
- Customer Care Team: 0333 234 44 33
Keep in mind that players must be 16 or over to play.
Check Lotto HotPicks results
Lotto HotPicks results are aired right after the drawings that take place in the headquarters of The National Lottery in Watford. At the moment, draws are held twice a week. To be more precise, they are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, at 8:00 p.m. local time. In fact, the lottery’s draws are based on those of The Lotto, one of the most popular lotteries in the UK. However, you do not need to play The Lotto to take part in Hot Picks, even though its main numbers are used for Hot Picks draws. The numbers are drawn using the Lottery Ball Machine. In case you were curious, the first ever draw was held on July 10, 2002, or 17 years, 2 months and 10 days ago.
How it works: picking up Lotto HotPicks numbers
The currently applied format is as follows: 5 / 59. As you can see, players are to choose five main Lotto HotPicks numbers from the range between 1 and 59 Lotto HotPicks numbers. As mentioned above, HotPicks uses The Lotto draws for its numbers, but this is still a different game. Players can choose not just the numbers, but also the number of draw balls they want to try to match (up to five balls in total). However, unless the player matches all the numbers they’ve chosen, they are not a winner. In other words, there are five ways of playing this game, each offering different winning odds and payouts.
HotPicks winning odds & prize categories
The lottery currently offers five prize categories. The amount of the top prize is fixed, which means that Hot Picks is not the one to bring you a record-high jackpot. For now, it accounts for £350,000. Luckily, the fact that the jackpot is quite modest is compensated by indeed high winning odds! As shown by official estimates, the odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 834,398. In particular, you will have to correctly guess all the five main Lotto HotPicks numbers. For more information, please look at the table below:
1 : 834,398
1 : 30,342
1 : 1,626
1 : 115
1 : 10
The overall winning chances, in turn, are 1 in 54.
The minimum cost of playing is £1. The lottery does not offer any opportunities to multiply prizes. No add-on games are provided, either.
Hot and cold Lotto HotPicks numbers
The lottery’s most often drawn numbers are 56, 58, 20, 25, 41, and 49. The cold, or the least frequent numbers are 48, 33, 28, 26, 23, and 09.
Payouts of HotPicks prizes
Keep in mind that Hot Picks jackpot can only be paid out as a lump sum. In case there are two or more winners and the total value of the top prize exceeds the prize fund, the payouts are lower than those previously advertised. This applies to prizes of other categories, by the way. A great thing is that Hot Picks winnings are tax free. One more thing to take into account is that all the prizes are to be claimed within 180 days from the day of the draw or otherwise the winning ticket expires, regardless of Lotto HotPicks results.