The UK National Lottery Prize Structure
Where your £1 goes.
45% of the total cost of the tickets sold is put in to the total prize pool for that particular draw.
This is just 45p for every £1 ticket. So where does the rest go?
28p is added to the National Lottery Distribution Fund. This money is distributed arts, sports and charities that bid for it.
12p goes to the Government in Lottery Tax
5p is kept by Camelot Group plc for running costs and of course their profit
5p commission is kept by the retailer
5p is reserved for future Super Draws and Instant Win scratchcard games
How the lottery prize money is shared out6-match (Jackpot)
This is allocated 52% of the Prize Pool plus any rollover from the previous draw's unwon jackpot prize pool
If there is no jackpot winner, then the entire jackpot prize pool is "rolled over" to the next draw. This can happen a maximum of 3 times. I there is a 4th consecutive draw where the jackpot is not won ackpot prize pool is shared amongst the 5+bonus winners of the 4th draw or amongst the 5-match winners of the 4th draw if there are no such 5+bonus winners
This gets 16% of the Prize Pool plus the 4th consecutive unwon jackpot prizeif there is one. If there are no 5+bonus winners and it's not the 4th consecutive unwon jackpot, then the 5+bonus prize pool is added to the jackpot prize pool for the same draw
10% of the Prize Pool plus the 4th consecutive unwon jackpot prize pool if there's no 5+bonus winners as well. If there are no 5-match winners, the 5-match prize pool is added to the 4-match prize pool for the same draw
22% of the Prize Pool plus the 5-match Prize Pool if there are no 5-match winners. If there are no 4-match winners, then the 4-match Prize Pool is shared equally amongst the 3-match winners in addition to their standard £10 prize
They get a guaranteed £10 prize plus an equal share of the 4-match prize pool if there are no 4-match winners