The Lotto HotPicks is a game that is not neatly classed into one overarching category and so it can either be considered and labelled as an add on, expansion feature or a collection of five individual and separate lotto games combined into one convenient package.
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For those of us who are not intimately familiar with the Lotto HotPicks, the reason that is often interpreted as an addendum is due to the fact that the results that will ultimately govern the course of the Lotto HotPicks are decided by virtue of the main Lotto draw. The main Lotto draw it is worth noting, takes place during Wednesday and Saturday.
However, using that single reason alone as the sole justification for the proper definition of Lotto HotPicks as an entirely independent entity is tenuous to say the least and as such, the fact that the player can play HotPicks without ever even having to place a wager on the main Lotto draw is the more compelling argument.
Earlier within the article, we had alluded to the fact that the Lotto HotPicks is also variously considered in some circles as an anthology of five individual and unique games and the reason for this is due to the fact that the player as the choice between five different so called “picks”.
Please note that the choice of pick that the player ultimately decides to rely upon will have a very important and significant impact on their ultimate chances of winning, in addition to the actual value of the jackpot. Therefore, the player who elects to use Pick 3 will need to choose a total of three numbers between 1-49, and then match each and every single one of these three numbers with the results determined in the main Lotto draw. If Pick 4 or 5 were chosen, then the player would choose 4 or 5 numbers between 1-49 respectively, and be required to ensure that they had chosen 4 or 5 numbers correctly.
Whenever a player purchases a Lotto HotPicks play slip they can choose up to a maximum of three numbers for the princely sum of £1 and it is at the discretion of the player as to whether they intend to wager on both Wednesday and Saturday’s draw or if they intend to rely upon just one.
Once the player is certain as to which game they intend to play, the next step is to then place a line through the relevant box to denote their preference of “pick”. Once this has been specified, they will need to choose the appropriate number of digits. It is important that the player chooses the correct amount of digits per playslip, as an error will automatically void the playslip entirely.
Be careful about making mistakes! The reason for this is that whilst you can simply specify that you have made an error by marking the strategically situated “void” box and then use another board, you are charged £1 per board used. With that in mind then, making errors can quickly turn out to be rather costly!
It is also possible for the player to place wagers and rely upon the same chosen range of numbers for a maximum duration of two months. In order to make use of this option, the player must ensure that they actually pay for each additional week for the future.
How To Check your Hotpicks Ticket
As soon as the correct amount of money has been paid by the customer using the HotPicks ticket, the retailer will then submit the numbers chosen by the player into the terminal upon which the HotPicks ticket will then be dispensed.
It is imperative that you verify the following pertinent details:
The numbers you informed the retailer you wished to place a wager on are reflected on the HotPicks ticket
The number of weeks and the draw date(s) you intend to rely upon are actually correct
The serial number is legible
That the void boxes featured on the ticket have not been marked in any way.
Once you are satisfied that your HotPicks ticket passes this quality inspection the next step is to then write your personal details (specifically, your name and the address you reside at) on the back of the ticket. Whatever you do: don’t lose the ticket because if you do you won’t be able to participate in the draw, nor will you be able to actually claim your prize money. You have been warned!
How To Win on HotPicks
Game You Match You win odds
HotPick 1 1 number £5 9:1
HotPick 2 2 numbers £40 79:1
HotPick 3 3 numbers £450 922:1
HotPick 4 4 numbers £7,000 14,126:1
HotPick 5 5 numbers £130,000 317,814:1
Please note that whilst the above values are specified as the current value of the prizes on offer, the operators of the HotPicks have the legal right to reduce the value of the prizes and the only information provided concerning this is “in exceptional circumstances.” The actual proper definition of this is yet to be determined.
In the event that the value of the prizes are reduced to less than the values specified in the above table then the new value of the prizes (which are to be determined) will be contingent upon the value and the volume of sales made during the course of the game.