We’ve received a number of questions about the lottery this Christmas, when it takes place and how to buy tickets. Here’s a typical example:
“I have an enquiry which I firstly asked in my local store which handles lottery tickets, am I able to buy in advance the tickets for December 26th? I was told I would have to buy tickets for all the weeks preceding that date also, I was not too confident in that reply hence this email, I was thinking of purchasing for Christmas presents, therefore would want about £40 worth for that date alone, would you please advise if this is correct. Thanks, Maureen”
With regards to buying Christmas lottery tickets, I’m afraid they are correct. The play boards you fill in at the store allow you to play Wednesday or Saturday or both and for a number of weeks 1, 2, 3 or 4. There isn’t a way to stipulate a date in the future.
The draw takes place as normal on the 26th December, being Boxing Day. So in theory you have until 7:30 on Christmas day to buy tickets. However, many shops and stores may (!) choose to close on Christmas Day! So we’d recommend buying your christmas lottery tickets early and possibly online.
One thing we’ve noted as well when buying tickets for presents in a shop, make sure you tell the store person that you want 40 x £1 (or whatever you want) before they go and ring through £5 on each ticket.