We have put together a collection of our most frequently asked questions.
Q : How much does it cost to join Search Lotto?
Absolutely nothing. Membership and use of Search Lotto is, and always will be, completely free to users.
Q : How can Search Lotto afford to buy lottery tickets on my behalf?
Search Lotto generates revenue through advertising partners on our search results page. This revenue is used to fund the lottery ticket syndicates.
Q : Is it the genuine UK National Lottery that I am entered into?
Yes, your Lotto entry will be for a genuine UK National Lottery ticket (the same draw that is shown on TV). Each National Lottery ticket is shared by a syndicate of 20 randomly selected users (or 25 if it is a EuroMillions entry).
Q : How do I search through Search Lotto?
Once you have signed up, simply visit www.searchlotto.co.uk instead of your usual search engine (you may want to add our website into your favourites or set it as your start page) - make sure you are logged in each time you search to ensure your searches count towards your Lotto entry.
Q : What web browsers do you support?
Search Lotto will work with all web browsers (including iPhones), however works best with Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome.
Q : How often do I need to search to get my Lotto entry?
You will receive one Lotto entry for every 25 unique searches you perform, up to a maximum of four tickets per week. The first 20 unique searches you make each day will qualify towards this.
Q : How do I know if I have won? How will I be paid?
You are able to print off your lottery tickets from our website and watch the draw live on the TV! Alternatively, login to your account and click on My Lottery Tickets. We pay all winners within 7 working days of the draw taking place by either PayPal or Bank Transfer - there are no minimum payment amounts, so even if you only match 3 numbers we will pay you.
Q : How old do I need to be to use Search Lotto?
You must be at least 16 years of age to use the Search Lotto service.
Q : How does the quality of search results from Search Lotto compare to my usual search engine?
Search Lotto uses a feed from Yahoo! to generate and display the results to you. In our opinion, the search quality is as good as current leading search engines (try us out using the search box at the top of this page).
Q : I love your service, can I recommend it to my friends?
Yes, please do! If you login to your account you will find plenty of ways to refer your friends to use Search Lotto - via Twitter, Facebook, emails or the usual web links. As a little thank you, we will give you one free lottery ticket entry for each friend you successfully refer to us.
Q : I am concerned about privacy. How much information do you collect and what is it used for?
Q : Do I need to download any special software?
No, Search Lotto will work with all major web browsers and does not require any additional software to be downloaded.
Q : Can I use your service at work?
Absolutely! Because of the way Search Lotto works, you are able to use the service on any computer that is connected to the Internet and has a basic web browser on it. To see how to do this, login to your account and click on Start Searching.
Q : Are there any restrictions or limits to how I use your service?
We want you to use Search Lotto as you would any other search engine.
There are, however, a few basic rules that apply:
- The user must be aged 16
- A maximum of 20 unique searches per day will be counted towards your syndicate entry
- A maximum of 4 syndicate entries can be issued to a user each week, regardless of the number of searches they have performed
- Repeated similar or identical searches will not be counted towards your syndicate entry
Q : Why don't all of my searches count as verified searches?
Searches are verified before being added to your account.
Verification takes into account several factors that determine whether a search is perceived to be valid. These factors include checking whether the search phrase is identical or extremely similar to recent searches.
We also throttle your search queries so that only one search query is verified every two minutes - this is to help prevent abuse of the service and the use of automated robots or scripts.
Additionally, please remember that you can only accumulate up to 20 verified searches per day and a maximum of 100 verified searches per week.
These safeguards are in place to help ensure the service can be enjoyed fairly by all users.
Q : I've forgotten my password, how do I reset it?
Please click here
to be emailed a reminder of your password.
Your Lottery Entries
Q : If I don't do a full 25 searches in a week, do they carry over to the following week?
Yes, if you don't manage to accrue the 25 searches required to get your Lotto entry this week, we will carry over the searches you have done to the next week. Please note, however, that there is a limit of 100 searches that you can accumulate each week - any searching you do over this will not count towards extra Lotto entries or be carried forward to the following week.
Q : Do I get to choose my lottery numbers?
No. All numbers are assigned via Lucky Dips direct from the National Lottery.
Q : How are lottery numbers assigned?
Lottery numbers are randomly assigned to a group of 20 users (or 25 in the case of a EuroMillions entry). These numbers are generated as the result of a Lucky Dip direct from the National Lottery.
Q : Do I get my own lottery ticket?
No. Your lottery ticket is shared in a syndicate with 19 other users (or 24 in the case of a EuroMillions entry).
Q : Can I see a copy of the lottery ticket?
Unfortunately not. All lottery tickets are purchased electronically direct from the National Lottery and hence no physical ticket exists.
Q : What is the maximum number of lottery entries I can get?
You are currently able to get a maximum of 4 lottery entries per week.
Q : How can I see my lottery numbers and check the results?
Login to your account, click My Lottery Tickets and you will see a complete list of the lottery numbers you have been assigned each week alongside the latest results. Additionally, you can print off your own ticket so that you can watch the draw live on TV.