Operated by London-based 49s Limited, the U.K. Lotto game known as 49s has become a highly popular wagering activity at betting shops and online bookmakers. Two draws are held each day, at lunchtime (12:49pm) and teatime (4:49pm), giving players ample opportunity to wager and win everyday, 365 days a year.
Six numbers plus a bonus number called the “Booster” are drawn each session from balls marked 1 through 49. For the 6-Ball 49s game, players select up to 5 numbers from the first six numbers to be drawn. For the 7-Ball 49s game, which includes the Booster ball, players choose up to 5 numbers from all seven numbers to be drawn. If all of the numbers picked are successful, payouts are made at fixed odds, as listed on the 49s betting slip.
The highest payout is for catching 5 out of 5 numbers in the 6-Ball 49s game, worth anywhere from 125,000-to-1 up to 150,001-to-1, depending on the bookmakers. Odds on the 7-Ball 49s game are lower, with top prizes in the range of 40,000-to-1 to 50,000-to-1. Picking just one number and getting it right pays 7-to-1 for the 7-ball version or 6-to-1 for the 6-ball game. Minimum wagers are typically on the order of £1.
The results of each draw are announced immediately and can be access by a variety of means. Each draw is broadcast live via SIS, Europe’s largest supplier of satellite uplinks. Betting shops and web sites with live feeds will show the televised drawings in real time. Thereafter, results are displayed in shop and on the corresponding pages of the betting web sites.
Winning numbers can also be checked by calling the operator’s “Results Phoneline” on 08718 778899. Calls to this number cost 10p per minute and mobile tariffs may vary by carrier and location. On the other hand, ladbrokes bookmakers offer a dedicated results line service for customers to call directly, available on 0844-99-33-777 by pressing Key 2 for the 49s Lotto.
A special web site known as winonnumbers.com provides a results service, too, plus a lot more information on the 49s drawing. For example, there is a page showing the three hottest and coldest numbers for 49s, based on results over the most recent four weeks. Of similar interest is an archive of winning numbers that shows the complete history of each of the 49 possibilities to date.
As part of this data, one can see at a glance which numbers have come up most frequently over time (47, 37 and 19, as of this writing) and which ones have been stone cold (43, 11 and 14). A chart also breaks out the number of times each number has come up as the Booster as well as in the Main Draw. The data can be sorted by number as well as by appearance for those who want to dig deep into the statistics.
Operator 49s Limited offers a “results disclaimer” on the winonnumbers.com site that users of the data should be aware of. Although every effort is made to ensure that the reported results are correct, 49s Limited accepts no liability “in respect of any loss arising as a result of this site or reliance on information provided by the site.” In other words, players are responsible for their own picks, and the data is not meant to be used as a “tip sheet.” What’s more, 49s players are advised to check results with staff at their local betting shop or on the pages of their bookmaker’s web site.
The true definition of “losing” is not to have bet and lost a wager—it is to have bet and failed to collect winning because the results were not known or were misread. Also, because bookmakers’ rules do vary, be sure to check all conditions of play and payouts before placing a wager.