2020 was an unusual year for the entire planet, this was even reflected in the world of lottery betting. From the 49’s lottery being suspended for over two months to betting shops across the UK and Ireland being closed due to lockdowns.
Luckily, the majority of lotteries continued unaffected and the majority of players were able to bet online or via their mobile apps. CompareTheLotto.com helped to guide new online players where possible with the introduction of our Help Centre and video guides. Read More
Hats off to the lottery operators in 2020 as they’ve not only managed to continue business as usual they have also managed to launch some rather impressive innovations and new features.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the Lotto Awards 2021...
They’ve done it again! Betfred won the Operator Of The Year award in 2020 and have backed it up with another win in 2021. Their lotto betting offering really is head and shoulders above the other operators - welcome bonus, odds, range of lottos and great app are just some of the reasons Betfred got the award.
In 2021 Betfred have continued to push the boundaries with the introduction of their very own tailor-made numbers game - The Nifty Fifty. Plus, regular boosted odds promotions. They’ve also had some big winners - including a massive £170K winner on the 49’s.
Climbing from 3rd in 2020 to 2nd in 2021, Boyle Sports continue offering a great lottery betting product. Their welcome bonus is great, they have a great range of lotteries available and have good odds across the board. In April Boyle Sports ran a ‘Bet 1, Get 3 Free’ lottery offer which was particularly popular with CompareTheLotto.com customers.
Bet365 can be proud of a bronze award in the Betting on 1 - 5 balls category. They have a slick product with competitive odds. One of the drawbacks for Bet365 (from user feedback in the People’s Rating) has been the lack of a Welcome bonus for Lotto. However they are a trusted brand and many customers like to bet with them each week.
Lottoland make it a double! Lottoland won Operator Of The Year in 2020 and have done it again in 2021. They are the pioneers and original innovators of this unique type of lotto jackpot engagement.
In 2021 they’ve shown no signs of slowing down - launching multiple new lotteries, new products and many offers. Some of our favourite highlights include the Win Win Charity Lottery (20% of ticket sales to charity), addition of Bingo and the very popular offer for Irish Lotto bets.
Lottomart are a really interesting and appealing upstart attempting to take some of Lottoland’s glory... and starting to succeed. Their really clear focus on user experience has paid off with a slick app and they have demonstrated their clear ability to innovate with their Lotto Boost. They took a runner up Silver award this year... but perhaps they could scoop top spot next year if they continue to improve.
A new entrant to the Lotto Awards is Jackpot.com. They’ve shown some great improvements in 2020 and CompareTheLotto.com customers are starting to take note. Firstly, Jackpot.com have launched some unique lotteries - such as Jackpot Millions, Pick 3 and Lotto India. Secondly, in the true spirit of lottery, Jackpot.com has started offering Health Millions which has a £5,000,000 fixed jackpot and 5% of proceeds going to charity.
Betfred clearly take their lotto betting very seriously - their odds, offers and range of lottos are first class. The Nifty Fifty is Betfred taking all of their lotto betting knowledge and using it to create a completely new numbers game - essentially cherry picking the best features from the Irish & 49’s lotteries.
The draws happen three times per day, the draws are live streamed into Betfred shops and online (website & app) and the odds are great. For example, you can get 800/1* for 3 correct numbers. CompareTheLotto.com customers love the Nifty Fifty.Read All Reviews Write Review
CompareTheLotto.com strongly believes that under 18s should be excluded from all forms of gambling. We look forward to any further sensible and evidence-based legislation that protects players and promotes responsible gambling.
Playing or betting on the lotto is a fun and leisurely activity and nothing more. The majority of lotto ticket-buyers play sensibly, within their means, and do it for light entertainment.Read All Reviews Write Review
Jackpot Betting often appeals to dreamers and lovers of whopping jackpots. So what did Lottoland do... they made the Jackpots even bigger with their DoubleJackpot feature!
It allows you to try to win twice the official lottery jackpot. E.g. if the official PowerBall draw is £80m and you bet on the outcome with Lottoland and activate the DoubleJackpot feature, you will go for a jackpot of £160m.
The prizes for all other tiers will remain the same. You will have to pay double the price of your normal line bet to activate the DoubleJackpot feature. Giving customers the choice to do this gave Lottoland the silver award in this category.Read All Reviews Write Review
Although not a traditional winners story, we think in the unprecedented year of 2020 there’s nothing more admirable than the fact that the UK National Lottery has donated £800M to organisations affected by the pandemic.
It’s always nice to remember that when you purchase a National Lottery ticket 25% of your money goes to good causes.Read All Reviews Write Review
On the 9th November a lucky Betfred customer used the lucky dip feature to generate the numbers 3, 14, 30 & 37. They then decided there were too many 3’s selected so proceeded to change the 3 for a 9 - this decision made the lucky customer a lot of money! A £17 stake returned a whopping £170,017!
This customer chose the correct bookmaker (hopefully using CompareTheLotto.com!) as Betfred is 10,000/1* for 4 balls on the 49’s Lotto - had they chosen Ladbrokes where they only offer 8,000/1* on 4 balls their payout would have been £136,017 - or £34,000 less than with Betfred!Read All Reviews Write Review
We just love the fact that this win really sums up lottery betting - a (very) small stake, big odds and a big win. This lucky customer staked their €0.50 on 5 balls on the Irish Lotto at Boyle Sports to win at odds of 125,000/1*.Read All Reviews Write Review
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