What is the 49's Lotto and how do the odds compare?
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You've probably heard the saying - you can't get too much of a good thing. Well that is the main principle behind the 49's Lotto. It is a great option for people who love lotto betting but might not want to wait until Wednesday or Saturday for the Irish Lotto draw for example... or they might want a cheeky little lunchtime bet. Let's face it - I'd imagine there aren't many things sweeter than going on your lunch break at work having just won £150,000 from a £1 bet... Probably a fair excuse to upgrade your 6 inch to a foot long - and you'd better be buying for the whole office.
What is it and when is it drawn?
The name of the 49's lottery pretty much explains itself - 49 balls are drawn. The 49's lotto was born in retail betting shops, where many customers would pop in for a bet on the lotto on their lunchbreak or after work before tea.
The 49's was created with draw times that are perfect for that schedule with a lunch time draw at 12:49 (GMT) and a "Tea Time" draw at 16:49 (GMT). It used to be at 17:49 but moved in october 2015 so perhaps British people have started eating tea earlier? The great thing is you don't need the hassle of finding a participating shop to bet on the 49's Lotto anymore. You can do it whenever you want from the comfort of your home or office - or anywhere really with the great mobile lotto betting options.
How does it work?
The principle is very similar to betting on the Irish Lotto and other lotteries. 6 main balls and a booster or bonus ball are drawn from a pot containing balls numbered 1 - 49 (hence the imaginative name!).
How do the 49's betting odds compare with Irish Lotto odds?
As there are 49 balls instead of 47 that are drawn in the Irish Lotto, you'd expect the odds to be better (as it is harder to predict them correctly). This is mainly true if you are betting on either 2, 3 or 4 of the numbers being drawn. However if you like betting on 1 number or 5 numbers, you do actually get better value betting on the Irish Lotto. This isn't because the 49's Lotto is bad value - it is simply because the Irish Lotto is so popular, the companies need to be even more generous to attract your business.
Where can I get the best odds to bet on the 49's Lotto?
Luckily we've done the hard work for you with our comparison table showing the best odds at the different companies. It really does pay to take this on board.
- If you bet £1 predicting 3 of the numbers to be drawn (not including the bonus) - you'll win £700 with Betfred
- However for exactly the same bet, you'd only win £625 with William Hill
That's £75 extra we've just helped you win - don't worry you can thank us later.
Can I get any free bets or welcome offers on the 49's Lotto?
The great news is Betfred have got a fantastic free bet offer for new customers betting on the 49's Lotto.