THE LOTTO jackpot is now up to £2m ahead of the draw tonight.
The draw is scheduled at 8pm tonight. This week's second Thunderball draw is also on tonight at 8.15pm.
Meanwhile, winning numbers for Tuesday's Euromillions draw were 17 21 36 42 46 and the Lucky Stars were 7 and 10.
There were no jackpot winners, but one lucky Brit scooped £287,059 – meaning Friday's draw rolls over and now stands at an estimated £137m.
Read our EuroMillions live blog below for the latest updates…
- Joseph Gamp
Lotto millionaire dubbed Mr Sensible for investing with Queen’s bank
LOTTO millionaire Steve Thomson has been dubbed “Mr Sensible” after investing a chunk of his £105million win with the Queen’s bank.
Steve, 43, and wife Lenka, 42, put “tens of millions” into two trusts with Coutts & Co.
A £30million stocks and shares investment could earn the builder £90million in 20 years.
A pal said Steve, originally from Selsey, West Sussex, “doesn’t want to end up skint”.
Careful Steve, who won EuroMillions in 2019, took more than a year to leave his council house for a £4.5million pad.
For many, winning the jackpot means early retirement however Susan Hardman had other ideas.
When the mum-of-one’s numbers came up in January 2010 she worked as a hairdresser in Eardisley, Hereford, and was “struggling financially”.
Instead of splashing out when the £1.2million win landed in her bank account, she traded in her scissors for overalls and became a pig farmer.
Susan claimed to be happier than ever knee-deep in mud and said bringing a piglet into the world brought her “more satisfaction” than winning the lottery.
Something in the water
The following map shows the top 10 luckiest lottery areas in the UK.
Lottery data shows the areas with the cities and towns with the highest number per capita of high-tier winners to scoop £50,000 or more on the National Lottery.
The National Lottery has now made over 6,100 millionaires in the UK.
Data taken from the launch of the lottery in 1994 until Sept 2019 reveals the luckiest regions.
Brit winner has just THREE DAYS left before they lose £1m EuroMillions prize forever
A lottery-winning Brit has less than a week left to claim their huge prize – or let £1million slip through their fingers for good.
The lucky ticket-holder paid out for their winning slip back in the summer.#
But they’ve still not stepped forward to claim the cash.
And this Sunday, November 28, they’ll miss their chance forever – as the life-changing sum is donated to National Lottery projects in the UK.
Bosses at Camelot are now urging anyone who bought a ticket in Greenwich, London for the June 1 draw to search under sofas and in their pockets.
The winner made their fortune as part of EuroMillions’ UK Millionaire Maker.
The winning code is ZMFD00211.
Too much too young
It is illegal for any retailer to sell these goods to anyone under the age of 18 – and will apply to favourite games like Lotto and the EuroMillions.
Online sales of lottery tickets and scratchcards have already been banned – this came into force in April this year.
The new age restriction, which was exclusively revealed by The Sun, aims to make sure the lottery is not a “gateway to problem gambling”, minister for sport, tourism and heritage Nigel Huddleston previously said.
Gambling is illegal for under-18s, but until now anyone 16 or over has been able to play National Lottery games.
The National Lottery in numbers
- Six Millionaires are made every week
- The luckiest postcode is Birmingham with 119 millionaires
- The luckiest profession is building
- There are 6 million winners a week
- £56 billion paid out in prizes
- Over £34 million goes to National Lottery Projects every week
- Most Millionaires celebrate with a cup of tea
One of Britain’s biggest EuroMillions winners has won a bid to gag his former mistress after she wrote a book about their holiday romance.
Gareth Bull, 50, was married to wife Catherine when he scooped almost £41million in 2012.
Read more here.
More than one way to win
There are a lot more ways you can win in the Euromillions, including a guaranteed Millionaire matchmaker.
- 5 MAIN NUMBERS Plus 2 Lucky Stars – Jackpot
- 5 MAIN NUMBERS Plus 1 Lucky Star – £130,554.30
- 5 MAIN NUMBERS – £13,561.20
- 4 MAIN NUMBERS Plus 2 Lucky Stars – £844.70
- 4 MAIN NUMBERS Plus 1 Lucky Star – £77.80
- 3 MAIN NUMBERS Plus 2 Lucky Stars – £37.30
- 4 MAIN NUMBERS – £25.60
- 2 MAIN NUMBERS Plus 2 Lucky Stars – £9.10
- 3 MAIN NUMBERS Plus 1 Lucky Star – £7.30
- 3 MAIN NUMBERS – £6.00
- 1 MAIN NUMBER Plus 2 Lucky Stars – £4.30
- 2 MAIN NUMBERS Plus 1 Lucky Star – £3.60
- 2 MAIN NUMBERS £2.50
- UK MILLIONAIRE MAKER Guaranteed Prize£1,000,000
Explained: How to play Thunderball
Players must pick five main numbers from 1 to 39 and on Thunderball number which ranges from 1 to 14.
Prizes may be won by matching the main numbers, but those who also match with the Thunderball will win a larger prize.
If a player matches with the Thunderball only, they could win £3, but if they have match all five numbers and the Thunderball, they could scoop £500,000.
Draws take place at 8.15pm four times a week – on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – and are shown on the National Lottery website and YouTube.
Win the lottery with these simple steps
Firstly, select the right game. The lottery could mean one of several games – each with different odds and jackpots.
Playing a game with smaller odds gives you a better chance of winning.
Secondly, buy more tickets. This sounds obvious, but there are several ways to do this.
Aside from simply splashing out more yourself, one way of increasing your odds of winning is to join a syndicate or pool.
This could be made up of friends, family, colleagues or even strangers – it doesn’t matter.
A syndicate or pool is a group of people who purchase a set number of tickets and agree to share any prizes out equally, whoever wins.
Time is running out (continued)
“We’re hoping that they will now come forward and claim their amazing prize.”
There’s still hope the unwitting London millionaire could come forward, despite the tight deadline.
Time is running out…
No one has yet come forward after a £4.1m Lotto win earlier this month.
The ticket-holder scooped a £4,101,869 jackpot by matching all six main numbers.
Camelot’s Andy Carter of The National Lottery said the Lotto prize will change the winner’s life.
“We’re asking Lotto players to check their tickets as this could be a life-changing win for the lucky ticket-holder,” he said.
While most lottery winners would be tempted to splash out on fancy Champagne, Anne Canavan had very different plans.
The mum, from Northern Ireland, couldn’t believe her luck and felt fate had intervened after her £1million EuroMillions win in 2015.
On the day she picked the winning numbers, Anne joked with a neighbour that it was “about time someone from around here won”.
Normally she “always waited a week” before checking her lottery ticket but that night things were different.
“At 1am, I suddenly had the urge to check the results so I switched my laptop on, when I realised I’d won I woke my daughter up,” she recalled.
“It took half an hour to convince her that I wasn’t joking, and after that we stayed up all night with cups of tea planning what to do with the money.”
Anne went on to spend £50,000 renovating her four-bedroom house and funnelled other funds into inventions – including self-sealing gift pouches.
Lucy in the field with diamonds
Dogs are often described as “man’s best friend” but it seems lucky rescue Lucy may appreciate that more than most.
She was found “starving and terrified” by Faye and Richard Davies after being “abandoned on the mountainside” in Brecon Beacons, Wales, back in 2018.
Just weeks late the couple won £1million on the EuroMillions and they decided to spend some of it treating the poor pooch.
After recognising Lucy was too scared to go out for walks, they paid £20,000 for a private field for her to play in.
Faye told the Mirror: “She was terrified of people, of other dogs and water, so dog walks were a nightmare.
“Then, weeks after our win, a half-acre field came up for sale just down the road [and] we bought it for Lucy.”
Martyn and Kay Tott got the shock of their lives when they realised they’d won £3million back in 2001 – six months after buying the ticket.
By the time they saw an appeal for the winner to come forward, they couldn’t find the ticket.
After 45 agonising days of deliberating, Camelot told the devastated couple that they weren’t going to receive the cash.
“Having that money taken away was torture,” Martyn told the Mail on Sunday.
“For a long time I lost sight of who I was and what I believed in. But I can honestly say I’m glad I didn’t get the £3million now.
“There is no guarantee it would have brought me happiness.”
Is EuroMillions prize money capped?
The maximum jackpot prize is capped at €200 million – before conversion – and can alter depending on which country the winner lives in and the value of their currency.
In the UK, the winner’s prize would be capped around £181.5million.
That’s an eye watering sum of money.
Last month, a French ticket holder bagged an estimated £184m.
Euromillions mum Gillian Bayford is locked in a family feud over her share of a £148million jackpot.
Gillian, 44, accused her dad Ian McCulloch, 72, of trying to seize control of the fortune she won with her ex Adrian Bayford, 46.
The Dundee mum of two blasted Ian, mum Brenda and brother Colin, 42, saying: “It made them bitter and greedy.”
And she told how she gave them a £20million slice of her fortune — only for them to come back for more.
Gillian, who runs a property firm in Dundee, said: “It’s upsetting and it’s raw. The money was supposed to make everybody happy.
“But it’s made my close relatives demanding and greedy.”
What does Camelot spend its money on?
From total ticket sales of £8,373.9 million in the year ending 31 March 2021:
- £1,887.5 million was raised for National Lottery projects
- £4,854.7 million was paid to players in prizes
- £1,004.8 million went to the Government in Lottery Duty
- £275.9 million was earned by retailers in commission
What happens to unclaimed prizes?
Any cash that isn't claimed after a total of 180 days from a game played in the UK goes to National Lottery projects across the country.
Folks in Ireland have just half that time to claim too, with only 90 days before the prize money is off the table.
Once the claim period is over, the ticket officially expires and the owner of the lottery ticket will no longer be able to claim any of their winnings.
But after that time has expired, any unclaimed prizes, plus any interest they might have accumulated in that time, are allocated to the National Lottery’s Good Causes fund instead.
This will usually then go on to help fund things like sport programmes or local community buildings or other projects.
Explained: How does the National Lottery work?
The National Lottery raises money to go to many ‘good causes’ and have helped give out numerous grants to those that need it most.
On their website they state: “We retain around just 1% of revenue in profit, while around 95% of total revenue goes back to winners and society. More so, we run one of the most cost-efficient major lotteries in Europe, with around 4% of total revenue spent on operating costs.
“To date, National Lottery players have helped to raise over £43 billion for Good Causes, with more than 635,000 individual awards made across the UK – the equivalent of more than 225 lottery grants in every UK postcode district.”
Explained: Who was Lee Ryan?
Ex-jailbird Lee Ryan scooped the £6.5million jackpot just 17 weeks after the lottery was launched on November 14 1994. He made headlines when it emerged he was accused of handling stolen cars and was imprisoned for 18 months after his huge payout.
Lee then spent a decade living the high life and splashed his car on luxury cars, a helicopter and a £2million mansion.
But Lee ended up penniless, spent two years living on the street and shacked up in a tiny flat in London he shared with homeless pals.
“The money was cursed because I took the p**s out of God when I asked him to make me a multimillionaire. My cellmate warned me to be careful what I wished for,” he said.
Lee ended up splitting with Karen Taylor, his girlfriend of eight years, and moved to London where he met a 25-year-old from Kyrgyzstan.
They took an ill-fated trip to the Central Asian country where Lee attempted to invest the last of his winnings in property.
But he returned empty-handed, claiming to have been stitched up by investors following the Kyrgyzstan revolution in 2010.
Explained: What’s next?
Here’s a timetable for all UK lottery games including Lotto, EuroMillions and Set For Life.
There is a draw 6 nights a week.
Tonight see’s the return of the Lotto and the Thunderball.
The draws will be at 8pm and 8.15pm.
Who are the biggest Euromillions winners in history?
Your chances to win may be remote but if you do you could win big.
Here are some of the record prizes one by UK winners in the past:
Biggest lottery payouts of all time
- £1.308 billion (Powerball) on January 13 2016 in the US, for which three winning tickets were sold, remains history’s biggest lottery prize
- £1.267 billion (Mega Million) a winner from South Carolina took their time to come forward to claim their prize in March 2019 not long before the April deadline
- £633.76 million (Powerball draw) from a winner from Wisconsin
- £625.76 million (Powerball) Mavis L. Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts claimed the jackpot in August 2017
- £575.53 million (Powerball) A lucky pair of winners scooped the jackpot in Iowa and New York in October 2018
Mr Sensible (continued)
Steve even carried on working to complete outstanding orders for his windows and conservatories business.
Kindhearted Steve also gave away £200,000 to help his local community, donating £100,000 to his beloved cricket club in Selsey, West Sussex, for a new pavilion.
And he gave £50,000 to Selsey Medical Centre to fund new equipment, so locals do not have to travel miles for appointments plus £50,000 to his two sons’ school.
The trusts, registered earlier this year, typically set aside vast fortunes for children and grandchildren to benefit from.
Only trustees Steve and Lenka, can say what the money can be spent on when their three young children claim it.
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