AN estimated £2m Lotto jackpot was up for grabs last night after no one bagged Christmas Day's huge jackpot.

Wednesday's winning numbers were 03, 17, 28, 42, 52 and 57, while the Bonus Ball was 58.

And yet again, nobody matched all six numbers but one ticketholder matched five of six and the bonus number to scoop exactly £1 million.

As such the jackpot prize available on Saturday has risen to a whopping £4.1million.

But before that a HUGE £14m jackpot is waiting to be won on New Year's Eve as the EuroMillions returns this Friday.

Please gamble responsibly. And when the fun stops, stop.

Read our lottery live blog below for the latest numbers and results…

  • Milica Cosic

    Stats from the National Lottery

    • 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

    'Nana's watching over me after my Bingo win'

    At an attempt to take the family’s mind off the death of her beloved Nan, one woman went to her local bingo and won £50,000.

    Shocked at having won such a large sun, the woman from Middlesbrough said that she felt her “nana was watching over her.”

    24-year-old Rebecca, who works for the NHS as a Radiographer was just after finishing a night shift when she was informed of her Nana’s passing.

    “I received a phone call off my mam that Sunday morning to say that nana had passed away. She had been in hospital for four days as she was poorly for a while and then she got Covid” she said.

    Het nana Winnie, was mum to Rebeccas’s father Barry. Barry was called in to see his mother the night before she passed, it was then that he first told her about Rebecca’s recent engagement.

    Read the full story.

    Top ten easiest lotteries

    1. FranceLoto – odds 1:5.99
    2. Swedish Lottery – odds 1:7
    3. Oz Lotto – odds 1:8
    4. Polish Mini Lotto – odds 1:8.5
    5. UK National Lottery – odds 1:9.3
    6. Spanish Lotto – odds 1:10
    7. Austria Lotto – odds 1:12
    8. Irish Lotto – odds 1:13
    9. Mega Millions Lottery – odds 1:24
    10. Powerball Lotto – odds 1:24.87
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      ‘If you looked at me, you wouldn't think I was a millionaire’

      A National Lottery winning dinner lady still lives in her council house, shops in Primark and drives a Kia despite bagging £1.8million.

      Trish Emson, 51, explained money or her millionaire status did not change her or her partner Graham Norton, also 51, who still works as a decorator.

      The down-to-earth pair have even managed to keep their teenage son Benjamin, 17, in check – and don’t even give him pocket money.

      The modest mum, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, said: “Being rich doesn’t make you posh or a better person.

      “I don’t like showing off and bragging about money and I can’t be posh anyway.

      “To look at me you wouldn’t think I was a millionaire, but if I have to dress up I feel fake, I prefer my jeans,” she told The Mirror.

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      Where does National Lottery money go?

      Around £30 million is raised every week by National Lottery players for good causes – so even if you don’t win some of the country’s most vulnerable do.

      Here are some of the organisations they work with:

      • Arts Council England
      • Sport England
      • BFI
      • UK Sport
      • Arts Council Of Wales
      • Sport Wales
      • Arts Council Of Northern Ireland

      Your chances of unlikely events

      Experts reveal chances of unlikely events – from death by shark to winning lottery.

      Number - crunching experts at cardchat.com have worked out the likelihood of some very unlikely events.

      • 1000 – 1 = Seeing a shooting star.
      • 37,500 in 1 = Being bitten by a snake.
      • 3,700,000 in 1 = Being killed by a shark.
      • 1,000,000,000,000 in 1 = Meeting your doppelganger.
      • 45,000,000 in 1 = Winning the lottery.
      • 500-1 = Being born with an extra toe.

      Read the article in full here.

      Some signs are luckier than others

      According to the stars some signs are luckier than others, so read on and see if you should pop out and buy that winning lotto ticket. It could be you!

      Leo – Oh, Leo we knew you’d be one of the lucky ones. You always look good, have a string of admirers and just tend to always be prowling on the bright side of the street.

      Virgo – It’s no coincidence that planner extraordinaire is one of the luckiest signs of the zodiac. Virgos only become successful because they put in the hours and werk, girl.

      Scorpio – Magnanimous Scorpio has definitely got it going on when it comes to luck. They’ll often find themselves in the right place at the right time as if by magic, much to the annoyance of some less fortunate souls

      Set For Life winner becomes full time ghost hunter

      A WOMAN who scooped £10,000 a month for 30 years on the National Lottery Set For Life quit her job to become a ghost hunter with her husband.

      Part-time paranormal investigator Laura Hoyle, 39, has decided to ditch her day job to pursue her spooky passion with Kirk Stevens, 37, after their big win.

      The 39-year-old is used to shocks – after realising she had landed the life-changing amount of money when she initially thought she had only won a fiver.

      Laura was able to immediately jack in her job at a logistics firm, after realising the cash could allow her to concentrate on her ghost-hunting hobby full-time.

      Read more here.

      Is the Set For Life worth playing?

      The game with the best odds, in terms of winning the top prize, is the Thunderball.

      According to the National Lottery website, the odds of winning the jackpots are:

      • Lotto jackpot: 1 in 45,057,474.
      • EuroMillions jackpot: 1 in 139,838,160.
      • Set For Life top prize: 1 in 15,339,390.
      • Thunderball top prize: 1 in 8,060,598.
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        How to play Set For Life?

        To play Set For Life, you are required to pick five numbers from 1 to 47 and one Life Ball from 1 to 10.

        Draws are held on Monday and Thursday evenings.

        You can buy Set For Life tickets online every day from 6am until 11pm.

        But remember, to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.

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        Explained: When is the next draw?

        The next game to play in will be the Set For Life draw this evening.

        Taking place at 8pm, it will see Brits play for the chance to win £10k a month for the next 30 years.

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        National Lottery: Weekly timetable

        Below is a handy timetable for all UK lottery games including Lotto, EuroMillions and Set For Life.

        There is a draw 6 nights a week.

        Tonight's draw is the Set For Life, held at 8:00pm.

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        Recap: Last night's Thunderball numbers

        The winning Thunderball numbers for last night's draw were released.

        In case you missed the draw, the winning numbers were: 13, 14, 19, 33, and 37.

        Meanwhile, the Thunderball itself was 10.

        Check your tickets now!

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        Last night's winning Lotto numbers

        Wednesday night’s Lotto draw took place plast and one lucky Brit could scoop a jackpot of £2m.

        The winning numbers were: 03, 17, 28, 42, 52 and 57, while the Bonus Ball wass 58.

        Are you a winner?

      • Joseph Gamp

        Violence after £5.5million win

        A violent boyfriend stabbed his partner seven times in the face leaving her partially blind after she won the Lottery.

        Emma Brown, 50, scooped £5.5million in 2017 but controlling Stephen Gibbs, 45, resented the life-changing sum of money.

        Instead of taking up her offer to travel the world, he became annoyed at Emma being “more in control of her own life”.

        Gibbs also became convinced she was cheating on him and fitted a tracker on her Mercedes to keep tabs on her.

        When Emma told him she wanted to end their 12-year relationship, raging Gibbs grabbed her by the neck and slammed her against a wall.

        Read the full story.

      • Joseph Gamp

        French winner bags £66m EuroMillions jackpot

        A lucky ticketholder in France took home a £66 million jackpot after matching all seven EuroMillions numbers earlier this week.

        The winning numbers were 04, 06, 15, 17, 29 – and the Lucky Star numbers were 09, 12.

        Five people in the UK matched the five main EuroMillions numbers and one Lucky Star number, winning £88,104.20.

        Nobody matched all five numbers to win the £1 million prize in the EuroMillions HotPicks draw, which uses the same numbers as the EuroMillions main draw.

        Four ticketholders did match four numbers to win £30,000 each.

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        Whole lotto misery

        A LOTTERY winner was killed by her doctor husband who injected her with painkillers after he accused her of squandering the cash.

        Joseph Roncaioli, 72, was found guilty of the manslaughter of his wife Ibi who won $10 million she split with her friend.

        Prosecutors told his trial he may have been have been upset his wife squandered the couple’s fortune leaving them with little money for retirement, the Toronto Star reported.

        Passing sentence, the trial judge said his crime “more resembles a murder than an accidental killing”.

        “It was intentional, not spontaneous,” said Justice Jane Ferguson.

        Hungarian-born Ibi and her friend won $10 million on the lottery in Canada back in 1991 and the pair split the winnings.

        Her husband’s trial heard that she gave away $2 million on a son whose existence was a secret from her other two boys.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Stats from the National Lottery

        • 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

        The Catering Girls won big

        A group of NHS dinner ladies who call themselves the “Catering Girls” ditched their jobs after scooping a £25m lottery jackpot in November 2017.

        The lucky six all quit the health service after scooping the EuroMillions prize of £25,476,778.30.

        The “Catering Girls” have been playing together for six years at their hospital in Port Talbot, South Wales.

        They promised to have “one hell of a Christmas”.

        In November 2018 they revealed that despite quitting their jobs, their lives are very much the same despite being millionaires.

        The first man ever to win twice in the same draw

        Derek and Dawn Ladner, from Redruth, Cornwall, were thrilled when the same six numbers they used every week finally came up in the midweek lottery draw.

        They initially claimed £479,142 from the £2,395,710 jackpot due to bagging the top prize with five other winners.

        However, a week later Derek, then 57, was in for quite the shock when he found a second lottery ticket in his pocket. 

        It was from that same winning draw and thanks to his forgetfulness – when he bet twice with the same lucky numbers – their winnings increased to £958,284.

        This number has made 3,071 lotto appearances

        Number 27 has made more appearances than any other in 3,071 draws in the past ten years making it the best number to have in your row.

        The number came up 399 times in the UK National Lottery, Thunderball, EuroMillions and Irish Lotto.

        That is 141 more times than number 57, the unluckiest number, which was drawn just 258 times.

        The second luckiest is 54, which appeared 387 times. It was followed by 29, 42, 52 and 58 in joint third on 381 times.

        The next luckiest was number 20 with 378. Then came 23, with 372.

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          The biggest lottery prizes in history

          • £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

          What happens if no one claims a prize?

          If no UK players come forward within 180 days then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated while it is held in trust, goes to National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

          The National Lottery have said: “Our players change the lives of individuals as well as communities by raising, on average, over £33 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.”

          Thunderball prizes

          5 MAIN NUMBERS Plus the Thunderball – £500, 000

          5 MAIN NUMBERS – £5,000

          4 MAIN NUMBERS Plus the Thunderball – £250

          4 MAIN NUMBERS – £100

          3 MAIN NUMBERS Plus the Thunderball – £20

          3 MAIN NUMBERS – £10

          2 MAIN NUMBERS Plus the Thunderball – £10

          1 MAIN NUMBER Plus the Thunderball – £5

          0 MAIN NUMBERS Plus the Thunderball – £3

          What are the 6 luckiest numbers?

          Ever wondered what numbers you *should* be playing?

          Well, 6, 7, 33, 38, 40, and 49 are known as the six luckiest numbers globally.

          These numbers come from data collected from draws that happened in Spain, Canada, Germany, Poland, the UK, Greece, and South Africa.

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