THE National Lottery offers Brits a chance to become millionaires, week in and week out, and last night millions had a crack at hitting the jackpot.

The draw last night offered one lucky winner a jackpot prize of £2m – but no one scooped the cash, meaning Saturday's top prize will be an estimated £4.1million.

Wednesday's winning Lotto numbers were 10, 4, 48, 50, 27, 30 and a bonus ball, 54.

Meanwhile, Wednesday night's Thunderball numbers were 31, 5, 39, 19, 38 and the Thunderball was 7.

The biggest ever Lotto winner was created in April 2016, when an anonymous player banked £35m. In January 2016, two ticket-holders walked away with £33m each.

So, play smart and see if you'll be waking up a few pennies richer!

Read our Lottery Results live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    HOW A THIRD OF JACKPOTS FOR SCRATCHCARDS ON SALE IN SHOPS HAVE ALREADY BEEN WON – AND HERE’S HOW TO CHECK

    The National Lottery website lists all its live scratchcard games.

    The regularly updated list shows the name of each scratchcard, the price, top prize and how many jackpots are remaining.

    Each individual card has a different number of top prizes available when it initially goes on sale.

    If you click into each card you can see the full number of prizes available and how that breaks down into individual prizes.

    For example, its £100 Bonus game has 1.7milllion £2 prizes, 462,844 £5 prizes and 225 individual £100 prizes.

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    HOW LONG DO WINNERS HAVE TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE MONEY?

    Winners from different countries have different deadlines to claim their prize.

    In Austria, winners have a whole three years to claim the prize before it is returned to the lottery and used to fund boosted prizes.

    Belgian winners, on the other hand, only have around 140 days before the money is returned to the Belgian National Lottery.

    The least amount of time to snap up the jackpot goes to France and Luxembourg.

    Winners from Ireland, Portugal and Spain all have around 90 days to tell the world they've won.

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    EXPLAINED: WHAT HAPPENS TO EUROMILLIONS PRIZE MONEY IF NO ONE CLAIMS IT?

    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."

  • Milica Cosic

    EXPLAINED: WHEN ARE THE WEEKLY NATIONAL LOTTERY DRAWS?

    • The EuroMillions draw takes place every Tuesday and Friday at approximately 8pm.
    • The Thunderball draw takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at approximately 8pm.
    • The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:45pm.
    • The Set For Life draw takes place every Monday and Thursday evening.

    WHAT STAR SIGN IS MOST LIKELY TO WIN THE LOTTERY?

    HAVE you ever wondered what you’d buy if you won the lottery? A villa in the Maldives, a gin distillery or maybe your own spa so you’d always look gorge?

    Well, 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!

    Read more here.

    TOP TIPS FOR PLAYING THE LOTTERY

    High-low split

    It has been shown that winning tickets will usually have a spread of numbers across the Lottery's number field. If the Lottery has a number field of 1-50, then 1-25 would be in the lower half while 26-50 would be in the higher half.

    It is unlikely that all numbers will be either from the lower or higher half, therefore your numbers should be a split of both. One Swiss study stated that all of the numbers picked should add up to more than 177.

    Don't play popular numbers

    If you play number sequences that get played all the time like multiples of 5 (10, 15, 20, 25) or lucky number 7 (14, 21, 28, 35) then you are more likely to end up dividing the prize with other people. So for a chance to win big, avoid playing popular numbers.

    Mix odd with even numbers

    To give yourself a better chance of winning, mix odd and even numbers. Draws with just odd or even numbers are extremely rare.

    Check your numbers

    Check through your numbers thoroughly as you may have made a. mistake in writing down the winning numbers. According to recent figures, there has been £1.4 billion unclaimed in Lottery winnings in the last 18 years.

    In 2012, £63.8 million was unclaimed with the ticket having been bought in Stevenage or Hitchin area of Hertfordshire.

    WHICH IS THE EASIEST LOTTERY TO WIN?

    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

     

    SATURDAY LOTTO DRAW A ROLLOVER WITH £4.1MILLION JACKPOT TO PLAY FOR

    No-one scooped the jackpot in Wednesday’s National Lottery draw, making Saturday’s top prize an estimated £4.1 million.

    WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST EVER LOTTO JACKPOTS?

    The biggest ever Lotto winner was in April 2016, when an anonymous player banked £35m.

    In January 2016, two ticket-holders walked away with £33m each.

    Before that, a main Lotto game jackpot of £42,008,610, was drawn in January 1996 and split between three anonymous winners, with each being awarded £14,002,870.

    • Joseph Gamp

      EXPLAINED: WHEN ARE THE WEEKLY NATIONAL LOTTERY DRAWS?

      • The EuroMillions draw takes place every Tuesday and Friday at approximately 8pm.
      • The Thunderball draw takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at approximately 8pm.
      • The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:45pm.
      • The Set For Life draw takes place every Monday and Thursday evening.

      WHAT STAR SIGN IS MOST LIKELY TO WIN THE LOTTERY?

      HAVE you ever wondered what you’d buy if you won the lottery? A villa in the Maldives, a gin distillery or maybe your own spa so you’d always look gorge?

      Well, 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!

      Read more here.

      WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST EVER LOTTO JACKPOTS?

      The biggest ever Lotto winner was in April 2016, when an anonymous player banked £35m.

      In January 2016, two ticket-holders walked away with £33m each.

      Before that, a main Lotto game jackpot of £42,008,610, was drawn in January 1996 and split between three anonymous winners, with each being awarded £14,002,870.

      WHAT IS THE BIGGEST JACKPOT IN THE HISTORY OF EUROMILLIONS?

      The biggest ever jackpot to be won is €190million, which has been won by four different people – including two from Great Britain. Adrian and Gillian Bayford scooped the €190m (£148.7m) jackpot on August 10, 2012.

      Adrian, 41 and 40-year-old Gillian from Haverhill in Suffolk became instant multi-millionaires, but their winnings was only the second highest in Britain thanks to the conversion rate.

      It was actually Colin and Christine Weir from Scotland who bagged the top prize with €185m a year before the Bayford's, which converted to £161.6m.

      Since their win, the Bayfords have divorced over the "stress" of the win, but as of 2019, Adrian had moved to a £1.2m farmhouse in Perthshire to be close to his ex-wife and two children, Aimee and Cameron.

      The winning ball numbers were 11-17-21-48-50 and the lucky stars were 9-10.

      DID JANE PARK SUE LOTTO IN 2017?

      The millionaire was reportedly considering suing Lotto and claiming the huge payout had ruined her life.

      In 2017, she said she believed Camelot should not be allowing people her age to win such vast sums of money.

      Camelot insists it offered “ongoing support” to Jane.

      A  spokesman said: “We have been in touch with Jane from time to time since her win to offer ongoing support. It is always up to the winners as to whether they want to take up that support.”

      Bosses at Camelot say they appointed an independent financial and legal panel to help Jane manage her winnings as well as putting her in touch with another winner who scooped a jackpot at the same age.

      WHAT DID JANE PARK SPEND HER EUROMILLIIONS JACKPOT ON?

      Jane has splashed out on cars, holidays, clothes and plastic surgery.

      After Jane’s win she quit her job, booked a two-month holiday in Magaluf, bought a chihuahua and also purchased a plush three-bedroom house and second property.

      In 2013, she spent £4,500 on a boob job to go from a 34B to 36FF, which she described at the time as "up there with the best things she bought".

      She also paid thousands for a bum lift in Turkey  – but was left fearing for her life after having a severe reaction to the anaesthetic and contracting sepsis.

      She forked out £25,000 on a BMW, £17,000 on a Volkswagen Beetle, and £18,000 on a Range Rover, which was customised in purple in honour of her football team Hibernian.

      She also bought a wardrobe of Louboutin shoes – which start at £455 a pair.

      • Joseph Gamp

        WHO IS JANE PARK? BRITAIN'S YOUNGEST EUROMILLIONS WINNER

        Jane Park was just 17 when she bagged £1million in prize money after buying her first ever ticket, making her Britain’s youngest EuroMillions winner.

        At the time of her win, she was an admin temp earning £8-an-hour, and was living in a two-bedroom Edinburgh council flat she shared with her mum Linda.

        Jane is an avid football fan and supports Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.

      • Joseph Gamp

        WEEKLY LOTTERY DRAWS TIMETABLE

      • Joseph Gamp

        EXPLAINED: WHEN ARE THE WEEKLY NATIONAL LOTTERY DRAWS?

        • The EuroMillions draw takes place every Tuesday and Friday at approximately 8pm.
        • The Thunderball draw takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at approximately 8pm.
        • The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:45pm.
        • The Set For Life draw takes place every Monday and Thursday evening.

        WEDNESDAY'S WINNING THUNDERBALL NUMBERS

        Yesterday the winning Thunderball numbers are 5, 19, 31, 38, 39 and the Thunder Ball 7.

        RECAP: WEDNESDAY'S WINNING LOTTO NUMBERS

        In case you missed it, the winning numbers for yesterday’s Lotto draw were 4, 10, 27, 30, 48, 50 and a Bonus Ball of 54.

        WHAT IS CALLIE ROGERS UP TO NOW?

        Callie is now on benefits after blowing £1.8million winnings.

        Callie, of Cumbria, was hit with a driving ban as it emerged she had squandered her 2003 jackpot, won when she was 16.

        Ms Rogers had to be pepper-sprayed by police following a car crash whilst high on cocaine — and is now on Universal Credit after blowing £1.87million.

        The mother of four, 33, fled with her boyfriend after her Hyundai 4×4 veered off a country lane.

        Ms Rogers and her then-boyfriend were chased by police before she failed a drugs test — culminating in March 2021 in a 22-month ban.

        • Joseph Gamp

          CALLIE ROGERS IS NOW CAMPAIGNING TO RAISE LEGAL AGE LIMIT TO PLAY THE LOTTERY

          Callie is now campaigning for the government to raise the age limit for the National Lottery.

          Gambling is now more popular among children than skateboarding and campaigners believe an age limit of 16 entices young people into a habit of betting.

          Callie feels she was too young to cope with the pressure and wants to stop other kids going through the same problems she faced.

          She told the Mirror: "You are only a 16, with all that responsibility. At that age, you can get the best advice ever. But you are not in a position to listen. I was too young.

          "I suffer from such bad anxiety when I am going to meet new people. It preys on my mind, what a new partner’s family will think of me, or even new friends. I still get abuse just because of who I am.”

        • Joseph Gamp

          WHEN DID CALLIE ROGERS WIN THE LOTTERY AND HOW MUCH DID SHE WIN?

          Callie won just under £1.9million in 2003.

          Callie forked out £11,500 on two boob jobs, £300,000 on clothes, make-up and tattoos, £85,000 on top-of-the-range sports cars, and a quarter of a million pounds on cocaine.

          Callie spent a further £250,000 on holidays to locations including Mexico and EuroDisney, £118,000 on gifts to former boyfriends, £190,000 in un-returned loans to friends and family members, and £50,500 on solicitors' fees.

          Callie says she believes she was too young to bag such a huge sum – leaving her with nothing but trouble.

          She added: “It was too much money for someone so young. Even if you say your life won’t change, it does and often not for the better.”

        • Joseph Gamp

          MEET BRITAIN'S YOUNGEST EVER LOTTERY JACKPOT WINNER

          CALLIE Rogers was Britain's youngest Lotto jackpot winner – and her win has been both a blessing and a curse.

          Callie Rogers is Britain's youngest ever Lottery winner.

          Callie was just 16 years old, and living in foster care, when she won the Lotto jackpot.

          The Cumbria lass immediately quit her £3.60-an-hour job as a Co-op checkout girl, and started splashing the cash.

        • Joseph Gamp

          EXPLAINED: HOW TO CLAIM A NATIONAL LOTTERY AND EURO MILLIONS PRIZE

          All National Lottery and Euro Millions draw game prizes must be claimed within 180 days after the day of the draw (unless you follow the procedure which allows you to claim within seven days after the end of the claim period).

          Most smaller prizes will be paid directly into your account (online), or can be claimed at the retailer.

          You can claim prizes above £500 (up to and including £50,000) at designated post offices. Just look for ones with a National Lottery terminal.

          If you’ve been really lucky and won over £30,000 you’ll need to call the claim line on 0333 234 44 33 (during regular opening hours and during the claim period). Prizes will be paid by cheque, unless they are over £50,000, in which case they need to be collected in person.

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