A LUCKY Brit has claimed the £11million National Lottery prize almost two weeks after the draw.

Lottery operators Camelot today confirmed it received a claim for the £11,042,269 Lotto jackpot prize won by a single ticket-holder.

The draw for the winning numbers had been made on October 30.

Meanwhile, yesterday's winning £2 million Lotto numbers were 10, 11, 18, 20, 37, 49 and the bonus ball was 5.

And the Thunderball numbers were 5, 8, 11, 23 and 36, while the Thunderball itself was 08.

Read our Lottery live blog below for the latest updates and numbers…

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    Shock of a lifetime

    Sandra Davine got the shock of her life when she realised she hand won £300,000 after initially believing her winnings were just £1,000.

    Stunned Sandra said at the time: "You must be joking. There’s no way."

    A spokesperson for the National Lottery said: "Our days can be made up of little wins that give us a feel-good boost.

    "Maybe you thought you'd lost your keys, but found them in your coat, or maybe you beat your personal best on your morning run.

    "With a scratchcard from The National Lottery, you could get that winning feeling in an instant.

    "Whether it's £1 or £1million, a scratchcard could turn today into a winsday."

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    Best numbers to pick for EuroMillions

    For the Euromillions, the most popular number is 50, followed by 44, 19, 4 and 30.

    The most common extra numbers have been 8 and 3. 

    Many players therefore use these same numbers, despite no set of number being mathematically more (or indeed less) likely than any other combination to come out of the machine.

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    What's on tonight?

    Tonight is the turn of the Set For Life draw where you have the chance to win £10,000 a month for the next 30 years.

    If you are yet to get your ticket here.

    The draw is at 7.30pm.

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    Spending a penny

    Retirees Dennis and Shirley Banfield appeared to have gone a little potty when plotting how to spend their £18million National Lottery win in 2018.

    The couple from Winterbourne, Bristol, paid for new lavatories at a local community centre after discovering they needed replacing.

    They were determined to give something back after visiting the venue for countless celebrations including wedding receptions, anniversaries and children’s parties.

    In 2019, Denis told the Mirror: “When we read that it needed new toilets, we donated £20,000 for the work and cut the ribbon outside the Ladies and Gents ourselves at an official ceremony

    “We joined a lunch at the centre… and a man got up to use the loo [and] said, ‘I’m just off to use the Banfields’ which really made our day!”

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    History's biggest winners

    1. £1.308 billion (Powerball) on January 13 2016 in the US, for which three winning tickets were sold, remains history’s biggest lottery prize
    2. £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
    3. £633.76 million (Powerball draw) from a winner from Wisconsin
    4. £625.76 million (Powerball) Mavis L. Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts claimed the jackpot in August 2017
    5. £575.53 million (Powerball) A lucky pair of winners scooped the jackpot in Iowa and New York in October 2018
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    The National Lottery at a glance

    • 6 Millionaires are made every week
    • Most millionaires celebrate with a cup of tea
    • The luckiest postcode is Birmingham with 119 millionaires
    • The luckiest profession are builders
    • There are 6 million winners a week
    • £56 billion paid out in prizes
    • Over £34 million goes to National Lottery Projects every week

    Euromillions returns TOMORROW

    The Euromillions draw is back tomorrow with an impressive £88 million up for grabs.

    The draw is expected to take place at around 8:45pm this evening following the Thunderball draw which kicks off at 8:00pm.

    Be sure to get your tickets, this is one you don’t want to miss.

    A fortune brewing

    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.

    The luckiest number

    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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      Special win after 'scary' pandemic

      A syndicate of 53 NHS workers won £118,044 on EuroMillions earlier this month.

      They matched five numbers and one lucky star in the October 8 draw.

      The syndicate members are mostly pharmacy staff at Morriston Hospital in Swansea and aged between 20 and 63.

      They have been working flat out during the pandemic.

      Pharmacy technician Kim Owen, 61, said: “It’s been a scary time for all of us so the win is extra special.”

      Members of the syndicate, which is called the Pharmily Crew, will each receive £2,227. Most say they will spend their share on sunshine holidays.

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      The Millionmaker explained (continued)

      If there is a quadruple rollover, the odds could fall to 1 in 3,400,000.

      Winning the game depends on the number of payslips sold so the odds fluctuate from game-to-game.

      The odds can also change if there is a special event.

      In March 2019, EuroMillions created 40 UK millionaires in a one-off special draw.

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      Explained: How does the millionaire maker work?

      The Euromillions millionaire maker is like a backup if you are not successful with matching the numbers. Instead if your ticket has the matching code to the draw you’ll win.

      According to the EuroMillions website, there is a 1 in 1,900,000 chance that a player could win the Millionaire Maker game on a Tuesday.

      This shrinks to 1 in approximately 2,250,000 if there is a rollover – meaning no one has won the previous draw’s jackpot.

      On a Friday, it’s estimated that there is a 1 in 2,950,000 chance of winning a guaranteed £1million.

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      Forgotten luck

      An Australian man unknowingly won the lottery a month ago and has finally come forward to claim his £2.4million prize.

      The ticket holder collected his winnings on Thursday after striking lucky in the Set for Life jackpot that was drawn on October 9.

      He will now be paid £11,000 a month for the next 20 years.

      Because his entry was unregistered, Lotto officials weren’t able to find or contact the man about his winnings and had to wait until he came forward.

      The lucky winner said he had his entry ticket tucked inside his wallet the entire time.

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      What is the maximum jackpo?

      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.

      Earlier this month, a French ticket holder bagged an estimated £184m.

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      Scratch out a win

      Thankfully, experts have crunched the numbers to reveal the odds of bagging a win – and the answer might surprise you.

      According to Oddschecker, the best scratchcard to snap up is £500 Loaded with odds of just 1 in 3.15.

      For just a fiver you could be in the running for £500.

      In second place, with the same odds, is Full of £500s which also has a top prize of £500.

      Cashword Multiplier follows close behind, which sees punters scratch off letters to reveal symbols to create full words.

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      Top five lucky charms in the UK

      1. A lucky number
      2. Charm
      3. Jewellery
      4. Pen
      5. Shirt
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      Predicting a future fortune

      Well according to the stars, it seems that some of us are much more likely to get it than others.

      Before we get to the big reveal of which sign is most likely to pick the right balls and become a millionaire, let’s take a look at some of the other lucky stars in the zodiac.

      • Leo
      • Virgo
      • Scorpio

      The folly of youth

      To win a lottery jackpot is most people’s dream – but for those under the age of 25 who’ve scooped millions before they know how to handle money, it can often become a nightmare.

      As their lives dramatically change overnight, many have said that with great wealth comes a whole host of unimaginable problems too.

      As well as undergoing a radical physical transformation, Callie Rogers has been on a personal roller coaster since winning £1.8m aged 16 in 2003.

      She splashed the cash on parties, plastic surgery and drugs, and in 2018, she said she thought she was going to die following an assault by two women on a night out.

      Jane Park, from Edinburgh, won £1m in 2013 at the age of 17, after buying her first ever lottery ticket.

      The teenager quit her £8-an-hour admin job and splashed out on cars, holidays, clothes and plastic surgery.

      Your guide to winning the lottery

      • What happens to the EuroMillions prize money if no one claims it?
      • Who are the biggest UK EuroMillions winners ever?
      • Who is Britain’s youngest Lottery winner Callie Rodgers?
      • How many times can the EuroMillions jackpot rollover?
      • Which is the easiest Lottery to win?
      • What are the odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot?

      Field of dreams

      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.”

      Explained: How does the millionaire maker work?

      The Euromillions millionaire maker is like a backup if you are not successful with matching the numbers. Instead if your ticket has the matching code to the draw you’ll win.

      According to the EuroMillions website, there is a 1 in 1,900,000 chance that a player could win the Millionaire Maker game on a Tuesday.

      This shrinks to 1 in approximately 2,250,000 if there is a rollover – meaning no one has won the previous draw’s jackpot.

      On a Friday, it’s estimated that there is a 1 in 2,950,000 chance of winning a guaranteed £1million.

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        180 days to claim your 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).

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        Explained: How to play EuroMillions

        The latest EuroMillions draw is TONIGHT. Here is how to ensure you are in with a chance:

        1. Pick five numbers from 1-50 and 2 Lucky Stars from 1-12, or try a Lucky Dip for randomly selected numbers.
        2. You can choose to play on a Tuesday or Friday – or both, then the number of weeks you’d like to play.
        3. You can play up to seven lines of numbers and buy up to 10 play slips at a time.

        Good luck!

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        Explained: What is the money raised spent on?

        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

        Could not believe her eyes

        Diane Bate, 70, was in “total disbelief” after winning the multi-million pound prize in the Lotto draw on December 12. 

        Diane said: “I checked my ticket early on Sunday morning using the National Lottery app when it made a funny sound.

        “I looked at the amount and couldn’t quite believe my eyes, I thought, ‘surely that can’t be right?!’ The most I have ever won before is £100.

        “I was in total disbelief so I woke Michael up to check the ticket – he wasn’t happy but we’ve been married 52 years so he soon got over it!

        “I still didn’t believe it, so I also checked it with my granddaughter too. 

        “I must have checked it about six times in total before I started to believe it was real, and at that point, I was physically sick!”

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