National Lottery draw LIVE: £3.6m Set For Life lifetime jackpot up for grabs TONIGHT after EuroMillions numbers revealed

THE LOTTO draw returned on Saturday with a tasty £7.5million available to be won – but no one bagged the top prize.

Saturday's winning Lotto numbers were 8, 24, 25, 32, 33 and 46, while the bonus ball was 47.

No-one matched all six main numbers to win the jackpot, but one lucky ticket-holder matched five numbers plus the bonus ball to scoop £1 million.

It means Wednesday's National Lottery kitty now stands at an estimated £9 million.

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

Read our EuroMillions blog below for the latest results and updates..

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    Wednesday’s Lotto jackpot now an estimated £9MILLION

    Wednesday’s National Lottery jackpot stands at an estimated £9 million after no-one scooped the top prize in Saturday’s draw.

    The winning Lotto numbers were 08, 24, 25, 32, 33, 46 and the bonus number was 47.

    Set of balls number three and draw machine Merlin were used.

    No-one matched all six main numbers to win the jackpot, but one lucky ticket-holder matched five numbers plus the bonus ball to scoop £1 million.

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    Can lottery winners remain anonymous in the UK?

    Absolutely! Lottery winners can keep their anonymity in the UK.

    There is also a common myth or misconception that remaining anonymous affects the amount of money you win.

    However, this is absolutely false and your decision about whether or not to go public has no bearing on your jackpot.

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    National Lottery weekly timetable

    There is a draw happening six nights a week, apart from Sundays.

    Here is a timetable for all UK lottery games including Lotto, EuroMillions and Set For Life and what day they happen on.

    Tonight is the turn of the main Lotto and the Thunderball.

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    Set For Life returns TONIGHT

    Fancy a chance to winning £10,000 a month for the next 30 years? Of course you do!

    Set For Life returns at 8p-m this evening and one lucky ticketholder could win just that.

    You can follow all the latest news and numbers right here on our blog.

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    Biggest lottery jackpots ever won

    • £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

    Man wins Lottery seven times stateside

    American man, Richard Lustig, is the only person in the world who has won the lottery seven times.

    In an interview with ABC News, Lustig explained that his method wass to re-invest all of his winnings back into the lottery, and also recommended using hand-picked sequential numbers, as well as using the same numbers repeatedly.

    Lustig’s total wins amount to a value of $1,052,205.58, which is about £766,736.95.

    • Win 1: January 1993 (scratch-off ticket) – $10,000
    • Win 2: August 1997 (Florida Fantasy 5) – $13,696.03
    • Win 3: June 2000 (“scratch-off ticket “2nd chance drawing”) – $3,594.66
    • Win 4: October 2001 (“scratch-off ticket “2nd chance drawing”) – valued at $4,966
    • Win 5: January 2002 (Florida Mega Money) – $842,152.91
    • Win 6: November 25, 2008 (Florida Fantasy 5) $73,658.06
    • Win 7: August 9, 2010 (Florida Fantasy 5) – $98,992.92

    What are the most rewarding numbers

    Think you’ve got the right numbers to win the EuroMillions? Here are the most popular numbers.

    For Euromillions, the most popular number is 50.

    Followed by: 44, 19, 4 and 30.

    The most common extra numbers have been 8 and 3.

    ‘I won £1m on the lottery at 22 and still shop at Asda & Primark’

    Roofer Jamie Heavens, then-22-year-old, went to work at his dad Mark’s roofing company in Dorset, near where he lives, and started his hands-on job.

    After being sent off to work on another site, he stopped off at Romsey Services off the M27 for fuel and also bought a scratchard.

    “I scratched it off in a layby and was stunned when it revealed I’d won £1m,” he said.

    He kept it quiet from his colleagues – telling only his uncle and wife-to-be. 

    However, despite winning big, Jamie said: “Danielle still buys me jogging bottoms from Primark. I go out and graft everyday so she knows I will get them filthy. There’s no point in her getting me really smart ones, they would just get wrecked.”

    Wife Danielle is still working as a receptionist at a garage whereas Jamie set up his own company, a roadside recovery service.

    Read the article in full here.

    More than £1.8 billion raised for National Lottery Projects

    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
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      Tuesday's EuroMillions draw an estimated £121million

      Ticketholders are in with the chance to win a £121 million jackpot in Tuesday's EuroMillions draw after there were no winners of the top prize on Friday.

      The winning numbers were 21, 22, 29, 32, 46 – and the Lucky Star numbers were 09 and 10.

      A total of six players did scoop the second prize of £138,366.60 for matching five numbers and one Lucky Star number.

      The top prize will now roll over to Tuesday's draw, meaning an estimated £121 million jackpot is up for grabs if a single UK ticketholder wins.

      Camelot's Andy Carter, senior winners' adviser at The National Lottery, said: "Tuesday night is set to be a big one, with a massive estimated £121 million EuroMillions jackpot up for grabs.

      "Players are urged to get their tickets early to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize."

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      Easy steps for playing the EuroMillions draw

      1. Pick 5 numbers from 1-50 and two Lucky Stars from 1-12. Or try a Lucky Dip for randomly selected numbers.
      2. 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.
      4. You’re all good to go!
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      Wednesday's Lotto jackpot now an estimated £9MILLION

      Wednesday's National Lottery jackpot stands at an estimated £9 million after no-one scooped the top prize in Saturday's draw.

      The winning Lotto numbers were 08, 24, 25, 32, 33, 46 and the bonus number was 47.

      Set of balls number three and draw machine Merlin were used.

      No-one matched all six main numbers to win the jackpot, but one lucky ticket-holder matched five numbers plus the bonus ball to scoop £1 million.

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       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.”

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      Top tips for playing the lottery

      Have you ever wondered the secrets to winning big in the lottery? Is it pure luck or is there a system to it…?

      1. Avoid computer picks. It lowers your odds of winning.
      2. On scratchcards, try buying 10 of one ticket instead of several different tickets.
      3. Mix up your numbers.
      4. Even it out – Don’t pick all odd or all even numbers.
      5. Split from the crowd, so don’t play patterns.
      6. Apparently, you should avoid anniversaries, birthday’s and dates.
      7. Avoid playing winning numbers that have been drawn before, because every combination has a chance of coming up once every half a million drawings.
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      'It feels limitless to be a millionaire' says winner

      Roger Griffiths and his wife Lara netted £1.8million on the National Lottery in 2005.

      He had worked as an IT manager and she as a performing arts teacher but both quit their jobs.

      The couple enjoyed the high life and went on a lavish spending spree splashing £800,000 on a barn conversion in Yorkshire, flash cars and five-star holidays in Dubai, New York and Monaco.

      Wannabe rock star Roger also spent £25,000 making a record with his old band from Lancaster University.

      The couple invested in property and a beauty salon but the housing crash saw the value of their portfolio plummet.

      By 2013 the money had gone and the couple had split up, each blaming each other for the reversal in their fortunes.

      Roger said: “When you’re told you’re a millionaire, it feels limitless. We had played the Lottery for years – when I found out I’d won, it was overwhelming.”

      Lara has revealed she has to sell her collection of designer handbags now to get by.

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      What's the scratchcard with the best odds?

      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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      ‘Money made my close relatives demanding and greedy’

      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.”

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      What organisations benefit from Lottery funding money?

      National Lottery players raise around £30million a week, which is then divided between 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

      Top 10 luckiest cities in the UK

      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.

      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.

      Pigs bring more satisfaction than winning lottery

      For many, winning the jackpot means mass celebrations and ultra-expensive cars – but not for Susan Hardman.

      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.

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        Set For Life returns TONIGHT

        Fancy a chance to winning £10,000 a month for the next 30 years? Of course you do!

        Set For Life returns at 8p-m this evening and one lucky ticketholder could win just that.

        You can follow all the latest news and numbers right here on our blog.

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        How did the EuroMillions start?

        EuroMillions was launched on February 7, 2004, by lotteries in France, Spain and the UK – with the first draw being held in Paris six days later.

        In October of that year, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland joined.

        Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday evening, with them all taking place in Paris at 8.45pm local time – 7.45pm in the UK.

        You will choose five main numbers and then two lucky stars (numbers), with prizes ranging from around £2.50 up to the jackpot.

        The prize values vary depending on ticket sales and the number of winners in each prize tier.

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        ‘Money made my close relatives demanding and greedy’

        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.”

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        An Englishwoman’s home is her castle

        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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