National Lottery draw LIVE: £9.1m Lotto jackpot TONIGHT after EuroMillions revealed; plus tickets, time & how to play

TONIGHT'S Lotto draw is worth a WHOPPING £9.1m cash prize waiting to be bagged by one lucky Brit ticketholder.

The draw takes place at 8pm, while Thunderball will also take place shortly after at 8.15pm.

We'll publish the results live in real time on our live blog below.

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

Read our lottery live blog below for the latest results…

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    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:

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    Tips to help you win

    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 it up – Never play all one-number groups.
    4. Don’t pick all odd or all even numbers.
    5. Don’t play patterns.
    6. Avoid anniversaries, birthday’s and dates.
    7. Don’t Copycat – 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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    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.”

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    What happens to unclaimed EuroMillions prize money?

    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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    Tale of $10million lotto winner fatally injected with painkillers by husband

    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.

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    Restraining order

    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.

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    Callie Rogers campaigning

    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.”

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    'We won, then gave our winnings away'

    A £115million jackpot is probably enough to not just change your life, but the lives of everyone you’ve ever cared about too.

    Which is probably why Frances and Patrick Connolly decided to give over half of their winnings to 175 people.

    “We won £114,969,775.70 and we have given away more than half,” Frances said last year.

    “That’s £60million-worth of love. And the thing that makes me even happier is that every single person we gave money to has passed some of it on to other people. I can’t think of a day since winning the Lottery that I haven’t smiled.”

    Read more here.

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    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

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    From mansion to homeless

    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.

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    Biggest lotto winners in history

    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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    Where does money raised by the Lottery go?

    In the year ending 31 March 2021, the funds were shared as follows:

    • Health, education, environment and charitable causes – 40%
    • Sport – 20%
    • Arts – 20%
    • Heritage – 20%

    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.

    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.”

    National Lottery weekly timetable

    Here’s a timetable for all UK lottery games including Lotto, EuroMillions and Set For Life.

    There is a draw six nights a week.

    Tonight, the Lotto will be held at 8:00pm, followed by the Thunderball at 8:15pm.

    It should also be noted that there are no draws on Sundays.

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      Sign most likely to pick the right balls

      The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Which sign is most likely to win the lottery? Well, it’s good news if you’re born in February or March.

      According to research from Lott and MailOnline, dreamy Pisces is the luckiest sign of the zodiac when it comes to winning the lottery.

      The data, which was based on those winning the top lottery jackpot, found that 11.6% of the winners were Pisces – meaning, on average, they were more likely to pick the golden ticket.

      Go-with the-flow Pisces will stumble upon extraordinarily lucky breaks and often find themselves effortlessly attracting most things on their wish list.

      The masters of manifestation, this sign is often found dream journaling and asking the universe for their heart’s desires.

      So, Pisces, if you’re reading this maybe you should get down to the shops and buy a lottery ticket.

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      Number 27 most likely to help punter scoop a jackpot

      National Lottery ball number 27 is the most likely to help punters win a jackpot, researchers say.

      It has made more appearances than any other in 3,071 draws in the past ten years.

      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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      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.

      Lottery fairytales gone wrong

      Not all lottery winners have such modest tastes including Lotto lout Michael Carroll who bagged £9.7million in 2002.

      The former binman, who was branded the ‘King of Chavs’, blew his hefty fortune on “drugs, sex and gold”.

      Callie Rogers, who at 16 became Britain’s youngest lottery winner in 2003, spent thousands of her £1.9m jackpot on wild parties, three boob jobs, designer clothes and drugs.  

      And Lee Ryan, who scooped £6.5m in 1995, ended up penniless and spent two years living on the street after blowing his cash on luxury cars, a helicopter and a £2m home.

      RECAP: Last night's Thunderball numbers

      The Thundeball draw took place last night.

      In case you missed it, Tuesday night's winning numbers were: 4, 24, 33, 36 and 39.

      Meanwhile, the all important Thunderball itself was: 05.

      RECAP: Winning EuroMillions numbers

      The EuroMillions draw took place last nigt, just after 8:00pm.

      In case you missed it, the winning numbers were: 1, 19, 36, 28 and 49.

      And the Lucky Stars were: 06 and 09.

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        Lotto winner Jane Park claims she received death threats

        LOTTO winner Jane Park claims she received death threats after appearing in a Snapchat video with an English Premiership star saying "f*** Brentford."

        Jane, 26, was filmed in Dubai with Bees ace Ivan Toney attacking his club.

        Writing on Instagram she later admitted she'd blundered — but hit out at trolls who targeted her over the viral clip. The millionaire, from Niddrie, Edinburgh, said: "Stop with the death threats! Yes I f****d up like I am human.

        "I know some of you are Brentford fans but it doesn't give you the right to flood my DMs/comment on pics with abuse".

        Supporters of the London side have demanded they punish Toney, 25, over the video of the pair both making the slur. The striker apologised to fans on Saturday.

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        BBC1's Big Night of Musicals was thanks to the National Lottery

        Theatre has been affected by the pandemic and has struggled to stay afloat.

        Thanks to the money raised by the National Lottery, the nation had the chance to enjoy our most-loved West End show perfomances.

        This included Dreamgirls, Frozen, Dear Evan Hansen and many more.

        Owing to its players, the National Lottery can continue to support theatres during the pandemic.

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        Having fun, giving to good causes and potentially win millions!

        Most of the money is donated to health, education and charitable causes, sport, arts and heritage.

        Enter tonight's draw to win £51million and give to worthwhile causes.

        Eight hours to go.

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        Winning the Lottery meant we could buy our disabled daughter a support dog

        Adam and Amy Pryor's five-year-old daughter Charlotte was born prematurely, with the little girl living with limited hearing, sight and mobility.

        But the little girl has been brought to life by her specially trained golden Labrador Merlin – that the family could only afford thanks to the jaw-dropping win.

        Merlin who has been trained by Supporting Paws to meet Charlotte’s special needs has "brought a bit of magic" in the family's lives since he joined the Pryor home.

        Amy, 32, said: “Merlin is a dream come true. We always wanted a family dog, so when we were told about Supporting Paws I knew we had to get in touch and haven’t looked back since.

        "Merlin is still in training but we can already see the positive impact he is having on Charlotte.

        "He is learning to walk while attached to Charlotte’s wheelchair, which in turn is encouraging Charlotte to go out for walks and I see her looking around for him.

        "He is also being Community Access trained, which will mean that he can go everywhere with Charlotte, including hospital appointments.

        "He has a lovely temperament which has a calming influence and he already feels like one of the family.”

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