National Lottery draw LIVE: £11.1m could be yours TONIGHT as countdown to Lotto & Thunderball begins

TONIGHT'S National Lottery jackpot has risen to more than £11 million after no-one matched six numbers in Wednesday’s draw.

The Lotto draw is expected to take place at 7:45pm and we will be revealing the results as soon as they come in.

There will also be a Thunderball draw at 8:15pm with the jackpot of £500k up for grabs.

Read our Lottery live blog below for the latest news and results…

  • Louis Allwood

    Who won the Euromillions record breaking amount?

    A French ticket-holder won the record £184 million EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.

    There have been five UK EuroMillions jackpot winners so far this year, including the anonymous winners of £122 million in April and £111 million in June.

    The biggest recent UK winners to go public were Frances and Patrick Connolly, from Northern Ireland, who scooped a £115 million prize in 2019.

  • Louis Allwood

    1 Hour and 30 Minutes until entry closes for Lotto draw

    Players only have 1 hour and 30 minutes until the draw shuts for tonight’s Lotto draw.

    To be in with a chance of winning £11.1 million head over and get your tickets.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Tough’ couple of years for £300,000 winner

    Sean said the win came at the end of a “really tough” couple of years.

    He lost his father to cancer in the summer and is now planning to pay off his dad’s funeral costs and buy a headstone to help his mum out.

    He also wants to use his winnings to follow his dreams and retrain as a videographer.

    He said: “This win has opened up so many doors and will give me the security to explore a whole new career, so I’m going to do exactly that.”

    Sean, who moved in with his parents a couple of years back, also wants to buy a flat and go travelling in Australia and South East Asia.

  • Louis Allwood

    How would you react after winning £300,000?

    For the majority of us it is something we can only dream of, however for some it is reality.

    Plumber, Sean Irwin, screamed for joy after discovering he had won £300,000 on a scratchcard.

    Sean bought the £3 National Lottery Ruby Doubler Scratchcard during a quick run to the shops for him and his workmate.

    He could not believe his luck so he asked his boss Bill to double check the ticket.

    The incredible video then showed the screaming pair in Sean’s car calling Camelot, who confirmed the whopping win.

  • Louis Allwood

    Tonight’s Lotto jackpot is £11.1million

    The National Lottery jackpot has risen to more than £11 million after no-one matched six numbers in Wednesday’s draw.

    But one lucky ticket-holder did scoop the £500,000 top prize on the Thunderball game.

    Just 48 players managed to net themselves £1,750 in the Lotto main draw by matching five numbers, while a further 3,120 earned £140 each by matching four numbers.

    It means Tonight’s jackpot has risen to £11.1 million.

  • Amelia Beltrao

    Boob jobs for sisters

    Sarah Cockings from Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear won a whopping £3million in April 2005 when she was just 21.

    She claimed to “live a very normal life” despite her vast fortune, and after the money dropped in her account she treated her siblings Emma and Alex to matching boob jobs.

    “Just after I won, I bought my two sisters boob jobs but now I’ve had one myself, because mine were wrecked by breastfeeding,” she told the Daily Mail in 2019.

    Sarah, who said she “loved” her surgically enhanced chest, also went back to university so that her mum could have a “picture of me graduating”.

    Eight years after winning the lottery she decided to quit her job as a social worker and pursue modelling opportunities, where she’s found ultimate happiness. 

    “Up until now there’s no bad part of being a millionaire – I’ve loved every minute,” Sarah added. 

  • Amelia Beltrao

    How money raised by the Lottery is split

    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%

    Number checks

    You can find all winning numbers here on our blog.

    Once you have entered the draw make sure to tune in here and we will bring you the results as soon as they come in.

    You can also view results for all the latest draws on the National Lottery website.

    It will give you the option to view results for:

    • Lotto
    • EuroMillions
    • Thunderball
    • Lotto Hotpicks
    • EuroMillions Hotpicks
    • Set For Life

    As well as winning numbers for the last game, you can also view historical results going back six months.

    ‘I’m glad I didn’t get the 3M’

    Martyn and Kay Tott got the shock of their lives when they realised they’d won £3million back in 2001 – six months after buying the ticket.

    By the time they saw an appeal for the winner to come forward, they couldn’t find the ticket.

    After 45 agonising days of deliberating, Camelot told the devastated couple that they weren’t going to receive the cash.

    “Having that money taken away was torture,” Martyn told the Mail on Sunday.

    “For a long time I lost sight of who I was and what I believed in. But I can honestly say I’m glad I didn’t get the £3million now.

    “There is no guarantee it would have brought me happiness.”

    • Louis Allwood

      What draws are on Tonight?

      Tonight’s Lotto draw will kick off at 7:45pm and we will be giving you the results as soon as the draw is complete.

      The Jackpot for the Lotto draw is £11.1 million, a huge life changing sum of money.

      There will also be a Thunderball draw at 8:15pm with the jackpot of £500k up for grabs.

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      Ghost hunter winner

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

      They have been ghosthunters for a few years and even run a YouTube channel, that boasts thousands of subscribers, to share their spine-tingling experiences.

      The pair went all out for their early Halloween celebrations this year and hired out one of the UK’s most haunted locations to explore the wonders of the afterlife.

      The eerie experience seemed to satisfy the spook-loving couple and give Kirk an opportunity for some fun, as he also works as St Johns Ambulance first responder.

      He said: “We have always been busy people. This win means we are literally ‘set for life’ and we are going to fill every single second.”

    • Amelia Beltrao

      Tonight’s Lotto jackpot rolls over to £11.1million

      The National Lottery jackpot has risen to more than £11 million after no-one matched six numbers in Wednesday’s draw.

      But one lucky ticket-holder did scoop the £500,000 top prize on the Thunderball game.

      Just 48 players managed to net themselves £1,750 in the Lotto main draw by matching five numbers, while a further 3,120 earned £140 each by matching four numbers.

      It means Saturday’s jackpot has risen to £11.1 million.

    • Amelia Beltrao

      Biggest jackpot in Euromillions history

      The biggest ever jackpot to be won is €190million, which has been won by four different people – including two from Great Britain.

      The Bayford couple – 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.

      The Weir couple in Scotland scooped €185m a year before, turning into £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.

    • Amelia Beltrao

      Lottery draw history

      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.

      Players are given 180 days to make claims on prizes but if nobody hands over the lucky ticket then the cash will be handed to good causes.

    • Milica Cosic

      The granny who stole £33,000 of scratchcards escapes jail

      A gran stole £33,000 worth of Lotto scratchcards from a corner shop while working behind the till, a court heard today.

      Trusted shop assistant Sheila Hancock, 60, took thousands of cards from the display without paying for them.

      And if she saw it was a winning card after scratching off the silver foil she took the prize money out of the till, it was said.

      Puzzled owner Virajkumar Patel couldn’t understand why his busy store wasn’t making a profit despite staying open throughout the pandemic.

      So he checked CCTV and was horrified when he saw Hancock repeatedly helping herself to cards and winnings. York crown court heard she had become addicted to the “easy” gambling and got away with the deceit from January 2020 until April of this year.

    • Milica Cosic

      Lottery winning couple visit UK’s most haunted location

      A ghost-hunting couple who won the National Lottery have used their winnings to visit one of the UK’s “most haunted” locations.

      Laura Hoyle, 39, and Kirk Stevens, 37, from Nottingham, have been ghost-hunters for years, and said the visit to Nottingham’s Museum of Justice was a “dream come true”

      Formerly a courtroom, prison, and police station, the Museum of Justice was voted the most haunted site in the UK by TV programme Most Haunted.

      Mr Stevens said: “It was a dream come true… We would never have been able to enjoy an event like this before the win.

      “Ask any paranormal investigator what their dream is, and they’d say good equipment and to have access all areas to a venue like the Justice Museum.”

      The couple won the Set For Life draw, meaning they will receive £10,000 every month for the next 30 years, on March 1 this year, however it was not until nearly two weeks later that they realised.

    • Milica Cosic

      Most common EuroMillions winning numbers

      For EuroMillions, you pick five main numbers and two Lucky Stars, with draws taking place every Tuesdays and Fridays.

      The five most drawn main numbers since EuroMillions launched in February 2004 are 23, 44, 50, 19 and 37.

      The two most drawn Lucky Stars are 2, 3 and 8.

      The least drawn numbers are 33, 36, 22, 40, 18.

      The original Lucky Stars were 1 to 9 – of those, the least drawn are 4 and 1.

      The more recently added Lucky Stars 10, 11 and 12 have been drawn less.

      In the UK, a single entry to a EuroMillions draw costs £2.50.

      EuroMillions is different to the main Lotto draw.

    • Milica Cosic

      Saturday’s Lotto jackpot rolls over to £11.1million

      The National Lottery jackpot has risen to more than £11 million after no-one matched six numbers in Wednesday’s draw.

      But one lucky ticket-holder did scoop the £500,000 top prize on the Thunderball game.

      Just 48 players managed to net themselves £1,750 in the Lotto main draw by matching five numbers, while a further 3,120 earned £140 each by matching four numbers.

      It means Saturday’s jackpot has risen to £11.1 million.

    • Milica Cosic

      Explained: What happens if EuroMillions prize money isn’t claimed?

      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: How to do I check my numbers?

      Every night, we post the winning numbers of the draw on our blog.

      Bear in mind that on Sundays, there is no draw.

      You can also view results for all the latest draws on the National Lottery website.

      It will give you the option to view results for:

      • Lotto
      • EuroMillions
      • Thunderball
      • Lotto Hotpicks
      • EuroMillions Hotpicks
      • Set For Life

      As well as winning numbers for the last game, you can also view historical results going back six months.

      Always thinking what if…

      Euromillions winner Adrian Bayford is “consumed with guilt” as his son fights for life after a horror quad bike smash, friends say.

      The lad, 13, was hit by a car driven by his sister, 15, in the sprawling grounds of their Cambridgeshire mansion.

      The Sun exclusively revealed details of the horror smash as the boy is fighting for his life in intensive care with his family at his bedside.

      His sister raised the alarm after her brother was flung from his machine and through a fence.

      It is understood the car and quad bike were gifts bought for the kids by former postie Adrian, 49.

      • Milica Cosic

        Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll

        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.

      • Milica Cosic

        EuroMillions winner celebrated by ‘drinking tea all night’

        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.

      • Milica Cosic

        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
      • Milica Cosic

        EuroMillion couple bought a WHOLE private field for their dog

        Dogs are often described as “man’s best friend” but it seems lucky pooch 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.

        Weeks later the couple won £1million on the EuroMillions and, after recognising Lucy was too scared to go out for walks, paid £20,000 for a private field.

        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.”

        Since then she’s been “happy and carefree” while out on her “safe place for walkies” and has even learned to play with other dogs.

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