National Lottery draw LATEST: £2m Lotto jackpot up for grabs TONIGHT after EuroMillions numbers revealed

AN estimated £2m Lotto jackpot is up for grabs tonight after no one bagged the huge Christmas Day jackpot.

Saturday's festive £15m 'must win' top prize went unclaimed – meaning Wednesday's draw is a roll down.

Tonight's game takes place at 8pm, with a Thunderball draw also scheduled just minutes later at 8.15pm.

Meanwhile a HUGE £14m jackpot is waiting to be won on New Year's Eve as the EuroMillions returns this Friday.

One extremely lucky person could be walking into the New Year millions richer.

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

Read our lottery live blog below for the latest numbers and 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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     Weekly lottery draw timetable

    Below is a handy timetable for all UK lottery games including Lotto, EuroMillions and Set For Life.

    There is a draw 6 nights a week.

    Tonight will see the return of the Lotto and the Thunderball.

    The draws will be at 8pm and 8.15pm.

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    Unluckiest winner of all time

    That was the case for one young couple this week who missed out on the £182million Euromillions jackpot  when they realised their winning ticket payment hadn’t gone through.

    Rachel Kennedy, 19, and Liam McCrohan, 21, from Hertfordshire were “absolutely heartbroken” when they realised their usual numbers had come up, but they had won nothing.

    The couple, both students, had played the winning numbers of 6, 12, 22, 29, 33, 6 and 11 for five weeks in a row before all seven digits appeared in Friday’s draw.

    Rachel’s account was set up to automatically buy a Euromillions ticket with her usual numbers but because her account did not have the right funds, the ticket payment did not go through.

    “I called the number thinking that I had won £182million and they said ‘yeah you’ve got the right numbers but you didn’t have the funds in your account for the payment of the ticket so it didn’t actually go through’,” Rachel said.

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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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    Woman wins on first time ‘hunch’

    A woman won £184million on her first ever EuroMillion lottery ticket after buying it “on a hunch”.

    The young woman – who wanted to remain anonymous – was presented with the prize at her home in Tahiti after it went unclaimed since October 15.

    According to the EuroMillions website, her ticket was the only entry that matched all seven numbers after the jackpot had hit its cap of €220m (£184m).

    The mystery woman said she had never entered the EuroMillions draw in her life but had grown up watching her grandfather play.

    “I was waiting for the right moment to play, and that day I had a hunch,” she said.

    “Everything is possible, you just have to believe in it. Before checking my ticket, I felt a shiver in my back.

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    How to play Set For Life?

    To play Set For Life, you are required to pick five numbers from 1 to 47 and one Life Ball from 1 to 10.

    Draws are held on Monday and Thursday evenings.

    You can buy Set For Life tickets online every day from 6am until 11pm.

    But remember, to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.

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    Last three Set For Life draws

    • Mon 27 Dec 2021 – Top prize – £10,000 every month for 30 years – Ball numbers – 32 – 33 – 35 – 44 – 47 – Life Ball – 03
    • Thu 23 Dec 2021 – Top prize – £10,000 every month for 30 years – Ball numbers – 19 – 22 – 33 – 42 – 44 – Life Ball – 03
    • Mon 20 Dec 2021 – Top prize – £10,000 every month for 30 years – Ball numbers – 24 – 27 – 40 – 46 – 47 – Life Ball – 05

    We won £25M in EuroMillions jackpot – this is what our Christmas looks like

    Julie Amphlett and Sian Jones, who won a jaw-dropping £25M on EuroMillions, spilt the beans on how they splash their cash for the festive season.

    The pair from winning work syndicate The Catering Girls won their fortune in November 2017 and said while they try to stay grounded, they do like to make the most of their good fortune at Christmas.

    Sian admitted to having a whopping six 7-foot tall trees indoors, one in the hall, two in the living room, one in the dining room, one in the man cave and one in the kitchen.

    She said: "We have two outside as well and a lady comes in and decorates the indoor ones for us, which is a bit of a luxury.”

    Julie also confessed to a ‘growing’ number of Christmas trees, stating they have two inside and six 20-footers outside all year round, saying how busy they've been decorating them.

    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.

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      Lucky Lotto winner scoops £1.1million on Christmas day

      Nobody matched all six numbers which meant that the top prize was split between the other winners. 

      The winning Lotto numbers were 42, 26, 15, 30, 59, 24 and the bonus number was 18.

      One player matched five of six numbers and the bonus ball, collecting £1,192,535.

      Some 113 ticket holders matched five numbers to claim £4,589 each, and 7,246 people matched four, winning £201 each.

      On Wednesday there will be an estimated £2million jackpot up for grabs, with no one winning the Lotto HotPicks draw. 

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      Last three Lotto results

      Sat 25 Dec 2021 – Jackpot £15,000,000 – Ball numbers 15 – 24 – 26 – 30 – 42 – 59 – Bonus ball 18

      Wed 22 Dec 2021 – Jackpot £5,472,566 – Ball numbers 06 – 13 – 14 – 20 – 45 – 52 – Bonus ball 54

      Sat 18 Dec 2021 – Jackpot £4,082,078 – Ball numbers 12 – 23 – 27 – 45 – 51 – 54 – Bonus ball 59

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      Euromillions last three results

      Fri 24 Dec 2021 – Jackpot £58,741,896 – Ball numbers 02 – 26 – 28 – 34 – 41 – Lucky Stars 05 – 10 – UK Millionaire Maker codes XHMH77368

      Tue 21 Dec 2021 – Jackpot £44,829,384 – Ball numbers 12 – 17 – 21 – 34 – 38 – Lucky Stars 02 – 03 – UK Millionaire Maker codes XKNF58280

      Fri 17 Dec 2021 – Jackpot £35,175,553 – Ball numbers 01 – 02 – 15 – 30 – 35 – Lucky Stars 02 – 07 – UK Millionaire Maker codes JHML19422

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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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      Mega Euromillions jackpot tonight

      In Tonight's Euromillions jackpot their is a huge £66 million up for grabs.

      The draw is set to be announced at 8:45pm and just the Thunderball draw will be taking place at 8pm.

      Go get them tickets to be in with a chance at making the new year amazing.

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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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      Rule shake up means have to be 18 for scratch cards

      A major rules shake-up to National Lottery tickets and scratch card will change who is able to buy tickets from October this year.

      Those feeling lucky now have to be over 18 to play, as the minimum age goes up from 16 to 18.

      That means it is illegal for any retailer to sell these goods to anyone under the age of 18 – and will apply to favourite games like Lotto and the EuroMillions.

      The new rules come into effect from today after being announced as part of a major crackdown on gambling laws last year.

      Online sales of lottery tickets and scratch cards have already been banned – this came into force in April this year.

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      How long do winners have to claim their 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.

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      Lucky Leo’s

      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

      Is the Set For Life worth playing?

      The game with the best odds, in terms of winning the top prize, is the Thunderball.

      According to the National Lottery website, the odds of winning the jackpots are:

      • Lotto jackpot: 1 in 45,057,474.
      • EuroMillions jackpot: 1 in 139,838,160.
      • Set For Life top prize: 1 in 15,339,390.
      • Thunderball top prize: 1 in 8,060,598.

      Where does National Lottery money go?

      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

      Lotto winner dubbed ‘Mr Sensible’

      Millonaire Lotto builder Steve Thomson has been dubbed “Mr Sensible” by pals after investing a chunk of his £105million win with the Queen’s bank – and looks set for another mega payout.

      The former white van man and wife Lenka put “tens of millions” into a trust with Her Majesty’s favoured firm Coutts & Co following his 2019 EuroMillions win.

      A £30million investment could see the Thomsons bag a staggering £90million over the next 20 years – almost as much as their original win. 

      The millions of pounds invested in the couple’s two separate trusts are invested in stocks, shares and property.

      Friends have dubbed Steve, originally from Selsey, West Sussex, “Mr Sensible” for not squandering his lottery cash unlike some infamous winners.

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        Most common Lucky Stars

        The most common Lucky Stars, which range between 1-12, are both low numbers.

        Number 2 is the out-an-out winner having been drawn 109 times and number 3 has come out 102 times.

        The number drawn out the least number of times is 22 – which has been a winning number on just 37 occasions.

        Eighteen has showed up just 38 times, while 40 has mirrored itself and made 40 debuts.

        The other uncommon numbers are 33, drawn 42 times, and 3, which has appeared 43 times.

        Ten has been drawn the least number of times (70) with one appearing 74 times.

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        How to play the Lotto

        The £4m Rollover draw is on tonight, so to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.

        1. Pick 6 numbers from 1–59 or go with a Lucky Dip for randomly selected numbers.
        2. You can play up to 7 lines of numbers on each play slip 
        3. Choose to play on Wednesday or Saturday – or both days if you like.

        Always remember to play responsibly.

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        Last three Set For Life draws

        • Mon 27 Dec 2021 – Top prize – £10,000 every month for 30 years – Ball numbers – 32 – 33 – 35 – 44 – 47 – Life Ball – 03
        • Thu 23 Dec 2021 – Top prize – £10,000 every month for 30 years – Ball numbers – 19 – 22 – 33 – 42 – 44 – Life Ball – 03
        • Mon 20 Dec 2021 – Top prize – £10,000 every month for 30 years – Ball numbers – 24 – 27 – 40 – 46 – 47 – Life Ball – 05

        We won £25M in EuroMillions jackpot – this is what our Christmas looks like

        Julie Amphlett and Sian Jones, who won a jaw-dropping £25M on EuroMillions, spilt the beans on how they splash their cash for the festive season.

        The pair from winning work syndicate The Catering Girls won their fortune in November 2017 and said while they try to stay grounded, they do like to make the most of their good fortune at Christmas.

        Sian admitted to having a whopping six 7-foot tall trees indoors, one in the hall, two in the living room, one in the dining room, one in the man cave and one in the kitchen.

        She said: "We have two outside as well and a lady comes in and decorates the indoor ones for us, which is a bit of a luxury.”

        Julie also confessed to a ‘growing’ number of Christmas trees, stating they have two inside and six 20-footers outside all year round, saying how busy they've been decorating them.

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