National Lottery results LIVE: Winning Lotto numbers revealed with £20m jackpot up for grabs

TONIGHT'S National Lottery jackpot has rolled over to an estimated £20million after no-one claimed the top prize on Wednesday.

The National Lottery draw results for Lotto, will be recorded and streamed live at 7:45pm Saturday 4th September 2021.

The biggest ever Lotto winner was created in April 2016, when an anonymous player banked a whopping £35m.

It may very well be your lucky day today, and you could be one step closer to going on that all-expenses trip you've dreamed of!

Read our National Lottery live blog below for the latest updates…

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    OBLIVIOUS WOMAN HAD NO IDEA SHE WAS CARRYING £28MILLION WINNING LOTTERY TICKET IN HER PURSE FOR WEEKS

    The 45-year-old, who has not been named, was the sole winner of the draw in Germany on June 9, Lotto Bayern said.

    She told reporters that she continued to “carelessly” carry her new found fortune around despite correctly guessing the seven fields on the lottery ticket last month.

    She has now vowed to never play the lottery again adding that she now has “more than enough for my husband, my daughter and me.”

    Read the article in full here.

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    TIME UP TO ENTER TONIGHT'S DRAW

    If you haven't already got your tickets, you have now missed out on tonight's draw.

    The next Lotto draw you can enter will be Wednesday.

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    SIGN MOST LIKELY TO PICK THE RIGHT WINNING NUMBERS

    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.

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

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    LOTTO LIES

    A man who scooped £680,000 in an Australian lottery nearly missed out on the prize after thinking the win was a hoax.

    The lucky winner, from Darwin, almost didn’t collect the money after being left in total disbelief when he saw all six of his numbers on the lottery app.

    “Usually, I get an email straight after the draw that tells me how close I am to winning division one,” the winner told Daily Mail Australia.

    “But this time, I didn’t, so when I woke up on Sunday morning, I logged into The Lott app and I saw I had all six numbers.

    “I thought ‘well, that’s strange’ and then I saw the prize amount, and I thought it must be some kind of hoax.”

    He was one of five winning entries in the TattsLotto draw with each person taking home £680,000 ($1,304,946.92).

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    HOW DOES THUNDERBALL WORK?

    Players must pick five main numbers from 1 to 39 and on Thunderball number which ranges from 1 to 14.

    Prizes may be won by matching the main numbers, but those who also match with the Thunderball will win a larger prize.

    If a player matches with the Thunderball only, they could win £3, but if they have match all five numbers and the Thunderball, they could scoop £500,000.

    Draws take place at 8.15pm four times a week – on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – and are shown on the National Lottery website and YouTube.

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    CALLIE ROGERS CAMPAIGNING TO RAISE LEGAL AGE LIMIT TO PLAY THE LOTTERY

    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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    LESS THAT 30 MINS NOW UNTIL DRAW

    8 mins and counting left to enter tonight's draw that will get underway at 7:45pm tonight.

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    ‘I’M GLAD I DIDN’T GET THE £3M’ (CONTINUED…)

    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.”

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    WE WON THE LOTTERY THEN GAVE WINNINGS AWAY BY MAKING PALS RICH & FLUSHING CASH DOWN THE LOO AFTER FIVE BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE’

    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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    THE BIGGEST LOTTO WINNERS IN HISTORY

    • £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

    THE UNLUCKIEST LOTTERY WINNERS OF ALL TIME WHO MISSED OUT ON MILLIONS BECAUSE OF LOST TICKETS AND PAYMENT PROBLEMS

    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.

    Read the article in full here.

    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.”

    NOT LONG NOW

    20 mins left to get your tickets.

    Just over 30 mins until the draw.

    EXPLAINED: HOW LONG DO WINNERS HAVE TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE 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.

    Read the article in full here.

    EXPLAINED: WHAT HAPPENS TO EUROMILLIONS PRIZE MONEY IF NO ONE CLAIMS IT?

    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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      EXPLAINED: NATIONAL LOTTERY NUMBERS WITH THE HIGHEST CHANCES OF WINNING ARE REVEALED

      Ball number 41 is said to be the luckiest of all 59 numbers – coming up trumps 45 times since 2015.

      The figure means it has been drawn double the amount of times ball number 50 – the unluckiest – was picked over the same period.

      A study of 300 UK Lotto draws over the last two years and three months by online lottery platform jackpot.com revealed the luckiest number.

      The second luckiest numbers are 14, 29 and 49 ,which were all drawn 43 times.

      Ball numbers eight and 42 were both drawn 42 times – making them the third luckiest number.

      Read more here.

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      LAST YEARS FIGURES FROM THE NATIONAL LOTTERY

      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

      EUROMILLIONS NUMBERS

      Last night’s Euromillions numbers are 5, 13, 29, 35, 7 Lucky Stars 3 and 7

      1 HOUR TO GO UNTIL THE LOTTO DRAW…STAY TUNED

      The Lotto draw is expected to take place at 7:45pm this evening.

      The jackpot today is a whopping £20m, so you better keep them tickets close.

      LESS THAN 1 HOUR TO BUY YOUR LOTTO TICKETS

      Tonight the lotto jackpot is £20m.

      To be in with a chance get your tickets now before it's too late.

      EXPLAINED: WHO ARE ADRIAN AND GILLIAN BAYFORD?

      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.

      Colin and Christine Weir from Scotland bagged the top prize with €185m a year before the Bayford’s, which converted to £161.6m.

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        WHERE DOES THE MONEY RAISED BY THE NATIONAL 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%

        MISSED OUT ON THE THUNDERBALL?

        Here’s how to try again next time:

        The next Thunderball draw is tomorrow evening.

        There are no draws on Sundays.

        MAN SCOOPS £680,000 LOTTO JACKPOT BUT NEARLY MISSES OUT ON PRIZE AFTER THINKING WIN WAS ‘HOAX’ AS WIFE ‘DIDN’T BELIEVE HIM’

        The lucky winner, from Darwin, almost didn’t collect the money after being left in total disbelief when he saw all six of his numbers on the lottery app.

        “Usually, I get an email straight after the draw that tells me how close I am to winning division one,” the winner told Daily Mail Australia.

        “But this time, I didn’t, so when I woke up on Sunday morning, I logged into The Lott app and I saw I had all six numbers.

        “I thought ‘well, that’s strange’ and then I saw the prize amount, and I thought it must be some kind of hoax.”

        He was one of five winning entries in the TattsLotto draw with each person taking home £680,000 ($1,304,946.92).

        The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said it took some time for him to believe that he had scooped the massive prize.

        HOW LONG DO WINNERS HAVE TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE 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.

        Read the article in full here.

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