National Lottery results LATEST – Last night's winning Lotto numbers revealed as Saturday jackpot hits huge £4 million

THE Lotto draw took place last night with a cool jackpot of £2million – but there were no winners of the top prize.

The winning Lotto numbers on Wednesday: 4, 11, 17, 19, 39 and 42, while the Bonus Ball was 59.

But Saturday's National Lottery jackpot now stands at £4million after no-one scooped the top prize.

Meanwhile, winning numbers for Tuesday's Euromillions draw were 17 21 36 42 46 and the Lucky Stars were 7 and 10.

There were no jackpot winners, but one lucky Brit scooped £287,059 – meaning Friday's draw rolls over and now stands at an estimated £137m.

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    What’s the world’s luckiest number?

    The six luckiest numbers globally are: 6, 7, 33, 38, 40, and 49.

    These numbers come from data collected from draws that happened in Spain, Canada, Germany, Poland, the UK, Greece, and South Africa.

    The data is an aggregation – so it will be different for different draws depending on where you play.

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    Man who won big seven times

    In an interview with ABC News, Richard Lustig explained that his method was 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

    Explained: Odds of winning the EuroMillions

    The life-changing jackpot is hard to scoop. With between 80 to 100 million people purchasing a ticket for a EuroMillions draw each week, it proves stiff competition.

    In order to win the cash prize, players need to match all five main numbers and both lucky star numbers.

    But punters only have a 1 in 139,838, 160 chance of bagging the top prize.

    Matching five numbers and one star has odds of 1 in 6,991,908.

    There is a 1 in 22 chance of matching two numbers in the draw.

    The approximate overall odds of winning a prize in EuroMillions are 1 in 13.

    According to the EuroMillions website, the chances of winning the UK Millionaire Maker game can be estimated as 1 in 1,900,000.

    But winning in this game depends entirely on the number of the payslips sold, so the odds therefore fluctuate.

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      Always be aware

      Gaming is fun but for a few, but it may become a problem.

      If you’re worried about yourself, or someone you know, speak in confidence to the people at GamCare, available 24/7, on 0808 8020 133 or visit the GamCare website for assistance.

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      Tips and tricks for a golden ticket

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

      Part-time paranormal investigator Laura Hoyle, 39, has decided to ditch her day job to pursue her spooky passion with Kirk Stevens, 37, after their big win.

      The 39-year-old is used to shocks – after realising she had landed the life-changing amount of money when she initially thought she had only won a fiver.

      Laura was able to immediately jack in her job at a logistics firm, after realising the cash could allow her to concentrate on her ghost-hunting hobby full-time.

      Read more here.

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      Mr Sensible (continued)

      Steve even carried on working to complete outstanding orders for his windows and conservatories business.

      Kindhearted Steve also gave away £200,000 to help his local community, donating £100,000 to his beloved cricket club in Selsey, West Sussex, for a new pavilion.

      And he gave £50,000 to Selsey Medical Centre to fund new equipment, so locals do not have to travel miles for appointments plus £50,000 to his two sons’ school.

      The trusts, registered earlier this year, typically set aside vast fortunes for children and grandchildren to benefit from.

      Only trustees Steve and Lenka, can say what the money can be spent on when their three young children claim it.

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      Mr Sensible

      Millionaire 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.

      It came after The Sun revealed how modest Steve finally splashed out £4.5million on a new home after taking more than a year to leave his £150,000 council house. 

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      Explained: Which numbers should I avoid?

      These are the numbers are the ones drawn the LEAST:

      1st – 50, drawn just 22 times

      2nd – 53, drawn just 23 times

      3rd – 26, drawn just 24 times

      =3rd – 48, drawn just 24 times

      =3rd – 51, drawn just 24 times

      4th – 57, drawn just 25 times

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      Lucky fishes

      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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      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.”

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      Lotto couple robbed at knifepoint

      Dave and Angela Dawes couldn’t believe their luck when they scooped a incredible £101,203,600.

      And shift supervisor Dave and his charity volunteer wife Angela, from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, ensured they shared the love with their nearest and dearest.

      The pair are reported to have handed out £30million to their family and closest friends, while also setting up a charity.

      Treating themselves, the pair bought a £4 million home, Socknersh Manor, in Burwash, East Sussex – previously owned by the likes of Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.

      However, they went through hell last year when they were tied up and robbed by a gang at their luxury home.

      The robbers fled with jewellery and around £20,000 cash in the couple’s Range Rover. They later beefed up security at their home to protect themselves.

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      Spread the wealth

      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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      People want their lottery money spent their communities, survey says

      A survey has revealed that wellness centres, libraries and bee houses are also one of the highest priorities for improving local areas. 

      The National Lottery discovered that almost half of Brits think that improvements are not made to their neighbourhoods regularly enough. 

      On average it takes 17 months to get any change implemented, with 41 per cent of people noticing the improvements – including more green spaces. 

      The study of 2,000 people revealed that 16 per cent want more social schemes and venues and 18 per cent want a “friendlier” neighbourhoo

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      Stats from the National Lottery

      • Six Millionaires are made every week
      • The luckiest postcode is Birmingham with 119 millionaires
      • The luckiest profession is building
      • There are 6 million winners a week
      • £56 billion paid out in prizes
      • Over £34 million goes to National Lottery Projects every week
      • Most Millionaires celebrate with a cup of tea
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        Where does the unclaimed money go?

        Any cash that isn’t claimed after a total of 180 days from a game played in the UK goes to National Lottery projects across the country.

        Folks in Ireland have just half that time to claim too, with only 90 days before the prize money is off the table.

        Once the claim period is over, the ticket officially expires and the owner of the lottery ticket will no longer be able to claim any of their winnings.

        But after that time has expired, any unclaimed prizes, plus any interest they might have accumulated in that time, are allocated to the National Lottery’s Good Causes fund instead.

        This will usually then go on to help fund things like sport programmes or local community buildings or other projects.

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        Explained: Where does the money 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%

        Not changed by money

        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.

        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%

        Fraudster who swindled £2.5m in fake ticket scam still owns £466k house

        A RAPIST who scammed millions on the Lotto ten years ago still owns a posh four-bedroom house he allegedly bought with the tainted dosh.

        The home in commuter haven Kings Langley, Herts, just minutes from the M25 has fallen into serious disrepair.

        Docs show it is still owned by convicted rapist and fraudster Edward Putnam who is currently serving nine years for his despicable part in the biggest scam to ever hit the National Lottery.

        He was jailed for seven years in 1993 for raping a terrified pregnant 17-year-old girl.

        Putnam, now 56, “scooped” £2.5 million on the National Lottery in 2009 after conspiring with a Camelot employee to craft a fake ticket.

        The odds of winning the Millionaire Maker

        According to the EuroMillions website, there is a 1 in 1,900,000 chance that a player could win the Millionaire Maker game on a Tuesday.

        This shrinks to 1 in approximately 2,250,000 if there is a rollover – meaning no one has won the previous draw’s jackpot.

        On a Friday, it’s estimated that there is a 1 in 2,950,000 chance of winning a guaranteed £1million.

        If there is a quadruple rollover, the odds could fall to 1 in 3,400,000.

        Winning the game depends on the number of payslips sold so the odds fluctuate from game-to-game.

        The odds can also change if there is a special event.

        In March 2019, EuroMillions created 40 UK millionaires in a one-off special draw.

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          Explained: When is the Set for Life draw?

          The draw takes place at 8.00pm every Monday and Thursday.

          The results will follow on our blog shortly after.

          Best of luck to all playing tonight!

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          ‘When you’re told you’re a millionaire, it feels limitless’

          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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          ‘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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          Rolling in it

          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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