The National Lottery has been creating millionaires for over 20 years. In the last two decades, the lottery has produced 3,600 millionaires, providing prize money worth over £53 billion. The numbers are mind-blowing, but there are so many more fabulous facts most players don’t know about the National Lottery. From an unusual lottery winner story to the most commonly drawn ball, here is a list of fascinating nuggets of information:
- On average, lottery winners buy 4.5 cars either for their own use or for friends and family. One in ten winners buys more than ten cars.
- Lottery winners don’t always just buy nice cars and fancy houses. Among the more unexpected, quirky purchases are items such as a new pair of hips, a narrow boat, and tarantulas. More than 80% of winners choose to keep their success a secret.
- There have been 3 draws in history, which contain 4 consecutive numbers. In the UK, the last time this happened in 2011, the numbers were 23, 24, 25 and 26.
- Lucky Deal resident, Wayne Elliott, won a prize for 26 consecutive weeks when the lottery first launched in 1994.
- A family from Tipton has bought a winning ticket three times at odds of 350 billion to one. They have won a total of £3.25 million.
- A winning ticket worth over £63 million, which was purchased in Stevenage in June 2012, is the largest unclaimed prize on record.
- The first ever live draw, which was hosted by Noel Edmonds, attracted a TV audience of 22 million. That draw produced seven winners, with each winning around £840,000.
- Four machines and eight sets of balls are used to conduct the draw. The machines are called Guinevere, Lancelot, Arthur, and Merlin. Each set of foam balls is valued at £2,500.
- The live show has been cancelled three times in the last 20 years to respect the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Queen Mother, and to mark the anniversary of 9/11.
- The Queen clinched a £10 win on the first ever draw in 1994.
- 38 is the most frequently-drawn ball. In the first 20 years of the lottery, it was drawn 314 times. Films funded by the lottery have won more than 30 Baftas and 15 Oscars.
- Bulgarian officials carried out an investigation in 2009 after identical sets of numbers were drawn twice in a row at odds of 4 million to one.
- Euromillions players have a 1 in 13 chance of winning a prize.
- Birmingham boasts the highest number of lottery millionaires followed by Glasgow, Newcastle, and Belfast.
- 99% of lottery winners continue to play the game and 70% think that they will be lucky again.
- Around 70% of lottery winners decide to move, but over 60% stay in the same area.
- The most commonly drawn numbers include 38, 23, 31, 25, 43, 33 and 44, but most people choose lower numbers. This is usually to mark birthdays or special occasions like anniversaries.
- An estimated 70% of UK adults buy tickets or play the lottery online on a regular basis.
Unlucky for some? The number 13 is the least frequently drawn number. This blue ball featured in the results just 229 times between 1994 and 2014.
With thousands of millionaires created in the last two decades, any player could be the next lucky winner.
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