National Lottery results LIVE – Lotto numbers revealed for huge £7.7 million jackpot & Thunderball draw

THE LOTTO returned with a whopping £7.7 million on Saturday as Brits kept their fingers crossed for a life changing win.

But no-one managed to win the jackpot in Saturday's National Lottery draw, making Wednesday's top prize an estimated £9.2 million.

The winning numbers were 36, 46, 33, 21, 43, and 28 – and the bonus ball was 27.

Just two people managed to win the second biggest prize of £1 million when they matched five numbers and the bonus ball.

One person won themselves £350,000 when they matched all five numbers in the Lotto HotPicks draw.

Read our lottery live blog below for the latest numbers and results…

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    Weekend of rollovers

    It will be an exciting week of huge prizes coming up.

    The Lotto draw will take place on Wednesday with a huge rollover jackpot of £9.2 million.

    The Euromillions draw on Friday had no jackpot winners and so the Tuesday grand prize sits at a whopping £33 million.

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    Most recent Set For Life Results ahead of tomorrow's draw

    • Thu 06 Jan 2022
    • Top prize £10,000 every month for 30 years
    • Ball numbers 09 – 27 – 34 – 40 – 45
    • Life Ball 06
    • Mon 03 Jan 2022
    • Top prize £10,000 every month for 30 years
    • Ball numbers 15 – 22 – 26 – 37 – 47
    • Life Ball 10

    The most common EuroMillions numbers

    Each and every EuroMillions draw has no guarantees, but the opportunity to become a millionaire is something many people can’t resist.

    Whether you religiously play or throw on the odd Lucky Dip, most people have weighed up the odds against them.

    Players choose five numbers between 1-50 and two Lucky Stars between 1-12, but some numbers seem to crop up more than others.

    According to EuroMillions statistics, number 20 is the biggest winner – having been drawn 66 times.

    Its closely followed by numbers 23 and 5, which have both made an entrance 64 times.

    Number 27 has been a winning ball 63 times, while 42 has made an appearance on 60 occasions.

    • Joseph Gamp

      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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      Lottery with the best odds UK

      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.

      When your hopes become reality

      Like many people who play the lottery, Patrick and Frances Connolly “always hoped” they would win but didn’t have high hopes.

      But two years ago, on New Year’s Day, they scooped £114,969,775 on the EuroMillions after playing every week for years. 

      When the couple, from County Armagh, Northern Ireland, found out about the “life-changing” sum, they modestly celebrated with “a cup of tea and a hug”.

      They told ITV: “I always hoped we would win the lottery one day, but when we did, it would be just our luck that lots of others would win on the same day with the same numbers too.

      “Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would ever win almost £115 million.”

      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.

      Rolling in the pie

      They say money can’t buy you love – and it appears it can’t buy you a decent Cornish pasty in Scotland either.

      Lottery jackpot winner Adrian Bayford has quit his home in Scotland — because he missed the iconic pasties and the English pub.

      The ex-postie, 49, had relocated north of the border, having abandoned his £12million English country estate after a string of failed romances.

      But pals say the friendly millionaire — who scooped £148million in 2012 — got fed up with the fancy Scottish pies and neeps and tatties.

      The final straw came when lockdown ended and the dad-of-two realised how much he was missing English pubs — with Scottish drinking focused on bars and hotels.

      Friends said he was so bored without a decent village boozer he took up archery.

      Pals thought his country pile in Cambridgeshire had been sold, when in fact he had taken it off the market and moved back in.

      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.

      • Joseph Gamp

        What time is the Lotto draw?

        The draw on Wednesday is held at 8pm and on 7.45pm every Saturday.

        We will post the winning numbers on the blog shortly after the draw.

        Good luck for tonight!

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        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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        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.

        Read the article in full here.

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        ‘We won, then gave our winnings away’

        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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        £300,000 on a scratchcard after shielding

        A COUPLE “burst into tears” when they discovered they had won £300,000 on a scratchcard after shielding for almost two years.

        Louisa Tomlinson described the win as “a dream come true” after she and husband Greg endured a “really tough couple of years” while she recovered from a stroke and treatment to mend a hole in her heart.

        The duo, who have five children and have been married for 22 years, now plan to achieve a lifelong dream by buying their own home.

        Louisa, 57, said: “I’d just started a new job when I had the stroke, and in treating that the doctors discovered that I also had a hole in my heart.

        “I haven’t worked since, and Greg, a trained electrician, had to take a part-time delivery job so he was around to look after me as I recovered.

        “I’ve always dreamt of owning our own home and to be honest, over the last 18 months I’ve thought of nothing else, scouring Rightmove for the perfect little cottage.

        “I knew we could never afford it but the daydreaming kept me entertained while I was shielding… this really is a dream come true.”

      • Joseph Gamp

        Explained: What happens to unclaimed EuroMillions prize money?

        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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        Why do Rollovers happen?

        Rollovers help increase the size of a jackpot, as ticket sales and funds from the previous draw are added to the value of the top prize.

        As the advertised prize rises, more people tend to buy tickets as they hope for a huge win. Playing for the same amount week after week won’t create the same amount of excitement – or ticket sales – as a rapidly-growing jackpot.

        Lotto has a rollover limit rather than a jackpot cap, ensuring that the top prize is won on a regular basis. The jackpot is only permitted to roll over five times in a row and it must then be won in the next draw.

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        Lottery fraud

        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.

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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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        Explained: What happens to unclaimed prizes?

        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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        Violence after £5.5million win

        A violent boyfriend stabbed his partner seven times in the face leaving her partially blind after she won the Lottery.

        Emma Brown, 50, scooped £5.5million in 2017 but controlling Stephen Gibbs, 45, resented the life-changing sum of money.

        Instead of taking up her offer to travel the world, he became annoyed at Emma being “more in control of her own life”.

        Gibbs also became convinced she was cheating on him and fitted a tracker on her Mercedes to keep tabs on her.

        When Emma told him she wanted to end their 12-year relationship, raging Gibbs grabbed her by the neck and slammed her against a wall.

        Read the full story.

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        Business as usual for one millionaire

        Winning £1m was sheer luck for Jamie Heavens, who purchased a Millionaire Riches Scratch card after watching a customer in front of him do it.

        After leaving the petrol station, he pulled into a layby to scratch it off and was gobsmacked when he won.

        However, hardworking Jamie, from Bournemouth, had no intention of quitting his day job.

        Jamie told the Mirror: “It was 7.30 in the morning and I still had a day’s shift ahead… I won a million pounds and earned another £100 for my shift.”

        After that the roofer and his fiance Danielle spent £25,000 on a lavish wedding with “a band, a videographer and a massive marquee”.

        He bought a business but feels rather happy about his new job, adding: “I still work but now I’m my own boss!”

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        Scratching for gold

        Striking it rich with a scratchcard might seem like a fantasy – with most punters pocketing a couple of quid, if anything.

        But some actually put you in pretty good stead of bagging the top prize.

        Read more here.

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        Explainer: Where does the 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

        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.

        Callie Rogers campaigns

        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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