National Lottery draw LATEST: Lotto jackpot of £7.3m up for grabs tonight after EuroMillions top prize goes unclaimed

TONIGHT's National Lottery draw will be an estimated £7.3million after no ticket scooped the top prize on Wednesday.

No one got all six main numbers, although two players matched five plus the bonus to take £1million each, Camelot said.

The draw will take place at 7.45pm tonight.

Meanwhile, players will have the chance to play for £34million next week after no one claimed the top prize in Friday night's draw.

Last night's winning numbers were: 12, 17, 22, 33, 39

The Lucky Star Numbers were: 2, 12 – but no one bagged the £25m jackpot.

Read our EuroMillions live blog for the latest updates…

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    Odds for easiest lotteries to win around the world

    1. FranceLoto – odds 1:5.99
    2. Swedish Lottery – odds 1:7
    3. Oz Lotto – odds 1:8
    4. Polish Mini Lotto – odds 1:8.5
    5. UK National Lottery – odds 1:9.3
    6. Spanish Lotto – odds 1:10
    7. Austria Lotto – odds 1:12
    8. Irish Lotto – odds 1:13
    9. Mega Millions Lottery – odds 1:24
    10. Powerball Lotto – odds 1:24.87
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    ‘I’m not gullible enough to play the Lottery’

    A MUM whose partner told her he wasn’t “gullible enough” to play the lottery has won £1m on the EuroMillions.

    Holly Saul scooped the prize in the UK draw after her father-in-law reminded her to purchase a ticket.

    The 29-year-old, from Cambridge, recalled bursting into tears of joy when she was told she had won.

    The news followed just hours after her partner of eight years, Ben Lowther, 38, had said earlier: “I’m not gullible enough to play the lottery.”

    Holly, who has two children, said: “We were both so shocked that I decided the only sensible option was to pour myself a G&T and Ben a Guinness.

    “Then we sat in the garden for an hour staring into space, looking at each other and giggling like children. It was the most surreal and most wonderful time.

    “What’s even better, I’ll forever tease Ben about his cheeky comment.”

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    Tale of $10million lotto winner fatally injected with painkillers by husband

    A LOTTERY winner was killed by her doctor husband who injected her with painkillers after he accused her of squandering the cash.

    Joseph Roncaioli, 72, was found guilty of the manslaughter of his wife Ibi who won $10 million she split with her friend.

    Prosecutors told his trial he may have been have been upset his wife squandered the couple’s fortune leaving them with little money for retirement, the Toronto Star reported.

    Passing sentence, the trial judge said his crime “more resembles a murder than an accidental killing”.

    “It was intentional, not spontaneous,” said Justice Jane Ferguson.

    Hungarian-born Ibi and her friend won $10 million on the lottery in Canada back in 1991 and the pair split the winnings.

    Her husband’s trial heard that she gave away $2 million on a son whose existence was a secret from her other two boys.

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    Friday’s EuroMillions result

    The winning numbers were: 12, 17, 22, 33, 39

    The Lucky Star Numbers are: 2, 12

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    Tonight's Lotto draw jackpot as estimated £7.3million

    TONIGHT'S National Lottery draw will be an estimated £7.3million after no ticket scooped the top prize on Wednesday.

    No one got all six main numbers, although two players matched five plus the bonus to take £1million each, Camelot said.

    The winning Lotto numbers were 23, 27, 29, 37, 43 and 47 and the bonus number was 11.

    The winning numbers in the Thunderball draw were 12, 21, 32, 33 and 38.

    The Thunderball number was 5.

    While no one scooped the £500,000 top prize, one winner matched five numbers to bag £5,000.

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    What happens to the EuroMillions 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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    What is UK Millionaire Maker in EuroMillions draw?

    For every EuroMillions line played, players automatically receive a UK Millionaire Maker code printed on their ticket.

    The draw guarantees one lucky player will win a sum of £1million.

    A code consists of four letters and five numbers.

    It’s then entered into a raffle and selected at random.

    There used to be two guaranteed millionaire raffle winners per EuroMillions draw, but this was reverted to one in January 2019.

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    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%

    How do I check the winning numbers?

    You can view results for all the latest draws on the National Lottery website.

    It will give you the option to view results for:

    • Lotto
    • EuroMillions
    • Thunderball
    • Lotto Hotpicks
    • EuroMillions Hotpicks
    • Set For Life

    As well as winning numbers for the last game, you can also view historic results going back six months.

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      Lottery winners biggest prizes

      The first National Lottery draw was held on November 19 1994 when seven winners shared a jackpot of £5,874,778.

      Gareth Bull, a 49-year-old builder, won £41million in November, 2020 and ended up knocking down his bungalow to make way for a luxury manor house with a pool.

      Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Haverhill, Suffolk, picked up £148,656,000 after they played the draw on August, 10, 2012, while Jane Park became Britain’s youngest lottery winner when she scooped up £1 million in 2013.

      The late-Colin Weir and his wife Christine scooped £161million in 2011, making them richer than the Beckhams.

      While Adrian and Gillian Bayford scooped a €190m (£148.7m) Euromillions jackpot on August 10, 2012.

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      Some star signs are luckier than others

      Well, according to the stars some signs are luckier than others, so read on and see if you should pop out and buy that winning lotto ticket. It could be you!

      Leo – Oh, Leo we knew you’d be one of the lucky ones. You always look good, have a string of admirers and just tend to always be prowling on the bright side of the street.

      Virgo – It’s no coincidence that planner extraordinaire is one of the luckiest signs of the zodiac. Virgos only become successful because they put in the hours and werk, girl.

      Scorpio – Magnanimous Scorpio has definitely got it going on when it comes to luck. They’ll often find themselves in the right place at the right time as if by magic, much to the annoyance of some less fortunate souls.

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      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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      National Lottery weekly timetable

      Here’s a timetable for all UK lottery games including Lotto, EuroMillions and Set For Life.

      There is a draw six nights a week.

      It should be noted that there are no draws on Sundays.

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      Friday's EuroMillions result

      The winning numbers were: 12, 17, 22, 33, 39

      The Lucky Star Numbers are: 2, 12

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      What’s happened to past EuroMillions winners?

      Winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, who took home more than £148m in 2012.

      Adrian, who has now split from Gillian, splurged £2.5million on two mansions in February 2020.

      An anonymous UK ticket-holder claimed the £123million jackpot in June 2019.

      Another anonymous UK ticket-holder won £121.3m in April 2018.

      And Frances and Patrick Connolly, from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, won the £114.9m prize in January 2019.

      An anonymous ticket-holder won £113m in October 2010.

      Neil Trotter, from Coulsdon, South London, won £107.9m in March 2014

      Dave and Angela Dawes, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, won £101m in October 2011.

      Ade Goodchild, from Hereford, banked £71m in March 2019.

      An anonymous ticket-holder bagged £35.2m in April 2019.

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      How old do I need to be to play?

      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.

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

      The new age restriction, which was exclusively revealed by The Sun, aims to make sure the lottery is not a “gateway to problem gambling”, minister for sport, tourism and heritage Nigel Huddleston previously said.

      Gambling is illegal for under-18s, but until now anyone 16 or over has been able to play National Lottery games.

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      What is EuroMillions and how to play?

      EuroMillions was launched on February 7, 2004, by lotteries in France, Spain and the UK – with the first draw being held in Paris six days later.

      In October of that year, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland joined.

      Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday evening, with them all taking place in Paris at 8.45pm local time – 7.45pm in the UK.

      You will choose five main numbers and then two lucky stars (numbers), with prizes ranging from around £2.50 up to the jackpot.

      The prize values vary depending on ticket sales and the number of winners in each prize tier.

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      What’s happened to past EuroMillions winners?

      Winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, who took home more than £148m in 2012.

      Adrian, who has now split from Gillian, splurged £2.5million on two mansions in February 2020.

      An anonymous UK ticket-holder claimed the £123million jackpot in June 2019.

      Another anonymous UK ticket-holder won £121.3m in April 2018.

      And Frances and Patrick Connolly, from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, won the £114.9m prize in January 2019.

      An anonymous ticket-holder won £113m in October 2010.

      Neil Trotter, from Coulsdon, South London, won £107.9m in March 2014

      Dave and Angela Dawes, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, won £101m in October 2011.

      Ade Goodchild, from Hereford, banked £71m in March 2019.

      An anonymous ticket-holder bagged £35.2m in April 2019.

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      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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      Team GB star CJ Ujah stripped of National Lottery funding over failed drug test

      CJ UJAH has been stripped of domestic athletics funding following his Olympics drugs violation.

      The sprinter is suspended from the sport after testing positive for banned substances at the Tokyo Games in August.

      The case has gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the GB team that won 4x100m relay silver behind Italy could be stripped of their medals.

      That would mean heartache for Ujah’s Tokyo team-mates Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.

      Londoner Ujah, 27, was on Olympic Relays funding – between £21,000 and £28,000 – over the past 12 months.

      He insists he is not a cheat and denies any wrongdoing.

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      Biggest lotto winners in history

      1. £1.308 billion (Powerball) on January 13 2016 in the US, for which three winning tickets were sold, remains history’s biggest lottery prize
      2. £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
      3. £633.76 million (Powerball draw) from a winner from Wisconsin
      4. £625.76 million (Powerball) Mavis L. Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts claimed the jackpot in August 2017
      5. £575.53 million (Powerball) A lucky pair of winners scooped the jackpot in Iowa and New York in October 2018
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      Tale of $10million lotto winner fatally injected with painkillers by husband

      A LOTTERY winner was killed by her doctor husband who injected her with painkillers after he accused her of squandering the cash.

      Joseph Roncaioli, 72, was found guilty of the manslaughter of his wife Ibi who won $10 million she split with her friend.

      Prosecutors told his trial he may have been have been upset his wife squandered the couple’s fortune leaving them with little money for retirement, the Toronto Star reported.

      Passing sentence, the trial judge said his crime “more resembles a murder than an accidental killing”.

      “It was intentional, not spontaneous,” said Justice Jane Ferguson.

      Hungarian-born Ibi and her friend won $10 million on the lottery in Canada back in 1991 and the pair split the winnings.

      Her husband’s trial heard that she gave away $2 million on a son whose existence was a secret from her other two boys.

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      Explained: 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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      EuroMillions draw history and prize breakdown

      EuroMillions was launched on February 7, 2004, by lotteries in France, Spain and the UK – with the first draw being held in Paris six days later.

      In October of that year, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland joined.

      Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday evening, with them all taking place in Paris at 8.45pm local time – 7.45pm in the UK.

      You will choose five main numbers and then two lucky stars (numbers), with prizes ranging from around £2.50 up to the jackpot.

      The prize values vary depending on ticket sales and the number of winners in each prize tier.

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      Some Lottery winners haven’t told ANYONE about their money

      The man who looks after lottery winners says he has advised some people who have never told a single soul, and that he will “never know” himself how it feels to win big.

      Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, has seen “all sorts” of reactions in his 15 years dealing with lucky ticketholders.

      “I’ve seen people be sick with excitement, I’ve seen people resign their job on the spot, I’ve seen people jumping up and down, I’ve known husbands who haven’t told wives and wives who haven’t told husbands, I’ve been to homes where there’s literally a party going on already,” he told the PA news agency.

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