National Lottery results LIVE: Lotto jackpot draw at £5.4million tonight after no winners of EuroMillions top prize

BRITS will are getting to set to play for a cool £5.4m Lotto jackpot this evening.

Tonight's Lotto draw will take place at 8.00pm, followed by a chance to win £500,000 in the Thunderball draw at 8.45pm.

Meanwhile, yesterday's EuroMillions numbers were 12 – 18 – 35 – 38 – 45 and the Lucky Star numbers were 02 and 08.

But the jackpot was not scooped – meaning the jackpot will rollover to a stonking £33m on Friday.

The EuroMillions draw runs on Tuesday's and Friday's. You can buy EuroMillions 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.

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

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    HOW DID JOHN ROBERTS LOSE HIS MONEY?

    John Roberts, from Edinburgh, won a massive £3.1million back in 1998.

    But just three years later the security guard was penniless after blowing his money on cars, houses and luxury holidays.

    One of his first big buys was a massive Tudor mansion in Blackpool, which he moved his wife, Linda, and five children into.

    The five-bedroom detached home was worth around £160,000 when he bought it – and was a far cry from their council flat in Pilton, Edinburgh.

    The seaside house was called Balmoral, after the couple’s favourite Scottish beauty spot.

    In 2001, John moved out of the home and moved in with his cousin. At that time, it was worth £250,000

    John is now rumoured to be living on handouts from friends and family after his marriage fell apart, and was said to be living in a caravan at one time.

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    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.

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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%
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      ‘I’M GLAD I DIDN’T GET THE £3M’

      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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      BOLTON’S DEAF COMMUNITY SAYS THANK YOU

      Charity worker reveals how the National Lottery funding helped transform his life.

      Imagine growing up unable to understand the people around you, and having no way of communicating except through gestures.

      This was the world Philip Bridge faced as a child after being born with a genetic disorder called Waardenburg syndrome, which left him profoundly Deaf.

      “My family didn’t know sign language, so they’d be talking to each other and I couldn’t join in,” Philip says. “Mum did her best to talk to me, but it was hard for us to understand each other. I wanted to get involved but felt left out.

      “I ended up playing on my own a lot – I was frustrated, and really struggled. I went to a mainstream school where making friends for me was difficult, so I’d just play football with the kid next door.”

      Philip, now 42, was 16 when he started to learn British Sign Language, which is when he began to blossom.

      “I was learning sign language at Bolton College when a friend recommended that I join the Bolton Deaf Society (BDS),” he says. “It was quite a shock for me at first, as I hadn’t had much connection with the Deaf community before, but it was fantastic to suddenly make friends. We’d go out as a group to pubs and other Deaf clubs and feel safer together.”

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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 6 nights a week.

      However, there are no draws on Sundays.

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      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.

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      LOTTERY CHANCES: 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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      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%
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        THE MOST COMMON EUROMILLIONS WINNING NUMBERS REVEALED

        For EuroMillions, you pick five main numbers and two Lucky Stars, with draws taking place every Tuesdays and Fridays.

        The five most drawn main numbers since EuroMillions launched in February 2004 are 23, 44, 50, 19 and 37.

        The two most drawn Lucky Stars are 2, 3 and 8.

        The least drawn numbers are 33, 36, 22, 40, 18.

        The original Lucky Stars were 1 to 9 – of those, the least drawn are 4 and 1.

        The more recently added Lucky Stars 10, 11 and 12 have been drawn less.

        In the UK, a single entry to a EuroMillions draw costs £2.50.

        EuroMillions is different to the main Lotto 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 6 nights a week.

        However, there are no draws on Sundays.

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        WOMAN WHO BOUGHT HER BOYFRIEND A WINNING LOTTERY TICKET DIVIDES THE WEB AS SHE ASKS FOR SOME OF THE PRIZE MONEY

        The woman had given her partner a National Lottery scratchcard for Christmas which ended up winning him £500. 

        The dilemma was shared to the MoneySavingExpert Instagram account by a sibling of the brother.

        They said that her brother should get to keep all of the money as the scratchcard was a gift. 

        The sibling wrote: “Should my brother share his lottery winnings? 

        “My brother’s girlfriend gave him a National Lottery scratchcard as a Christmas gift, and he won £500."

        Many people said he should pocket the money as the card then belonged to him. 

        One said: “It’s his and should be under no obligation to share it with anyone.”

        What do you think?

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        THE SCHOOL DINNER LADY WHO VOWED TO CARRY ON WORKING AFTER £1MILLION MOTHER’S DAY LOTTERY WIN

        Karen Dakin, 53, won in the draw hours before Mother’s Day, with numbers based on the birth of her son Callum, 14.

        She said: “My son has, in some strange way, helped give me the most amazing Mother’s Day gift of all time!”

        She added: “I’ve always picked numbers special to me, including my son Callum’s date of birth – the year and the time – so I instantly recognised the winning numbers.

        “What an amazing turn of events.”

        Read more here.

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        WHAT NUMBERS DO MOST PEOPLE CHOOSE?

        A lot of people doing the EuroMillions pick a lucky dip to get their numbers.

        Lottoland advises that people should avoid popular numbers, like 1-31, as people tend to opt for their birth date.

        This means if these numbers come up more people will have them and the winning amount will be divided between more people.

        They also suggest avoidance of a sequence of numbers.

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        WHICH STAR 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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        ‘I’M GLAD I DIDN’T GET THE £3M’

        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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        HOW MANY LOTTERY TICKETS WERE SOLD IN THE LAST YEAR?

        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

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        BOLTON’S DEAF COMMUNITY SAYS THANK YOU

        Charity worker reveals how the National Lottery funding helped transform his life.

        Imagine growing up unable to understand the people around you, and having no way of communicating except through gestures.

        This was the world Philip Bridge faced as a child after being born with a genetic disorder called Waardenburg syndrome, which left him profoundly Deaf.

        “My family didn’t know sign language, so they’d be talking to each other and I couldn’t join in,” Philip says. “Mum did her best to talk to me, but it was hard for us to understand each other. I wanted to get involved but felt left out.

        “I ended up playing on my own a lot – I was frustrated, and really struggled. I went to a mainstream school where making friends for me was difficult, so I’d just play football with the kid next door.”

        Philip, now 42, was 16 when he started to learn British Sign Language, which is when he began to blossom.

        “I was learning sign language at Bolton College when a friend recommended that I join the Bolton Deaf Society (BDS),” he says. “It was quite a shock for me at first, as I hadn’t had much connection with the Deaf community before, but it was fantastic to suddenly make friends. We’d go out as a group to pubs and other Deaf clubs and feel safer together.”

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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

        EXPLAINED: WHAT IS THE EUROMILLIONS DRAW?

        The EuroMillions draw amount changes every week. This Tuesday, one lucky Brit was in the chance of winning £22million.

        Players have to pick five numbers from 1-50 and two Lucky Star numbers from 1-12, or have their numbers randomly generated.

        The EuroMillions runs on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. Remember, if you are playing the draw, you need to purchase your ticket before 7:30pm.

        LOTTERY CHANCES: 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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          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%

          WHAT ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR WINNING THE LOTTERY?

          Obviously, there is no way to predict the winning numbers in the lottery. Each draw is completely random.

          But there are ways to increase your odds.

          Firstly, select the right game. The lottery could mean one of several games – each with different odds and jackpots.

          Playing a game with smaller odds gives you a better chance of winning.

          Secondly, buy more tickets. This sounds obvious, but there are several ways to do this.

          Aside from simply splashing out more yourself, one way of increasing your odds of winning is to join a syndicate or pool.

          This could be made up of friends, family, colleagues or even strangers – it doesn’t matter.

          A syndicate or pool is a group of people who purchase a set number of tickets and agree to share any prizes out equally, whoever wins.

          ‘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.”

          EUROMILLIONS NUMBERS

          Tuesday's EuroMillions winning numbers are: 12 – 18 – 35 – 38 – 45

          The Lucky Stars are 02 and 08.

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