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What time is the Lotto draw on tonight, how much is the National Lottery jackpot and how does Thunderball work?

Here is all the info on the Lotto – from the draw time to how the Thunderball works

  • 9 Feb 2019, 13:50
  • Updated : 9 Feb 2019, 13:54

THE Lotto win can transform lives and introduce winners to a life of luxury.

While the prize fund will obviously change a lucky punter’s lifestyle, a portion of money spent on the draw supports a whole range of charities and projects around the UK. Here are all the details about tonight’s game.

What is Lotto and when is the next draw?

National Lottery prizes are paid as a lump sum and are tax-free.

At least 28 per cent of all money spent on the games goes to “good-causes” set out by Parliament, and 50 per cent goes to the winner.

Players buy tickets with their choice of six different numbers between 1 and 59.

But for the indecisive few, random numbers can be automatically generated as part of the “Lucky Dip”.

The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday at 8.30pm, with ticket sales closing an hour beforehand.

The Lotto jackpot is set at £7.3million for Saturday.

How does Thunderball work?

Players must pick five main numbers from 1 to 39 and on Thunderball number which ranges from 1 to 14.

Prizes may be won by matching the main numbers, but those who also match with the Thunderball will win a larger prize.

If a player matches with the Thunderball only, they could win £3. But those who match with the Thunderball and five numbers could win £500,000.

Draws take place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, half an hour before the main Lotto draw at 8.00pm.

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How can you redeem a winning ticket?

Prizes are awarded to players who match at least three of the six drawn numbers.

The sweepstake increases for those who match more of the drawn numbers. But players who equally match all six, will get equal shares of the jackpot.

Don’t fear, the chances of matching with another player are 1 in 45,057,474.

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Here's all you need to know about Lotto – from the draw time and details of the Thunderball to what you do if you have a winning ticket

National Lottery: What are the most drawn Lotto numbers?

This Wednesday’s £50 million jackpot is the National Lottery’s biggest ever

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Ticket sales for Wednesday’s Lotto draw have soared in the days leading up to the biggest ever National Lottery jackpot, as thousands hedge their bets on six balls that could make one lucky person £50.4 million richer.

National Lottery operator Camelot expects to sell 200 tickets a second in the hour before Wednesday’s draw, which is the result of 13 consecutive roll-overs over seven weeks.

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Ahead of the draw the National Lottery has shared the top six most drawn Lotto balls since 1994, which are: 23, 38, 31, 25, 33 and 11.

The National Lottery also revealed how many times each of the balls had been drawn as both a main ball and a bonus ball.

Most frequently drawn Number of times drawn
23 332
38 330
31 329
25 325
33 324
11 321

These are the most drawn balls from when the lottery started in 1994 to October 2015, when the game was changed and the number of balls were increased from 49 to 59.

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Statisticians at the time point out the chance of matching all six balls would decrease from one in 14 million to one in 45 million after the new balls were added.

If there is no winner for either Wednesday or Saturday’s jackpot draw then Camelot will enact new regulations to ensure the money is shared out as the company’s rules state that the jackpot has to be won in the first draw after the prize reaches £50 million.

If this becomes the case then Saturday’s prize will become shared between people in the lower winning tier, meaning people who have five winning numbers and the bonus ball.
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This Wednesday’s £50 million jackpot is the National Lottery’s biggest ever

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