National Lottery results LIVE: Winning Lotto numbers REVEALED with £2m jackpot up for grabs

THE LOTTO draw returned tonight with a balance busting jackpot of £2m available to be won by a lucky Brit ticketholder.

Wednesday's winning numbers are 15, 17, 28, 30, 45 and 02, while the Bonus Ball is 54

Thunderball also returns tonight, with the results expected at around 8.20pm this evening.

Tonight's draw comes after no wnners scooped the jackpot in Saturday's National Lottery draw, meaning the £11.7 million prize was shared between several winners.

Stay with our EuroMillions blog and see the winning numbers as they go live…

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    Lotto numbers REVEALED

    Tonight's Lotto draw has just taken place.

    The winning numbers are 15, 17, 28, 30, 45 and 02.

    The Bonus ball is 54

    Were you a winner?

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    Lotto returns in 30 minutes time

    Lotto returns in 30 minutes with a midweek draw.

    Tonight's jackpot is for an estimated £2m.

    Good luck!

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    Mr Sensible

    Millionaire Lotto builder Steve Thomson has been dubbed “Mr Sensible” by pals after investing a chunk of his £105million win with the Queen’s bank – and looks set for another mega payout.

    The former white van man and wife Lenka put “tens of millions” into a trust with Her Majesty’s favoured firm Coutts & Co following his 2019 EuroMillions win.

    A £30million investment could see the Thomsons bag a staggering £90million over the next 20 years – almost as much as their original win. 

    The millions of pounds invested in the couple’s two separate trusts are invested in stocks, shares and property.

    Friends have dubbed Steve, originally from Selsey, West Sussex, “Mr Sensible” for not squandering his lottery cash unlike some infamous winners.

    It came after The Sun revealed how modest Steve finally splashed out £4.5million on a new home after taking more than a year to leave his £150,000 council house. 

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    The National Lottery in numbers

    • Six Millionaires are made every week
    • The luckiest postcode is Birmingham with 119 millionaires
    • The luckiest profession is building
    • There are 6 million winners a week
    • £56 billion paid out in prizes
    • Over £34 million goes to National Lottery Projects every week
    • Most Millionaires celebrate with a cup of tea

    Too much too young

    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.

    ‘Most boring’ winners

    Gareth and his wife Catherine joked they were the most “boring multimillionaires” when they won £40.6million the EuroMillions in 2012.

    She said she wanted a new carpet for the six-bedroom home he had just built and have her hair done twice a year.

    But he eventually splashed out on a huge hospitality box at Old Trafford and another at Wembley.

    They also bought a holiday villa in Tenerife. She gave up her job and he wound down his building company.

    While it seemed to be going well for the pair, they ended up splitting up and Gareth started dating a woman named Donna Desporte, who he seduced by telling her to “Google him” in a bar in Tenerife.

    They had a nine-month fling – which ended with him ignoring and avoiding her, according to Donna.

    Is yours the luckiest city in the UK?

    The following map shows the top 10 luckiest lottery areas in the UK.

    Lottery data shows the areas with the cities and towns with the highest number per capita of high-tier winners to scoop £50,000 or more on the National Lottery.

    The National Lottery has now made over 6,100 millionaires in the UK.

    Data taken from the launch of the lottery in 1994 until Sept 2019 reveals the luckiest regions.

    Aussie man wins £2.4m but was blissfully unaware

    An Australian man unknowingly won the lottery a month ago and has finally come forward to claim his £2.4million prize.

    The ticket holder collected his winnings on Thursday after striking lucky in the Set for Life jackpot that was drawn on October 9.

    He will now be paid £11,000 a month for the next 20 years.

    Because his entry was unregistered, Lotto officials weren’t able to find or contact the man about his winnings and had to wait until he came forward.

    The lucky winner said he had his entry ticket tucked inside his wallet the entire time.

    Where does National Lottery 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
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      When the fun stops, stop

      Gaming is fun but for a few, but it may become a problem.

      If you’re worried about yourself, or someone you know, speak in confidence to the people at GamCare, available 24/7, on 0808 8020 133 or visit the GamCare website for assistance.

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      The odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot

      The life-changing jackpot is hard to scoop. With between 80 to 100 million people purchasing a ticket for a EuroMillions draw each week, it proves stiff competition.

      In order to win the cash prize, players need to match all five main numbers and both lucky star numbers.

      But punters only have a 1 in 139,838, 160 chance of bagging the top prize.

      Matching five numbers and one star has odds of 1 in 6,991,908.

      There is a 1 in 22 chance of matching two numbers in the draw.

      The approximate overall odds of winning a prize in EuroMillions are 1 in 13.

      According to the EuroMillions website, the chances of winning the UK Millionaire Maker game can be estimated as 1 in 1,900,000.

      But winning in this game depends entirely on the number of the payslips sold, so the odds therefore fluctuate.

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      Adrian Bayford selling THREE mansions worth £4million

      LOTTERY jackpot winner Adrian Bayford is flogging three mansions worth almost £4million.

      Two of the luxury pads are on the market for less than the former postie, 50, paid for them in the last two years. The fire sales come just four months after we revealed the EuroMillions winner had quit Scotland to return to Cambridgeshire.

      Property records show Adrian paid £1.1million for five-bedroomed Berrybrae Farm and £1.35million for four-bed Ardlebank House — both in Blairgowrie, Perthshire — in November 2019. They are now for sale at offers over £1.1million and £1.3million respectively.

      He also forked out £1.4million on a sprawling seven-bed home in nearby Meikleour last November. It's now listed at offers over £1.35million.

      A source said last night: "It is quite un- usual for anyone to put three of their homes on the market at the same time. But putting three worth more than £1million each up for sale at the same time must be even rarer. It will be interesting to see if he makes a profit."

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      £4m scratchcard winners jailed over fraudulent debit card details

      Two men who bought a £4 million-winning scratchcard with someone else's debit card details have been jailed for 18 months for fraud.

      Jon Ross Watson, 34, and Mark Goodram, 38, bought the winning £4 million Red card in a Waitrose store in Clapham, London, on April 22, 2019.

      On Tuesday, they pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud at Bolton Crown Court, where they had been due to stand trial.

      Sentencing them, Recorder Sarah Johnston said: "You must have thought all of your Christmases had come at once.

      "Despite knowing you had fraudulently acquired that prize money you tried to claim it."

      The court heard the men travelled from Bolton to London on Easter Monday in 2019 where they intended to go begging.

      Denise Fitzpatrick, prosecuting, said the pair, who were both on licence at the time following prison sentences, had details of a debit card belonging to a man named Joshua Addyman, who they did not know.

      Goodram had the card number and expiry date written on his hand and keyed them into a chip and pin machine at a Londis store on Clapham High Street, where they bought £90 of shopping at 10.21am, Ms Fitzpatrick said.

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      Scratching for gold

      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.

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      The biggest lost opportunity

      The UK’s biggest unclaimed win was from June 2012, when a Euromillions prize worth £63.8 million.

      The prize money was never picked up by its unfortunate owner.

      The ticket was bought in the Stevenage or Hitchin areas of Hertfordshire but, after the allowed time period to claim expired, the money was instead distributed among charitable causes.

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      Veteran, 104, given Xmas surprise by Lottery winners

      A 104-year-old war veteran has been dancing on his doorstep after he was given a Christmas surprise by Lottery winners.

      Tom Beevers, who served in the Desert Rats during the Second World War, was greeted at his home in Maghull, Merseyside, on Tuesday by Sharon and Nigel Mather, who won £12.4 million in the Euromillions in 2010.

      He was given a hamper of Christmas treats and entertained by the LMA Choir, who sang Mr Beevers’ favourite carol, Silent Night.

      The Everton-supporting great-great-grandfather, who enjoyed a dance as the choir performed Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, said: “It’s a good feeling to have, to think that people think so much of you to come.

      ” can’t put words to it.”

      He said he was looking forward to a “good nosh up and a booze up” on Christmas Day.

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      Stats from the National Lottery

      • Six Millionaires are made every week
      • The luckiest postcode is Birmingham with 119 millionaires
      • The luckiest profession is building
      • There are 6 million winners a week
      • £56 billion paid out in prizes
      • Over £34 million goes to National Lottery Projects every week
      • Most Millionaires celebrate with a cup of tea

      The man who won the lottery seven times

      American man, Richard Lustig, is the only person in the world who has won the lottery seven times.

      In an interview with ABC News, Lustig explained that his method wass to re-invest all of his winnings back into the lottery, and also recommended using hand-picked sequential numbers, as well as using the same numbers repeatedly.

      Lustig’s total wins amount to a value of $1,052,205.58, which is about £766,736.95.

      • Win 1: January 1993 (scratch-off ticket) – $10,000
      • Win 2: August 1997 (Florida Fantasy 5) – $13,696.03
      • Win 3: June 2000 (“scratch-off ticket “2nd chance drawing”) – $3,594.66
      • Win 4: October 2001 (“scratch-off ticket “2nd chance drawing”) – valued at $4,966
      • Win 5: January 2002 (Florida Mega Money) – $842,152.91
      • Win 6: November 25, 2008 (Florida Fantasy 5) $73,658.06
      • Win 7: August 9, 2010 (Florida Fantasy 5) – $98,992.92

      Pigs bring more satisfaction than winning lottery

      For many, winning the jackpot means mass celebrations and ultra-expensive cars – but not for Susan Hardman.

      When the mum-of-one’s numbers came up in January 2010 she worked as a hairdresser in Eardisley, Hereford, and was “struggling financially”.

      Instead of splashing out when the £1.2million win landed in her bank account, she traded in her scissors for overalls and became a pig farmer.

      Susan claimed to be happier than ever knee-deep in mud and said bringing a piglet into the world brought her “more satisfaction” than winning the lottery.

      Star signs with the most luck

      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.

      The masters of manifestation, this sign is often found dream journaling and asking the universe for their heart’s desires.

      So, Pisces, if you’re reading this maybe you should get down to the shops and buy a lottery ticket.

      Whole lotto misery

      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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        Woman wins on first time ‘hunch’

        A woman won £184million on her first ever EuroMillion lottery ticket after buying it “on a hunch”.

        The young woman – who wanted to remain anonymous – was presented with the prize at her home in Tahiti after it went unclaimed since October 15.

        According to the EuroMillions website, her ticket was the only entry that matched all seven numbers after the jackpot had hit its cap of €220m (£184m).

        The mystery woman said she had never entered the EuroMillions draw in her life but had grown up watching her grandfather play.

        “I was waiting for the right moment to play, and that day I had a hunch,” she said.

        “Everything is possible, you just have to believe in it. Before checking my ticket, I felt a shiver in my back.

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        Tips to get lucky numbers

        Avoid repeats

        Another top tip is to ensure you are always choosing numbers that weren’t drawn last week.

        While it might seem 3 is a lucky number, just because it appeared in the previous draw, it doesn’t mean it will again next time.

        Odds and evens

        According to expert analysis, all-odd and all-even line-ups are drawn less than three per cent of the time.

        As there are seven gaps to fill, this means it is best to pick three odd and two even, or two odd and three even.

        One of these patterns will occur in 68 per cent of EuroMillions draws.

        Shun same last digits

        Similarly to odds and evens, it’s good to mix things up when it comes to the second digit of your numbers.

        Even if seven might be your lucky number, think twice about choosing 7, 17, 27, 37 and 47.

        Almost 90 per cent of draws have no more than one repeated last digit.

        And your chances of winning with four same final digits drop to less than two tenths of one per cent.

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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

        Latest November Euromillions results

        Tue 30 Nov 2021 – Jackpot £14,501,000 – Ball numbers 19 – 20 – 26 – 33 – 43 – Lucky Stars 01 – 04 – UK Millionaire Maker codes HBJX98427

        Fri 26 Nov 2021- Jackpot £137,864,547 – Ball numbers 01 – 20 – 41 – 42 – 50 – Lucky Stars 03 – 07 – UK Millionaire Maker codes VBKD46480

        Tue 23 Nov 2021 – Jackpot – £122,108,668 – Ball numbers – 17 – 21 – 36 – 42 – 46 – Lucky Stars 07 – 10 – UK Millionaire Maker codes JVGQ82959

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