Lottery Facts, News and Trivia
1) The average lottery winner buys 4.5 new cars for either themselves or friends and family, while 10 per cent buy more than 10.
2) The most unusual purchases in among lottery winners include:
- A pair of new hips ‘for the wife’
- A narrow boat
- A firework company
- Next door’s house, before turning it into a pub
But these are only the ones we know about; 85per cent of winners choose to remain anonymous.
3) Four consecutive numbers have been drawn on three occasions – the last time was on November 30th 2011, when the numbers were 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30. In a Florida lottery in the same year, however, the numbers were 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.
4) Wayne Elliot from Deal, Kent, won a prize every week for the first 26 draws of the National Lottery.
5) Defying the odds of 350 billion to one, a family from Tipton, West Midlands, has had three separate jackpot wins, with a total value of £3.25 million.
6) The largest unclaimed prize was from the EuroMillions draw on June 8 2012. A ticket worth £63,837,543.60 had been bought by a player in the Stevenage and Hitchin area. It is a world-record unclaimed prize.
7) 22 million people watched as Noel Edmonds hosted the first draw, which saw seven jackpot winners each scoop £839,254. The first millionaire was created the following Saturday.
8) There are four Lotto draw machines: Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and Merlin. There are also eight live sets of Lotto balls – handily numbered 1-8. The balls are made of close cellular foam and are manufactured by Smartplay in New Jersey. Each set costs £2,500.
9) The largest jackpot win with one ticket was $590.5 million (£376.4 million) in America’s Powerball, won by Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida in 2013.
10) The results show has been cancelled just three times – the first as a mark of respect upon the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; the second out of respect for the passing of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother; and the third to mark the first anniversary of 9/11.
11) The Queen reportedly won £10 on the first Lottery, prompting the headline “ONE’S WON”.
12) The most drawn Lotto ball is 38 – it is green and has been drawn 314 times since 1994.
13) 18 Lottery-funded films, which include The King’s Speech and Billy Elliot, have won a total of 31 Baftas and 15 Oscars.
14) In September 2009, an investigation was launched by authorities in Bulgaria after the same six numbers were drawn in two consecutive round of the national lottery. The odds of this happening were calculated to be one in four million. In the first draw, nobody won the top prize. In the second, however, 18 people guessed at the same numbers appearing again. Each won 10,164 leva (£4,700).
15) In the Euromillions, which launched in February 2004, you have a one in 13 chance of winning a prize.
16) The Birmingham postcode has the most National Lottery millionaires, closely followed by Glasgow, Newcastle-upon and Belfast.
17) 99 per cent of winners surveyed still play National Lottery games after their win, with 70 per cent convinced they will win again.
18) 70per cent of Lotto millionaires move, but not always far. Of those who do relocate, 65 per cent stay in the same village or town or within five miles, and a further 13per cent move up to 10 miles away.
19) Statistically, the most likely winning numbers (as in the most commonly drawn) are 38, 23, 31, 25, 43, 33 and 44. Despite this, the most common numbers chosen numbers are lower than these – chiefly because people pick memorable birthdays or anniversaries.
20) 70 per cent of UK adults, more than 32 million people, play the lottery on a regular basis. On January 6 1996, the first double rollover, 86 per cent of the adult population bought tickets.
21) Amazingly, the least drawn number in the history of the National Lottery is 13. It is blue and has been drawn only 229 times since 1994.