The National Lottery is the state-franchised national lottery in the United Kingdom. It is operated by Camelot Group, to who the licence was granted in 1994, 2001 and again in 2007. The lottery was initially regulated by the National Lottery Commission, which has since been abolished and its responsibilities transferred to the Gambling Commission, and was established by the government of John Major in 1994.
All prizes are paid as a lump sum and are tax-free. Of all money spent on National Lottery games, around 53% goes to the prize fund and 25% to “good causes” as set out by Parliament. 12% goes to UK Government as lottery duty 4% to retailers as commission, and total of 5% to operator Camelot, with 4% to cover operating costs and 1% as profit.
In Lotto players buy tickets with their choice of six different numbers between 1 and 59; there is provision for random numbers to be generated automatically for those who do not wish to choose, known as ‘Lucky Dip’. The draw is conducted twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, except that a draw on Christmas Day is moved to Christmas Day is moved to Christmas Eve. Saturday draws started on 19 November 1994, under the name ‘National Lottery’, the first Wednesday draw was 5 February 1997. All of the draws are shown live on the official website at 20:30.
The biggest ever Lotto winner was created in April 2016 when an anonymous player banked £35m. In January 2016 two ticket-holders walked away with £33m each.
Before that, a main Lotto game jackpot of £42,008,610, was drawn in January 1996 and split between three anonymous winners, with each being awarded £14,002,870. A single ticket won £26.4 million on the New Year’s Eve lotto in 2016.
You can find out by checking your ticket against tonight’s numbers below.
The winning National Lottery Lotto numbers are 3, 8, 37, 39, 47 and 59. The bonus ball is 42.
The National Lottery Thunder ball numbers worth up to £500,000 are 4, 11, 28, 31 and 38. The Thunder ball is 2.
This draw’s Lotto Millionaire Raffle winning code is GREY 7648 4734.
If you missed it, the National Lottery Lotto numbers for Saturday, September 22, were 5, 16, 18, 20, 25 and 55. The bonus ball was 36.
The weekend Lotto Millionaire Raffle code was GOLD 7772 5554.
Tuesday’s Thunder ball numbers were 10, 11, 20, 34 and 38. The Thunder ball was 5.