Happy birthday UK Lottery! In celebration of the UK Lottery’s 25th birthday, the lotto celebrated with a massive £25 million jackpot for the 23 November 2019 draw.
Image source: Sven Arnstein/The National Lottery
Twenty-five years ago, on the 19th of November 1994, the world saw the very first UK Lottery draw.
Since the first draw on 19 November 1994, the National Lottery has paid out more than £71bn in prizes and raised £40bn to support thousands of projects and charities across the UK.
Andy Carter, the National Lottery senior winner’s advisor said: "These are just a tiny fraction of some of the lucky players who have won life-changing sums of money over the past 25 years.
"We have all had the 'when I win the lottery' conversation, but these lucky people are now living out their dreams.
"And we have learnt over the years that our players are a generous lot too. From research, we have discovered that 11% of winners have made additional millionaires or multi-millionaires through kind donations to family and friends.
"In addition, more than 91% tell us that they have donated time or money to charities close to their hearts, meaning the benefit of every big win is reaching far and wide."
With just over £40bn being raised for Good Causes over the 25-year-period, Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund said, "The National Lottery has transformed our lives in the UK over the past 25 years.”
“By buying a ticket, players have revitalised our public parks, supported our landscapes and wildlife, created world-class museums and visitor attractions, invested in new jobs and training, and helped people share countless stories of their rich and diverse heritage.”
Wallace and Gromit
To inspire people to make a difference in their communities Wallace and Gromit creators have also jumped onto the 25th UK Lottery birthday bandwagon.
They created a film to mark a special £2 million National Lottery fund called #CelebrateNationalLottery25 which aims to bring communities together across the UK.
Eden Project’s Biomes
To say thank you to the public to raising £40 billion for good causes, actress Lily Cole flicked the switch to illuminate the Eden Project’s Biomes, transforming them into iconic National Lottery Balls.
The event also marks the start of the #ThanksToYou campaign starting on the 23 November.
What would a UK Lottery celebration be without Monty Python? Well, on November 19th, a comedy film created by writer and director David Schneider was released to celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday. The film highlights the extraordinary impact on UK life since 1994. It’s a parody of the much-loved ‘What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?’ a scene from Monty Python’s Life Of Brian.
The short film stars comedian Jimmy Carr who poses the question: ‘What has The National Lottery ever done for us?’ What follows is a series of surprising cameos from a host of famous faces.
Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, who is responsible for distributing approximately £12 million a week to Good Causes said:
For online lottery players here at PlayUKLottery.com, this is an incredible opportunity to strike it rich! Make sure you buy a UK Lottery ticket to be part of this momentous occasion!
Biggest UK Lottery jackpot since October 2018
The last time UK Lottery players saw such a massive jackpot was back in October 2018 when the Must Be Won rules came into play and the jackpot on offer was £26 million.
A Must Win draw
Following a rule change in November 2018, the UK Lotto introduced Must Be Won draws. This happens when the jackpot has rolled over five times. If somebody matches all six main numbers, they take home the jackpot as usual. However, if there is still no jackpot winner in the Must Be Won draw, a rolldown takes place. This means that the top prize is shared between all cash winners. Whether you match three or five numbers, the cash prize will be bigger.
The reason for the Must Be Won draws was to ensure that more people are given the chance to become instant millionaires. It’s therefore, for this reason, that the question was posed as to whether Saturday’s draw will be a Must Be Won draw or rollover.
UK Lottery officials confirmed that it will be a Must Be Won draw.
UK Lotto Must Be Won Draws
|Date||Jackpot Amount||Did it rolldown?|
|Wednesday 6 November 2019||£12,634,862||No – 2 winners|
|Wednesday 16 October 2019||£13,023,710||Yes|
|Wednesday 25 September 2019||£12,907,599||Yes|
|Wednesday 4 September 2019||£12,852,503||Yes|
|Wednesday 14 August 2019||£12,675,909||Yes|
|Wednesday 17 July 2019||£12,500,333||Yes|
|Wednesday 26 June 2019||£12,497,210||Yes|
|Saturday 18 May 2019||£11,708,252||Yes|
|Saturday 27 April 2019||£11,396,192||Yes|
|Saturday 6 April 2019||£11,399,990||No - 1 Jackpot winner|
|Wednesday 13 March 2019||£12,984,966||Yes|
|Wednesday 20 February 2019||£18,448,180||Yes|
|Wednesday 30 January 2019||£12,950,857||Yes|
|Saturday 22 December 2018||£12,950,857||No - 2 Jackpot winners|
Massive UK Lottery Christmas Draw Planned
According to UK Lottery officials, the 25th Birthday jackpot isn’t the only big jackpot taking place. There’s also a special Christmas Day draw planned. That draw will give lottery players a shot at winning £15 million.
More details regarding the UK Lottery Christmas jackpot will take place in December.
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