UK Lotto Celebrates 25th Birthday With A Huge £25m Jackpot

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.

National Lottery 25th birthday

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 UK National Lottery 25th birthday

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 Projects Biomes

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. 

Monty Python

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:

Dawn Austwick

For online lottery players here at, 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

UK Lottery Christmas draw 2019 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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