EuroMillions draw LIVE: £58m Christmas Eve Lottery jackpot up for grabs TONIGHT after Thunderball numbers revealed

IT'S Friday which means the return of the Euromillions and this Christmas Eve it's another big one.

Punters have the opportunity at scooping £58 million tonight, with the draw being held between 8.15pm and 8.30pm.

Just before at 8:00pm the Thunderball draw will take place for the usual jackpot of £500k.

We'll bring you the winning numbers here, live on this page as they appear.

Read our lottery live blog below for the latest numbers and results…

  • Joseph Gamp

    Lottery with the best odds UK

    The game with the best odds, in terms of winning the top prize, is the Thunderball.

    According to the National Lottery website, the odds of winning the jackpots are:

    • Lotto jackpot: 1 in 45,057,474.
    • EuroMillions jackpot: 1 in 139,838,160.
    • Set For Life top prize: 1 in 15,339,390.
    • Thunderball top prize: 1 in 8,060,598.

    Business as usual for one millionaire

    Winning £1m was sheer luck for Jamie Heavens, who purchased a Millionaire Riches Scratch card after watching a customer in front of him do it.

    After leaving the petrol station, he pulled into a layby to scratch it off and was gobsmacked when he won.

    However, hardworking Jamie, from Bournemouth, had no intention of quitting his day job.

    Jamie told the Mirror: “It was 7.30 in the morning and I still had a day’s shift ahead… I won a million pounds and earned another £100 for my shift.”

    After that the roofer and his fiance Danielle spent £25,000 on a lavish wedding with “a band, a videographer and a massive marquee”.

    He bought a business but feels rather happy about his new job, adding: “I still work but now I’m my own boss!”

    Explained: What happens to unclaimed prizes?

    Any cash that isn’t claimed after a total of 180 days from a game played in the UK goes to National Lottery projects across the country.

    Folks in Ireland have just half that time to claim too, with only 90 days before the prize money is off the table.

    Once the claim period is over, the ticket officially expires and the owner of the lottery ticket will no longer be able to claim any of their winnings.

    But after that time has expired, any unclaimed prizes, plus any interest they might have accumulated in that time, are allocated to the National Lottery’s Good Causes fund instead.

    This will usually then go on to help fund things like sport programmes or local community buildings or other projects.

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      Who are the biggest Euromillions winners in history?

      Your chances to win may be remote but if you do you could win big.

      Here are some of the record prizes one by UK winners in the past:

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      Scratchcard rule shake-up

      A major rules shake-up to National Lottery tickets and scratch card will change who is able to buy tickets from October this year.

      Those feeling lucky now have to be over 18 to play, as the minimum age goes up from 16 to 18.

      That means 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.

      The new rules come into effect from today after being announced as part of a major crackdown on gambling laws last year.

      Online sales of lottery tickets and scratch cards have already been banned – this came into force in April this year.

    • Louis Allwood

      When was the first draw

      The first National Lottery draw was held on November 19 1994 when seven winners shared a jackpot of £5,874,778.

      The largest amount ever to be won by a single ticket holder was £42million, won in 1996.

      Gareth Bull, a 49-year-old builder, won £41million in November, 2020 and ended up knocking down his bungalow to make way for a luxury manor house with a pool.

    • Louis Allwood

      Rule shake up means have to be 18 for scratch cards

      A major rules shake-up to National Lottery tickets and scratch card will change who is able to buy tickets from October this year.

      Those feeling lucky now have to be over 18 to play, as the minimum age goes up from 16 to 18.

      That means 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.

      The new rules come into effect from today after being announced as part of a major crackdown on gambling laws last year.

      Online sales of lottery tickets and scratch cards have already been banned – this came into force in April this year.

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      The most common numbers for tonight's EuroMillions

      Each and every EuroMillions draw has no guarantees, but the opportunity to become a millionaire is something many people can’t resist.

      Whether you religiously play or throw on the odd Lucky Dip, most people have weighed up the odds against them.

      Players choose five numbers between 1-50 and two Lucky Stars between 1-12, but some numbers seem to crop up more than others.

      According to EuroMillions statistics, number 20 is the biggest winner – having been drawn 66 times.

      Its closely followed by numbers 23 and 5, which have both made an entrance 64 times.

      Number 27 has been a winning ball 63 times, while 42 has made an appearance on 60 occasions.

    • Louis Allwood

      National Lottery: Weekly timetable

      Below is a handy timetable for all UK lottery games including Lotto, EuroMillions and Set For Life.

      There is a draw 6 nights a week.

      Tonight will see the return of the Lotto and the Thunderball.

      The draws will be at 8pm and 8.15pm.

    • Louis Allwood

      Thunderball draw also on tonight

      Tonight’s Thunderball jackpot is 500k.

      The draw will take place at 8:00pm and we will be revealing the numbers here.

      Good luck if you’re playing tonight!

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      I told my wife we'd won £1 million while we watched PANTO

      A DAD thought he'd won just £30 on Lotto but ended up scooping £1million – and calmly revealed the news to his wife as they watched their daughter in a Christmas pantomime.

      Paul McDonald, 48, was scouring his emails when he noticed one congratulating him on a win.

      Assuming it to be a Lucky Dip or £30, he wasn't prepared to see the huge sum of £1,063,516.

      “I’d like to pretend I leapt about celebrating but instead I logged out, shut down the computer, made myself a cup of tea and watched the football for five minutes," he said.

      "I think it was my way of dealing with the surprise but a slurp of tea and a bit of football kickstarted me again."

      He logged in and out about 30 times before becoming assured that the win was real.

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      Post-shielding Grandmother won half a million

      A gran bought a lottery ticket to celebrate ending five months of shielding — and won £500,000.

      Asthmatic Sue Davies, 64, was on just her second supermarket trip since March when she got the Thunderball jackpot-winner.

      Her line of numbers made up of her grandkids’ birthdays scooped the August 15 prize.

      Sue said: “I couldn’t believe it. I can’t repeat what I actually said! I rang our three daughters to tell them.

      “We’ve won the odd fiver here and there but half a million is amazing!

      “I’ve surprised myself with how calm I’ve remained. After a tough few months, this really is great news.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Some signs are luckier than others

      According to the stars some signs are luckier than others, so read on and see if you should pop out and buy that winning lotto ticket. It could be you!

      Leo – Oh, Leo we knew you’d be one of the lucky ones. You always look good, have a string of admirers and just tend to always be prowling on the bright side of the street.

      Virgo – It’s no coincidence that planner extraordinaire is one of the luckiest signs of the zodiac. Virgos only become successful because they put in the hours and werk, girl.

      Scorpio – Magnanimous Scorpio has definitely got it going on when it comes to luck. They’ll often find themselves in the right place at the right time as if by magic, much to the annoyance of some less fortunate souls

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      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

      ‘We won, then gave our winnings away’

      A £115million jackpot is probably enough to not just change your life, but the lives of everyone you’ve ever cared about too.

      Which is probably why Frances and Patrick Connolly decided to give over half of their winnings to 175 people.

      “We won £114,969,775.70 and we have given away more than half,” Frances said last year.

      “That’s £60million-worth of love. And the thing that makes me even happier is that every single person we gave money to has passed some of it on to other people. I can’t think of a day since winning the Lottery that I haven’t smiled.”

      Read more here.

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        Tonight's Lotto draws

        It's a Friday which means the return of the Euromillions and it's a big one.

        Punters have the opportunity at scooping £58 million tonight, with the draw being held at 8:45pm.

        Just before at 8:00pm the Thunderball draw will take place for the usual jackpot of £500k.

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        Beginners luck

        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.

      • Milica Cosic

        Your chances of unlikely events

        Experts reveal chances of unlikely events – from death by shark to winning lottery.

        Number - crunching experts at cardchat.com have worked out the likelihood of some very unlikely events.

        • 1000 – 1 = Seeing a shooting star.
        • 37,500 in 1 = Being bitten by a snake.
        • 3,700,000 in 1 = Being killed by a shark.
        • 1,000,000,000,000 in 1 = Meeting your doppelganger.
        • 45,000,000 in 1 = Winning the lottery.
        • 500-1 = Being born with an extra toe.

        Read the article in full here.

        Number 27 most likely to help punter scoop a jackpot

        National Lottery ball number 27 is the most likely to help punters win a jackpot, researchers say.

        It has made more appearances than any other in 3,071 draws in the past ten years.

        The number came up 399 times in the UK National Lottery, Thunderball, EuroMillions and Irish Lotto.

        That is 141 more times than number 57, the unluckiest number, which was drawn just 258 times.

        The second luckiest is 54, which appeared 387 times. It was followed by 29, 42, 52 and 58 in joint third on 381 times.

        The next luckiest was number 20 with 378. Then came 23, with 372.

        Callie Rogers campaigns

        Callie is now campaigning for the government to raise the age limit for the National Lottery.

        Gambling is now more popular among children than skateboarding and campaigners believe an age limit of 16 entices young people into a habit of betting.

        Callie feels she was too young to cope with the pressure and wants to stop other kids going through the same problems she faced.

        She told the Mirror: “You are only a 16, with all that responsibility. At that age, you can get the best advice ever. But you are not in a position to listen. I was too young.

        “I suffer from such bad anxiety when I am going to meet new people. It preys on my mind, what a new partner’s family will think of me, or even new friends. I still get abuse just because of who I am.”

        Top tips for playing the lottery

        Have you ever wondered the secrets to winning big in the lottery? Is it pure luck or is there a system to it…?

        1. Avoid computer picks. It lowers your odds of winning.
        2. On scratchcards, try buying 10 of one ticket instead of several different tickets.
        3. Mix up your numbers.
        4. Even it out – Don’t pick all odd or all even numbers.
        5. Split from the crowd, so don’t play patterns.
        6. Apparently, you should avoid anniversaries, birthday’s and dates.
        7. Avoid playing winning numbers that have been drawn before, because every combination has a chance of coming up once every half a million drawings.
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          The dinner lady who vowed to keep working

          Karen Dakin, 53, won in the draw hours before Mother’s Day, with numbers based on the birth of her son Callum, 14.

          She said: “My son has, in some strange way, helped give me the most amazing Mother’s Day gift of all time!”

          She added: “I’ve always picked numbers special to me, including my son Callum’s date of birth – the year and the time – so I instantly recognised the winning numbers.

          “What an amazing turn of events.”

          Read more here.

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          ‘NO guarantee money will buy happiness’

          Martyn and Kay Tott got the shock of their lives when they realised they’d won £3million back in 2001 – six months after buying the ticket.

          By the time they saw an appeal for the winner to come forward, they couldn’t find the ticket.

          After 45 agonising days of deliberating, Camelot told the devastated couple that they weren’t going to receive the cash.

          “Having that money taken away was torture,” Martyn told the Mail on Sunday.

          “For a long time I lost sight of who I was and what I believed in. But I can honestly say I’m glad I didn’t get the £3million now.

          “There is no guarantee it would have brought me happiness.”

        • Milica Cosic

          Set For Life winner becomes full time ghost hunter

          A WOMAN who scooped £10,000 a month for 30 years on the National Lottery Set For Life quit her job to become a ghost hunter with her husband.

          Part-time paranormal investigator Laura Hoyle, 39, has decided to ditch her day job to pursue her spooky passion with Kirk Stevens, 37, after their big win.

          The 39-year-old is used to shocks – after realising she had landed the life-changing amount of money when she initially thought she had only won a fiver.

          Laura was able to immediately jack in her job at a logistics firm, after realising the cash could allow her to concentrate on her ghost-hunting hobby full-time.

          Read more here.

        • Milica Cosic

          Lucky Leo's

          Well, according to the stars, it seems that some of us are much more likely to get it than others.

          Before we get to the big reveal of which sign is most likely to pick the right balls and become a millionaire, let’s take a look at some of the other lucky stars in the zodiac.

          • Leo
          • Virgo
          • Scorpio

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