When we announce a lottery world record, it’s usually followed by details about jackpot size and lucky winners. National Lottery broke a different kind of world record — a Guinness World Record — in London this week.
On 7 October, National Lottery celebrated its 21st year of operation by hosting the world’s largest gathering of lottery millionaires in one place. 110 lottery millionaires came to the event in total, which was enough to break the previous record. The record was confirmed by the Guinness World Records.
Four thousand lottery millionaires have been created throughout National Lottery’s history with their prizes totaling an exhilarating £11.5 BILLION! There have been some notable wins for National Lottery players throughout the years, including Chris and Colin Weir who won £161 million, the largest lottery winners in Europe, in July 2011.
The record for world’s largest gathering of lottery millionaires wasn’t the only record National Lottery broke during their anniversary event at Bernie Spain Gardens in London. The event participants broke the record for world’s longest cork popping relay by opening 285 bottles of champagne in a row.
It’s been a week of fun, celebration and changes for National Lottery. The UK lottery operator implemented significant changes to UK Lotto, one of the nation’s favourite lottery games. Starting today, 8 October, the guess range for UK Lotto will increase from 49 to 59. The UK Lotto Raffle was also changed from 50 £20,000 prize winners every draw to one guaranteed £1 million winner and 20 £20,000 winners every draw. In honour of this new change, this Saturday’s draw will feature 25 guaranteed £1 million winners!
Continue to play National Lottery’s wide selection of games including UK Lotto and EuroMillions UK, and maybe the next world record will be set by you!
UK National Lottery is on a roll with their new advertisement campaign, #PleaseNotThem. Don Draper himself would be jealous of how hilarious their latest commercial is. See for yourself!
The concept of the #PleaseNotThem advertisement campaign is that if you don’t play, then the prize will go to a terribly infuriating person instead. After all, someone has to win! The latest commercial features Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, a British television personality and home design consultant. He’s been featured on programmes such as Changing Rooms and Popstar to Operastar. While he seems like a lovely chap, it would be best for everyone if he failed to win a lottery jackpot. Why? Well, for one thing, he plans to use the prize money to redecorate Stonehenge. Watch the latest National Lottery commercial here:
Save a world heritage site and make sure you win instead! This weekend is full of great lotto opportunities, so don’t miss out. On Friday, the National Lottery is holding their monthly Mega Friday. Purchase a EuroMillions UK ticket and not only will you have a chance to win the £10 jackpot, but 10 guaranteed £1 million UK Millionaire Maker winners will be announced. But wait, there’s more! The ten raffle winners will also win a holiday to a private island off the coast of Cambodia!
Can’t get enough National Lottery? We don’t blame you! Play UK Lotto online and take home £3.8 million this Saturday night. The druids are on your side!
Lottery commercials are one of the funniest things out there. We’ve covered them in several posts in the past, and today, we have a new one to add to the list!
Presented here is a commercial by the UK Lotto (also known as the UK National Lottery), and it’s one of the funniest ones we’ve seen in a while! In the commercial, Katie Price wants to launch a channel called KTTV, which will feature… Her, only her, and nothing but her. She’s also having a hard time getting investors, so she’s hoping for a UK Lotto win to make her dream come true. But don’t listen to us, watch the commercial here:
Make sure Katie Price’s dream doesn’t come true! Play UK Lotto online today to make sure that jackpot ends up in your hand and not hers, or forever be doomed to have nothing but KTTV streaming on your phone, mobile, and tablets! And for more entertainment, view our collection of hilarious lottery commercials from around the globe!
Brit Fatih Ozcan tells Judge he bought EuroMillions ticket after dreaming of winning a large cash prize.
Lotto winner Fatih Ozcan wishes he’d played a EuroMillions syndicate at theLotter. The British waiter from York won £1 million in the EuroMillions lottery, but he has now been ordered by London’s Civil Appeals Court to share his prize with his boss. His boss at the Kapadokya Turkish restaurant wants the entire prize and appealed an earlier court verdict ordering Mr Ozcan to split the win.
It all started in 2012 when Yorkshire waiter Fatih Ozcan asked his boss, Hayati Kucukkoylu, for some money from the restaurant till to buy a EuroMillions ticket after having a dream in which the two of them had won the lottery. Mr Ozcan then bought the actual winning EuroMillions ticket in a nearby supermarket and subsequently had his boss arrested for stealing the lot from his coat pocket. Mr Kucukkoylu, on the other hand, was of the opinion that he had the right to claim the jackpot since he’d picked the numbers and paid for the tickets.
At the appeal case hearing, Lord Justice Pitchford upheld last year’s verdict by Judge Gosnell that the men “had entered into a contract to jointly play the lottery on an equal basis” and that therefore they should share the jackpot.
If Mr Ozcan and Mr Kucukkoylu had played a EuroMillions syndicate at theLotter none of this would have happened. TheLotter syndicates are odds-beating, safe and hassle-free, and winnings are transferred directly to lotto winners’ accounts.
When someone hits a big lottery jackpot, they make the headlines, pop champagne, pose for pictures, and we hear all about what they will be doing with their millions. Eventually the media fanfare calms down and moves onto the next big winner story. Haven’t you ever wondered what happened with some of the biggest lotto multi-millionaires?
Did they spend their money as they planned? Have their lives changed drastically? We caught up with the latest news on some of the world’s biggest lottery winners. These EuroMillions UK winners got up to some really interesting things in 2014!
Chris and Colin Weir Say YES!
Chris and Colin Weir are Britain’s biggest lottery jackpot winners (in Sterling), having won a phenomenal £161 million in EuroMillions in July 2011. This lucky couple from Largs near Glasgow could not believe their eyes when they realized that they had matched numbers 17, 19, 38, 42, 45, and Lucky Stars 9 and 10, making them the sole winners of the main prize.
They wanted to travel to China and Australia, and to visit the best art galleries in Paris and Russia. They also planned on buying new houses for their son and daughter. Aside from these luxuries, the Weir’s also intended on donating money to charity. And they have definitely not disappointed on this front!
In 2013, this philanthropic couple set up The Weir Charitable Trust with the aim of assisting Scottish charities, groups or individual people in need of financial aid. The charity was created with a £5 million endowment from the Weirs.
One cause that Chris and Colin showed particular support for in 2014 was Scotland’s pro-independence campaign, the Yes Scotland campaign. The couple donated £5.5 million to Yes Scotland, which was nearly 80% of total donations to the campaign. They have been life-long independence supporters so they are lucky enough to have been in a position to fund their favourite cause.
The Weirs are a couple not only with a big bank balance, but also with a big heart. In 2012, they received a letter from a desperate mother who needed £28,000 to pay for surgery to help her 3-year old daughter walk. The Weirs gave her the money and have possibly changed a little girl’s life. The same year, they pledged a five-figure amount of money to purchase a prosthetic limb for a 13-year old Scottish cancer sufferer. In fact, from the moment they became millionaires, this kindly couple have shown their generosity, even giving their previous £180,000 home to their neighbours when they moved out!
Gillian Bayford Finds True Love
Many of us lotto fans know the story of Adrian and Gillian Bayford who won £148 million in EuroMillions in August 2012. The couple sadly split in 2013 but the story does end with a happily ever after. Gillian Bayford will be remarrying and the lucky guy is the Audi dealer who sold her a new fleet of Audis.
Gillian bought five new cars from an Audi dealership and hit it off with the dealer, Alan Warnock. Now the happy couple have decided to wed! With her new love, new flashy engagement ring and new fortune, Gillian Bayford’s future looks bright. Adrian Bayford is also engaged, so there is a happy and prosperous future in store for both these lotto millionaires.
Neil Trotter Moves Into Dream Mansion
Motorsport fanatic, Neil Trotter, was not completely surprised when he hit a massive EuroMillions jackpot in March last year. He always believed he would be a millionaire someday and knew it would happen for him at some point. He won the incredible sum of £108 million, becoming Britain’s fourth biggest EuroMillions winner.
At the time he spoke about his dream house – a spacious property where his partner, Nicky Ottaway, could house horses, and he could park a fleet of supercars. Now, Trotter has made his dreams a reality. He recently purchased a massive £5 million medieval estate, complete with 400 acres of land and its own lake. Best of all is that the mansion has more than enough space for his dream racing cars, and has plenty horse stables too! Trotter sold his three-bedroom semi in Surrey for almost £400,000, making himself a nice profit on the property. Lucky for his neighbours, racing-mad Trotter won’t be building a racetrack on his new estate!
Life of a Lottery Millionaire
Ah, the life of a lotto millionaire! Breath-taking properties, luxury Audis, and, in the case of the Weirs, the joy of giving something back. And all these lucky winners did to make their dreams a reality was buy EuroMillions UK lottery tickets and get the numbers right! You too could become a lottery multi-millionaire. All you need to do to stand a chance of winning is to buy your lottery tickets and hope that lady luck is on your side! The world’s biggest lottery jackpot at the moment is $208 million for US Powerball. This amount of money could get you everything that you’ve ever dreamed of. If you play theLotter’s new Powerball syndicate of 792 lines, you’ll experience 792 times greater odds of winning a prize! So what are you waiting for, 2015 could be your year!
Birmingham wins hands-down as the luckiest city in the UK, with more lottery millionaires living there than in any other place in the United Kingdom. If you do not hail from this lucky city (or even from the United Kingdom), why don’t you help make your city one of the luckiest in the world by buying lottery tickets online and standing a chance of winning a huge lottery jackpot!
Lottery Millionaires from Birmingham
Birmingham is a city in England’s West Midlands and has the second highest population in Britain, other than London. Even though this city comes in second to London on the population charts, it wins hands-down in the UK when it comes to lottery millionaires. Out of its population of 1.074 million (taken from a 2011 census), over 111 people have become lottery millionaires in the twenty years since the birth of the UK National Lottery.
On November 19th, 1994, the UK National Lottery was launched, with its first-ever draw taking place on that auspicious date. Since then, the lottery has paid out more than £53 billion in prizes and charitable donations, and has created over 3,700 lottery millionaires. Based on these figures, an estimated 0.03% of these lottery millionaires hail from Birmingham. Although this may not seem like a big figure, bear in mind that these 3,700 lottery millionaires may not only be from the UK, but could also have played the UK National Lottery online from anywhere in the world.
Birmingham Lottery Winner Stories
The biggest winners from Birmingham are Colin and Brenda Roberts from Great Barr, who scooped up a £4.3 million prize in April 2014. What did this elderly couple plan on spending some of their money on? New teeth!
Paul and Marie Kibler, from Sutton Coldfield, won an incredible £2 million in February 2012 and they put their win down to ‘thinking lucky.’ “It has brought us a lot of joy” admitted Marie. “I count my lucky stars every day.” Their lottery win came at the perfect time as the couple was going through a difficult financial period. They used some of their winnings to pay off their mortgage and to buy new cars for themselves and their daughters.
Another couple who won the lottery in the nick of time are Phil and Sandra Sawyer. The couple from Shard End were on the verge of being evicted from their council home in September 2010 when they won a £2.6 million lottery prize!
Winning the lottery can help you out with the opposite sex too, as Cadbury worker Paul Cole experienced first-hand. This lucky chap from Bartley Green won £1 million in May 2014, and, ever since, has found himself very lucky with the ladies!
UK National Lottery Helps Birmingham
Not only have over 100 of Birmingham’s ordinary folk been turned into millionaires, but also many local causes in Birmingham have received funding from the UK National Lottery, such as the Birmingham Youth Foundation. Since 1994, the UK National Lottery has raised £634 million for local projects and causes.
Birmingham also has the lottery to thank for many of its local facilities. In the words of British Prime Minister, David Cameron,
“Birmingham Town Hall, Mac Birmingham – everyone in this city knows these great local facilities. But not everyone realises that they owe a large part of their success to funding from the National Lottery – which, over the last two decades, has funded nearly 7,000 local projects in this city.”
Play UK National Lottery From Anywhere
You don’t have to be from Birmingham to win the UK National Lottery, you don’t even need to be from the United Kingdom! When you buy lottery tickets online, you can play any national lottery from any country in the world.
Several UK Lotto wins have gone unclaimed and will expire in December, and three of them are jackpots! UK Lotto players – check your wallets, your pockets, and your old tickets, because you might be a winner!
Lottery tickets often get lost or forgotten, and sadly, many wins go unclaimed due to this. It’s not rare to miss out on a small secondary win from time to time, but when big prizes such as the jackpot have been won, it does sting more than a little.
Below you will find a chart of all the big UK Lotto prizes that have been won and have not been claimed yet, and will expire next month:
Last Date to Claim
4th June, 2014
14, 19, 30, 31, 47, 48, (16)
1st December, 2014
21st June, 2014
3, 7, 13, 17, 27, 40, (19)
18th December, 2014
28th June, 2014
8, 12, 28, 30, 43, 49, (42)
25th December, 2014
* The jackpot was shared by several winners, two have yet to claim their prize
“Time really is running out for the winner[s] of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money,” a UK Lotto official said in regards to the unclaimed £389,998 wins, “We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing Lotto ticket could be hiding. This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”
Should no one come forward with the winning tickets before the deadlines, the prize money as well as the interest it has generated will return to the UK Lotto, and from there be allotted to various lotto funded projects across the UK.
Play Lotto UK Online
The best way to avoid missing your wins is buying your lotto ticket online. When you buy your lottery ticket via theLotter, we purchase the ticket on your behalf and send a scan of the ticket directly to your account. When you win, the prize money is sent to you, 100% commission free, so you never have to clear time in your schedule to collect your winnings!
The best part about buying your tickets online is, of course, the geography – it becomes entirely irrelevant! Play the US Powerball from the UK, Mega Millions from Spain, the UK Lotto or EuroMillions & UK Millionaire Maker from the US, or any other combination you can think of! With theLotter, the world of lotteries is at your fingertips.
The UK National Lottery is about to celebrate two decades of activity, amazing wins and admirable charity work this month. This is an excellent time to learn a bit more about where your ticket fees go.
Almost twenty years have passed since the Camelot Group started operating the UK National Lottery in 1994. Over those twenty lustrous years, the UK National Lottery created many millionaires and huge prize winners.
Players are not the only ones to gain from the existence of the UK’s beloved lottery games. The entire British community profits, as many good wills and charity organizations count on the National Lottery’s profits being directed their way.
The UK National Lottery hosts several lottery games, and each ticket you buy for any of these games helps the UK National Lottery fund many charitable causes. In the past, it has even contributed to some of Britain’s proudest moments – the Oscar winning movie “The King’s Speech” and the historic London Olympic Games in 2012.
The First National Lottery Draw
The first National Lottery draw was held on November 19th, 1994. The winning numbers on that night were 30, 3, 5, 44, 14 and 22, and the bonus was 10. Seven jackpot winners came out of this very first draw, each taking their part of the £5,874,778 prize.
UK Lotto Jackpot Record
On January 6th, 1996 a stupendous £42 million UK Lotto jackpot was won by three anonymous winners, each claiming a third of the total prize – £14,002,870! While the £42 million jackpot is the highest in the history of UK Lotto, the biggest prize won by a single ticket is £22,590,829, which was won by two friends on June 10th, 1995.
Play UK National Lottery Games Online
There’s no need to travel far in order to enjoy the exceptional games the UK National Lottery has to offer. All you have to do is simply purchase your ticket online at theLotter. You can either choose to play the EuroMillions and partake in the unique UK Millionaire Maker raffle, play the UK Lotto by choosing your six lucky numbers from a range of 1-49, or take a chance with the Thunderball, which is held three times a week and has a fixed £500,000 jackpot.
If you woke up one day to discover you are the winner of a UK National Lottery jackpot, what would you do? Would you spend like crazy or save for a rainy day? Would you buy a new house? Where would you travel to? Here’s a peek into the coveted life of lottery winners and their spending sprees.
A recent study by Camelot and Oxford Economics claims that the UK National Lottery has created three thousand millionaires, each taking an average jackpot of 2.8 million, and a total of 8.5 billion in prizes combined. What’s on every lottery player’s mind is “What will I do with all that money?”. So how do these lottery winners spend their millions?
A Perfect Home
The most popular item on any lottery player’s wish list is a fancy and comfortable home. The UK Lottery millionaires spent a total of £3.3 on different properties. Most winners changed their main home to a new one, with an average cost of £900,000. Each winner owns an average of 2.7 properties in UK. Most of those new luxury homes include hot tubs, walk-in closets, lavish game rooms and electric gates. Over 30% of the winners maintain their new and stylish place with the help of cleaners, and 24% also choose to hire a gardener.
Maintaining the Wealth
The second most popular thing for lottery winners to spend money on is their financial future.. Hopefully, when investing wisely, lottery winners can count on their fortune to do the work for them and for generations to come. £2.12 billion of UK National Lottery winners’ money was spent on investments intended to provide future income. In addition, as the research shows, Lottery winners kept 98% of their spending inside the UK, and gave back almost 750 million to the UK economy, through taxes and properties purchased.
The Life of Luxury
A fancy car is one of the most desired items for lottery millionaires. According to the research, £460 million were spent by winners on various luxury cars, Audi being the most popular. Range Rover and BMW came in second as the most desired car for lottery winners. Last but not least were Mercedes and Land Rover. The average price for a car purchased by a lottery winner is £46,116 and an average of 5.73 cars were purchased by each winner.
Another desirable luxury item to spend on is a vacation. 27% of the winners choose USA as their most frequently visited vacation destination. The second most popular destination is The Caribbean, followed by Dubai and the Canary Islands. Millionaires truly travel in style, as 68% visit five star hotels frequently.
Everyone dreams of joining the elite club of the rich and famous, own a big house and never have to worry about money again. This future can very well be ours, if you choose the right numbers and buy a ticket today!
The hearts of Facebook users around the world paused in their chests when they discovered that Facebook was down on Thursday. For the first time in four years, Facebook was completely unavailable to anyone, sending masses to tweet, Instagram, and even Google+ about it. The outage lasted a full fifteen minutes — a lifetime for some of us — but still just enough to time to buy many life-changing lottery tickets!
The quarter of an hour in which Facebook was offline on Thursday meant some of us had to look outside the popular social network to see what else the deep waters of the internet had to offer. Being the lottery fans that we are, the first thing we grabbed for was, of course… an online lottery ticket! But once that was done, we were still left with so much time on our hands, so we decided to show you how to turn that time into gold next time you have 15 minutes—or even just 10 seconds—of downtime!
Step 1: Visit theLotter & Choose your Favourite Lottery Online!
Estimated amount of time spent: 1 second
We decided to go with the US Mega Millions for this example. Why? Because we’ve already spent numerous posts explaining why the Mega Millions is simply the most exciting and awesome lottery in the world, even when it’s not the lottery with the biggest jackpot at the moment. Those of you who prefer to focus on the big lotteries can go ahead and choose Quina (have you heard about the Quina de Sao Joao?) or the US Powerball.
Estimated amount of time spent: 5 seconds
Step 2: Buy your ticket!
To save on time, we used the Quick Pick to generate our numbers. Players who prefer to select their own numbers can do so at their own leisure. Another great option is to save your numbers in your My Account tab, and then click My Lucky Numbers to fetch them!
Estimated amount of time spent: 1 second
Yield: 5 lines, meaning 5 chances at winning the Mega Millions jackpot or one of the Mega Millions secondary prizes!
Estimated amount of time spent: 0 seconds, because waiting is free.
Grand Total of Time Spent
8 seconds. 8 seconds was all it took from the moment Facebook went down, to when you grabbed your chance of becoming a lottery winner. But, I hear you thinking, Facebook was down for 15 minutes, not 8 seconds! What are we expected to do with the remaining 14 minutes and 52 seconds? Time is important!
The answer to that question is, of course, repeat it! In 15 minutes, lottery players can repeat these steps 112 times. Each repetition earns you 5 lines, which are 5 chances at becoming a lottery winner. In total, that comes out at about 563 chances to become a millionaire. Grand jackpots, such as the aforementioned Quina de Sao Joao, currently worth R100 million, or the EuroMillions, worth €25 million at the moment, are currently up for grabs around the world!
And what are 15 minutes of Facebook downtime compared to the chance of winning a lottery jackpot?
Centre of western civilization for centuries, popular tourist destination, and nest of lottery-funded projects, London is all this and more!
The closer we looked, the more we saw a city built with the help of lottery tickets and the UK National Lottery’s charitable arm, the National Lottery Good Causes. With office buildings, parks, and museums owing their foundation cash to lottery fans country-wide, we thought the least we could do is take you on a tour of the places that you helped make!
The National Lottery Good Causes organizations has deposited on average over £35 Million a week in the UK’s coffers since 2012. Since the organization began, it has raised over £31 Billion for countless projects in the UK.
Grab your walking shoes or catch the Tube for a tour of lottery London with theLotter!
The New Design Museum
London’s design museum received a substantial amount of funding from the National Lottery Heritage fund in order to facilitate its move to a new location. The money from the lottery ticket sales helped make the museum bigger and establish it as an international platform for creativity and design. With the construction of the new museum, a permanent display of the key pieces of modern design was available to the public for the first time.
In 2010, the National Lottery awarded £4.5 million in grant money to support major renovations and regeneration of the Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets. The park, known to some as the People’s Park, enjoyed a new building comprising of a cafe as well as play facilities meant to promote healthy living. One could sit in the cafe, enjoy the park atmosphere and play the UK EuroMillions on their tablets or smartphones. They would know that as they took a chance to be a millionaire, they were also helping maintain the incredible atmosphere they were enjoying at the time.
Horniman Gardens in Lewisham received a grant of £907,000. These gardens were founded by Victorian philanthropist and tea trader Frederick Horniman in 1901. The gardens contain many beautiful horticultural aspects and fascinating architectural features. The Horniman Museum, houses high quality collections with a family focus and educational theme. The Gardens host a wide range of activities and events including family workshops, outdoor film screenings and theatre performances.
The London Zoo received funding that enabled them to review their existing buildings and to make sure that all new additions fit in with the overall layout of the zoo. In addition the funds contributed to the ongoing studies regarding the feasibility of on-site renewable energy options in order to reduce their carbon footprint.
Hendrix and Handel: Baroque and Roll
Following a grant of a £1.2 million the Heritage Lottery Fund the Westminster flat where 1960s rock legend Jimi Hendrix lived is to become a museum devoted to the musician. Jimi Hendrix lived in 23 Brook Street from 1968 to 1969 describing it as “the only home I ever had”. Hearing that Handel used to live next door, an inspired Hendrix went and purchased some classical albums including Handel’s Messiah and Water Music. The plan is to convert the two abodes to a combined museum honoring both unique musicians.
Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts received a grant of £12.7 million from the National Lottery to use towards their “Reveal, Celebrate and Explore” Project (2014–2018). “Reveal, Celebrate and Explore” is a core component of the Burlington Project, the academy’s plan to provide world-class learning and visitor facilities. This transformation is the most momentous in the academy’s history since it moved to Piccadilly in 1869, and will be completed in time for the academy’s 250th anniversary in 2018. The redevelopment will join the Burlington House and Burlington Gardens with a public central link, creating an arts campus of just over two acres in the heart of central London.
Historic Places of Worship
The National Lottery heritage fund granted almost £1 Million in funding towards securing eight of London’s most historic places of worship. The money will be used towards repairs in most of these historic churches such as Holy Trinity Church in Kentish Town; St Andrew in Holborn; Church of St Leonard in Streatham; St Mary’s Cable Street in Stepney; and St Martin’s Church in Gospel Oak. Sue Bowers, Head of HLF London, said: “There are places of worship peppered across the capital, providing a very powerful visual connection with our past. Not only will our awards secure the immediate future of these particular buildings, it will also empower congregations to adapt them, where necessary, so they can be enjoyed more widely throughout the community and in turn enable them to be more sustainable for the future.”
A grant of £120 million was given for the purchase the old Wembley Stadium. The aim of the project was to design and build a state-of-the-art national stadium, unlike any other in the world, to be the home of English football and to host large events such as Cup Finals, music events and athletics.
London’s Only Urban Beach
A grant of £3.65 Million was given to the Hammersmith and Fulham Council in order to recreate an Edwardian experience in Margate Sands. The Bishops Park Beach original opened in 1903 during World War II. Once restored, the beach is expected to draw Londoners to enjoy a beach like experience without having to leave the country.
These are only a few examples of the many thousands of projects to which the purchase of lottery tickets has contributed. There is no aspect of daily life in London that has not been touched, whether it is parks, museums or landmarks.
So as you travel through London, enjoying the amazing museums and parks, and taking pictures of the many incredible landmarks, take a moment to look again and feel a moment of pride. Pride in the knowledge that you, as a lottery fan had some small part in preserving that landmark, in building that museum and making that park blossom.
Whether you wish to further aid in building London or any of the other cities built by lottery tickets, why not purchase a ticket for the next EuroMillions Superdraw on March 7th, perhaps becoming a millionaire as well.
Everyone loves a lotto syndicate story such as ‘12 Corby bus drivers win EuroMillions top prize’ or ‘New Jersey’s Ocean’s 16 claim a third share of US Powerball jackpot’. theLotter recently discovered a great lottery syndicate story from back in 2010 when some 40 UK-based artists committed a full year to winning the lotto. Although luck didn’t carry the group to a top prize, they did make a profit and will go down in lotto history as one of the coolest syndicates the lottery world has known.
Lottery syndicates are about hope, community and sharing the excitement of lotto wins, big or small. Whether it is a group made up of colleagues, friends or family, the fate of one is that of all. It is with this understanding that forty artists formed a lotto collective called Artists’ Lottery Syndicate.
Founded by Glaswegian artist Ellie Harrison as a response to cuts in arts funding due to the global economic downturn, the “speculative new scheme for acquiring funds for artists” was quick to attract participants, many of whom jumped at the chance to be part of such a potentially lucrative social experiment.
A brief look at the people and art behind Artists’ Lottery Syndicate reveals the diversity of the group; Canadian Maayke Schurer’s real-time magic realism contrasts dramatically with microperformance social commentators FrenchMottershead, actually a London pairing, who in turn differ greatly from Chinese public-space performance artists, Cai Yuan & Jian Jun Xi, a.k.a. Mad for Real.
To avoid complications between members, Artists’ Lottery Syndicate decided upon a fixed set of lotto draws and number selections that offered general stability and sufficient variation to keep everyone entertained. The group decided to play EuroMillions UK and the UK National Lottery in a consistent manner from 1st July 2010 to 1st July 2011 according to the following system:
5 Artists’ Lottery Syndicate lucky numbers (15, 31, 35, 41 and 48) were selected from a guess range of 1-49 using a (particularly low-tech) lottery selection machine (see video above)
44 lines would be played in every Wednesday and Saturday UK Lotto draw, using the 5 lucky numbers and each of the numbers left in the 1-49 guess range
36 lines would be played in every Friday EuroMillions UK draw, using the 5 lucky numbers and all possible combinations of the two required Lucky Stars from a guess range of 1-9*
Each of the 40 artists and art duos committed to the full calendar year at £4 a week, making £208 total. Come 2nd July 2011, an untouched ‘lottery winnings’ account would be emptied and divided into 40 equal shares. All Artists’ Lottery Syndicate members agreed to go public should the group win the UK Lotto or EuroMillions jackpot.
As it happens, Artists’ Lottery Syndicate did not need to announce winning a top prize but still came out on top with an official profit for the year of £1,309.10. The happy bunch of artists you see holding up their novelty cheque in the picture above enjoyed the experience so much, they opted to give themselves two ‘bonus draws’ to cap the year, finishing on £1,346.50 before doling out real cheques worth £33.66 (representing more than 15% interest on each player’s investment). In fact, such camaraderie developed that after Artists’ Lottery Syndicate disbanded as naturally as it came into being, many of the members set up The Artists’ Bond, a growing group that still invests in UK Savings & Investments Premium Bonds today!
And this brings us to both the beginning and end of our lottery syndicate story. Lottery syndicates are about hope, community and sharing the excitement of lotto wins, big or small!
Lottery Syndicates join together for the capacity to buy more lottery lines featuring a greater selection of number combinations than each member may be able to afford as an individual player. theLotter invites its members to experience playing with their colleagues, friends and family of legal age, as a way to improve the odds of winning whilst enjoying a regular dose of the collective spirit in the process.
*According to the mathematical formula for combinations, nCr, where n = selection range and r = number of selections, 9C2 = 9! / (2!(9-2)!) = 36 = the number of EuroMillions lines Artists’ Lottery Syndicate chose to play. For a more comprehensive look at lottery mathematics in the context of Italy’s SuperEnalotto, read A Little Lottery Secret – The Systematic Form!
What do you get if you put 100 millionaires in a room? Sounds like the introduction to a joke our grandparents would tell but with the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle Super Draw coming up on Friday the scenario is more likely than you think!
British Citizens around the world are in jovial spirits this week for two absolutely splendid reasons. First of all, there is a brand new member of the Royal Family as yesterday at 4.24pm Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a healthy 8lbs 6 oz. baby boy. Kate, as her royal subjects affectionately refer to her, delivered the regal child in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, which was officially opened by the baby’s great-great-grandmother, the late Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth in 1937.
theLotter: 100 millionaires will be made in Friday’s UK Millionaire Raffle – have you got YOUR EuroMillions UK tickets yet?
Little does he know but Kate and Will’s first-born son, His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge, is officially the third in line to the throne. Whether those who win in Friday’s Super Draw are currently a prince or a pauper, they will taste the finer things in life long before the Royal Heir becomes aware of his elevated regal station.
Undoubtedly at least 100 millionaires will be in attendance at the royal christening later this month but what would happen if you put all one hundred EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle winners in a room after they have each claimed their £1 million prize?
Perhaps the lucky new millionaires would:
Pool together to buy a particularly precious baby gift for the newest member of the Royal Family
Discuss whose 9-digit alphanumeric code came out first and who had to wait until the hundredth was drawn to earn their place on the millionaire red carpet
Share their reactions to see who stoically maintained the infamously British ‘stiff upper lip’ and who cried more tears than the royal baby
Celebrate their incredible fortunes and brainstorm how to spend (or manage) their new found wealth
Just as people around the world are congratulating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wonderful news, theLotter looks forward to congratulating the 100 luckiest people to play in the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle Super Draw this Friday!
*Ticket sales close on Friday, July 26th at 16:30 GMT
On July 12th, 2011, Chris and Colin Weir won a life-changing £161 million EuroMillions jackpot – the largest ever in the multi-national lotto’s history. Two years later, the Weirs have set up a charitable trust organization that aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities in an effort to better their native country.
Chris and Colin Weir’s lives took a drastic turn as a result of seven numbers, numbers which would also impact the lives of many others throughout Scotland. When the Weirs won a record-setting £161 million EuroMillions jackpot in July of 2011, Colin stated that the winnings were not simply a privilege:
“The next steps are going to be the most difficult…with great wealth comes great responsibility”
The UK National Lottery and the Weirs: Parallel Personalities
After two years running on the world’s rich list, the Weirs have demonstrated their commitment to social responsibility by sharing their good fortune with causes close to their hearts and by doing random acts of kindness for individual causes. The Weirs are following in the tradition of the national lottery that afforded them the opportunity to become multi-millionaires! The UK National Lottery’s creed allocates much of its revenue from lottery ticket sales towards the National Lottery Good Causes and the Big Lottery Fund UK-based organizations that act as the charitable arms of British lottery organization and dedicate a significant portion of the lottery’s proceeds to community projects and social welfare. The Weirs have been busy not just mimicking these UK National Lottery-funded programs; they’ve gone above and beyond them!
The Weirs began their righteous philanthropic path by giving away their £180,000 home to their neighbours after moving out in the wake of their win. This was only the tip of the iceberg!
One Winning Ticket, Many Winners
In August of 2012, the Weirs donated a five-figure sum to help 13-year-old Kieran Maxwell, who lost his leg after he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer called Ewings Sarcoma, to buy a more advanced prosthetic limb. The Weirs, along with the rest of the world, watched Maxwell carry the Olympic torch on the Torch Relay. His new limb allows him to walk and run freely without a crutch.
Another example of such an act was in November of last year, when the Weirs answered a Cheltenham family’s plea for their daughters’ life-changing operation. The Weirs answer came in the form of an almost £30,000 donation that would help combat the girl’s spastic diplegic cerebral palsy by giving her a chance to walk.
The Next Big EuroMillions Winning Opportunity
The trust is part of a legacy that began two summers ago when a lucky set of EuroMillions numbers changed one lucky Scottish couple’s lives and consequentially many others’ lives in the aftermath.
Summer surely is a lucky season for EuroMillions winners, and there will lots of big EuroMillions UK winner coming up just around the corner! On Friday, July 26th, EuroMillions UK is holding a special EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle that will award 100 lucky players £1 million each!
There is only a little under a week until Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome their first child into the world. Amidst all the excitement, people around the world are betting on every aspect of the future heir to the throne. Here’s a look at how the odds of the UK’s premier baby birth stacks up against the UK’s leading lottery – could British lotteries be facing competition until the little prince or princess makes his or her debut?
With Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child due at any moment, speculation surrounding the baby’s sex, hair colour, eye colour, name, weight, and godparents is occupying the British public. Speculation goes beyond chit-chat and has turned into formalized betting with various bookies and betting websites placing wagers on anything that can be left to chance in the royal birth—which adds up to just about everything!
Parenting is always a game of chance with many risks and rewards. The prince or princess to-be could look like Grandma Diana or Uncle Harry and grow up to be a butcher, a baker, or candlestick maker with some or none of the characteristics that the royal couple and British at large anticipate. For most parents welcoming a new-born, these odds are subjected to the same amount of public scrutiny, but for the royal British family, these odds are big business.
Ireland based bookmaker Paddy Power has launched a massive marketing scheme to let UK natives know that they’re taking bets on everything from A to Z. According to Paddy Power, the odds of the baby having red hair is 11 to four, brown hair is two to one, blonde hair is eleven to four, and black hair is nine to four.
Ladbrokes went a step further, releasing photographs of a mock-up royal family prepping for the childbirth, along with a very detailed infographic as part of the launch of the “Royal Baby Odds”.
As UK natives flock to the bookies to place their bets on the new baby, the UK’s most popular lottery may be facing competition from what seems to be the UK’s newest national lottery sensation! EuroMillions UK is looking to overcome the sudden attraction of the royal baby’s imminent birth while also dealing with the threat of a rising EuroJackpot, which is promising big lottery winners €36 million reasons to play in Europe’s hottest new lottery and currently hovering just above EuroMillions UK’s jackpot of £28 million which is worth €33 million Euros.
The prince or princess won’t be the only rich Brit to be born this month! Like last summer’s sensational Olympic campaign,EuroMillions UK is aiming to make 100 people into millionaires for the drawing on Friday, July 26th. The 2012 London Olympics helped to boost UK pride with an unprecedented EuroMillions UK – Raffle which made 100 millionaires in a single draw. EuroMillions UK is hoping to build on the success of the July 2012 event which saw 97 of last year’s 100 winning tickets redeemed—another set of odds that Britain is eager to see repeated this year!
EuroMillions UK is offering an extra special Millionaire Raffle this Friday, May 31st that will see one very lucky winner have 12 instalments of £1 Million arrive in their bank accounts throughout one life- changing year!This got us thinking how we would spend each million, knowing we were guaranteed to have a total of £12 million to play with.
According to the UK Office of National Statistics, the average person in the UK will have earned £1.2 million before tax working up to age 65. The winner of this Friday’s EuroMillions UK Millionaires Raffle will therefore receive 10 times the average lifetime income of their fellow UK residents at least 40 times as quickly and without paying a single penny in taxes! What would you do with a £1 million paycheque from the UK National Lottery every month for a year? See our suggestions for how to spend your first year as a EuroMillions UK millionaire!
June – Celebration Time – Come On!
The first thing we would do is throw one gigantic P-A-R-T-Y with all our favourite things. And why not?! Yes, savings, yes, investments, yes, prudence but we know we’ve got eleven more of these massive paycheques so it’s time to treat our friends, family and in the process ourselves!
July – Better than Bond
With another million pounds sitting nicely in the bank, it’s time to get a car, and we know which one we’d choose. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009 the Aston Martin One-77 History is everything a car should be, offering 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 700+ horsepower powered by a 7.3-litre V12, and let’s face it, it’s just plain sexy! Vroom… vroom…
August – Property Paradise
Now we have the car, it’s time to get the address to go with it. How about a luxury three bedroom apartment a stone’s throw from Harrods in the heart of Knightsbridge, or maybe on Abbey Road, made famous by the Beatles in the sixties? Either way, it will be a splendid summer search.
September – British Bling
Although Graff’s Lesotho Promise necklace is a little out of our price range – it’s a 26-diamond piece cut from a $12.4 million, 603 carat rough diamond – a million pounds can still get us something special from the boutique London brand. Failing that, anything by Boodles or Harry Winston would do just as well!
October – Artistic License
Banksy has created some of the most inspiring and politically poignant artworks of the 21st century. A Norfolk couple met Banksy at Glastonbury before he became famous and allowed him to graffiti their rundown mobile home trailer. At less than £1 million, this would definitely top our list of artworks to buy with this month’s EuroMillions UK instalment.
November – Dapper in Diamonds
With a fresh million to dress ourselves, we could go for a Stuart Hughes silk-cashmere-mix suit, replete with 480 single cut diamonds and we would still be left with half a million pounds to line the pockets. For a more practical purchase, we’d join Frosdick of London’s ‘Million Dollar Dandy’ club – 14 bespoke suits and pairs of shoes, 28 dress shirts and silk ties, waiting for us on Saville Row!
December – Christmas Spirit
Six months in and it’s time to give back. There are countless worthy causes in the world and to narrow down our search, we would choose from one of theLotter.com’s nominated charities; Medecins Sans Frontieres, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Habitat for Humanity or Save the Children. Added bonus – donating through theLotter would double our charitable contribution!
January – New Year’s Resolution
With a million pounds at our disposal, we know we can get the best education money can buy. Fees surpassing £30,000 a year at top public schools such as Eton and Harrow, £9,000 a year for some UK universities, and £50,000 for a London Business School MBA, bring the total bill to just under £250,000 per child – set up the trust fund now!
February – Watch in Style
The best way to watch sports is in a private box with a bunch of friends. In 2011, it cost £80,000 to watch the UEFA Champions League final from a 20-seat box at Wembley so we’d look forward to ten or so such special days we’ll never forget.
March – Gold as Standard
We’ve reached the final quarter of our amazing lottery-funded year looking sharp and living well. Looking to the future, we want to safeguard our fortune. We figure gold is a good bet and at £30 a gram we would be able to buy gold bullion weighing more than 30 kilograms and the vault to put it in!
April – Set Up in Business
UK National Lottery millionaire Mark Myatt wasn’t ready to retire when he won £1,014,308 in 2008. After treating themselves to some luxuries, Mark and his wife became property developers, giving them a life doing something they’d always dreamed of – the best way to beat boredom! How would you plan for after your big lottery win?
May – Well Deserved Break
After a busy year managing a massive win in the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle, we feel we’d need a bit of rest and relaxation. We fancy seeing the world on a cruise with all the trimmings. SixStarCruises’ £1 million four month luxury package sounds perfect, with a 28 country itinerary, a menu that includes Beluga Caviar, Dhong Pao Tea and Dom Perignon Rosé, and transfers in Sikorsky helicopters and Rolls Royce Phantoms!
However you would choose to spend the money month by month, you need to be in it to win it. Buy your EuroMillions UK tickets on theLotter for your chance to win the extra special Millionaire Raffle this Friday!
Record breaking jackpots are the surefire way to catch the attention of lottery fans around the world. Next in line are big prize funds, super draws and the guaranteed creation of millionaires. As May turns into June, the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle is set to continue a year that has included all of these lotto treats in a decidedly British fashion!
When it comes to Europe’s premier lottery, the UK takes a slightly different approach to that of its continental multi-state lottery partners. For example, the €100 million EuroMillions Super Draw that has been announced for Friday, 7th June 2013, is being referred to in the UK as a Mega Jackpot, and the estimated guaranteed top prize is advertised as being worth £80 million.
In truth, these changes are but superficial idiosyncrasies of language and for a distinction of real substance one must look to the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle, the twice weekly twist that guarantees a British smile whatever the weather or Euro lottery results!
Since theLotter launched its EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle service on 20th June 2012, the UK National Lottery has come up with some extra special ways to spread joy come rain or shine, and there’s another one just around the corner. First, we travel back to last summer, when EuroMillions UK set an outstanding record of Olympic proportions.
27th July 2012 – Millionaire Making Marathon
In case one failed to notice, London hosted the 30th Olympic Games last summer. An eye catching opening ceremony saw MI-6 super spy James Bond (the Daniel Craig version) escort HRH Queen Elizabeth II (the real version) by helicopter to the Olympic Stadium. Later the same night, the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle created no fewer than 100 millionaires, all of whom matched a 9-digit code on the bottom of their tickets to one selected during extended lottery proceedings!
The marathon code-generating event set a new one-night record in millionaire manufacture, effortlessly proving the generosity and gratitude of the UK National Lottery as it paid homage to British lottery players for their £2.2 billion contribution to funding the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
25th December 2012 – Christmas Presents Galore
What better way to warm the cockles at Christmas than promising 25 EuroMillions UK players a £1 million prize?! The UK National Lottery introduced a week of lottery fun and frivolity by doing just that. In fact, winners in Huddersfield, South Lanarkshire and County Borough of Neath Port Talbot may have enjoyed the festive spirit a little too much as their £1 million winter windfalls are still on the UK National Lottery’s unclaimed prizes list!
Here’s mischievous millionaire Hector Riva in the build up to the Christmas day draw:
1st January 2013 – A Stylish New Year
After an absolutely fabulous 2012 distributing £850 million to 323 millionaires, the UK National Lottery’s New Year resolution was to get off on the right foot. The second installment of its seasonal EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffles helped it to do just that by creating a further 25 millionaires on New Year’s Day 2013.
In this video, UK National Lottery lover Hector Riva is ready to party!
31st May 2013 – £1 million a month for a year!
Easter 2013 was followed by the first of two May bank holidays that make spring a most pleasant season in the UK. As the posh look forward to cucumber sandwiches, croquet and cocktails on the lawn, the UK National Lottery has announced how one EuroMillions UK raffle millionaire will feel particularly privileged as they see £1 million enter their bank account every month for a whole year! Twelve monthly installments of a million pounds sterling will be won on the last day of May and of course theLotter will provide you with the opportunity to know true financial entitlement as tickets go on sale before the draw!
See how Everton fan Kelly Caldwell reacted to her recent EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle win below:
When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, what will I be? Will I be pretty? Will I be rich? Will I win the lottery? Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be…
Alright, so Doris Day’s famous lyrics don’t go quite like that, but that is the spirit of the Spanish Christmas raffles Loteria de Navidad and Loteria del Nino. The first is the world’s biggest lottery that celebrated a landmark bicentennial, on 22nd December 2012, by giving away €2.52 billion in prize money. The second is known as ‘the Little One’ and it closed a particularly special festive lottery season on 6th January 2013, with €840 million of its own to dish out.
And what connects Spain’s Loteria Nacional’s annual delicacies with other seasonal super draws like Brazil’s Mega da Virada lottery, which distributed a R$244.7 million main prize, or the EuroMillions UK Christmas and New Year’s Millionaire Raffles that made 50 millionaires in the space of one week?
Well, as impressive as their jackpots, second prizes and winning odds undeniably are, it is actually the sense of community and tradition that binds these annual lotteries to each other and to their loyal fans. It is about knowing that 98% of your compatriots hold onto a ticket and a dream of winning El Gordo in the Spanish Christmas Lottery. It is about reaching higher as a nation to push a New Year’s Eve prize up by R$50 million in a mere matter of weeks. It is about being one of 50 guaranteed millionaires to join more than 200 others created during the past year as a new year brims with potential.
theLotter is proud to have celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary in 2012 and to remain at the centre of a vibrant online lottery community that continues to grow. theLotter is also proud that in its newest tradition, the Loteria del Nino raffle:
our players took home more than €42,000 in prizes
they beat the official 1 in 3 odds as 1 in 2.5 shares collected a prize, and
1 in 2 theLotter players won in ‘the Little One’
As theLotter wishes heartfelt congratulations to all of its Christmas and New Year winners, we remind our online lottery community of the traditional Spanish refrain ‘its health that really matters’ while looking forward to future lottery successes together!
The lottery world continues to grow and evolve, led by countries such as Australia, the US, Spain and Italy, as well, of course, as each country’s lotto-loving public. The UK National Lottery is an essential part of this elite group, most recently making 50 millionaires in the space of one week in two extraordinary UK Millionaire Raffles.
If EuroMillions is Europe’s premier lottery, then EuroMillions UK, administered by the UK National Lottery, is Europe’s premier lottery plus! Twice each week, as the world’s attention is focused on the main EuroMillions draw, the UK version also hosts the UK Millionaire Raffle.
For every EuroMillions UK line purchased, a unique 9-digit alpha-numeric code is automatically generated at the bottom of the ticket. One of these codes is selected in the UK Millionaire Raffle to guarantee a new millionaire will be made. You would think 104 millionaires each year would be enough, right?
Well, the UK National Lottery thinks its loyal fans and followers deserve better!
In fact, in July 2012, 100 millionaires were made on the same night as the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to honour the international sporting event and to say thank you to UK lottery players who collectively contributed £2.2 billion to making it possible.
Then came the recent UK Christmas and New Year Millionaire Raffles, two seasonal super draw raffles that each produced 25 millionaires to add to an already impressive tally. In case you are counting, the UK National Lottery created 254 millionaires in the space of one year, from just one of its popular lottery formats!
By calendar year, the beloved British lottery organisation distributed an astounding £850 million to 323 new millionaires across all of its lottery and raffle draws in 2012, up from 229 millionaires made in 2011.
This the season for holiday lottery raffles and super draws at theLotter. Experience Christmas around the world with a ticket to Spain’s Loteria de Navidad, Brazil’s Mega da Virada, or the two EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle Super draws, which will all take place between December 22nd and January 1st 2012.
The Loteria de Navidad is offering total prizes equalling €2.52 billion, EuroMillions UK promises to distribute 50 £1 million prizes and Mega da Virada is boasting a R$180 million top prize! Look out for promotions on these lotteries all month at theLotter! Purchase four or more Loteria de Navidad shares and receive a reduced ticket price! Enter the Loteria de Navidad Spanish Christmas Lottery here and check out the Christmas lotteries across the globe on this infograph.