16 Fun Facts About National Lotteries
The lottery can be quite serious at times, especially when millions are on the line. However, let’s take a step back and have a look at some fun facts from over the years of the world’s National Lottery.
- In 1994, John Major launched the first National Lottery.
- Twenty years on it has created 3,600 millionaires and paid out £53bn in winnings.
- The average lottery winner buys 4.5 new cars for either themselves or friends and family, while 10 percent buy more than 10.
- The most unusual purchases in among lottery winners include a pair of new hips ‘for the wife’, a narrowboat, Tarantula, firework company, next door’s house, before turning it into a pub.
- Four consecutive numbers have been drawn on three occasions – the last time was on November 30th, 2011, when the numbers were 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30. In a Florida lottery in the same year, however, the numbers were 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.
- Wayne Elliot from Deal, Kent, won a prize every week for the first 26 draws of the National Lottery.
- Defying the odds of 350 billion to one, a family from Tipton, West Midlands, has had three separate jackpot wins, with a total value of £3.25 million.
- The largest unclaimed prize was from the EuroMillions draw on June 8 2012. A ticket worth £63,837,543.60 had been bought by a player in the Stevenage and Hitchin area. It is a world-record unclaimed prize.
- 22 million people watched as Noel Edmonds hosted the first draw, which saw seven jackpot winners each scoop £839,254. The first millionaire was created the following Saturday.
- There are four Lotto draw machines: Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and Merlin. There are also eight live sets of Lotto balls – handily numbered 1-8. The balls are made of close cellular foam and are manufactured by Smartplay in New Jersey. Each set costs £2,500.
- The largest jackpot win with one ticket was $590.5 million (£376.4 million) in America’s Powerball, won by Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida in 2013.
- The results show has been canceled just three times – the first as a mark of respect upon the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; the second out of respect for the passing of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother; and the third to mark the first anniversary of 9/11.
- The Queen reportedly won £10 on the first Lottery, prompting the headline “ONE’S WON”.
- The most drawn Lotto ball is 38 – it is green and has been drawn 314 times since 1994.
- Lottery-funded films, which include The King’s Speech and Billy Elliot, have won a total of 31 Baftas and 15 Oscars.
- Amazingly, the least drawn number in the history of the National Lottery is 13. It is blue and has been drawn only 229 times since 1994.