There’s only one thing worse than not winning the lottery: winning but not realising until it’s too late…
A record-breaking year for Lotto is set to end on a fittingly high note this Saturday, with a gigantic jackpot which must be won and 100 extra Lotto Raffle codes.
The top prize stands at an estimated £25.4 million and rules dictate that the full amount must now be given away, after the jackpot cap of £22 million was surpassed in the most recent draw on Wednesday and nobody won. If there are no players who match all six main numbers on New Year’s Eve, the money will be split between participants in the next tier with winners.
There is a great opportunity, therefore, to snap up a huge cash reward even without matching the full winning line. The last time the jackpot had to be won, on 14th September, three ticket holders walked away with £8.1 million each after matching five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball.
As well as the enormous jackpot, there is a special edition of the Lotto Millionaire Raffle. There will be the usual one code of £1 million and 20 codes worth £20,000, but there will also be a further 100 codes of £100,000 to create even more winners.
It has already been quite a year for Lotto, with two ticket holders sharing the largest jackpot to have ever been won on the game, £66 million, back in January. The biggest prize to have ever been won by a single ticket, £35.1 million, was also scooped in April.
Statistics revealed earlier this week showed that 347 prizes of at least £1 million had been won across all National Lottery games in 2016, up from 341 the previous year, and the final figure will be higher as Lotto fans gear up for a spectacular New Year’s Eve draw. If you want to play, tickets can be bought online or from authorised retailers. Good luck!
Powerball has been revealed as the most searched term of 2016 in the US, according to Google. In a year of huge news stories, Powerball came out on top after breaking the world record for the largest lottery jackpot ever to have been offered to players.
The staggering top prize of $1.58 billion was split by three ticket holders on Wednesday 13th January, having climbed steadily for a couple of months. Google spokeswoman Charlotte Smith said: “That Powerball lottery was building up for a very long time. We saw most of that buildup through 2015.”
Although the Powerball record came right at the start of the year, interest was so huge at the time and the search traffic about the winners continued for so long that the lottery still ranked ahead of other popular search terms such as Prince, Hurricane Matthew, Pokemon Go and Slither.io in the final 2016 list.
John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, claimed their share of the $1.58 billion within days of the draw taking place, but only after appearing on the Today show to talk about their success. David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach in Florida came forward as the second winners in February, but mystery surrounded the identity of the final winning ticket holder until July.
Marvin and Mae Acosta from Chino Hills in California eventually made contact with Powerball officials to reveal themselves as the big winners, saying they felt ‘thankful and blessed’ for the ‘rare gift’ they had received. They had delayed coming forward as they wanted to receive financial advice and to make sure they could remain as private as possible.
The Powerball jackpot has been won a further six times in 2016 since the historic success in January, most recently last Saturday when a player from Delaware scooped $121.6 million. Another exciting year on the game lies ahead, and it could just be that Powerball is again one of the most popular searches in 2017 if the huge jackpots keep coming.
Spain’s famous Christmas lottery is once again set to spark excitement across a nation and change thousands of lives. The 2016 edition of Loteria de Navidad, better known as El Gordo, will take place on Thursday 22nd December and will offer up a prize pot in excess of €2 billion.
The annual El Gordo Navidad draw has been running in Spain since 1812 without ever missing a year, and remains as popular as ever with at least 75% of the population estimated to take part. The game works like a raffle and players pick up prizes if the random five-digit number on their ticket matches one of the winning numbers in the draw.
One of the special features of the game is the unusual way the draw is held, with children from San Ildefonso School in Madrid singing the results in a lavish process, which lasts several hours. There are two giant ball machines, one containing all the different raffle numbers and the other determining the value of the prizes. A ball is drawn from each machine at the same time, and if a player watching at home has drawn the winning number they can instantly see how much they have won.
The amount that a player wins also depends on how they buy their ticket, as each ticket is split into tenths. Participants have the choice of buying a tenth of a ticket, known as a decimo, or a full ticket (billete). The top El Gordo prize, for example, is worth €4 million per billete.
Each ticket number is printed multiple times in what is known as a series, and this year there are 160 billetes in each series. This means there could be 160 winners of the top prize if all the tickets in the series are sold and, as many players opt for decimos, rather than billetes it is likely that the prize fund for the top award will actually be shared out even more ways.
As tickets in the same series are normally kept together, it is common for whole communities to flourish. In last year’s El Gordo, the number 79140 was drawn as the winner of the first prize, and all the winning tickets were sold in the town of Roquetas de Mar in Andalusia.
El Gordo has always been a huge event in Spain and attracts a big television audience every year, but the rest of the world has also begun to take notice over the past few years, with tickets available online as well as from authorised retailers in Spain.
The odds of winning the top prize are more favourable than for most other games at 1 in 100,000 and there are thousands of other prizes up for grabs, with more than two-thirds of the money spent on tickets returned to players. El Gordo de Navidad may only take place once a year, but it is still renowned as one of the biggest and best lotteries in the world and Thursday’s draw promises to be as spectacular as ever!