EuroMillions draw LIVE: £14m Lottery jackpot up for grabs tonight plus latest Thunderball results

A HUGE £14m jackpot is waiting to be won tonight as the EuroMillions returns for a special New Year's Eve draw.

The draw takes place at around 8.15pm – but make sure you grab your tickets before 7.30pm this evening to be in with a chance of starting 2022 with a life changing sum of money.

You'll be able to check your ticket for winning numbers here, live on this page, as soon as the balls are drawn.

Please gamble responsibly. And when the fun stops, stop.

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

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    Thunderball returns in 15 minutes

    You could be in with a chance of bagging £500,000 in tonight's Thunderball draw.

    We'll reveal the numbers shortly after the draw at 8pm.

    Good luck!

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    Helpful tips to help you win

    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 it up – Never play all one-number groups.
    4. Don’t pick all odd or all even numbers.
    5. Don’t play patterns.
    6. Avoid anniversaries, birthday’s and dates.
    7. Don’t Copycat – 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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    Where does National Lottery money go?

    Around £30 million is raised every week by National Lottery players for good causes – so even if you don’t win some of the country’s most vulnerable do.

    Here are some of the organisations they work with:

    • Arts Council England
    • Sport England
    • BFI
    • UK Sport
    • Arts Council Of Wales
    • Sport Wales
    • Arts Council Of Northern Ireland
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      Woman wins on first time ‘hunch’

      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.

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      What is the Set For Life?

      The Set For Life draw runs on Mondays and Thursdays and one lucky Brit could win £10,000 every month for the next 30 years.

      Players have to pick five numbers from 1-47 plus one Life Ball number from 1-10 or go with a Lucky Dip to get a randomly generated number.

      You can buy Set For Life tickets online every day from 6am until 11pm. But remember, to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.

      The winning numbers go out at 8pm and can be found on the National Lottery website or their YouTube channel.

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      New rules on scratchcards

      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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      ‘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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      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.”

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      Explained: How long do winners have to claim their money?

      Winners from different countries have different deadlines to claim their prize.

      In Austria, winners have a whole three years to claim the prize before it is returned to the lottery and used to fund boosted prizes.

      Belgian winners, on the other hand, only have around 140 days before the money is returned to the Belgian National Lottery.

      The least amount of time to snap up the jackpot goes to France and Luxembourg.

      Winners from Ireland, Portugal and Spain all have around 90 days to tell the world they’ve won.

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      ‘Being rich doesn’t make you a better person’

      A National Lottery winning dinner lady still lives in her council house, shops in Primark and drives a Kia despite bagging £1.8million.

      Trish Emson, 51, explained money or her millionaire status did not change her or her partner Graham Norton, also 51, who still works as a decorator.

      The down-to-earth pair have even managed to keep their teenage son Benjamin, 17, in check – and don’t even give him pocket money.

      The modest mum, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, said: “Being rich doesn’t make you posh or a better person.

      “I don’t like showing off and bragging about money and I can’t be posh anyway.

      “To look at me you wouldn’t think I was a millionaire, but if I have to dress up I feel fake, I prefer my jeans,” she told The Mirror.

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      ‘I sill shop in Primark despite winning £1.8m’

      A NATIONAL Lottery winning dinner lady still lives in her council house, shops in Primark and drives a Kia despite bagging £1.8million.

      Trish Emson, 51, explained money or her millionaire status did not change her or her partner Graham Norton, also 51, who still works as a decorator.

      The down-to-earth pair have even managed to keep their teenage son Benjamin, 17, in check – and don’t even give him pocket money.

      The modest mum, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, said: “Being rich doesn’t make you posh or a better person.

      “I don’t like showing off and bragging about money and I can’t be posh anyway.

      “To look at me you wouldn’t think I was a millionaire, but if I have to dress up I feel fake, I prefer my jeans,” she told The Mirror.

      Read the article in full here.

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      Ways to boost your chances of winning EuroMillions

      SOME say it’s a game of luck, but others vow it’s their chance to strike it rich – but if you want to win big with EuroMillions, there is a lot more to picking your digits than you might think.

      1. Don’t favour special dates
      2. Bunch your choices
      3. Keep things balanced
      4. Avoid repeats
      5. Odds and Evens
      6. Shun same last digits
      7. Omit one bundle of ten
      8. Club together
      9. Lottery syndicates

      Read the article in full here.

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      Youngest EuroMillions winner was just 17

      Jane Park was just 17 when she bagged £1million in prize money after buying her first ever ticket, making her Britain’s youngest EuroMillions winner.

      At the time of her win, she was an admin temp earning £8-an-hour, and was living in a two-bedroom Edinburgh council flat she shared with her mum Linda.

      Jane is an avid football fan and supports Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.

      She has previously remarked that being a millionaire is stressful.

      Speaking to the Sunday People, she said: “I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?”

      “I thought it would make [my life] ten times better but it’s made it ten times worse.

      “I wish I had no money most days.

      “I say to myself, ‘My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won.’”

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      What happens to unclaimed EuroMillions prize money?

      If no UK players come forward within 180 days then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated while it is held in trust, goes to National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

      The National Lottery have said: “Our players change the lives of individuals as well as communities by raising, on average, over £33 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.”

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      The most common numbers for 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.

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      Three ways to improve your chances for EuroMillions

      1. Don’t favour special dates

      It’s pretty common to opt for birthdays and anniversaries when choosing Lotto numbers.

      If you’re relying on special dates, you’re never going to pick a number higher than 31 so you’re ruling out 19 possibilities.

      Don’t be afraid to explore your options between 32 and 50.

      2. Bunch your choices

      To stand a better chance of scoring a win, go for numbers closer together.

      For example, instead of choosing 3, 7, 14, 19, and 26, you could give 9, 10, 12, 13, and 14 a go.

      3. Keep things balanced

      As well as keeping your digits closer together, experts suggest keeping them well-balanced.

      They recommend adding them up once you’ve made your choices to ensure the total is between 90 and 160.

      This is because numbers between these two account for almost three quarters of the five-number successful EuroMillions sets.

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      Is the EuroMillions worth playing for tonight?

      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.

      Who are the biggest Euromillions winners in history?

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

      However, that shouldn’t stop you playing and possibly even winning some big buck! Remember to always play responsibly though. And when the fun stops, stop.

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

      What draw is on tonight?

      Tonight's a very special night, and not only because it marks the end of 2021.

      You have the EuroMillions to play for with a whopping £14M to be won.

      Alongside that, there will also be 10 guaranteed UK Millionaire Maker winners of £1,000,000.

      So what are you waiting for… go get your tickets!

      The odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot

      The life-changing jackpot is hard to scoop. With between 80 to 100 million people purchasing a ticket for a EuroMillions draw each week, it proves stiff competition.

      In order to win the cash prize, players need to match all five main numbers and both lucky star numbers.

      But punters only have a 1 in 139,838, 160 chance of bagging the top prize.

      Matching five numbers and one star has odds of 1 in 6,991,908.

      There is a 1 in 22 chance of matching two numbers in the draw.

      The approximate overall odds of winning a prize in EuroMillions are 1 in 13.

      According to the EuroMillions website, the chances of winning the UK Millionaire Maker game can be estimated as 1 in 1,900,000.

      But winning in this game depends entirely on the number of the payslips sold, so the odds therefore fluctuate.

      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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        Recap: Last night's Set For Life results

        Set For Life took place last night as the draw was held at 8:00pm.

        The top prize is, of course, £10,000 a month for the next 30 years.

        The winning numbers for Thursday’s draw were: 20, 27, 38, 40, 41

        The Life Ball was 06.

        Check your tickets now!

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        Explained: How long do winners have to claim their money?

        Winners from different countries have different deadlines to claim their prize.

        In Austria, winners have a whole three years to claim the prize before it is returned to the lottery and used to fund boosted prizes.

        Belgian winners, on the other hand, only have around 140 days before the money is returned to the Belgian National Lottery.

        The least amount of time to snap up the jackpot goes to France and Luxembourg.

        Winners from Ireland, Portugal and Spain all have around 90 days to tell the world they’ve won.

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        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.

        Stats from the National Lottery

        • Six Millionaires are made every week
        • The luckiest postcode is Birmingham with 119 millionaires
        • The luckiest profession is building
        • There are 6 million winners a week
        • £56 billion paid out in prizes
        • Over £34 million goes to National Lottery Projects every week
        • Most Millionaires celebrate with a cup of tea

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