The number of people who are now millionaires or multi-millionaires thanks to the United Kingdom's National Lottery averages out to roughly 200 a year. That figure is based on 4,600 plus winners divided by the 23 years the National Lottery has been in existence.
That initial drawing's most famous winner was Queen Elizabeth. Her majesty increased her net worth by 10 pounds.
A week after the inaugural drawing, the lottery gave out its first seven-figure jackpot. The previous week, 20 million souls watched the National Lottery's first televised drawing. That night, seven winners split a £5,874,714 grand prize.
Each week, lives are transformed by numbered cellular foam balls. As the lottery is overseen by the Camelot Group the drawing machines are appropriately named after characters from Arthurian Legend. One has been named in honor of King Arthur and the other three have been dubbed, Merlin, Guinevere, and Launcelot.
In 2013 the purchase of a single Power Ball ticket netted a Zephyrhills, Florida woman 376.4 million pounds. Converted to US dollars that sum is the equivalent of $590,500,000.00.
Repeat lottery ticket buyers comprise 70% of the UK and Isle of Man citizens eligible to participate. The odds of winning the overall prize in the Lotto are 1 in 45,057,474. For Thunderball 1 in 8,060,597 and for Euromillions 1 in 116,531,799. There is a 10% of winning the minimum prize by matching one number.
No doubt, each player has their own formula for choosing what they hope are winning numbers. Here are a few facts that may help you choose your next set of numbers. The numbers most likely to come out of Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, and Launcelot are 23, 25, 33, 38, 43, and 44.
Number 38 deserves some special mention. Begining in 1994 this green ball has been drawn an average of 14 times a year. This makes 38 the most likely number to come up during a drawing.
One potential advantage to choosing those digits listed above is that even though they are the most frequently drawn they are the least frequently played. If you are triskaidekaphobic take heart. The ball sporting the number 13 comes up fewer than 10 times per year.
In one instance some numbers were drawn a little too frequently for the taste of the Bulgarian government. Despite the likelihood of such an occurrence being 1 in 4,000,000 the results of two back-to-back drawings were identical prompting an investigation in Bulgaria. No evidence of any wrongdoing was found.
There is one group that wins the National Lottery every single week. That group is the citizens of the UK. Each week's drawing generates around 30 million pounds that finance 400 charitable and job-creating projects.
The beneficiaries of the charitable projects are those whose lives are just beginning and those who have reached their golden years. The money that goes to environmental projects works to everyone's benefit.
The lottery creates jobs by sponsoring athletic teams and the arts. The movies the “King's Speech” and “Billy Elliot” were both financed through the lottery. In fact, films paid for by the National Lottery have garnered 15 Oscars and 31 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).
Winnings find their way back into the economy. Seven out of ten winners relocate meaning they spend money on housing and its related expenses. A small number of winners purchase 10 cars or more. The majority of winners purchases 4.5 automobiles. With all that money you would think that they would buy the whole fifth car.