UK National Lottery facts and figures over the past 20 years enables lottery players with dreams of winning magnificent amounts of money to play the UK Lottery, EuroMillions, Powerball, Mega Millions lotteries, just to name a few with a simple click of the mouse.  That’s right, you can play all the biggest and best online lotteries from the comfort and convenience of your own computer.

9 UK National Lottery Facts and Figures

  1. The first winning numbers to ever be drawn in November 1994 were:  30 – 03 – 05 – 44 - 14 - 22 plus the bonus ball 10.
  2. Noel Edmonds presented the televised programme which created more than 3,600 millionaires. Six new millionaires are created on average a week.
  3. £53 billion has been paid out to winners by the National Lottery over the 20 year period.
  4. The National lottery has raised more than £32billion for good causes.
  5. Approximately 85% of National Lottery winners prefer to remain anonymous.
  6. The majority of lottery winners buy new cars for themselves or for family members but the most popular way to spend their millions is to purchase property.
  7. The biggest 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.
  8. Approximately 70% of adults regularly play the National Lottery.
  9. As predicted more winners quit their jobs. Only 5 percent carry on working after a lottery jackpot win. A staggering 31% volunteer their time to charities.

The National Lottery invited lottery winners from the past two decades to come together for a glamorous photo shoot to celebrate the twenty year anniversary and look back at how their lotto win changed their lives for the better.

National Lottery twenty year anniversary

Jane Cunningham, from North Yorkshire, who won £7,544,200 in December 2008 told lottery officials that when she realised that she had won the jackpot, her first thought was “Oh God I feel sick.”  Jane elaborated and said, "You would think I would be doing cartwheels and screaming from the rooftops. But I had this realisation that oh my God, my life as I know it is over and it is going to start again tomorrow - a totally different life. It is a rollercoaster of emotions."

We all dream of winning the jackpot but hearing what Jane had to say makes us realise that at that very moment the reality of your life changing so completely, can be traumatic.
We all go through our lives with little struggles creeping in year by year and knowing that we cannot buy anything our heart desires becomes the norm. When all this changes in a blink of an eye, we do need time to adjust to our new found wealth.
For Jane, this is exactly what she went through and she knew from the very first moment that things would be completely different. With seven children, life was an everyday struggle for her and Jane and her husband Mark but thanks to her lottery win her financial problems became a thing of the past.

Immediately after Jane banked the supersized winning cheque she splashed out on treats for herself and her family, including breast implants for her 24-year-old daughter. "My most unusual purchase was probably buying my daughter a boob job. She would have been 24 at the time. "I just thought, 'Wow, now she can have one'. She likes them, so that's a good thing.

Speaking to lottery officials Jane also said, "I also popped out for coffee once and came back having bought a £1 million farm. I had this mad feeling and I impulse bought it. I don't know how I did it - that was my biggest impulse buy."

Jane moved her family from their small home in Whitby to the farm and married her long-term finance not long after her lotto win. Jane also donated funds to charity and assisted a few of her friends financially.

Unlike a few lottery jackpot winners, we’ve seen in the past who’s relationships suffered due to the lottery win, Jane and Mark’s relationship did not buckle under the pressure of becoming instant millionaires. Instead, Jane says the win bought them “freedom” and security for her children.

Another jackpot winner at the 20th anniversary of the National Lottery, is Jackie King, who won £14,003,369 in November 1998. 

Jackie said, "My win has given me such security it has meant I can take care of my family and really enjoy life. I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world and have had some fantastic experiences - like going on safari in Zambia."

Since the launch of the National Lottery, not only have millionaires been created but more importantly £32 billion for good causes has been raised.

What started off with a few concerns that the National Lottery would create a nation of gamblers, soon proved otherwise.  With so many people becoming instant millionaires and in turn contributing to worthy causes like the Weirs, the lottery has proved that it has and will always be a positive contribution to society.


Nikki Otterburn won £2,216,029 in 2001

If you too would like to add your name to the National Lottery’s rich list then register today on from anywhere in the world and try your luck with your lucky lotto numbers.

This article forms part of our UK Lottery Resource Centre.

This post was written by
Amanda Green - who has written 205 articles

Posted by Beni (25/11/2014)

Very good

Posted by Ying Kwong (25/11/2014)

Dream will come true definitely!

Posted by Julian (25/11/2014)

My dreams also will come true of winning magnificent amounts of money one day

Posted by Julian (26/11/2014)

Wait and see Jesus will me with some amount one day

Posted by IWw0Ut- (26/11/2014)

nice account from winners on their life so far. did not seem unusual as i expected it to be.

Posted by 6Xy6ffX (26/11/2014)


Posted by Sudha (26/11/2014)

Yes. If it had produced gamblers, I am sure the UK Government would have banned it.

Posted by Krishnan (26/11/2014)

Right. I was there in the UK in 1995 and I saw people buying just one or two lottery tickets in the stores where the machine was installed. I bought a ticket in which I matched 3 numbers and that won me 10 GBP. I just cashed it as I was leaving UK that very day. I thought there was no point in buying a ticket while going back to India. Now things have changed and here is Play UK Lotto/Hugelottos which buys tickets for all, over the Globe. What a change?!

Posted by Marcin (26/11/2014)

EuroMillions 63,000,000 Euro

Posted by Patrick (26/11/2014)

Amazing experience! what an opportunity that PHL has offered to us, we must be very lucky. Its just a matter of time.

Posted by NAgaZ8l (26/11/2014)

Playhugelottos is the BOMB!!

Posted by Carl (27/11/2014)

I will be the next lotto millionair

Posted by IWw0Ut- (27/11/2014)

I hope i am the next one to be inducted into the Jackpot Winners Hall of Fame!

Posted by Marcin (27/11/2014)

I love Uk lotto

Posted by 6Xy6ffX (28/11/2014)

I wonder how many people who play on phl have won a jackpot as all the stories I have read are people winning when they buy from a shop?

Posted by Ionut (28/11/2014)

I love the picture with all those millionaires

Posted by IWw0Ut- (29/11/2014)

I wish i can celebrate the 20th anniversary with a huge jackpot win!!!!!

Posted by IWw0Ut- (30/11/2014)

As a token of celebrating the 20th anniversary, i think some bonus prizes should offered to all patrons. that will be in keeping with the festive spirit also :)

Posted by Edmore (30/11/2014)

By Fire,By Thunder God is bringing me into the promised land...I believe

Posted by IWw0Ut- (1/12/2014)

I would love to celebrate with a euromillions jackpot win!

Posted by Edmore (1/12/2014)

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? how can someone not claim honestly thats a massive jackpot and Pradeep not to worry the next euro millions is coming my way...

Posted by Vladislav (2/12/2014)

20 years of winning millions. Now that's a holiday I like.

Posted by Leyla (25/05/2017)

I love the picture with all those millionaires.