2011 Lottery Landmarks
As we approach the end of the year and consider everything that has happened over the last twelve months or so, it quickly becomes clear that some major lottery landmarks were set in 2011. The year got off to a great start with both the EuroMillions and Lotto jackpots being won on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day respectively, but there were a few disappointed faces around in February when the Dream Number game came to an end less than five years after its launch. Fortunately, a brand new Lotto Plus 5 game was immediately introduced to replace Dream Number, so the frowns didn’t last for long.
In March it was announced that a new Health Lottery game would be introduced to the UK for the purpose of raising funds for a variety of health-related charities, and then in April we brought you news that the Daily Play game would end in May.
May was also a big month for the EuroMillions game because that was when two new Lucky Star numbers were added to the mix, making the odds of winning the jackpot 1 in 116.5 million. An extra prize tier was added at the same time, and this actually improved the odds of a player winning any prize at all to 1 in 13. As if all of that wasn’t enough, a Tuesday draw was introduced, making EuroMillions a twice-weekly game.
A special Millionaire Raffle draw was held in June and this made 15 winners £1 million richer. As the month closed, the EuroMillions lottery jackpot rolled over for the tenth time in a row, demonstrating that the new rules were already having an impact on the game.
The EuroMillions jackpot continued rolling until Colin and Christine Weir from Scotland set the record for the biggest individual win on Tuesday 12 July. The couple picked up a colossal £161,653,000!
EuroMillions resumed rolling in August and continued rolling until Tuesday 13 September, by which time it was worth £140 million to the lucky player who had purchased the winning ticket in France . On 27 September the first tickets went on sale for the Health Lottery.
A EuroMillions Superdraw with a jackpot of €100 million was held on Tuesday 4 October and the first ever Health Lottery draw took place on Saturday 8 October, making it a particularly special week for lottery players everywhere. Then, on Saturday 5 November, an absent-minded Health Lottery player won two jackpots of £100,000 each after accidentally entering his numbers twice in two days.
EuroMillions Millionaires Month got underway with a special Millionaire Raffle draw on Friday 25 November. 18 winners of £1 million each were drawn in this game instead of just one, and the Millionaires Month event culminated on Friday 23 December with another special draw – this time with 25 lucky winners picking up a £1 million prize.
As you can see, this year has certainly been an eventful one for lottery players, but it isn’t quite over yet. The final EuroMillions and Lotto games of 2011 will offer jackpots of around £40 million and £4 million respectively, so buy your lottery tickets online today and you just might be one of the last jackpot-winners of 2011.
Good luck and have a Happy New Year!
Written by Ian BruceThursday 29th December 2011
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