Updated: Friday 17th July 2015
For the first time ever in the history of the UK National Lottery the main Lotto draw has produced a quad or "Lotto Quadruplet", that is to say four sequential numbers. The draw on Saturday 12th July saw the numbers 27, 28, 29 and 30 drop out of the Topaz machine.
Although we all know that the odds of any six numbers being drawn are exactly the same (1 in 13,983,816), the appearance of consecutive numbers always strikes people as being a little unusual.
We have seen two consecutive numbers countless times, and even three consecutive numbers isn’t that uncommon, but four is something a little rarer, hence the fact that we’ve waited almost fourteen years since the launch of the lottery for this first Lotto quadruplet.
The jackpot of £4,787,932 on Saturday was scooped by one player, so whoever won either got a Lucky Dip or understood that the odds of 16, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 42 appearing were just as likely as any other six numbers. We congratulate the winner and now await the appearance of the first Lotto Quintuplet, though we won’t be holding our breath...Published: Sunday 13th July 2008
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