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National Lottery Christmas Schedule 2010

National Lottery Christmas Schedule 2010
Updated: Monday 20th July 2015

Christmas Day this year falls on a Saturday, which just happens to be one of the busiest days of the week as far as National Lottery games are concerned. This situation might cause some players to think that the lottery games will be disrupted, but the good news is that the majority of games will continue as usual, with draws for the UK Lotto, Dream Number and Thunderball games all taking place on Christmas Day just as they would on any other Saturday. In fact, the only game that won’t have a draw on Christmas Day is the Daily Play game.

- Friday 24 December: All games will be played as normal, including EuroMillions, Thunderball and Daily Play. National Lottery players in the UK should remember that this EuroMillions draw will feature a special Millionaire Raffle draw that is guaranteed to make 25 people £1,000,000 richer.

- Saturday 25 December: The Lotto, Thunderball and Dream Number games will be drawn as normal, but there will be no Daily Play draw. National Lottery results will be available online as usual, but no live draw will be shown on TV due to the Christmas broadcasting schedule.

Although there will be little disruption to lottery games over the Christmas period, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good idea to plan your Christmas lottery gaming ahead of time. Whilst the majority of games will be played according to the usual schedule, buying tickets for games from offline retailers might not be as easy, because many shops are closed on Christmas Day and many also close early on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Those of you who buy lottery tickets offline should therefore plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

The situation for those who buy lottery tickets online is much more straightforward, because the internet never closes for business, but even here it makes sense to plan ahead. Leaving your purchase of lottery tickets to the last few hours before a scheduled draw is never sensible, as any unforeseen holdups with websites or processing facilities behind the scenes could still make life rather difficult. Such holdups are fortunately rare, but it is always a good idea to err on the side of caution!

Remember that the Dream Number game is set to play for the last time on February 9th, 2011 so if you are a fan of this game you have just a few short months to enjoy it.

Because lottery players can enter their chosen numbers for several consecutive draws at once, there really is no need for anyone to leave buying their lottery tickets until the last minute. Anyone reading this item can purchase lottery tickets right here for the Lotto game this Wednesday (which has an estimated jackpot of £2.4 million), the EuroMillions game this Friday (which has a double rollover jackpot of £36 million) and for lottery games over the Christmas period and beyond. Good luck and have fun!

Published: Thursday 16th December 2010

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