The first UK draw of the current National Lottery took place on Saturday 19th November 1994. Since then there have been over 1000 draws and the highest Jackpot available in that time was £42008610. However, this was shared amongst 3 winners. The highest Jackpot paid to a single winner is £22590829.
To play the National Lottery you need to be over 16 years old. You select 6 different numbers from 1 - 49. Each line of numbers you select costs £1. To win the Jackpot you need to match all 6 numbers from one of your lines to the first 6 numbers drawn from the lottery machine. There is also a 7th ball drawn known as the Bonus Ball. This ball is only used if you have matched 5 of the first 6 balls drawn, on one of your lines. If your 6th number then matches the bonus ball you win a substantial cash prize (though not as large as the Jackpot!). There are also cash prizes for matching 5, 4 or 3 numbers from your line to numbers drawn.
More information about the National Lottery plus details of every previous draw and many other statistics can be found
at lottery.merseyworld.com. and the official National Lottery site is
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