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What time is the National Lottery draw? How to buy a ticket for a chance of winning in tonight’s Lotto

Saturday’s UK Lotto draw is an estimated jackpot of £19.7 million, plus one guaranteed raffle millionaire. Could it be you?

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  • 19:30, 11 JUN 2016

You may be more likely to get struck by lightning, eaten by a shark or give birth to quadruplets – but who knows?

Tonight could be your lucky night. Tonight’s UK Lotto draw is a £19.7M rollover, with one guaranteed raffle millionaire and 20 raffle winners of £20,000.

We’ve had some winners of big cash prizes so far this year and if you’re willing to take the chance, you too could be one of them.

The biggest ever jackpot scooped by a single ticket holder has stood for 20 years since a £42m jackpot was claimed in 1996. The largest ever jackpot prize was the £66m on offer in January this year.

The prize was eventually split between two winning tickets.

Just last week, an elderly couple from West Lothian scooped £1million on the lottery, continuing an amazing family run of Lotto luck.

Peter Fry, 90, and his wife Mary, 86, landed the huge prize in the Lotto Millionaire Raffle and have been hailed as Scotland’s luckiest family.

Have you got your ticket for tonight yet?

We’ve got everything you need to know covered if you’re feeling lucky and have decided to take your chances in the National Lottery draw on Saturday June 11.

What time is the Lotto draw?

Tune in to The National Lottery: In It to Win It on BBC One tonight at 7.40 pm. Dale Winton presents the quiz in which five contestants answer questions to scoop a big cash prize. Coverage will include the Lotto and Thunderball draws so have your numbers at the ready.

It’s over by 9.25pm so be quick!

National Lottery will also stream it on their YouTube channel and you can watch it back on BBC iPlayer if you win and want to relive the moment.

Can I still buy a ticket?

Yes – but don’t hang about.

Sales close at 7.30pm on the day of the draw, so you’ll need to buy your ticket early if you want a chance of winning tonight.

I’ve never played before – how does it work?

Tickets costs £2 per play and include entry to the new ‘Millionaire Raffle’ that guarantees £1 million prize in every draw.

Alongside the jackpot, that’s two chances to become a millionaire. Plus there are 20 prizes of £20,000 in every draw.

Also now if you Match 2 numbers you win a free Lotto Lucky Dip for another chance to become a millionaire.

To play, select six numbers from 1–59 or pick Lucky Dip for a random selection.

Next, choose how many lines to play.

You can play up to seven lines of numbers on each play slip and buy up to 10 play slips at a time.

Then, choose the draws and number of weeks you’d like to play.

You can play Lotto online every day from 8:00am (sometimes earlier) until 11:00pm. On the day of the lotto draw, ticket sales close at 7.30pm.

What are the odds of winning?

Realistically, not great.

According to National Numeracy, it’s about 1 in 45million.

To put in perspective, the odds of getting hit by lightning are 1 in 2million, getting eaten by a shark is 1 in 4million and having quadruplets if you’re pregnant 1 in 700,000.

Luckiest Lotto postcodes

The luckiest postcodes in the country , based on where you are most likely to win a major National Lottery prize of £50,000 or more, show Essex postcode Romford (RM) takes the top spot.

The statistics, which include both publicity and non-publicity winners, are in full:

  1. RM – Romford
  2. TS – Cleveland
  3. WA – Warrington
  4. L – Liverpool
  5. IG – Ilford
  6. ME – Medway
  7. NP – Newport
  8. NE – Newcastle Upon Tyne
  9. WN – Wigan
  10. HA – Harrow

So far this year, Lotto has not only had its biggest ever jackpot of £66million but also created its biggest ever winner with a £35million prize.

Saturday's UK Lotto draw is an estimated jackpot of £19.7 million, plus one guaranteed raffle millionaire. Could it be you?

The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday night — here’s the deadline to buy a ticket in every state

Feeling lucky? The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at a staggering $1.6 billion, making it the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

Mega Millions jackpots keep growing bigger and bigger when no one wins the grand prize. And nobody had the Mega Millions winning numbers last week, when the jackpots hit $868 million on Tuesday and $1 billion on Friday — both of which would have set records as the highest Mega Millions jackpots ever.

The Mega Millions grand prize has rolled over again, and the payout for Tuesday night’s drawing is now $1.6 billion, with a lump sum payout of $904 million.

For U.S. lottery games, we are in uncharted territory: The $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot is the highest lottery grand prize ever in the U.S., nudging ahead of the record-high $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot drawn in early 2016.

When are the Mega Millions winning numbers drawn?

Mega Millions drawings are always on Tuesdays and Fridays, at 11 p.m. ET. The next Mega Millions drawing — when the all-time high $1.6 billion jackpot is on the line — is Tuesday, October 23.

You can find out the winning Mega Millions numbers at and Live broadcasts of the Mega Millions results are also shown on many nightly TV news programs.

If you’re wondering how to play Mega Millions, the simplest way is to buy a ticket with machine-picked numbers from a participating retailer. Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and are sold in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A winning Mega Millions ticket can pay out a prize ranging from $2 up to the jackpot. The odds of having all six numbers correct and winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million.

What is the deadline to buy Mega Millions tickets?

The deadline to buy Mega Millions tickets varies from state to state. That’s why we rounded up the Mega Millions cutoff times around the country below. Be aware that some retailers may have long lines of customers waiting to buy Mega Millions tickets. So it’s best not to wait until the last minute if you want a chance at the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday.

Each Mega Millions ticket will have the corresponding drawing date printed on it. If you are too late and buy a Mega Millions ticket after your state’s cutoff time for the drawing on Tuesday, your ticket will be valid for the next drawing — Friday, October 26.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and are sold in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The deadline to buy a ticket varies from state to state.