Lotto players urged to check their tickets after TWO lucky punters scooped £1m each…despite no one winning the jackpot | The Sun

NATIONAL Lottery players are urged to check their tickets after two lucky winners bagged more than £1million each, even though no one won the jackpot.

Last night’s jackpot prize stood at a cool £20m but no one matched all six numbers in the draw.

But two lucky players matched five numbers and the bonus ball to win £1,159,871.

The winning numbers were 4, 12, 19, 20, 24 and 42 and the crucial bonus ball was 17.

The draw came after a lotto expert claimed players would have the best chance of winning the golden ticket yesterday.

Gambler Richard Brocklebank, known as The Squirrel, has landed more than £14m for his syndicates and uses mathematics to calculate the odds and viability of any punts.

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And the lotto whizz said that the Bank Holiday £20m Must Be Won draw could pay out big time.

This is because the rules changed in 2020 giving bigger pay-outs for smaller wins if the jackpots roll down, which seven of the ten Must Be Won draws since have done.

Under normal circumstances a £2 lottery ticket is expected to return a long-term average of less than 90p.

But when you play a Must Be Won draw the expected value of the ticket can be actually greater than the £2 it costs – and you don't even need all six balls to net a decent profit.

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With these type of draws, when there is no outright winner, the jackpot rolls down and all the lower prizes are enhanced.

Richard, from Hyde, Cheshire, said before the draw: "The weekend's £20M Must Be Won Lotto draw on Easter Saturday 8th April, is the time to be playing some extra lines, as there is a great chance of wins being enhanced.”

The Squirrel Syndicate's biggest single Scoop6 return was in March 2009 when their selection Russian Trigger won the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter for a then record bonus dividend of £3.1m.

The first National Lottery draw was held on November 19, 1994 when seven winners shared a jackpot of £5,874,778.

The largest amount ever to be won by a single ticket holder was £42m, won in 1996.

Gareth Bull, a 49-year-old builder, won £41m in November, 2020 and ended up knocking down his bungalow to make way for a luxury manor house with a pool.

Sue Davies, 64, bought a lottery ticket to celebrate ending five months of shielding during the pandemic — and won £500,000.

Sandra Devine, 36, accidentally won £300k – she intended to buy her usual £100 National Lottery Scratchcard, but came home with a much bigger prize.

The biggest jackpot ever to be up for grabs was £66m in January last year, which was won by two lucky ticket holders.

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Another winner, Karl managed to bag £11m aged just 23 in 1996.

The odds of winning the lottery are estimated to be about one in 14m.

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