National Lottery latest LIVE: Set For Life returns tonight as HUGE EuroMillions to play for on New Year's day

THE Set For Life draw returns tonight and could see one lucky Brit win £10,000 a month for the next 30 years.

The draw will be held at 8:00pm tonight and the results will follow on our blog shortly after.

There is a HUGE jackpot waiting to be won on New Year's day as the EuroMillions returns this Friday. One extremely lucky person could be walking into the New Year millions richer.

Stay tuned to find out what the massive sum will be.

Read our lottery live blog below for the latest numbers and results…

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    First home

    Jane Park was Britain’s youngest EuroMillions winner when she scooped her £1million jackpot in 2013.

    The Edinburgh socialite moved out of the council house she shared with her mum after buying a three-bed home.

    Jane took pride in transforming it with dazzling décor, including flowers in many rooms, mirrored furniture, and coloured with cool greys and monochrome tones.

    With a fabulous, open plan kitchen complete with a lavish marble island, the cooking area lead to patio doors which opened into the garden.

    However she sold the house in 2016 to move back in with her mum after admitting she was lonely.

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    What if…

    Euromillions winner Adrian Bayford is “consumed with guilt” as his son fights for life after a horror quad bike smash, friends say.

    The lad, 13, was hit by a car driven by his sister, 15, in the sprawling grounds of their Cambridgeshire mansion.

    The Sun exclusively revealed details of the horror smash as the boy is fighting for his life in intensive care with his family at his bedside.

    His sister raised the alarm after her brother was flung from his machine and through a fence.

    It is understood the car and quad bike were gifts bought for the kids by former postie Adrian, 49.

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    National Lottery: Weekly timetable

    Below is a handy timetable for all UK lottery games including Lotto, EuroMillions and Set For Life.

    There is a draw 6 nights a week.

    Tonight will see the return of the Set For Life and will be held at 8:00pm.

    Tomorrow's draws are the EuroMillions and Thunderball. Tickets for these two have already gone on sale.

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    Number 27 most likely to help punter scoop a jackpot

    National Lottery ball number 27 is the most likely to help punters win a jackpot, researchers say.

    It has made more appearances than any other in 3,071 draws in the past ten years.

    The number came up 399 times in the UK National Lottery, Thunderball, EuroMillions and Irish Lotto.

    That is 141 more times than number 57, the unluckiest number, which was drawn just 258 times.

    The second luckiest is 54, which appeared 387 times. It was followed by 29, 42, 52 and 58 in joint third on 381 times.

    The next luckiest was number 20 with 378. Then came 23, with 372.

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    The man who won 7 times

    American man, Richard Lustig, is the only person in the world who has won the lottery seven times.

    In an interview with ABC News, Lustig explained that his method wass to re-invest all of his winnings back into the lottery, and also recommended using hand-picked sequential numbers, as well as using the same numbers repeatedly.

    Lustig’s total wins amount to a value of $1,052,205.58, which is about £766,736.95.

    • Win 1: January 1993 (scratch-off ticket) – $10,000
    • Win 2: August 1997 (Florida Fantasy 5) – $13,696.03
    • Win 3: June 2000 (“scratch-off ticket “2nd chance drawing”) – $3,594.66
    • Win 4: October 2001 (“scratch-off ticket “2nd chance drawing”) – valued at $4,966
    • Win 5: January 2002 (Florida Mega Money) – $842,152.91
    • Win 6: November 25, 2008 (Florida Fantasy 5) $73,658.06
    • Win 7: August 9, 2010 (Florida Fantasy 5) – $98,992.92

    What’s the scratchcard with the best odds?

    According to Oddschecker, the best scratchcard to snap up is £500 Loaded with odds of just 1 in 3.15.

    For just a fiver you could be in the running for £500.

    In second place, with the same odds, is Full of £500s which also has a top prize of £500.

    Cashword Multiplier follows close behind, which sees punters scratch off letters to reveal symbols to create full words.

    Woman wins on first time ‘hunch’

    A woman won £184million on her first ever EuroMillion lottery ticket after buying it “on a hunch”.

    The young woman – who wanted to remain anonymous – was presented with the prize at her home in Tahiti after it went unclaimed since October 15.

    According to the EuroMillions website, her ticket was the only entry that matched all seven numbers after the jackpot had hit its cap of €220m (£184m).

    The mystery woman said she had never entered the EuroMillions draw in her life but had grown up watching her grandfather play.

    “I was waiting for the right moment to play, and that day I had a hunch,” she said.

    “Everything is possible, you just have to believe in it. Before checking my ticket, I felt a shiver in my back.

    Explained: When is the next draw?

    The next game to play in will be the Set For Life draw this evening.

    Taking place at 8pm, it will see Brits play for the chance to win £10k a month for the next 30 years.

    Tuesday will see Thunderball take place at 8pm, shortly followed by EuroMillions at 8.45pm – with a stonking jackpot of £42m up for grabs.

    National Lottery: Weekly timetable

    Below is a handy timetable for all UK lottery games including Lotto, EuroMillions and Set For Life.

    There is a draw 6 nights a week.

    There is no draw tonight, but the Set For Life returns tonight at 8:00pm.

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      Lottery with the best odds UK

      The game with the best odds, in terms of winning the top prize, is the Thunderball.

      According to the National Lottery website, the odds of winning the jackpots are:

      • Lotto jackpot: 1 in 45,057,474.
      • EuroMillions jackpot: 1 in 139,838,160.
      • Set For Life top prize: 1 in 15,339,390.
      • Thunderball top prize: 1 in 8,060,598.

      Unluckiest winner of all time

      That was the case for one young couple this week who missed out on the £182million Euromillions jackpot  when they realised their winning ticket payment hadn’t gone through.

      Rachel Kennedy, 19, and Liam McCrohan, 21, from Hertfordshire were “absolutely heartbroken” when they realised their usual numbers had come up, but they had won nothing.

      The couple, both students, had played the winning numbers of 6, 12, 22, 29, 33, 6 and 11 for five weeks in a row before all seven digits appeared in Friday’s draw.

      Rachel’s account was set up to automatically buy a Euromillions ticket with her usual numbers but because her account did not have the right funds, the ticket payment did not go through.

      “I called the number thinking that I had won £182million and they said ‘yeah you’ve got the right numbers but you didn’t have the funds in your account for the payment of the ticket so it didn’t actually go through’,” Rachel said.

      Read the article in full here.

      Top tips for playing the lottery

      Have you ever wondered the secrets to winning big in the lottery? Is it pure luck or is there a system to it…?

      1. Avoid computer picks. It lowers your odds of winning.
      2. On scratchcards, try buying 10 of one ticket instead of several different tickets.
      3. Mix up your numbers.
      4. Even it out – Don’t pick all odd or all even numbers.
      5. Split from the crowd, so don’t play patterns.
      6. Apparently, you should avoid anniversaries, birthday’s and dates.
      7. Avoid playing winning numbers that have been drawn before, because every combination has a chance of coming up once every half a million drawings.

      Selfless couple give away winnings

      A £115million jackpot is probably enough to not just change your life, but the lives of everyone you’ve ever cared about too.

      Which is probably why Frances and Patrick Connolly decided to give over half of their winnings to 175 people.

      “We won £114,969,775.70 and we have given away more than half,” Frances said last year.

      “That’s £60million-worth of love. And the thing that makes me even happier is that every single person we gave money to has passed some of it on to other people. I can’t think of a day since winning the Lottery that I haven’t smiled.”

      Read more here.

      Where does National Lottery money go?

      Around £30 million is raised every week by National Lottery players for good causes – so even if you don’t win some of the country’s most vulnerable do.

      Here are some of the organisations they work with:

      • Arts Council England
      • Sport England
      • BFI
      • UK Sport
      • Arts Council Of Wales
      • Sport Wales
      • Arts Council Of Northern Ireland

      A blessing in disguise

      Martyn and Kay Tott got the shock of their lives when they realised they’d won £3million back in 2001 – six months after buying the ticket.

      By the time they saw an appeal for the winner to come forward, they couldn’t find the ticket.

      After 45 agonising days of deliberating, Camelot told the devastated couple that they weren’t going to receive the cash.

      “Having that money taken away was torture,” Martyn told the Mail on Sunday.

      “For a long time I lost sight of who I was and what I believed in. But I can honestly say I’m glad I didn’t get the £3million now.

      “There is no guarantee it would have brought me happiness.”

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        New scratchcard rules

        A major rules shake-up to National Lottery tickets and scratch card will change who is able to buy tickets from October this year.

        Those feeling lucky now have to be over 18 to play, as the minimum age goes up from 16 to 18.

        That means it is illegal for any retailer to sell these goods to anyone under the age of 18 – and will apply to favourite games like Lotto and the EuroMillions.

        The new rules come into effect from today after being announced as part of a major crackdown on gambling laws last year.

        Online sales of lottery tickets and scratch cards have already been banned – this came into force in April this year.

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        The most common numbers for EuroMillions

        Each and every EuroMillions draw has no guarantees, but the opportunity to become a millionaire is something many people can’t resist.

        Whether you religiously play or throw on the odd Lucky Dip, most people have weighed up the odds against them.

        Players choose five numbers between 1-50 and two Lucky Stars between 1-12, but some numbers seem to crop up more than others.

        According to EuroMillions statistics, number 20 is the biggest winner – having been drawn 66 times.

        Its closely followed by numbers 23 and 5, which have both made an entrance 64 times.

        Number 27 has been a winning ball 63 times, while 42 has made an appearance on 60 occasions.

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        ‘Money made my close relatives demanding and greedy’

        Euromillions mum Gillian Bayford is locked in a family feud over her share of a £148million jackpot.

        Gillian, 44, accused her dad Ian McCulloch, 72, of trying to seize control of the fortune she won with her ex Adrian Bayford, 46.

        The Dundee mum of two blasted Ian, mum Brenda and brother Colin, 42, saying: “It made them bitter and greedy.”

        And she told how she gave them a £20million slice of her fortune — only for them to come back for more.

        Gillian, who runs a property firm in Dundee, said: “It’s upsetting and it’s raw. The money was supposed to make everybody happy.

        “But it’s made my close relatives demanding and greedy.”

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        Your chances of unlikely events

        Experts reveal chances of unlikely events – from death by shark to winning lottery.

        Number - crunching experts at cardchat.com have worked out the likelihood of some very unlikely events.

        • 1000 – 1 = Seeing a shooting star.
        • 37,500 in 1 = Being bitten by a snake.
        • 3,700,000 in 1 = Being killed by a shark.
        • 1,000,000,000,000 in 1 = Meeting your doppelganger.
        • 45,000,000 in 1 = Winning the lottery.
        • 500-1 = Being born with an extra toe.

        Read the article in full here.

        Top scratchcard to get

        According to Oddschecker, the best scratchcard to snap up is £500 Loaded with odds of just 1 in 3.15.

        For just a fiver you could be in the running for £500.

        In second place, with the same odds, is Full of £500s which also has a top prize of £500.

        Cashword Multiplier follows close behind, which sees punters scratch off letters to reveal symbols to create full words.

        What if…

        Euromillions winner Adrian Bayford is “consumed with guilt” as his son fights for life after a horror quad bike smash, friends say.

        The lad, 13, was hit by a car driven by his sister, 15, in the sprawling grounds of their Cambridgeshire mansion.

        The Sun exclusively revealed details of the horror smash as the boy is fighting for his life in intensive care with his family at his bedside.

        His sister raised the alarm after her brother was flung from his machine and through a fence.

        It is understood the car and quad bike were gifts bought for the kids by former postie Adrian, 49.

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          'Life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won'

          Jane Park was just 17 when she bagged £1million in prize money after buying her first ever ticket, making her Britain’s youngest EuroMillions winner.

          At the time of her win, she was an admin temp earning £8-an-hour, and was living in a two-bedroom Edinburgh council flat she shared with her mum Linda.

          Jane is an avid football fan and supports Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.

          She has previously remarked that being a millionaire is stressful.

          Speaking to the Sunday People, she said: “I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?”

          “I thought it would make [my life] ten times better but it’s made it ten times worse.

          “I wish I had no money most days.

          “I say to myself, ‘My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won.’”

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          Explained: What is Set For Life draw?

          The Set For Life draw runs on Mondays and Thursdays and one lucky Brit could win £10,000 every month for the next 30 years.

          Players have to pick five numbers from 1-47 plus one Life Ball number from 1-10 or go with a Lucky Dip to get a randomly generated number.

          You can buy Set For Life tickets online every day from 6am until 11pm. But remember, to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.

          The winning numbers go out at 8pm and can be found on our blog shortly after.

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          Some signs are luckier than others

          According to the stars some signs are luckier than others, so read on and see if you should pop out and buy that winning lotto ticket. It could be you!

          Leo – Oh, Leo we knew you’d be one of the lucky ones. You always look good, have a string of admirers and just tend to always be prowling on the bright side of the street.

          Virgo – It’s no coincidence that planner extraordinaire is one of the luckiest signs of the zodiac. Virgos only become successful because they put in the hours and werk, girl.

          Scorpio – Magnanimous Scorpio has definitely got it going on when it comes to luck. They’ll often find themselves in the right place at the right time as if by magic, much to the annoyance of some less fortunate souls

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          Business as usual for one millionaire

          Winning £1m was sheer luck for Jamie Heavens, who purchased a Millionaire Riches Scratch card after watching a customer in front of him do it.

          After leaving the petrol station, he pulled into a layby to scratch it off and was gobsmacked when he won.

          However, hardworking Jamie, from Bournemouth, had no intention of quitting his day job.

          Jamie told the Mirror: “It was 7.30 in the morning and I still had a day’s shift ahead… I won a million pounds and earned another £100 for my shift.”

          After that the roofer and his fiance Danielle spent £25,000 on a lavish wedding with “a band, a videographer and a massive marquee”.

          He bought a business but feels rather happy about his new job, adding: “I still work but now I’m my own boss!”

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