The National Lottery made its television début in the United Kingdom back in 1994 amid fears that it would encourage gambling. However those fears were proved wrong and for the past 20 years the machines which draw the numbers, Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and Merlin, have gone on to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country.
Since its inauguration Camelot has created a jaw dropping 3,600 millionaires, and has handed out over £53 billion in prize money and £32 billion in funding to good causes, some of which have been involved in worldwide spectacles.
So if you would like to get your hands on some of that prize money how about finding out what your chances of winning are?
Well the odds of winning the jackpot are around 1 in 14 million meaning you have more chance of being struck by lightning than scooping the jackpot. However those odds or just for the main game, as there are also three others to play as well as numerous scratch cards, lotto raffles, and online instants wins.
The size of jackpots have also varied over the years with the smallest being won in August 2014 with the two jackpot winners taking home only £360,076. And the largest being won in January of 1996, handing the lucky couple £42 million.
However, it isn’t just the lucky winners who have had support from the National Lottery as many of us have visited places around the UK including Stonehenge and Queen Elizabeth Park, both of these have benefited from Lottery funding.
The National Lottery is still a very popular game even 20 years after its first drawing and with more chances to win the lottery than ever before when the next huge jackpot is up for grabs, it could be you.