by Renee Israel
This weekend, over £25 million is up for grabs in the two main lotteries -
the UK Lotto and EuroMillions.
The EuroMillions draw takes place tonight (Friday, May 4th) and the
huge jackpot currently up for grabs is £21 million.
The biggest rolling jackpot lottery game in Europe requires that you choose
five numbers from one to fifty and two Lucky Stars from one to eleven.
There are two EuroMillions draws each week - on a Tuesday and on a Friday -
and ticket sales close on 7.30 pm on the eve of each draw day.
Last Friday saw the £36 million EuroMillions jackpot won by a player in
Spain. Tuesday's draw did not result in a win, meaning that the jackpot was
rolled over to tonight's draw with £21 million in the jackpot kitty.
The EuroMillions jackpot also includes the UK Millionaire Raffle which
creates two new UK millionaires each week.
The UK weekend lottery action also includes the Lotto, which
will be drawn on Saturday night (May 5th), with £4.1 million up for grabs.
At only £1 a ticket, this is definitely an affordable way to get your hands
The Lotto Plus 5 is an additional game that can be played with the Lotto at
an extra £1 per play. The player's Lotto numbers are entered into five Lotto
Plus 5 draws, offering five extra chances to win a top prize of £250,000
throughout the week.
Single Mum Wins UK Lotto Jackpot
Reading the tales of lottery winners is always heart-warming, and the recent
Lotto jackpot won by a single mum from Stanford-le-Hope in Essex is a case in
Julia Styles, 46, who struggled to bring up her two children single-handedly,
was shocked when she was told by the shop assistant that she had won £5,000 on
her lottery ticket. She said that she was so "shocked and delighted" at the
time that she simply took the ticket and "walked out without paying for my
But there were more surprises in store for Styles, when her sister worked out
that she had won much more than five grand. "She called me to tell me I'd
actually won £1.6 million," she recalled. "I was gobsmacked."
Styles plans to spoil her kids rotten, buy her dream car - an Audi TT, and
take a holiday in the Caribbean.