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Lotto jackpot to top £18.6million on Wednesday night

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 18/06/2017 James Rodger

There will be an estimated £18.6 million Lotto jackpot on Wednesday after no-one scooped Saturday's top prize.

The winning numbers were 24, 44, 01, 16, 11, 20 and the bonus number was 42.

Set of balls two and draw machine Arthur was used.

Five people matched five of the six numbers plus the bonus ball, winning £16,123 each.

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There were 170 ticketholders who matched five numbers to win £499 each and 9,321 ticketholders who matched four numbers, each pocketing £58.

Another 181,045 ticketholders matched three numbers to each win £25.

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There were no top prize winners of the £500,000 Thunderball or of the £350,000 Lotto HotPicks, which uses the same numbers as the Lotto draw.

The winning Thunderball numbers were 01, 05, 11, 27, 28 and the Thunderball number was 11.

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Sales of draw-based games - including Lotto and EuroMillions - tumbled 15%, or £619million, to an eight-year low of just over £4billion.

Camelot said total ticket sales fell to £6.9 billion for 2016/17 from a record £7.5 billion the previous year.

Total returns to good causes were lower than the previous year, mainly because of a "disappointing" performance across the National Lottery's range of draw-based games - especially on Lotto, where player confidence remained dented by three "very long and statistically unexpected" rollover series in quick succession at the beginning of last year.

EuroMillions also had a soft first six months in 2016/17 but its performance improved significantly over the second half.

Although the latest results reflected Camelot's fourth highest yearly sales, the company is facing increased competition from secondary lottery products such as Lottoland.

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