National Lottery website crashes ahead of record £50.4m jackpot draw – but winning numbers are: 8, 30, 40, 50, 54, 57 and 13

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• Official Lotto website crashes
• Winning numbers: 8, 30, 40, 50, 54, 57 and 13
• Huge demand for tickets led to website crash

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21:17

Will you win? Clearly not.

@TNLUK clearly not your website wouldn't let me buy tickets online

— Lauren Thompson (@slozza1988)
January 6, 2016

@TNLUK no, because I couldn't do it online as site was down!

— Darren Greenidge (@Darrengreenidge)
January 6, 2016

21:10

All the money in the world..

@TNLUK Proof that all the money in the world can't buy you common sense or planning. pic.twitter.com/qe0PztWVGF

— Max Gilbert (@mgilberties)
January 6, 2016

20:40

Problems with the website

The live broadcast of the draw on YouTube attracted just 3,800 viewers at its peak. A hard-to-find link appeared to be the reason for the limited viewership.

The millionaire raffle draw winner was NAVY 71843117.

20:35

Twitter reaction

Many people have struggled to access the National Lottery website:

It could be you #lottery pic.twitter.com/L8EhdrxBK9

— Kay Burley (@KayBurley)
January 6, 2016

National Lottery website's crashed because it is so busy. £50.4m up for grabs….I'd take tomorrow off if I won that amount

— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose)
January 6, 2016

Epic epic fail by @TNLUK – their website is down! #epicfail #lottery

— Graeme Barbour (@GraemeABarbour)
January 6, 2016

CAN EVERYONE PLEASE GET OFF THE NATIONAL LOTTERY WEBSITE I AM TRYING TO BUY MY TICKET FOR MY 50.4 MILLION. BUGGER OFF.

— Niamh Skinner (@NiamhSkinner)
January 6, 2016

Lottery website and app seem to have crashed ahead of tonight's record jackpot. I may be working tomorrow after all. pic.twitter.com/yBPPt13378

— Jon Kay (@jonkay01)
January 6, 2016

20:30

Lotto website crashes

Britain's largest ever Lotto jackpot caused the official website to crash as thousands attempted to access the site to buy tickets and watch the draw.

The winning numbers are 8, 30, 40, 50, 54, 57 and 13.

National Lottery operator Camelot expected to sell 200 tickets every second – or 720,000 – during the hour before the draw closed at 7.30pm.

Lottery fever has gripped the nation as millions of ticket holders waited to see if an estimated £50 million jackpot will be claimed.

The website crashed in the hours leading up to the draw, such was the demand for tickets. There have been 13 consecutive roll-overs.

Long standing players complained online that the outage would exclude them from the draw.

"Won't be a millionaire tonight, due to the National Lottery site down," said Jeni Rodger, a KPMG employee based in London.

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The UK's biggest ever Lotto jackpot sent ticket sales soaring ahead of the draw last night along with the threat that if the full amount was not won it would be shared out among winners of the Saturday night draw.

National Lottery operator Camelot said it was selling 200 tickets a second during the hour before the draw.

The huge pot eclipsed the previous highest jackpot of £42 million which was shared by three winners in 1996.

But since more numbered balls were introduced in October, the chances of winning are smaller than ever – one in 45 million, one third of the chance compared to before the change.

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The biggest cheque ever won on a single Lotto ticket was £22.5 million shared by work colleagues Mark Gardiner and Paul Maddison from Hastings in 1995, and the biggest ever individual Lotto winner is Iris Jeffrey from Belfast who won £20.1 million in 2004.

Wednesday's jackpot is the result of 13 consecutive rollovers and follows the number of balls in the draw increasing from 49 to 59 in October, reducing the odds on a player's six numbers coming up from around one in 14 million to one in 45 million.

A spokesman for the National Lottery apologised for the online meltdown.

The machine was Arthur with ball set L8, selected by James Ott from Feltham.

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