The English Lottery dates back to 1569 when it was first officially chartered by Queen Elizabeth 1. Designed to raise money for the “reparation of the havens and strength of the Realme, and towards such other public good works”, unlike the English Lottery today, during the early days of the lottery in Britain, everybody who had a ticket won a prize. These prizes would typically be valuable commodities for the home, such as silver plates.
There was a heavy emphasis on advertising for the English Lottery during the 16th and 17th centuries, with posters being put up across the country showing pictures of the prizes. The Lottery Offices created thousands of publicity posters and bills during Queen Elizabeth 1’s era.
All lottery/">National Lottery prizes are tax-free and are paid as a lump sum. Players must be over the age of 16 to purchase a lottery ticket in Britain. So far the lottery/">National Lottery has created approximately 2,800 millionaires in Great Britain.
The English lottery-results/">Lottery results – or Lotto as it is has been referred to since 2002 in an attempt to increase waning ticket sales – as conducted twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. However English lottery-results/">Lottery results are never called on Christmas Day and are therefore postponed if Christmas Day happens to fall on a Wednesday or Saturday.