How long has the national lottery been going?

If you mean the UK National Lottery, what we found is that the first draw was broadcast live on a BBC One show on November 19, 1994. It was hosted by Noel Edmonds. It's been going for over 22 years now.

The jackpot of around £5.9 million was shared by seven winners, with each one winning a shade under £840,000.

The National Lottery was a success in its first year, with £267 million going to the allocated ‘good causes’ in the arts, heritage, sport and for the impending Millennium celebrations. Another £154 million was donated to charity.

As per the British Library, England’s first ever National Lottery was issued in 1567 by Queen Elizabeth I. At this time England was seeking to expand its export markets around the world.

The lottery was intended to raise money for the enormous costs of building ships and developing ports. Tickets cost ten shillings each – far too much for the ordinary citizen to afford. The first prize was an amazing £5000, which was paid partly in ‘ready money’ and partly in plate, tapestries and ‘good linen cloth’.

To encourage as many people as possible to buy tickets, all ticket holders were promised freedom from arrest for all crimes other than murder, felonies, piracy or treason.

Learn more about the National Lottery by checking these 20 amazing facts shared by The Telegraph.

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