Who presented the first national lottery on tv?

On 19 November 1994, the first ever UK National Lottery draw was broadcast live on a BBC One show hosted by Noel Edmonds.

The National Lottery had been set up the previous year by John Major’s government and franchised to the operator Camelot, who beat off competition from seven other consortia to win the bid.

After much hype and an hour-long launch show watched by some 25 million people and featuring gameshow elements, celebrity star turns and the inimitable predictions of Mystic Meg, there was mild disappointment when the draw failed to make someone a millionaire; the jackpot of around £5.9 million was shared by seven winners, with each one winning a shade under £840,000.

In spite of this, 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.

Check out these 20 amazing facts about the National Lottery shared by Telegraph.co.uk.

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