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Happy 18th birthday National Lottery!
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The UK National Lottery is all grown up, well almost. It celebrated its Sweet Sixteen in 2010 and its 21st is looming on the horizon, but first the small matter of an 18th birthday celebration this year. Throughout November the National Lottery will be in the party mood as it marks its 18th anniversary, because its year of conception was 1994. Look out for special events and celebrity faces. The National Lottery also cordially invites you to join in the celebrations by following them on Twitter from 19th November, and to get the #18thBirthday hash tag trending.

There’s a lot to celebrate

For starters, the success of The Olympics, enabled by lottery funding, and the creation of 100 UK Millionaires in a EuroMillions draw on launch night. Also the impressive creation of 3,000 millionaires since the National Lottery began. Not to mention the generation of £28 billion to fund worthy causes and projects across the UK via the National Lottery Good Causes Fund over the last 18 years. These focus on culture, health, skills, heritage and the environment. That’s a lot to be proud of. So anyone who has ever bought a lottery ticket or played lottery online can pat themselves on the back for being part of the National Lottery’s story so far. If you want to help contribute to the £30 million generated every week by lottery ticket sales and unclaimed prizes, you can play the National Lottery every Wednesday and Saturday. Don’t forget to be ‘in it to win it’ with EuroMillions every Tuesday and Friday too.

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