The National Lottery

There’s nothing UK punters like more than the chance to win big and it’s this that helps makes Grand National Saturday in April each year the biggest single betting day in the UK sporting calendar.

It seems appropriate that the first ever winner of the world’s greatest steeplechase was a horse called “Lottery” back in 1839 – and it’s a commonly held belief that the National is something of a lottery; any horse has a chance in other words.

The trouble is that this is no longer true – if it ever was. There have only been five 100-1 winners of the race in its 173-year history, the most recent being Venetia Williams’ Mon Mome in 2009.

But for the most part, the National has become much more of a form race with horses generally carrying, at most, a little over 11 stones, usually aged between 8 and 11, and of good quality – as exemplified by this year’s winner Neptunes Collonges which was one of the best, if not the best horse in the race.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Great British public who, over the last 18 years or so, have been turning their intentions to national lotteries of various types in an attempt to win truly life-changing amounts of money, whilst leaving the Grand National for more of a fun punt.

But when it comes to a fun punt, a lot of UK consumers have also been taking up fun gaming with online sites for games like Bingo – where an estimated four million of us now play regularly.

These two factors haven’t gone unnoticed by the savviest websites. One of the UK’s fastest-growing online gaming sites, Jackpotjoy Bingo, for example, now also publishes the various winning lottery numbers all on one page on its site – in recognition of the fact that those of us who like to play for fun are also likely to buy lottery tickets just in case we win a really life-transforming sum.

Jackpotjoy publishes the very latest UK lottery results, Irish Lottery results and the Euro Lotto outcomes – as well as Health Lottery results all on one page, whilst anyone deciding to play Bingo on the award-winning site has the chance to win a decent share of £2,000,000 every day. Clearly, the Great British public always loves a lottery – and that hasn’t changed since 1839!