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Last-minute rush to grab tickets for historic Lotto draw

The draw takes place from 9.55pm. Credit: PA

At least 400 tickets were sold every second in the last hours before sales stopped for Saturday's historic Lotto draw, operator Camelot said.

A record-breaking estimated jackpot of £57.8 million is up for grabs, with hopeful buyers snapping up tickets in the rush before 7.30pm, when sales stopped.

The "unprecedented" sales caused problems for the National Lottery website, with many people complaining they could not buy tickets online.

TV star Noel Edmonds will push the button to start the draw, which will be aired on BBC One at 9.55pm.

The Deal Or No Deal host, who presided over the first ever draw in November 1994, said: "I was honoured to be asked to host the first National Lottery draw and I'm proud to be pushing the button tonight on such a historic occasion."

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'Unprecedented' demand jams National Lottery website

This message was posted on the Lottery website. Credit: National Lottery

"Unprecedented demand" for tonight's record Lotto jackpot is to blame for the sluggish performance on the National Lottery website, operator Camelot has said.

With the Lotto jackpot now standing at nearly £60 million, there are fears the website could again struggle with the surge in demand, as last-minute rush to buy tickets had crashed the lotto website ahead of the previous draw - which had no winners.

A Camelot spokesman said: "As you can appreciate, we're seeing unprecedented demand for tickets for tonight's record-breaking Lotto draw. Tickets can also be bought at any of our 37,000 retail outlets up until 7.30pm, so there's still plenty of time for people to do that."

Meanwhile Barclays' Pingit app, which has a built-in function to purchase National Lottery tickets, has also been affected by Lotto website's outage.

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Winner comes forward to claim £93m EuroMillions jackpot

A ticket-holder who scooped a £93,388,943 in the EuroMillions jackpot has come forward to claim their prize.

Camelot said the lucky winner could receive the cash as early as Monday.

The lucky winner has not been identified and could choose to remain anonymous.

The ticket matched the five main numbers - 5, 8, 10, 11 and 37 - plus the two Lucky Star numbers - 7 and 9.

The top prize had not been won since May 26.

We're delighted Friday's ticket-holder has come forward to claim this truly life changing prize.

The win ranks sixth biggest on the National Lottery rich list and is the third EuroMillions jackpot to be won here in the UK this year.

– National Lottery spokeswoman
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