UK Lottery Draw Supports the Heritage Motor Centre

The UK lottery draw raises money for a number of good causes around the country, some small and some much larger. One of the most spectacular of course was the 2012 London Olympics but another very obvious recipient is to be found just south of the M40 motorway at Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Set in 65 acres of well-tended parkland next to the elegant Aston Martin headquarters and the Jaguar/Land Rover Design and Engineering Centre, the Heritage Motor Centre houses a professional conference centre as well as nearly 300 exhibits tracing the development of the British car industry over more than 100 years.

Display of Race and Rally Cars at the Heritage Motor Centre Supported by UK Lottery Draw


The centre opened in 1993, combining the collections previously held at Studley, Warwickshire and Syon Park, London, much of it the property of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. This trust was created in 1986, supported by British Leyland (later Rover), inheriting in it’s turn vehicles and archives held by Leyland Historic Vehicles (set up in 1975) and BL Heritage Ltd. (1979).

The new centre is owned by a charitable trust and was built in a stunning Art Deco style, which provides a dramatic view to visitors as they arrive.

In 2006 the centre was redeveloped with the help of a £1.3 million grant from the UK lottery draw. After five months, the new centre was opened by the Princess Royal.

But don’t get the idea the UK lottery draw was supporting a static and musty museum. There is always something going on at the Heritage Motor Centre. There are regular meetings of enthusiasts in the large car parks outside the centre and those who arrive in a classic car pay a reduced entry fee; the day after I visited owners of Morris Minor Travellers were meeting at the site. At other times there are classic vehicle shows and rallies as well as shows covering other areas such as toys, model railways and even model aircraft.

The centre hosts specific exhibitions too: at present there is a display celebrating 100 years of Aston Martin cars.

As you arrive at the site you realize there is a lot going on: behind the Heritage Motor Centre is the banked Jaguar/Land Rover test track and you can hear powerful cars going through their paces. There is an extensive restoration and maintenance workshop in the building where five technicians look after the exhibits and prepare them for the many exhibitions and rallies they attend as well as for the Centre’s own displays.

For an extra fee, visitors can also book a demonstration ride in a Land Rover or pilot a four-wheel drive vehicle around the off-road course on site. Twice a day there is a guided tour of the centre and a restaurant, extensive conference facilities and even a wedding venue are available for use.

In 2008, the centre’s archive store was updated too. This area contains some 1 million documents, photographs and films related to the British car industry over the last 100 years. In 2005, the UK lottery draw provided money for the purchase of the Nick Baldwin collection of important archive material.

But it doesn’t even stop there: the Heritage Motor Centre owns some 300 significant vehicles with only around 180 on display at any one time. There are plans in place for an extra building to house the cars not normally on display as well as a new workshop facility and the UK lottery draw has already provided money for the planning stage. Hopefully the UK lottery draw will be closely involved in all stages of the development.

The UK lottery draw gets involved in many fascinating and deserving projects and the Heritage Motor Centre is certainly one to make players of the UK lottery draw proud. Why not pay the centre a visit, talk to the friendly staff and volunteers and know you are supporting one of the most interesting and significant museums?

If you want to find out more about the Heritage Motor Centre, visit their website.


The British National Lottery Anniversary Run


View of Inside of London Olympic Stadium

It hardly seems possible but it is nearly one year since the London Olympics, supported by the British National Lottery, took place. To mark the anniversary, there will be a series of athletic events at the end of July this year.

On 21 July however the first of the events after the Olympics will be a 5-mile anniversary run to celebrate the continued involvement of the British National Lottery in British sport.

The National Lottery Anniversary Run route explores the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before ending in the Olympic Stadium itself. This enables ordinary ‘hobby’ runners to experience crossing the finish line in what is now a famous sporting venue. Each runner has the opportunity to bring two members of their family or friends to cheer them across the line.

Children have an opportunity to take part too with a shorter family friendly course available.

The winner of six gold medals, Sir Chris Hoy will start the run on the 21st July and has already said he will be available to encourage the 10 000 runners around the course. He said, “I know how crucial the National Lottery’s support was throughout my career and I am looking forward to being able to play my part in what promises to be a memorable day.”

There will be a number of sports stars and celebrities running too to mark the support of sporting projects by the British National Lottery. The lottery has so far invested a total of £4 billion in this area, £2.2 billion towards the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games alone.

But the Anniversary Run also commemorates the ongoing involvement of the British National Lottery in funding more than 1300 athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 2013 Anniversary Run clearly demonstrates that the London 2012 Olympics were not the end of sports funding from the British National Lottery.

Discover more about the 2013 National Lottery Anniversary Run on the dedicated website.


Latest Lottery News: The National Lottery Is Changing


Two Pound Coins And Lottery Tickets On Twenty Pound Notes

Just under a year ago we reported rumours of changes to the British National Lottery to bring it more in line with the Euromillions lottery.

A press release from Camelot yesterday announces that these changes really are taking place. As we thought the changes are mostly good news, although the downside to all players of the National Lottery is the price of the tickets will go up from £1 to £2 a time.

The other changes are quite complex. Firstly, the jackpots will increase – the average Saturday jackpot will be around £5 million (up from around £4.1 million) and the Wednesday UK lottery draw jackpot will total around £2.5 million. Of course that is before any rollover.

Several of the lesser prizes will increase too. Matching three numbers will bring £25 rather than the previous £10. To be fair, some of the higher prizes will reduce with matching five numbers plus a bonus ball dropping from £100,000 to £50,000 and five numbers attracting £1000 as opposed to the £1500 now available. These are only based on average ticket sales however: if sales are buoyant in a week, then the higher prizes will increase too.

Perhaps the most positive change in the British National Lottery is that it is adopting another Euromillions feature: the raffle. Every ticket will have a raffle number and every lottery draw will produce an additional 50 winners of £20,000 prizes. This is the same as the £1 million given in the Euromillions but it is spread over more players and it is a welcome development.

The changes are scheduled to happen in the autumn of this year and things will stay as they are until then. It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the changes will have on the British National Lottery.

UK Lottery Draw: A Christmas Get Together For Hannah And Eureka!


Young Girl Girl Enjoying The Exhibits At A Childrens Museum

The UK lottery draw has funded many good causes since its inception in 1994. It has paid out more than £29 billion through 13 distributing funds so it should come as no surprise that occasionally recipients are used to provide publicity for the good the National Lottery does.

On 20 December 2012 one of the 1200 athletes who received National Lottery funding and subsequently did the country proud at the Paralympics met children at a museum that has also received lottery funding. Hannah Cockroft took her two gold medals won at London 2012 to the Eureka! National Children’s Museum in her hometown of Halifax.

Eureka! has received nearly £600,000 from UK lottery draw funds and inspires a wide range of children with exhibits designed to fire the imagination through experiments, play and fun.

20 year-old Hannah lead children in a Santa singsong, saying “National Lottery funding has changed my life by helping me fulfill my sporting potential.”

A Director of Eureka!, Michelle Emerson said “Hannah is an inspiration to us all; she shows what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. National Lottery funding has helped Hannah and Eureka! become so successful. National Lottery players should be proud of the difference their funding is making.”

When you next buy your UK lottery draw tickets, remember how much good your money is doing.

Find out more about National Lottery Causes at their website.

The British National Lottery Results For Saturday 27 October 2012

The results of the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Saturday 27 October 2012, were:

07 – 14 – 20 – 30 – 33 – 46 Bonus: 27

Two lucky players divided the £4,202,718 jackpot – each received £2,101,359.

Another 502,857 players won prizes ranging from £10 to £117,558 – total prize money given out was £8,631,221.

The jackpot for the next UK lottery draw on Wednesday 31 October 2012 is a scary £2,200,000.


The British National Lottery Results For Wednesday 24 October 2012

The results of the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Wednesday 24 October 2012, were:

01 – 10 – 19 – 36 – 47 – 48 Bonus: 11

Once again the lottery was generous and produced two winners of the £2,375,918 jackpot – each received £1,187,959.

There were another 257,855 players who won prizes varying from £10 to £104,436. They divided a total prize fund of £4,638,079.

The jackpot of the next UK lottery draw on Saturday 27 October 2012 presently totals £4,000,000.

The British National Lottery Results For Saturday 20 October 2012

The results of the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Saturday 20 October 2012, were:

09 – 10 – 24 – 37 – 39 – 40 Bonus: 36

One lucky lottery player won the jackpot of £4,467,060.

There were also another 459,682 players who won lesser prizes ranging from £10 to £274,896.

The jackpot for the next UK lottery draw on Wednesday 24 October 2012 stands at £2,200,000.

The British National Lottery Results For Wednesday 17 October 2012

The results of the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Wednesday 17 October 2012, were:

04 – 07 – 19 – 21 – 39 – 49 Bonus: 26

One lucky player won the £1,952,964 jackpot.

Another 349,576 players won lesser prizes varying from £10 to £60,091 – total prize money was £5,084,369.

The jackpot for the next UK lottery draw on Saturday 20 October 2012 presently stands at £4,000,000.

The British National Lottery Results For Saturday 13 October 2012

The results for the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Saturday 13 October 2012, were:

14 – 26 – 30 – 32 – 36 – 48 Bonus: 15

There was one winner of the £7,105,939 jackpot.

There were a further 462,520 winners of lesser prizes ranging from £10 to £148,215 – total prize money for these was £8,827,858.

The jackpot for the next UK lottery draw on Wednesday 17 October 2012 currently stands at £2,200,000.

The British National Lottery Results For Wednesday 10 October 2012

The results of the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Wednesday 10 October 2012, were:

15 – 19 – 23 – 29 – 30 46 Bonus: 02

There was no winner of the £2,288,933 jackpot and the total will roll over to the next draw.

285,522 players did win other prizes however – these ranged from £10 to £70,428 and total money given out was £4,814,092.

The jackpot of the next UK lottery draw, on Saturday 13 October 2012, currently totals £6,400,000.