The National Lottery: In It to Win It

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The National Lottery: In It to Win It
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GenreGame show
Created byAndrew Brereton
Sarah Edwards
Gail Sloan
Presented byDale Winton
Narrated byAlan Dedicoat
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series18
No. of episodes172
Running time45 minutes (2002–06)
50 minutes (2006–16)
Production companies12 Yard
BBC Scotland (2010–16)
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release18 May 2002 (2002-05-18) –
16 July 2016 (2016-07-16)
Related showsThe National Lottery Draws

The National Lottery: In It to Win It is a BBC National Lottery game show which was broadcast on BBC One from 18 May 2002 to 16 July 2016. It was hosted by Dale Winton.


Five contestants competed for a chance to win up to £100,000. They were initially seated in the Waiting Area, on one side of the studio, and each was assigned one of five colours. One ball was drawn at random from a lottery machine, and the contestant matching its colour crossed the studio to sit in Winners' Row. They were asked a series of multiple-choice questions, each with three answer options. Every correct answer added £5,000 to a prize fund, but a miss sent the contestant to the Red Area, between the Waiting Area and Winners' Row.

Once a contestant went to the Red Area, another ball was drawn from the lottery machine and that contestant moved from the Waiting Area to Winners' Row. The host then asked an open-ended question to the contestant(s) in the Red Area. A correct answer allowed them to return to Winners' Row behind the newly chosen contestant, but a miss sent them back to the Waiting Area. No money was at stake on these questions.

As the game progressed, multiple contestants could be in Winners' Row and/or the Red Area at the same time. In the former case, the host asked a new multiple-choice question to each in turn. A miss sent a contestant to the Red Area, but the others would continue playing; if all of them missed, one new contestant was chosen from the Waiting Area. In the latter case, the open-ended question was posed to all contestants in the Red Area, and they had to collectively agree on an answer. All moved to either Winners' Row or the Waiting Area on a correct response or miss, respectively.

After 20 multiple-choice questions had been asked, all contestants not in Winners' Row were eliminated from the game with no winnings. Those who remained were asked one more multiple-choice question apiece, and all who answered correctly won an equal share of the prize fund. If no one answered correctly, or if no contestants were in Winners' Row after the 20th question, no one won any money. The maximum prize of £100,000 could only be won if a single contestant correctly answered all 20 multiple-choice questions and the extra one.

The programme also included the Saturday night Thunderball and Lotto draws. Originally, from Series 1 to 5, Winton himself presided over the Lottery draws live. From series 6 onwards though, a different presenter at "Lottery HQ" conducted the live draws.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 18 May 2002 20 July 2002 9
2 26 April 2003 12 July 2003 12
3 1 May 2004 4 September 2004 15
4 9 July 2005 15 October 2005 15
5 22 July 2006 16 September 2006 9
6 25 November 2006 6 January 2007 7
7 22 September 2007 3 November 2007 7
8 12 January 2008 9 February 2008 4
9 27 December 2008 14 February 2009 8
10 2 January 2010 27 February 2010 8
11 8 May 2010 10 July 2010 8
12 25 September 2010 5 February 2011 8
13 25 June 2011 13 August 2011 8
14 10 March 2012 23 June 2012 12
15 5 January 2013 20 July 2013 16
16 12 April 2014 14 June 2014 10
17 6 September 2014 26 September 2015 8
18 12 September 2015 16 July 2016 8[1]


  1. ^ "BBC announces entertainment commissions". BBC Online. Retrieved 12 March 2015.

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