It really is a long time now since what were, arguably, the National Lottery’s glory years on TV.
Here’s the draw in its imperial, mid-90s incarnation. Everything is present: bombastic fanfares, guests the likes of Pavarotti and Elton John, a simulcast “live on BBC1 – and Radio 1!”, and a massive studio audience, whipped into a fiduciary frenzy by Sir Bob Monkhouse. “I know I’m a sinner – but make me a winner!”
This clip is even better, though, for being the time that the chosen machine, Guinevere, broke down, reducing Alan Deddicoat and Bob to a bit of improvised banter, Bob to wield a ludicrously outdated stick microphone, and Drawmaster John Willan to mumble a stilted lengthy apology.
Did the results turn up during Casualty?