The National Lottery: In It to Win It

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The National Lottery:
In It to Win It
In it to win it.jpg
Genre Game show
Created by Andrew Brereton
Sarah Edwards
Gail Sloan
Presented by Dale Winton
Narrated by Alan Dedicoat
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 18
No. of episodes 172
Production
Running time 45 minutes (2002–2006)
50 minutes (2006–2016)
Production company(s) 12 Yard
BBC Scotland
(2012–2016)
Distributor ITV Studios
Release
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 18 May 2002 (2002-05-18) – 16 July 2016 (2016-07-16)
Chronology
Related shows The 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.

Format[edit]

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

Once a contestant goes to the Red Area, another ball is drawn from the lottery machine and that contestant moves from the Waiting Area to Winners' Row. The host then asks an open-ended question to the contestant in the Red Area. A correct answer allows them to return to Winners' Row behind the newly chosen contestant, but a miss sends them back to the Waiting Area. No money is at stake on these questions.

As the game progresses, multiple contestants may be in Winners' Row and/or the Red Area at the same time. In the former case, the host asks a new multiple-choice question to each in turn; if all miss and go to the Red Area, a new contestant is chosen from the Waiting Area. In the latter case, the open-ended question is posed to all contestants in the Red Area, and they must collectively agree on an answer. All move to either Winners' Row or the Waiting Area on a correct response or miss, respectively.

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

The programme included the Saturday night Thunderball and Lotto draws. Originally, the entire show was pre-recorded with Dale Winton presiding over the Lottery draws live, later, though, the show was fully recorded with a presenter at "Lottery HQ" conducting the live draw.

Transmissions[edit]

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]

Ratings[edit]

Episode viewing figures from BARB.[2]

Series 1 (2002)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 18 May 2002 7,680,000 10
2 25 May 2002 5,660,000 17
3 1 June 2002 5,580,000 13
4 8 June 2002 5,350,000 28
5 15 June 2002 6,490,000 14
6 22 June 2002 5,710,000 16
7 29 June 2002 5,540,000 17
8 6 July 2002 5,110,000 17
9 20 July 2002 5,970,000 9

Series 2 (2003)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 26 April 2003 7,160,000 8
2 3 May 2003 5,480,000 18
3 10 May 2003 6,270,000 11
4 17 May 2003 6,920,000 11
5 24 May 2003 5,140,000 20
6 31 May 2003 4,790,000 25
7 7 June 2003 6,280,000 11
8 14 June 2003 5,290,000 18
9 21 June 2003 6,370,000 9
10 28 June 2003 7,460,000 5
11 5 July 2003 6,520,000 6
12 12 July 2003 4,690,000 21

Series 3 (2004)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 1 May 2004 6,420,000 8
2 8 May 2004 7,580,000 9
3 15 May 2004 4,670,000 19
4 22 May 2004 6,360,000 9
5 29 May 2004 8,240,000 5
6 5 June 2004 7,000,000 7
7 19 June 2004 Under 4,580,000 Outside top 30
8 26 June 2004 5,980,000 16
9 3 July 2004 7,710,000 11
10 17 July 2004 5,970,000 10
11 24 July 2004 5,240,000 14
12 31 July 2004 5,660,000 13
13 7 August 2004 5,570,000 11
14 14 August 2004 6,120,000 12
15 4 September 2004 5,100,000 21

Series 4 (2005)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 9 July 2005 4,810,000 15
2 16 July 2005 5,860,000 8
3 23 July 2005 6,130,000 7
4 30 July 2005 6,670,000 8
5 6 August 2005 6,070,000 9
6 13 August 2005 6,490,000 7
7 20 August 2005 5,240,000 10
8 27 August 2005 4,960,000 15
9 3 September 2005 5,520,000 13
10 10 September 2005 5,780,000 11
11 17 September 2005 5,310,000 17
12 24 September 2005 5,380,000 13
13 1 October 2005 5,170,000 16
14 8 October 2005 5,060,000 18
15 15 October 2005 6,590,000 14

Series 5 (2006)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 22 July 2006 5,600,000 9
2 29 July 2006 6,630,000 8
3 5 August 2006 6,270,000 8
4 12 August 2006 6,890,000 7
5 19 August 2006 7,270,000 6
6 26 August 2006 7,090,000 5
7 2 September 2006 6,820,000 5
8 9 September 2006 6,580,000 7
9 16 September 2006 5,970,000 9

Series 6 (2006/2007)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 25 November 2006 6,740,000 9
2 2 December 2006 6,550,000 9
3 9 December 2006 6,050,000 11
4 16 December 2006 5,470,000 12
5 23 December 2006 7,120,000 13
6 30 December 2006 7,100,000 15
7 6 January 2007 6,970,000 10

Series 7 (2007)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 22 September 2007 4,830,000 18
2 29 September 2007 5,160,000 17
3 6 October 2007 6,350,000 7
4 13 October 2007 5,210,000 19
5 20 October 2007 4,510,000 23
6 27 October 2007 5,980,000 8
7 3 November 2007 6,220,000 8

Series 8 (2008)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 12 January 2008 7,070,000 6
2 19 January 2008 7,750,000 5
3 2 February 2008 7,800,000 5
4 9 February 2008 7,390,000 7

Series 9 (2008/2009)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 27 December 2008 6,030,000 23
2 3 January 2009 5,860,000 18
3 10 January 2009 6,890,000 6
4 17 January 2009 7,000,000 7
5 24 January 2009 6,960,000 5
6 31 January 2009 7,530,000 4
7 7 February 2009 7,810,000 4
8 14 February 2009 6,130,000 11

Series 10 (2010)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 2 January 2010 5,930,000 21
2 9 January 2010 6,500,000 20
3 16 January 2010 5,900,000 17
4 23 January 2010 6,400,000 11
5 30 January 2010 6,020,000 10
6 6 February 2010 6,480,000 9
7 20 February 2010 6,880,000 6
8 27 February 2010 6,270,000 11

Series 11 (2010)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One Weekly ranking
1 8 May 2010 Under 4,240,000 Outside top 30
2 15 May 2010 4,280,000 29
3 22 May 2010 5,290,000 13
4 5 June 2010 Under 3,470,000 Outside top 30
5 12 June 2010 Under 4,020,000 Outside top 30
6 19 June 2010 4,480,000 19
7 26 June 2010 Under 3,870,000 Outside top 30
8 10 July 2010 4,790,000 15

Series 12 (2010/2011)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 25 September 2010 Under 4,030,000 Outside top 30
2 2 October 2010 Under 4,300,000 Outside top 30
3 9 October 2010 Under 4,140,000 Outside top 30
4 8 January 2011 6,170,000 14
5 15 January 2011 6,240,000 14
6 22 January 2011 6,180,000 13
7 29 January 2011 6,690,000 12
8 5 February 2011 6,540,000 11

Series 13 (2011)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 25 June 2011 4,860,000 12
2 2 July 2011 4,780,000 15
3 9 July 2011 5,350,000 11
4 16 July 2011 5,460,000 11
5 23 July 2011 5,600,000 8
6 30 July 2011 4,550,000 15
7 6 August 2011 4,910,000 14
8 13 August 2011 5,690,000 13

Series 14 (2012)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 10 March 2012 5,590,000 8
2 17 March 2012 5,760,000 11
3 24 March 2012 4,270,000 26
4 31 March 2012 4,180,000 23
5 7 April 2012 4,450,000 22
6 14 April 2012 4,340,000 24
7 21 April 2012 4,550,000 20
8 28 April 2012 4,580,000 21
9 5 May 2012 4,430,000 20
10 12 May 2012 Under 3,820,000 Outside Top 30
11 19 May 2012 4,410,000 22
12 23 June 2012 Under 3,680,000 Outside Top 30

Series 15 (2013)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 5 January 2013 5,900,000 16
2 12 January 2013 5,540,000 16
3 19 January 2013 5,480,000 25
4 26 January 2013 5,200,000 22
5 2 February 2013 4,970,000 25
6 9 February 2013 4,880,000 28
7 16 February 2013 5,440,000 17
8 2 March 2013 4,500,000 28
9 9 March 2013 4,500,000 29
10 16 March 2013 Under 4,700,000 Outside Top 30
11 1 June 2013 Under 3,600,000 Outside Top 30
12 8 June 2013 Under 3,110,000 Outside Top 30
13 29 June 2013 4,090,000 20
14 6 July 2013 4,020,000 27
15 13 July 2013 4,070,000 17
16 20 July 2013 3,090,000 30

Series 16 (2014)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 12 April 2014 Under 3,700,000 Outside Top 30
2 19 April 2014 Under 3,910,000 Outside Top 30
3 26 April 2014 Under 4,000,000 Outside Top 30
4 3 May 2014 Under 3,880,000 Outside Top 30
5 10 May 2014 Under 4,010,000 Outside Top 30
6 17 May 2014 Under 3,730,000 Outside Top 30
7 24 May 2014 3,750,000 30
8 31 May 2014 Under 3,590,000 Outside Top 30
9 7 June 2014 Under 3,220,000 Outside Top 30
10 14 June 2014 Under 4,200,000 Outside Top 30

Series 17 (2014/2015)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 6 September 2014 Under 3,450,000 Outside Top 30
2 13 September 2014 Under 3,210,000 Outside Top 30
3 20 September 2014 Under 3,490,000 Outside Top 30
4 11 April 2015 Under 3,860,000 Outside Top 30
5 16 May 2015 Under 3,640,000 Outside Top 30
6 25 April 2015 Under 3,570,000 Outside Top 30
7 2 May 2015 Under 3,710,000 Outside Top 30
8 26 September 2015 Under 3,950,000 Outside Top 30

Series 18 (2015/2016)[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers BBC One weekly ranking
1 12 September 2015 Under 3,590,000 Outside Top 30
2 19 September 2015 Under 3,570,000 Outside Top 30
3 14 May 2016 3,460,000 30
4 28 May 2016 Under 3,350,000 Outside Top 30
5 4 June 2016 3,560,000 25
6 11 June 2016 Under 3,520,000 Outside Top 30
7 9 July 2016 Under 3,690,000 Outside Top 30
8 16 July 2016 Under 3,280,000 Outside Top 30

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