The majority of National Lottery draws take live on television. The first National Lottery show (called The National Lottery Live: The First Draw) was aired at 7pm in November 1994. Presented by Noel Edmonds, this was a special, in which 49 contestants vied to become the first person to begin the draw; the first person was an 18-year-old called Deborah Walsh. The first number to be picked was 30. For its first few years, the show took the title The National Lottery Live, and was hosted mainly by Anthea Turner or Bob Monkhouse. Other presenters during this time included Carol Smillie, Terry Wogan as well as Ulrika Jonsson. In November 1996, on BBC One, the machine failed to start.
On 20 May 2006, at the same time as the draw on The National Lottery Jet Set that took place just before the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, members of the group Fathers 4 Justice staged a protest on the set causing the show to be removed from air for several minutes as the protesters were taken from the studio.
Traditionally, the draws took place in the BBC studio during the show on a Saturday. But in more recent years, the channel showing the lottery draw has pre-recorded the non-draw parts of the programme and then switched to National Lottery HQ live, a designated studio for the draws.