Viewers left very confused by massive change to the National Lottery

The National Lottery made a glorious return to primetime Saturday night as it aired for the first time on ITV.

Stephen Mulhern was on hosting duties to to deliver the all-important Lotto results to the nation with an exciting new format.

The lovable presenter, who seems to be everywhere at the moment, hosted the 90 second show which was broadcast during a Britain’s Got Talent ad break.

Stephen was at a secret location, The Lowry Hotel in Greater Manchester, and challenged viewers to "race to the numbers" in a bid to win £10,000 in prize money.

However, lots of viewers were left massively confused as they had no idea the lottery had moved channels.

The lottery draw was broadcast on BBC One from its launch in 1994 to January 2017, after which it was available on iPlayer only.

But after 24 years on the Beeb the lottery has been poached by ITV and given a bit of a revamp.

Stephen was first seen in a pre-recorded segment but returned later live on air.

He was alone this week, but Camelot, the company that runs the lottery, have promised he will be joined by other "well-known ITV personalities".

He could be set for a reunion with Saturday Night Takeaway co-stars Dec Donnelly and Scarlett Moffatt.

Speaking about his excitement ahead of Saturday’s live show, Stephen said: "The National Lottery is an iconic institution and I’m hugely excited to be part of its return to primetime Saturday night TV. When you think about The National Lottery you think of people winning life-changing prizes but sometimes you forget that players raise around £30 million every week for Good Causes across the UK.

He added: "I feel privileged to be bringing those lucky numbers to the nation but also being able to show players how the money they’ve helped raise has made a difference to communities across the UK.”

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