Lotto’s 2,000th draw after 20 years

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Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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The UK’s 2,000th Lotto draw will take place tonight after a 20-year history that has seen more than 13,000 winners taking a share of the jackpot.

The milestone will see an estimated jackpot of £4.1 million up for grabs on this evening, with figures suggesting around 70% of adults in the UK regularly play National Lottery games, including Lotto.

The largest individual Lotto winner since the game launched in 1994 is Iris Jeffrey, from Belfast, who won £20.1 million in July 2004.

But the largest Lotto jackpot ever paid out was £22.5 million to Paul Maddison and Mark Gardiner, from Hastings, in June 1995.

According to Camelot, the best location to buy a chance at the top prize is Dumfries, which has a lottery millionaire for every 8,288 of the adult population.

A poll for Camelot found 99% of millionaires say they are as happy, or happier, than before their win, citing the key reasons as financial security, freedom of choice and having time to spend with their family.

The survey of 101 winners of at least one million pounds on the National Lottery last year found that a fifth (20%) hid their winning ticket in a bag, wallet or purse, 8% put it in their pocket, 6% hit it under their pillow, 5% opted for a drawer or cupboard and 2% secured it in their underwear.

The favourite purchase among winners was a new home (32%) followed by a car (27%) and the perfect holiday (8%).

Of those were working at the time of their win, half (52%) handed in their notice, 7% set up their own business, 4% returned part time and 1% took up voluntary work.

Almost all winners (95%) gave money away to family, 87% to charity and 70% to friends.

A National Lottery spokeswoman said: “The National Lottery has created more than 3,700 millionaires and each week raises over £33 million for National Lottery projects.

“We’d like to thank all our players who through playing our games have made a life-changing difference to individuals and communities across the UK.”

Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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