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‘Lolly and Polly’ Claim £15.3 Million UK Lotto Jackpot

Two best friends from Tyne and Wear are celebrating winning a UK Lotto jackpot of £15.3 million. Lorraine Smith and Paula Barraclough, known to one another as Lolly and Polly, landed the sizeable sum in the draw on Saturday 18th February after correctly matching the numbers 11, 13, 21, 37, 49 and 59.

The pair, who plan to share the eight-figure sum equally, were presented to the media on Wednesday at Lumley Castle in Chester-le-Street, and were still coming to terms with the enormity of the situation. “The news really is still sinking in,” Lorraine told reporters. “I thought I was hallucinating – I just thought this can’t really be happening. It was only when I got on the phone to Camelot I realised my best friend and I really were millionaires!”

The 54-year-old winner continued, sharing the story of how she came to purchase the lucky ticket: “I always stay at my mum’s house on Friday night. I was full of cold when I woke up on Saturday morning and went out to the bus stop at 6:30am for my journey to work.” However, once it became clear that the bus Lorraine was waiting to catch was not turning up, she sought shelter in a nearby newsagents. “I discovered I had a £2 coin and some loose change in my pocket so I popped into the local shop and bought a Lucky Dip Lotto ticket,” the recently widowed mother-of-one told journalists, never thinking that it was this snap decision that would change her life forever.

Best pal Paula went on to explain how her friend of 17 years broke the life-changing news. “I was in bed on Sunday morning and the phone rang at 7:15am. Lorraine never calls this early,” she recalled. “I picked up the phone and said to her ‘You better be calling to tell me that we have won the lottery, waking me up at this time!’” To which the voice of her sidekick replied: “We have! We have all six numbers!”

The attentions of the pair quickly turned to how their copious amounts of cash would be spent. After living with her parents, Paula, 45, is looking forward to moving into a place of her own:  “This win is life-changing, it means I will finally be able to move into a house of my own, rather than living with my parents and I can start to write my dream shopping list.” Meanwhile, Lorraine only had one purchase on her mind: “I literally threw my old frying pan away the day before I became a multi-millionaire so a new frying pan will definitely be one of the first things I will be buying.”

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a UK Lotto prize of your very own, or claim one as part of a close-knit collective, tickets for this Saturday’s £2 million draw are available to purchase online or from any authorised retailer. Best of luck!

“Regular Guy” Wins £4.3 Million UK Lotto Jackpot

A UK Lotto winning dad from Greenock has insisted his recent good fortune won’t change him after he landed a share of an £8.7 million jackpot. James Couper secured the £4.3 million prize after becoming one of two players to successfully match the numbers 5, 21, 23, 34, 43 and 45 on Saturday 28th January, and admitted he’s “still trying to let it all sink in”.

“It’s scary but good scary,” the 46-year-old explained to reporters at a National Lottery-arranged press conference. “I’m just a regular guy, I keep myself to myself. I’m a typical go-to-work family man.” However, after purchasing a Lucky Dip ticket from his local Tesco Extra, this “regular guy” must now come to terms with being a Lotto millionaire.

The Caledonian MacBrayne’s Wemyss Bay port assistant regaled journalists with the heartwarming tale of how he played in memory of his mother Annie, who introduced him to the game before sadly passing away in 2015: “We had the same numbers,” James explained, visibly moved. “I didn’t want to keep the same numbers so I scrapped that and did the Lucky Dip.”

The father-of-two had neglected to check his numbers once the draw had taken place, and it wasn’t until asking a colleague at work the next day that he discovered his good fortune: “After the fourth number I thought, it’s going to be £50. Then he read out the next two and I thought he knew my lines and it was a joke. I grabbed the paper to check — and when I saw it there in black and white I was just in utter disbelief.”

James sprinted home to hide the valuable ticket in an old toy box, before becoming overwhelmed by the situation. “I was so stunned I sat in a dark room for a few hours with a cup of tea to let it sink in. I was looking at the ticket, sitting there shaking. I think more tea was on the floor than anywhere else. I kept checking if it was still there, if it was still real.”

The lucky Lotto winner has already started planning how to spend his vast sum, but has vowed to keep his feet firmly on the ground by staying in his hometown and not splashing out on a mansion in an exotic location: “I’ve lived in Greenock all my life. I want to stay there — I might get somewhere in the west end,” said the proud local. However, the grandfather-of-one does plan on treating his family with the windfall: “It sounds corny but I couldn’t afford Disney World before and now I can.”

The newly crowned millionaire also has his eyes set on a number of new motors, but not ones traditionally associated with lottery winners: “I’ll probably buy a motorbike, something cheap, a simple moped,” he said. “But I need to get myself a car, nothing fancy because the insurance is too dear. It’s a [Ford] Focus I fancy.”

If you’d like to follow in James’ footsteps by securing a huge Lotto win, tickets for Wednesday’s £7.2 million jackpot draw are available to purchase online or from any authorised retailer across the UK. Best of luck!

Lotto Jackpot Must be Won as Record-Breaking Year Ends

A record-breaking year for Lotto is set to end on a fittingly high note this Saturday, with a gigantic jackpot which must be won and 100 extra Lotto Raffle codes.

The top prize stands at an estimated £25.4 million and rules dictate that the full amount must now be given away, after the jackpot cap of £22 million was surpassed in the most recent draw on Wednesday and nobody won. If there are no players who match all six main numbers on New Year’s Eve, the money will be split between participants in the next tier with winners.

There is a great opportunity, therefore, to snap up a huge cash reward even without matching the full winning line. The last time the jackpot had to be won, on 14th September, three ticket holders walked away with £8.1 million each after matching five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball.

As well as the enormous jackpot, there is a special edition of the Lotto Millionaire Raffle. There will be the usual one code of £1 million and 20 codes worth £20,000, but there will also be a further 100 codes of £100,000 to create even more winners.

It has already been quite a year for Lotto, with two ticket holders sharing the largest jackpot to have ever been won on the game, £66 million, back in January. The biggest prize to have ever been won by a single ticket, £35.1 million, was also scooped in April.

Statistics revealed earlier this week showed that 347 prizes of at least £1 million had been won across all National Lottery games in 2016, up from 341 the previous year, and the final figure will be higher as Lotto fans gear up for a spectacular New Year’s Eve draw. If you want to play, tickets can be bought online or from authorised retailers. Good luck!

UK Lotto Player Wins £26.1 Million Jackpot

A gigantic UK Lotto top prize of £26.1 million had to be won on Wednesday night after going past the jackpot cap, and one lucky player pocketed the lot after matching all six of the main numbers. drawn. The result extends a remarkable run of big winners in 2016, as there have now been six occasions this year when a jackpot of more than £20 million has been given away.

Wednesday’s winning numbers were 2, 3, 4, 32, 54 and 59, with Bonus Ball 12. The jackpot had exceeded its cap of £22 million in the previous draw, so the rules dictated that the top prize had to be won. If nobody had matched all six main numbers, the full jackpot amount would have been split between players in the next winning tier. In the end, one ticket holder matched five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball to win £67,814.

Three players had shared a prize of £24.4 million the last time the jackpot had to be won, on Wednesday 14th September, after matching five main numbers and the Bonus Ball. The last time that someone matched all six main Lotto numbers was on Saturday 13th August, when a single participant scooped £16.1 million.

The record Lotto jackpot stands at £66 million, which was shared between David and Carol Martin from Hawick and an anonymous ticket holder from Worcester. Among a host of other big winners this year, the largest win on a single ticket came on Wednesday 6th April when one player snapped up £35.1 million.

The latest lucky winner has 180 days to come forward and collect their eight-figure reward, and all Lotto players are being urged to check their tickets. The top prize will now be reset for Saturday’s draw and will be worth an estimated £3.7 million, while there will also be one Millionaire Raffle code worth £1 million and a further 20 Lotto Raffle prizes of £20,000 each. Tickets can be bought online or from authorised retailers if you have been inspired by the latest win. Good luck!

£21 Million Jackpot Win for UK Lotto Ticket Holder

Fans of UK Lotto saw Wednesday evening’s draw produce the fifth largest single ticket prize winner in the game’s history. The lucky player secured a jackpot worth over £21 million by matching all six main numbers.

The fortuitous player, who matched 2, 14, 19, 20, 29 and 38 to get their hands on the top prize, became the tenth winner of the UK Lotto jackpot since the start of the year. They also became the eighth ticket holder to claim an eight-figure prize since October 2015 when a number of changes were made to the game. These alterations have since made jackpots, on average, far larger, sparking excitement amongst many fans hoping to collect a cornucopia of cash.

This latest jackpot victory has displaced Iris Jeffery’s win from the top five largest prize amounts since UK Lotto witnessed its maiden draw in 1994. The housewife from Belfast secured an amazing £20.1 million in 2004, but must now settle for sixth place on the leaderboard. Unfortunately, the amount was not quite big enough to overhaul the win enjoyed by business partners Paul Maddison and Mark Gardiner from St Leonards-on-Sea, whose total of  £22.5 million in June 1995 narrowly clings on to fourth spot, not that that will matter to the game’s most recent winner who is now richer than Mike Tyson, Pamela Anderson and Lindsay Lohan combined.

This Saturday’s UK Lotto jackpot total has been reset and currently stands at an estimated £3.8 million, a prize that could change the life of any potential winner. To be in with a chance of winning this amazing sum, tickets can be purchased online or from any authorised retailer throughout the UK. Good luck!