Frustrated Brits burst out of lockdown determined to live it up – splashing out a record £4billion on National Lottery tickets.
Lotto organisers Camelot announced its highest-ever sales from April 1 to September 25 as players spent an extra £107.3million on tickets.
Nearly £2.3bn in prizes were handed out, which is up £30.6m, as 184 lucky new millionaires were created across Britain.
The amount of cash generated for good causes grew 6.5% to £884.5m, while the amount of unclaimed prizes was down 59.1%.
Experts said the economic recovery and National Lottery’s role in supporting British athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympics had helped boost sales.
Company chiefs also believe their support of communities during last year’s lockdowns encouraged people to splash out on tickets.
Camelot’s chief executive Nigel Railton said: “We’ve got the year off to a fantastic start.
“And, even though we face a potentially challenging external environment, I am confident that we continue to offer excellent value for money for players.”
Keep in mind that, aside from the headline-grabbing jackpot winners, you can also get your money back with smaller prizes. For example, matching only two numbers on the EuroMillions draw will result in you getting your money back.
It can drain your bank account over time by playing EuroMillions. The draw makers offer two winning numbers in exchange for a small fee.
It doesn’t win you much, but two main numbers will win you the price of your ticket back at £2.50.
Two main numbers and a lucky star will win you slightly more at £3.60, while two main numbers and two lucky stars gets you the best part of a couple of pints with £9.10.
If you have one lucky number, it is necessary that you also have two lucky stars. This will gain you £4.30.
The absolute minimum number to win a prize in the draw is two main numbers.
With just three numbers, you can win a lot of prizes. The system works like this: the more numbers you have, the more prizes you can win.
Below is a complete list of all the numbers that you will need, along with their respective prizes:
- Two main numbers – £2.50
- Two main numbers plus one lucky star – £3.60
- One main number plus two lucky stars – £4.30
- Three main numbers – £6
- Three main numbers plus one lucky star – £7.30
- Two main numbers plus two lucky stars – £9.10