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Two decades of lottery millions and new millionaires

The National Lottery is marking two decades of creating millionaires and supporting good causes across the Anglia region.

More than £32 billion has been raised for charity national since the first draw, on November 19 1994, while in excess of 3,700 ticket-holders have been made into millionaires during its 20-year history.

And organisers say more than £53 billion has been handed out in prizes since it began.

Watch this report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer on the impact of the lottery in the East of England

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Couple found out about lottery win while manning a car boot sale stall

Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy celebrate their win. Credit: Camelot.

A couple from Hertfordshire are set to bring their wedding plans forward after winning nearly £800,000 on the lottery.

Insurance manager, Lesley Blackman, 40, from Ware, found out about the win while manning a car boot stall with fiancé Matthew McCarthy.

The pair experienced a surge of generosity and sold everything for £1 an item to make £150 on top of the £799,255 jackpot share.

Lesley said: “I really couldn't concentrate for the rest of the day and just kept telling everyone that everything was a pound so I think some bargains were had.

“We have been planning to get married for a while now with a small gathering of family and friends in Lake Como, Italy, but we weren’t able to afford it. With this win we’ll still have exactly the same wedding but we can now set a date sooner rather than later.

"I’m so happy, I can’t wait to organise it."

Lesley is also hoping to buy a horse to rekindle her love of the animals and start riding again.

Her winning numbers were 5, 10, 16, 23, 31 and 44 and she won a share of the £4.79 million jackpot.

Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy with their massive cheque. Credit: Camelot.
Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy hope to buy a horse with some of their winnings. Credit: Camelot.

£200,000 lottery prize still waiting to be claimed

The winner of a £200,000 lottery prize from the Milton Keynes area has yet to come forward Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

A lottery prize worth more than £200,000 has so far been unclaimed by the winner from the Milton Keynes area.

The Euromillions draw was made on 21 February but the winner has not yet come forward. They have until August to claim their prize of £207,772.

The winning numbers were 13, 17, 28, 30 and 32 with Lucky Stars 5 and 7.

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Another Suffolk National Lottery Millionaire to be revealed

Is Suffolk becoming the luckiest county for big lottery wins?

Yesterday retired journalists Richard and Cathy Brown from Ipswich were revealed as £6 million winners.

And today the county has another millionaire - a doughnut maker from Lowestoft who's won £2 million pounds.

Their identity will be revealed later this morning.

Lottery winners to splash out on yacht and good causes

A couple who won the National Lottery say they plan to by a new yacht and give money to good causes.

Speaking at a press conference, Mrs Brown said: "We probably couldn't spend this much in a lifetime so we're looking forward to having a great deal of fun giving it to good causes."

The couple, who do not have children, downsized their house to buy their current yacht and now hope to upgrade to a £350,000 model and possibly a new house.

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