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The story behind 20 years of the National Lottery

Twenty years ago today the National Lottery was born. It's created hundreds of millionaires and seen hundreds of millions of pounds spent on community projects across the region.

Over the last two days we've brought you stories of how hitting the jackpot changed one family's lives - and the projects that have received lottery cash.

Fred and Sangeeta were joined in the studio by someone who knows more about the joys and pitfalls of winning big - Kathy Garrett, the National Lottery's Winner Advisor for the South East .

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Millionaire lifestyle for Ramsgate retirees

It's the stuff that dreams are made of - a lottery win to change your life just as you're heading into retirement. Well that's exactly what's happened for a couple in Ramsgate who today picked up their cheque for one point five million pounds!

Sally Wells and Jerry Gregory didn't realise they'd won until appeals by the National Lottery to find out who had the winning ticket for the draw last month. David Johns has been to meet them.

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  1. John Ryall

Millions of pounds for Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral has won the Lottery. It's beaten off the competition and landed a 12 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The cash wil be used to restore the building's crumbling fabric and to create a new visitors centre.

But the payout is conditional on the cathedral raising seven million pounds over the next two years. John Ryall reports, speaking to Rev Nick Papadopulous, Angela Dean from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Schools Officer Zoe Willis.

Could you be the missing millionaire?

Someone in the Brighton and Hove area has become a millionaire - but doesn't yet know it.

A team of joggers gathered on the seafront this morning with the numbers of a winning lottery ticket that has n't been claimed yet written on their shirts.

The collection time for the Euromillions draw, which took place in the summer, runs out next Wednesday. Lottery run organiser Mike Fisher explains.

Volleyball team play with lucky number 7 Lotto ball

Volleyball players from the University of Brighton dive for the ball Credit: Brighton Togs
Ball number 7 is the nation and regions favourite lucky number Credit: Brighton Togs

The University of Brighton volleyball team and a Lotto winner from Lewes played a unique game on the beach today, with a huge, inflatable Lotto ball.

It was to celebrate the new, bigger and better Lotto, which goes on sale today.

The team were introduced to the sport through the lottery funded Parklife Project and played with ball number 7, the nations and regions favourite lucky number.

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Judge's jail warning after Lottery fraud

A shop assistant from Kent has been found guilty of fraud after trying to con a Lottery syndicate out of its £79,000 winning ticket. He could face jail.

Imran Pervais paid out just £10 to the Chatham-based syndicate even though they had matched five balls plus a bonus number.

The winning ticket was later found screwed up under the counter of the convenience store in Gravesend where he was working. Tom Savvides sends this report from Maidstone Crown Court.

Hampshire man scoops £1.3m lottery jackpot

The balls were picked in the favour of Mr N to scoop the jackpot Credit: Press Association Images

A Hampshire man is counting his blessings this evening after winning £1.3m on the national lottery. Reports say the mystery man, who has been named only as Mr N as he wants to remain anonymous, struck gold after playing the game online.

Mr N matched all six numbers in the draw on Saturday January 26, pocketing the life-changing top prize of £1,314,707. He split the £3.9m jackpot with two other lucky winners from across the UK, one of whom was from Somerset, after matching the numbers 2, 6, 21, 29, 34 and 47.

Gary and The Girls celebrate Lotto win

They are the toast of their school tonight - four dinner ladies and a male colleague come up with their own winning recipe and scooped more than £2 million on the lottery. It works out at nearly £430,000 pounds each.

Today they've been celebrating at a glitzy champagne reception - a far cry from their customary day job. But what does the future hold for the jackpot winners. John Ryall has been finding out.

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