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Fancy dress lottery dreams come true

Winning the lottery is something we have all fantasized about at some point, but for one family who pretended they had scooped the jackpot for a bit of fun on Christmas Day it seems dreams can come true.

Brothers Will and Aaron Smith from Dorset decided to dress up in tuxedos and drink champagne as if they had a lottery lifestyle. Now, thanks to the Euromillions one of them has! Martin Dowse reports.

Six areas of the region to get £1m in Lottery cash

Six areas in the south are being awarded at least £1 million by the Big Lottery Fund to "help improve the community".

Devonshire West in Eastbourne, Sompting in Adur, Whitley in Reading, Dover and Newington in Kent and Wecock Farm in Havant have been named as "forgotten pockets of the country" set to be awarded grants through The Big Local Programme.

The programme is the Lottery’s largest community-led regeneration project with residents to decide how the money should be spent over the next decade.

The communities have been targeted as having been overlooked for funding and investment in the past.

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£2.5 million of lottery money given to tank museum

Bovington's Tank Museum in Dorset has been handed a windfall two point five million pounds.

The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will go towards a new tank restoration centre, two new exhibitions and more support for volunteers.

Tank Museum Director Richard Smith said; "This is a pivotal moment in the history of The Tank Museum.

The support of the Heritage Lottery Fund will ensure that we can continue to thrive, so we are naturally delighted and extremely grateful."

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