National Lottery sales have hit an all-time high of £6.9 billion over the last year, operator Camelot has announced.
In 2012/13 the group gave £1.9 billion to good causes, an increase of nearly 7% from last year, bringing the total amount donated over 19 years to £30 billion.
Sales of tickets and scratch cards were up 2.4% from March 2012, with more than £3.6 billion paid out in prizes.
A record 365 National Lottery millionaires were created during the year, with 100 in the UK, following the special EuroMillions 100 UK Millionaires Raffle.
The total number of lottery-millionaires to date is more than 3,300.
A mystery lottery player has lost out on a £64 million fortune after the deadline for them to claim the life-changing prize expired.
The individual, who bought the winning EuroMillions ticket in Hertfordshire, had until 11pm on Wednesday to collect the massive windfall.
But despite a National Lottery publicity campaign, the would-be multi-millionaire missed the 180-day deadline - making the £63,837,543.60 prize the biggest unclaimed lottery win in history.
The bumper haul of money, plus all the interest it has generated, will now go to the National Lottery Good Causes.
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The National Lottery is looking for seven missing millionaires. They won £1 million in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle on the opening night of the Olympics. 93 winners have claimed their money. Now, the areas in which the missing millionaires bought their tickets can be disclosed:
- London Borough of Harrow
- Thurrock, Essex
- North Dorset
- The city of Newport
- Wirral, Merseyside
- Hodge Hill, Birmingham
A shop worker has admitted to a £1 million con after trying to claim some one else's lottery prize. Farrakh Nizzar told 77-year-old Maureen Holt she had won nothing when he scanned her EuroMillions ticket at a store in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
Nizzar kept the ticket and tried to claim the prize himself. He was found out when it emerged the ticket was bought at a Tesco store and not a local convenience store.
Camelot takes matters of propriety very seriously. Our aim as operator of the National Lottery is to ensure we raise as much money as possible for National Lottery Good Causes through selling lottery tickets in a socially-responsible way. This involves running the National Lottery with the utmost integrity.
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Winning numbers in the Lotto main draw are 16, 18, 20, 25, 29, 34.
The bonus number is 15.
The estimated jackpot this week is £ 4,000,000.
Four winners shared Saturday's £13.9 million triple rollover jackpot in the National Lottery, Camelot said.
The life-changing lucky numbers were 02, 15, 44, 07, 25, 06 and the bonus number was 45.
Set of balls five and draw machine Guinevere were used.
Winning numbers in the Lotto main draw are 26,40,27,17,13,04.
The bonus number is 36.
The estimated jackpot this week is £4,100,000