Over the last 25 years, The National Lottery has made 5,500 millionaires across the UK and has awarded £71 billion in prize money. But how lucky are we as a region?
To date, 257 lottery millionaires have sported a North East of England postcode.
In total 2,114 top tier prizes of over £50,000 have been banked by players in our region.
- Where are the 'luckiest' places in our region?
According to The National Lottery, Cleveland (TS) postcode is officially one of the luckiest in the country - not only just our region. The area is placed third for big cash prize winners ranked per head of adult population.
54 millionaires have been created in Cleveland since The National Lottery began – that’s more than two millionaires every single year.
In total, 523 top-tier prizes of at least £50,000 have been banked by winners in the TS postcode – that’s more than one winner every single month.
There have also been nine millionaires created in Cleveland in the last three years!
It must be something in the air up here, The National Lottery can confirm that 109 millionaires have been created in Newcastle since The National Lottery began – that’s more than four every year - making it the fifth luckiest place to live in the country.
In total, 936 top tier prizes of at least £50,000 have been banked by winners in the NE postcode – that’s more than three winners every single month.
And in the last three years, 18 millionaires have been created in this region, with 48 major cash prize winners. This means at least one person has won a major cash prize every single month in the NE postcode for the last three years!
Lottery winners from across the North East, who between them have won a staggering £12.7 million, gathered today to celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday.
Raising a glass at Auckland Castle, part of The Auckland Project in Bishop Auckland, which has received significant National Lottery funding, were recent winners, Darren and Kate Donaghey, from Newcastle.
They scooped £1m on a National Lottery scratchcard in September last year.
Their win has enabled them to work more flexible hours and move into a dream home with their two children.
Joining the couple was one of the region’s biggest winners, Gary Henry, from Bishop Auckland, who won £4.5m in 2009 and Mark and Cheryl Brudenell, from Cleveland, who won £1m back in 1997.