Northern Ireland home to 88 National Lottery millionaires with a combined total of £260 million
The National Lottery has created 4,000 millionaires since the first draw in November 1994 and 88 of them live in Northern Ireland.
The most recent additions to Northern Ireland’s millionaire list are Co Down banker, Martin McKenna, who won £1 million on a scratchcard last month and Derry-based inventor, Anne Canavan, who recently won £1 million in the EuroMillions Mega Friday Draw and a private island vacation in the Cambodian Islands.
Of the 88 millionaires created since 1994, almost half of them were created in the past five years.
The 4,000 winners have joined the lottery millionaires club today, sharing a £55 billion combined prize. On average, six new millionaires are created every week.
A National Lottery spokesman said: “We are absolutely delighted to have reached this exciting milestone. It’s incredible to think that there have been 4,000 players that have become millionaires thanks to a life-changing lottery win.
“Whether they believed in luck or fate and no matter how they have spent their winnings, each winner followed the same path; they simply bought a ticket or a scratchcard and joined the lottery millionaires club as a result.
“The National Lottery is now creating more millionaires than ever before and we can’t wait to see how many more winners in Northern Ireland join the ever-growing club.”
Belfast winner, Jeffrey, holds the title for the largest lottery win with £20.1 million in 2004, while one of the country’s well-known lottery winners is former bus-driver, Peter Lavery, who won £10.2 million in 1996. Mr Lavery is now a successful businessman.
In November last year, Mary Hamilton from Belfast, won the EuroMillions jackpot of £12.9 million, while Newry man Simon Savage won £1.7 million a month later.
Players have raised £34 billion for Good Causes, benefiting more than 450,000 individual projects.
More than 20,000 grants, over £1 billion, have been awarded to Northern Ireland individuals, organisations and projects across arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport and the voluntary sector.
The first National Lottery draw took place on Saturday, November 19,1994 with 22 million people watching. The first millionaire was created in the second draw on the following Saturday.