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347 become UK millionaires in record National Lottery year

By Josie Clarke

A record number of National Lottery players became millionaires over the last year, operator Camelot said.

Some 347 players received cheques for £1 million or more in 2016, up from 341 in 2015, sharing £862m.

Lotto's highest jackpot of £66m on January 9 was shared by two ticket-holders, David and Carol Martin from the Scottish Borders, and another who opted to remain anonymous.

In April a single anonymous ticket-holder scooped an entire £35m jackpot, while the largest winner this year was the Davies family syndicate from Monmouth, who shared a EuroMillions jackpot of £61m in July.

Senior winners' adviser Andy Carter said: "Thank you to everybody who bought a ticket or scratchcard in 2016 as they have helped to win Olympic medals and support local communities."

Drivers were the luckiest profession this year, with cabbies and lorry drivers winning more £1m-plus prizes, beating the traditionally luckiest building profession into second place in the jackpot stakes.

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