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Northern Ireland home to more than 100 lottery millionaires

Northern Ireland is home to more than 100 lottery millionaires, new figures released by the National Lottery have revealed.

Since 1994, National Lottery winnings have created 103 millionaires in Northern Ireland.

A new millionaire has been created in the province every six weeks during the past five years with a prize of more than £50,000 won every 12 days in the same time period.

Northern Ireland's millionaires have been created since the very first draw on Saturday November 19, 1994.

The most recent winners to go public were charity workers Colin and Eithne Bell from Newry who won £1m on the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker in June.

More than 40 percent of Northern Ireland's lottery millionaires have hit the jackpot in the last five years.

The statistics, include winners who have gone public and those who remain anonymous.

Andy Carter from the National Lottery said: “We are delighted to reveal that we have now created more than 100 millionaires in Northern Ireland, which is a huge milestone for the region and surely cause for great celebration.

“There’s definitely something in the Northern Ireland water in recent years which is making it one of the luckiest postcode areas in the UK."

Aside from millionaires Northern Ireland has also enjoyed success with more than 700 big winners with prizes of £500,000 or over.

In addition in Northern Ireland there has been more than £1bn distributed since 1994 with well over 20,000 individual National Lottery grants awarded to individuals, organisations and projects across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.

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