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Here is how Northern Ireland ranks in UK for lottery luck

Northern Ireland is at the bottom of the table, with 117 winners of £1 million or more and 748 of £500,000 or more.

Scotland is again home to winners of a life-changing National Lottery prize but the South East remains the area with most of the games’ millionaires.

Some 691 Lottery millionaires live in the South East, just ahead of the Midlands with 687, according to Camelot statistics on where winners lived when they made their claim.

The bad news for would-be millionaires in Northern Ireland is that it is the region of the UK with the least winners.

The province sits at the bottom of the table with 117 winners of £1 million or more and 748 of £500,000 or more.

This no doubt may have something to do with the population of Northern Ireland being much smaller than other regions.

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(PA Graphics)

The Midlands just edges out the South East as the home of winners of £50,000 or more – at 5,705 ahead of the South East’s 5,221.

Scotland is still home to the largest lottery win claimed in the UK – £161 million, won in 2011 by Colin and Chris Weir from Largs in North Ayrshire – and to 472 other winners of £1 million or more.

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Colin and Chris Weir celebrating in 2011(Lynne Cameron/PA)

Now it adds Fred and Lesley Higgins, from Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, who have scooped a EuroMillions win of £57,975,367 from the draw on July 10.

London is home to 611 winners of £1 million or more, followed by the North West with 595.

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Fred and Lesley Higgins have won more than £57m (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The postcodes where players are most likely to win a major National Lottery prize, according to statistics most recently updated in May last year, are Cleveland (TS) and Romford (RM), closely followed by Warrington (WA), Liverpool (L), Newport (NP) and Newcastle (NE).

The postcodes are ranked by the number of major prizes of £50,000 or more won per head of adult population since the National Lottery began.

The TS postcode, which includes Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees, has more winners per head than anywhere else in the country.

The statistics, which include both publicity and non-publicity winners, reveal the top 10 postcodes are:

TS – Cleveland
RM – Romford
WA – Warrington
L – Liverpool
NP – Newport
NE – Newcastle Upon Tyne
ME – Medway
SR – Sunderland
WN – Wigan
BR – Bromley

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