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Record number of lottery millionaires in 2017

By Henry Vaughn

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

Some 358 ticketholders - among them Newry charity worker Colin Bell and wife Eithne, of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust - received cheques for £1m or more in 2017, up from 347 in 2016, sharing £796m.

The year's biggest prize was won by an anonymous EuroMillions player, who banked more than £87m in June, while in the same month another anonymous ticketholder scooped the year's largest Lotto win of £21.3m. One lucky player could win an estimated £23.5m prize in tonight's Lotto draw after the jackpot hit its cap.

Senior winners' adviser Andy Carter said: "It's been a non-stop year of millionaire-making which has kept the team here at Camelot busy."

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