More millionaires than ever before

2016 sees The National Lottery set a millionaire making record

More millionaires have been made by The National Lottery in 2016 than ever before. A stunning 347 players walked away with £1M or more across the past 12 months – almost a new millionaire made every day. This year also saw the historic half a million milestone reached for National Lottery grants to projects across the nation.

The 347 new millionaires beat the previous record of 341 which was set only last year – these players shared an extraordinary £862M between them. In total 953 players won a National Lottery prize of £50,000 or more in the year.

There may be something in the stars with the zodiac seemingly signalling luck. Virgo (Aug 22 – Sept 23) was crowned the luckiest star sign in 2016 with more millionaires than any other – in fact the analytical and helpful star sign was also luckiest in 2014, and was third in 2015. In second place this year was last year’s winner the generous Aries, while passionate Scorpio was third.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor and the man who leads the team that pays out all major winners, said, “I knew it had been a busy year. It has been record breaking 12 months with more millionaires celebrating with a giant cheque than ever before. The National Lottery changes lives, not just of the winners but also for the projects receive support.

“Thank you to everybody who bought ticket or Scratchcard in 2016 as they have helped to win Olympic medals and support local communities.”

The Review of the Year – which includes publicity and non-publicity winners – also revealed that it was drivers who have been luckiest profession this year. Cabbies and lorry drivers have bagged more £1M plus prizes, beating last year’s winners, and the traditional luckiest profession, the builder, into second place. Manufacturing workers and people in sales were joint third with teachers fifth.

The record month this year was September when 53 millionaires were made across all National Lottery games, including GameStore online games and Scratchcards.

Lotto had a stellar 2016 not only offering its highest ever jackpot but also creating its biggest ever winners. The £66M jackpot on 9 January was shared by two ticket-holders – one of which were David and Carol Martin from Hawick who banked £33M. In April a single ticket-holder scooped an entire £35M jackpot but chose to remain anonymous. The largest winner this year was the Davies Family syndicate from Monmouth who shared a EuroMillions jackpot of £61M in July.

As well as for winners, it was also a momentous year for giving to National Lottery good causes. The 500,000th National Lottery grant was presented to 'Ipswich 4 Family', a project helps people over 45 to make positive lifestyle changes. They were awarded nearly £10,000 by the Big Lottery Fund.

In all 17,500 grants were presented to both large and small projects across the country supporting everything from parks to scout huts and charities to community groups. National Lottery players helped propel TeamGB and ParalympicGB to its greatest ever medal haul in Rio. The £30M raised each week by National Lottery players helped to push the total given to good causes across the country to a staggering £36 billion.



* Winner data related to the period 1 January up to and including 19 December 2016. All data is taken from Camelot’s record and is correct as far as possible


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Notes to Editors:

  • Camelot UK Lotteries Limited is the licensed operator of The National Lottery® and is committed to raising money for National Lottery Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing or awarding these funds.
  • Each week, Camelot generates over, on average, £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total £36 billion has now been raised and more than 500,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century. The National Lottery has so far given away over £61 billion in prizes and created more than 4,400 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
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  • Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.

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