5,000 National Lottery Millionaires Reveal All

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Unique stats released for Bristol as milestone reached

The National Lottery has now created an amazing 5,000 millionaires. Astonishingly, the last 1,000 have been made in just 29 months, at the rate of more than one every day.  Nationally more than 38,800 big winners of £50,000 or more have been made across all National Lottery games since 1994. 

New data released today reveals just how many of those winners are in Bristol, provides insight into what winners say is the best thing about winning (you might be surprised) and also lifts the lid on just what players in the South West would do if they were to strike it lucky.

Lotto Luck in Bristol

Analysis of the 5,000 participants reveals that National Lottery luck is booming in Bristol. In all 572 players have banked a big prize and this includes a very lucky 61 millionaires. Nationally more than 38,800 big winners of £50,000 or more have been made across all National Lottery games since 1994.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at the National Lottery said, “The winners team here at Camelot travel the length and breadth of the country paying out lucky winners every day. It is no surprise to me to see how lucky Bristol has been and I’m sure I’ll be back there soon with another giant cheque.”

The best bit?

Contrary to popular wisdom National Lottery millionaires have declared that the best thing about their win isn’t the lifestyle it buys you, but rather the happiness felt from sharing the cash with others.

Research reveals that gifting to friends, family and charity remains the top priority for winners, with almost half declaring that it is the sharing of the win that has given them the most happiness. These gifts include cash, holidays, cars and houses, but in another sign of the win benefitting others for years to come, for a fifth it now means helping others with university fees.

This gifting means that the 5,000 millionaires have created an astonishing 1,750 further millionaires by sharing their windfall. And National Lottery wins are now also starting to support future generations.  In all 57% of winners will make their child or children a millionaire and 36% believe they will make their grandchildren millionaires in the future.

The research also revealed that National Lottery millionaires are shunning expensive material items for personal experiences and life enhancing travel.  More than half of the millionaires are now spending more on experiences rather than on possessions.

Andy Carter said, “After the shock and excitement nearly all winners first question how they can look after their nearest and dearest.  In many cases this seems to bring winners even greater joy than thinking about how they can treat themselves.”

“I see first-hand the effect a win can have on the circle of people close to a winner, and this always reminds me that at heart we are a nation that is kind and generous.”

What would the people in the South West do with £1M?

A survey has revealed that the country’s generous nature is alive and well across the South West. The public revealed that gifting would be top of the list of things to do after a win along with moving house. 57% in the South West would help out family and friends – with 32% saying it would be the very first thing they did. 12% would give to charity and opening an animal sanctuary was the most popular altruistic option in the South West with 30% pledging to do this after a win.

With a massive win it is clear that it wouldn’t just be the winner who would benefit in the South West. An impressive 43% admit that would be tempted to make family millionaires, with on average 3.97 extra millionaires made for each win.

They would also prioritise experience and travel over possessions and luxury items. In the South West 55% would look to enjoy life enhancing events over and above the 11% who value materialistic items.

New homes remain top of the list for 59% of people in the South West with a country house being the preferred accommodation. They admit that they would immediately start house hunting after a big win with a beautiful view, a swimming pool and a large landscaped garden top of their list of new home lust haves.

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