National Lottery Awards 2012
The National Lottery Awards for 2012 were presented in a star-studded BBC One television show last Saturday night, and actor John Barrowman was at the helm to keep proceedings running smoothly. After weeks of public voting, three finalists were narrowed down to one clear winner in each of seven categories. Those categories were: Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sports and Voluntary. Lottery funding had already been granted to all of the finalists, but each of the winners received a separate prize of £2,000 as well as a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy. The winners were as follows:
Arts: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Education: Lifelong Learning
Environment: Community Space Challenge
Health: Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum
Heritage: Durlston Castle
Sports: Back to Netball
Voluntary: New Forest Nightstop
Congratulations to all of those worthy winners, and indeed to each and every one of the projects that made it to the finals. It is always good for players to see how much of a difference is made by the 28% of their lottery spend that is assigned to such worthwhile projects, and anyone who saw the National Lottery Awards show on Saturday will agree that the difference really is massive!
Whilst we are in congratulatory mode, we should say well done to two very lucky players who shared a Lotto jackpot of £7,117,094 on Saturday 8 December by matching the six main numbers 29, 33, 35, 36, 45 and 48. Another eight tickets matched five of those numbers plus the Bonus Ball 27 to win £185,158 each, and the total number of Lotto prizes won was 418,533.
In the EuroMillions game on Friday 7 December the jackpot of £44 million rolled over because no player was able to match the five main numbers (10, 16, 18, 31 and 42) as well as both of the Lucky Star numbers (02 and 05). On a more positive note, over three million consolation prizes were landed, and the biggest of those were worth £331,669 to each of four players who matched five main numbers and one Lucky Star. In addition, one player in the UK won £1 million by matching the Millionaire Raffle number YVM625645.
We now have a EuroMillions jackpot of around £50 million to play for this Tuesday 11 December, as well as a brand new jackpot of around £2.2 million in the Lotto game on Wednesday. Head in this direction to buy tickets online and maybe you’ll be able to win a life-changing lottery award of your own!
Written by Tony Sharpe
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