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Team GB Medal Haul Creates 27 Lotto Millionaires

Team GB Medal Haul Creates 27 Lotto Millionaires
Updated: Thursday 8th September 2016

Saturday 27th August saw the creation of 27 brand new Lotto millionaires thanks to Team GB winning the same number of gold medals in the 2016 Olympic Games. Because money raised through the sale of National Lottery tickets helped to support Team GB athletes, lottery organisers decided to award an additional prize of £1 million for every gold medal won by those athletes, and now many of the winners are starting to come forward with their stories.

One of those winners was 49-year-old Jane Wyatt from Eccles in Greater Manchester. Jane didn’t get involved in the Lotto game until the last minute, when she decided to buy a Lucky Dip ticket, so she was staggered when she received an email the next day which notified her that she had won £1 million. ‘It still hasn’t sunk in, and I’m not sure it ever will,’ she told reporters, and the mum of three is now planning to treat her family, as well as celebrate her 50th birthday next year by taking a cruise.

Another prize of £1 million was landed by a family syndicate in Nottinghamshire. David Eastwood, along with his wife Yvonne and their adult children Becky and Julie, also discovered their win the day after the draw. David checked their ticket on his iPad on Sunday, but couldn’t quite believe his eyes, so he took it to his local shop to get it double checked. 

The Eastwood family made their official claim on the Monday following the draw, and will be splitting the cash equally between them, with 61-year-old David planning to take early retirement from his job as a maintenance engineer at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

A syndicate of six Hibernian Football Club fans in Scotland also won one of the £1 million medal prizes. The six members of the syndicate are all retired, and have been playing the Lotto ever since it first stared in 1994. Douglas Gibson, who leads the group, found out about the win when his wife Sheena was checking her emails, and found one from the lottery organisers. The syndicate will split the money six ways in equal measure, giving each member a personal share worth £166,666.

As well as awarding 27 ‘gold medal’ prizes of £1 million, the Lotto draw on Saturday 27th August also awarded 23 ‘silver medal’ prizes of £100,000 each and 17 ‘bronze medal’ prizes of £50,000 each, so congratulations to everyone who won one of those.

There will be five additional Millionaire Maker prizes of £1 million and a trip to Brazil awarded to UK EuroMillions players this Friday 9th September and also on Tuesday 13th September, so download one of our free lottery apps to check your numbers as soon as the draws have taken place, and good luck!

Published: Thursday 8th September 2016

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