County is one of luckiest

Lotto winners
Lotto winners

The Nottinghamshire NG postcode has been hailed one of the luckiest on the country after a string of lottery wins in the area.

The postcode has made it into the top ten in the National Lottery’s new league of luck – making it officially one of the all-time luckiest places to live.

Out of the nation’s 121 postcode areas the NG region ranks seventh for the number of prizes of £50,000 or more won to date.

Since the launch of The National Lottery 61 millionaires have been made in Nottingham – equivalent to one every four months. In total, 664 top tier prizes of at least £50,000 have been banked by players in the NG postcode.

In April 2012, Jim and Maureen Emerton, of Carlton, who cashed in the £4.5m Lotto jackpot.

Just a month earlier, Matt Topham and Cassey Carrington struck it rich after landing the £45m EuroMillions top prize and Mansfield builder Gareth Bull and his wife Catherine netted the £41m EuroMillions jackpot in January 2012.

Nottingham couple Sue and Ivan Westbury scooped the £7.7m Lotto rollover jackpot in September 2010.

Alan Rowley, from Selston, became £1.9m richer after clinching a share of the Lotto jackpot in August 2008.

EuroMillions winner Gareth Bull said: “We still live in Nottingham and would never leave. It’s a wonderful area to live in.”

Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor for the National Lottery, said: “Nottingham has celebrated some huge wins over the years so it’s no wonder the region has held on to a top ten ranking ever since our records began.

“There are now a massive 4,250 National Lottery millionaires across the country and with more than six new millionaires made every week there is likely to be another local winner made soon.”

It isn’t just individuals winning big, the entire community benefits from the money raised by The National Lottery. In 2015, 290 grants worth £12,442,570 were distributed to National Lottery funded projects in the Nottingham region.

One of those benefiting was Ashfield Play Forum, which was given £428,000 to provide free accredited training and skills workshops to groups who work with children and young people.