It has been revealed today (Thursday 19 May) that the Paisley (PA) postcode is officially the luckiest in Scotland. The National Lottery can confirm that the area is home to the most big money lottery winners (£50,000 and above) per head of population in Scotland over the past two years. Not only that, it ranks second in the whole of the UK.
Neighbouring Glasgow has been named Scotland’s Lottery millionaire capital with more in the G postcode than any other in the UK. The National Lottery has created a stunning 21 millionaires in the area in the last two years alone.
In the last two years 30 top tier prizes of at least £50,000 have been banked by players in the PA postcode, which includes towns in Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Argyll and Bute, including the creation of four Lottery millionaires. In total 182 major prizes of £50,000 or more have been won in the area since The National Lottery began.
The full top five of the areas that have produced the most high tier winners (£50,000 and above) per head of population over the past two years is:
A total of 106 Lottery millionaires have been created in Glasgow since the first draw in 1994, ranking them second nationally. Edinburgh is home to 62 while Motherwell and Aberdeen follow closely behind with 43 and 41 exceptionally lucky players respectively.
The full top five of the areas that have produced the most millionaires since the National Lottery began are:
Local winners who have shared news of their win recently include Geordie and Betty Rhodick from Lochgilphead, who only discovered they had won £1M on EuroMillions when they retrieved their ticket from the recycling bin, and a syndicate of 17 office workers from the Royal Bank of Scotland Mortgage Centre in Greenock. The ‘MC EuroMillions’ syndicate scooped £1,140,402.60 - a win of £67,082.50 for each member.
Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor for The National Lottery, the man who pays out the big winners, said, “Scotland has been enjoying plenty of National Lottery luck recently with residents of the Paisley postcode celebrating the most big wins. Glasgow has secured its position as the country’s Lottery millionaire capital too producing nearly two a month over the past couple of years.
“There are now a massive 4,250 National Lottery millionaires across the country and with more than 6 new millionaires made every week there is likely to be another local winner made soon.”
To celebrate, Kerrs Bakery in Motherwell has created a very special edition of its famous millionaire’s shortbread. Baked using real gold leaf, the luxury treat is truly fit for Scotland’s National Lottery millionaires.
Dionne Wilson, Sales Executive at Kerrs Bakery said, “When we heard how lucky the local area was we thought there was no better way to celebrate Motherwell’s millionaire status. We are famous for our millionaire’s shortbread so it was a hard job to make it any better but we put our heads together in the bakery and created an extra special recipe that even includes real gold leaf.”
It isn’t just individuals winning big, the entire community benefits from the money raised by The National Lottery. In 2015 2,192 grants worth £138,949,888 were distributed to National Lottery funded projects across Scotland.
Each National Lottery player helps to raise over £34M every week for Good Causes. This helps fund our athletes competing at Rio, the nation’s arts and heritage, and many thousands of projects in local communities across the UK.