Special EuroMillions raffle to create 100 new millionaires

The National Lottery is running another special raffle which will boost the number of winners receiving £1 million prizes.

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The special format follows on from a similar raffle held last year in honour of the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics.

The 'Millionaire Raffle' is open to anyone who buys a ticket for the EuroMillions draw taking place on Friday 26th July.

The EuroMillions raffle
Each person who buys a EuroMillions line will also be given a selection of three letters and six numbers which make up the raffle entry. If these match the same selection picked out of the draw then you'll be in line for a cash prize of £1 million.

Although the EuroMillions lottery is played across nine different countries, the raffle is only available in the UK. Tickets cost £2 to take part and if you are lucky enough to win both the EuroMillions and the Raffle, you're entitled to keep both!

Last year in the Olympic Raffle 97 people came forward to claim their £1 million price which broke the World Record for the most millionaires created in one night through a single draw.

Since the start of the National Lottery in 1994 more than 3,300 people have become millionaires or multi-millionaires. However, by the nature of the raffle there are no guarantees and it's total pot luck who wins.

For more information on how it works check out our article How to win more from the lottery.

Unclaimed lottery prizes
It's the responsibility of the winners to claim their prizes and there are frequent cases of million-pound prizes left unclaimed. There are deadlines for receiving the money and if no one comes forward in a given time this money is returned to the National Lottery pot.

Right now, for example, a ticket worth £6,053,028 has yet to be claimed which was bought in Rhondda Cynon Taf in South Wales. Therefore if you do play the game, make sure you check your numbers after the draw to make sure you're not losing out.

The richest self-made Brits
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Special EuroMillions raffle to create 100 new millionaires

The Monaco-based billionaire is said to be worth more than £4.2bn, with Topshop and Topman among the country's most successful brands. His first job, aged 12, was working for a shoe importer. He set up his first business at 15 with a £20,000 loan, on-selling imported jeans from the Far East to London-based retailers.

Branson's first successful business venture came in 1976 when he set up Student magazine aged just 16. In 1970, he founded a mail-order record retailer and within a year had opened his first shop on London's Oxford Street – Virgin Records. His fortune is estimated at £3.085 billion, according to the Sunday Times rich list.

The inventor gave his name to the household vacuum cleaner that would make him a fortune of £1.45 billion. James Dyson first reinvented the vacuum cleaner with the launch of his dual cyclone bagless 'G-Force' cleaner in 1983, followed more recently by the hand dryer and the fan. In 1997, Dyson was awarded the Prince Phillip Designers Prize, and elected a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering in 2005.

Founder of Specsavers, Bristol-born Dame Mary Perkins is Britain's first female self-made billionaire, reportedly worth £1.15 billion. The 67-year-old and her husband Douglas, 68, founded the eye-care company in 1984 and they can now boast more than 900 stores across Britain. Perkins was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2007 as recognition for her work.

Recently retired Beckham is the highest earner in British sport, according to the Sunday Times Sport Rich List. 'Brand Beckham' that has seen the 38-year-old amass a fortune of £165 million from endorsement deals and salary payments from his company, Footwork Productions, over the last decade. But Beckham is still some way off the richest sportsman in the world - golfer Tiger Woods, who is worth a staggering £570m.

Yorkshire Tory peer Lord Kirkham entered the billionaire league in 2010 when he sold his furniture company, DFS, for a reported £500m. In 41 years, Kirkham grew the brand, which started on the outskirts of Doncaster, to 79 stores, three factories and more than 2,600 staff. He received a Knighthood in 1995, a Peerage in 1999 and a CVO in 2005. He now owns a large share in Iceland supermarkets and is worth a reported £1.1billion.

The former Beatle takes the top spot in the Sunday Times Rich List of musical millionaires, sharing a £680 million fortune with his wife Nancy Shevell. McCartney has topped the list of wealthy musicians every year since it was formed 1989 when his fortune was estimated at £80 million.

The chairman of Carphone Warehouse and Talk Talk, Essex-born Dunstone, 46, started his retail empire selling mobile phones from his west London flat in 1989. His fortune rose by £396 million to £1 billion in a year, after the demerger of Carphone Warehouse and Talk Talk. Carphone Warehouse is Europe's largest independent mobile phone retailer and Dunstone was awarded a Knighthood in 2012 for services to the mobile communications industry.

Author of the hugely successful Harry Potter series, Joanne Kathleen Rowling, has a net worth of £560 million – making her the world's richest author. Rowling wrote the first Potter books on a manual typewriter while a single mother living on benefits. The manuscript for the first Harry Potter novel was rejected by 12 publishers and when finally accepted, Rowling received an advance of just £1,500. Harry Potter is the highest-grossing film series of all-time and the brand has been estimated to be worth as much as £10 billion.

East-ender Lord Sugar, best known for his no-nonsense judging on BBC1s The Apprentice, started his career at 16, selling car aerials and electrical goods out of a van he had bought with savings of £50. In 1968 at the age of 21, Sugar started home electronics company, Amstrad (short for Alan Michael Sugar Trading). By the age of 40 he was worth about £600m. Sir Alan sold Amstrad in 2007, and is now worth a reported £770m, with much of his wealth coming from his extensive property empire.


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