Lotto Medal Event will create 27 Olympic millionaires

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The National Lottery is to create 27 extra new millionaires this weekend - one for every gold medal won by Team GB in this year's Rio Olympics.

To celebrate the UK's astonishing performance, an extra 67 prizes will be dished out in the Lotto Medal Event on Saturday, one for every medal scooped at the games.

There will be 27 'gold' prizes of £1 million, 23 'silver' £100,000 prizes and 17 'bronze' winners taking home £50,000 each.

It's generous - although not as generous as in 2012, when a similar one-off competition created 100 millionaires. The event, in honour of London's status as host nation, broke the world record for the most millionaires created in a single draw.

The prizes will be given alongside the one guaranteed Millionaire Raffle Prize of £1,000,000 and the 20 guaranteed Millionaire Raffle Prizes of £20,000 to be won in the Millionaire Raffle Draw.

And, says the National Lottery team, they are intended as a thank you to the punters who have funded so many athletes, boosting the UK's performance in the medal tables.

"They won, now you can too," says the team. "You have helped fund 1,300 athletes from 40 different sports on their road to Rio and beyond. So thank you, you're part of Team GB too. Every one of you can say, 'I Am Team GB'."

Around three-quarters of UK Sport's funds come from the lottery, allowing it to put £272 million into high-level sport over the past four years. More than 4,500 athletes have benefited from the fund, including Laura Trott, Sir Chris Hoy, Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah.

And, between them, lottery-funded athletes have won 633 Olympic and Paralympic medals since the funding began.

"National Lottery players have helped transform the prospects of talented athletes in this country, which has taken our Olympic and Paralympic teams from strength to strength, seen them soar up the medal table and made the nation proud," says Liz Nicholl, CEO of UK Sport.

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Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
The sum was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity a secret.
One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.
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