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PR postcode named as one of luckiest for lottery wins

Lottery winner, Kevin Halstead from Preston, posing with the Lucky City sign outside Preston station

Lottery winner, Kevin Halstead from Preston, posing with the Lucky City sign outside Preston station

It may be worth having a flutter on the lottery this weekend - especially if you live in an area with a ‘PR’ postcode.

New statistics, revealed by the National Lottery, rank the Preston postcode as one of the luckiest places to live when it comes to winning a major National Lottery prize.

Former bus driver, Kevin Halstead, from Preston, scooped £2.3m on the National Lottery draw in 2010.

He said: “Winning the lottery is something which you think can never happen to you – it is something which only ever happens to other people.

“But these figures show just how realistic it is to win a prize – particularly a big one.

The £2,302,668 winner added: “I would encourage everyone to buy a lottery ticket - you don’t know what can happen unless you play.

“It is fantastic to see that Preston ranks so highly.”

The research ranks the number of big National Lottery winners of £50,000 and above, won per head of population in every postcode area across the country.

And since the National Lottery launched in 1994, a total of 253 people in Preston have won a major prize of at least £50,000.

This includes 24 new millionaires, a stat which makes the city the 60th most successful in the millionaire making stakes.

Another winner in the PR postcode is Deborah Mather, who scooped £5m eight years ago, set up her own business and bought a new house with her winnings and to mark five years since her win ,completed a skydive

Mrs Mather, from Clayton-le-Woods near Chorley, said: “My health is now much better and I don’t have to worry about how I will pay the bills.

“They are the main plusses.

“I still play the lottery because I could make a lot of people happy if I won again

It isn’t just participants of the National Lottery who are cashing in the big bucks.

A Preston man scooped £200,000 in the Irish Lottery in the same year as Kevin but the unnamed man didn’t let his family in on the secret stash.

 

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