“You’ve got a 14million to one chance of winning but unless you play, you can’t win!” Deborah Mather knows a bit about winning.
The mum-of-one from Chorley won big seven years ago when she scooped £5.1m on the Lotto and ahead of the launch of a new bigger draw, Deborah is encouraging people to buy their tickets to get behind the good causes supported by the National Lottery Fund.
Deborah, who runs her own company, ‘The Firework and Fancy Dress Shop’ said: “What we have to remember is that as Lotto players, you, me and everybody else, we don’t just play to win, we’re also donating to these causes.
“That’s the reason I still play, without these good causes there wouldn’t have been such great events like the Olympic Games.”
Deborah, who won £5.1m, in May 2005, was at Preston Grasshoppers RFC which itself has benefited from Lottery funding, to see if some of her good luck will rub off on the people of the city as the new Lotto with bigger prizes and bigger jackpots is launched tonight.
She said: “The jackpots are going to be greater and each week there’s going to be 50 raffle tickets where each winner will win £20,000.
“This week there will be 1,000 £20,000 lotto ticket raffle winners so it’s definitely worth playing this weekend because you’re not just in one draw, you’re in two.
And while Deborah enjoys many of the trappings that comes with a Lotto win, it is her health that she treasures most.
After a fall down a flight of stairs 12 years ago, Deborah lost the use of her thumb on her left hand, had to have a hip operation and was registered disabled.
Deborah said: “Winning has enabled me to improve my health, go to a private trainer and get myself well and I’m no longer registered disabled.
“I can now use my hand and the doctor said I must be the only person who was pleased to lose their blue badge!”
Number seven is considered the luckiest number in the region whilst number 38 is the most drawn ball.
The top ten favourite Lotto numbers in order of preference are: 7, 3, 5, 6, 4, 2, 13, 9, 11 and 12
38 is the most frequently drawn Lotto ball, having been drawn a total of 303 times as the main and bonus ball
Over £49 billion in total prize money has been paid out since 1994
£30 billion has been raised for the Good Causes in the last 18 years – currently around £35 million is raised each and every week – benefitting more than 400,000 projects across the UK.