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.