Hundreds in Shropshire win big on National Lottery
Somebody in the Shropshire area scoops a major prize in the National Lottery every month, according to new figures.
The lottery has created 5,000 millionaires since its launch in 1994, according to operator Camelot.
And over that time 300 people living within the Telford, Shrewsbury and Llandridnod Wells postcode area have landed big wins of £50,000 or more, equating to just over one big winner a month.
The figures also revealed that when it came to spending lottery winnings, Shropshire folk favoured experiences and travel over luxury items.
A survey revealed that 55 per cent of people in the area would give priority to spending their winnings on life-enhancing events, compared to just 12 per cent for material items.
Shropshire also topped the charts for the largest number of people who identified theatre as the experience they would most like to spend their winnings on, with 28.5 per cent saying they would use their wealth to see more shows.
The survey revealed that buying a new home would be the top priority with most winners, followed by helping out their family and friends.
Almost half of winners said they found that sharing their wins with other gave them the most happiness.
On top of the 5,000 millionaires created directly by the lottery, a further 1,750 have been created by winners sharing their good fortune with others.
Andy Carter, senior winners adviser for the lottery, said: "After the shock and excitement, nearly all winners' first question is how they can look after their nearest and dearest.
"In many cases, this seems to bring the winners even greater joy than thinking about how they can treat themselves.
"I can see first hand the effect a win can have on the circle of people close to a winner, and this always reminds me that , at heart, we are a nation that is kind and generous."
Big Shropshire winners include Sue and James Schofield of Weston Rhyn, near Oswestry, who celebrated the new year 2013 with a £1 million win in the Euromillions jackpot, and Robin and Christine Kiddle who scooped nearly £6.3 million.
Staff at the Palethorpes meat plant in Market Drayton seem to be particularly lucky, with their syndicate landing two huge wins within the space of 10 years.
In 2006 the syndicate won £6.3 million, and followed up the good fortune with a win of £303,465 in 2016.