A Lotto fun at Peace Bridge

Derry's iconic Peace Bridge was caught up in the fun to help launch a new-look Lotto game.
Derry's iconic Peace Bridge was caught up in the fun to help launch a new-look Lotto game.

Derry’s iconic Peace Bridge has received a Lotto makeover to help launch a new-look game.

From this weekend, National Lottery players across the region are able to take part in a new game that offers players “more ways to win more money”.

The new Lotto game includes:

* bigger jackpots – the average Saturday jackpot will increase to around £5 million and the Wednesday jackpot will increase to around £2.5 million.

* bigger prizes for matching three numbers – the prize for matching three numbers has more than doubled, increasing from £10 to £25.

* a new Lotto raffle in which at least 50 winners will scoop a guaranteed £20,000 each in every Lotto draw (Wednesday and Saturday). If the jackpot rolls, the number of raffle winners grows, too.

New Lotto tickets cost £2 per line and are on sale now.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “The balls are an iconic part of people’s lives in Northern Ireland and across the country... there has never been a more exciting time to play.

“As well as giving players more ways to win more money, new Lotto will also be helping to raise more funding for National Lottery projects all over Northern Ireland. Each week, National Lottery players raise £35 million for Good Causes in the UK.”

And, as thoughts turn to picking those all-important six numbers, a survey carried out by the National Lottery reveals that people in Northern Ireland believe the number 17 is the luckiest - despite it not being a regular feature in the main draws.

The spokesperson said: “The number 17 has only been drawn 222 times as a main ball and 38 times as a bonus ball which makes it a number that’s drawn less than average.

“However, as Northern Ireland has celebrated no fewer than 20 millionaires in less than three years – maybe they have some insider knowledge in this part of the world!

“And let’s not forget that the biggest ever individual Lotto winner, Iris Jeffrey, who won £20.1 million in July 2004, was from Belfast.”

To celebrate the launch of the new-look lottery, giant Lotto balls were floated down the River Thames in London and forced the opening of Tower Bridge to let them float past many famous landmarks in the city.

To find out more, click on national-lottery.co.uk