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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Luckiest lottery players revealed

The biggest jackpot of the year went to Suffolk care worker Gillian Bayford and her husband Adrian

Men and builders were among the luckiest National Lottery players in a year that the draw created 323 millionaires, Camelot has revealed.

The lottery has paid out more than £850 million to 323 new millionaires in the past year, up from 229 in 2011.

Builders, care workers and administrators were the luckiest professions while estate agents, advertising workers and market traders were the least lucky, according to Camelot.

Women also fared worse than men, bagging only 40% of big wins, the lottery operator said.

The luckiest star sign was Capricorn, with those born between December 22 and January 19 luckier than those with any other zodiac sign.

Mansfield builder Gareth Bull kicked off the year for Britain's construction workers, this year's luckiest profession, when he and his wife Catherine scooped a EuroMillions jackpot prize of £40,627,241 on January 20.

Other lucky builders included Railston Watkins of Whitburn, South Tyneside, who banked a Lotto prize of £1,199,306 and Alan Elliott of Nottingham who enjoyed a £1 million EuroMillions windfall, both in March.

The biggest jackpot of the year went to Suffolk care worker Gillian Bayford and her husband Adrian when they scooped £148,656,000 in August making them Britain's second biggest lottery winners after Chris & Colin Weir of Largs, North Ayrshire.

The biggest winning syndicate prize went to a group of 12 bus drivers from Corby, Northamptonshire, in March, sharing a jackpot prize of £38,034,639.

The month of August saw the highest number of big winners created after the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw that created 100 millionaires to celebrate the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. In that one month 75 individuals joined the lottery millionaires' club, sharing more than £237 million in prize money between them.

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