There’s something extraordinary about becoming a multi-millionaire in a blink of an eye by correctly guessing a couple of lucky digits, but it’s especially amazing when it happens at the very end of the year. This short period of time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is mesmerizing in its own right, because you can literally feel euphoria in the air and everyone is full of hope regarding things that are yet to come. Even though they have dozens of reasons for celebration, many people decide to spice things up a bit by trying their luck with lottery games. Mega Millions didn’t transform anyone into a millionaire in the last few days, but that could change soon – play now to scoop $117.000.000!
1. One ticket holder wins £26.400.000 in the UK’s Lotto
This New Year’s Eve is probably the best one lotto enthusiasts from the UK ever experienced – that was the night when their ticket for the UK’s Lotto draw ended up hitting the jackpot worth £26.400.000. The fortunate punter didn’t even match all the winning numbers – ahead of the draw, Camelot announced that there won’t be a rollover on Saturday night, and since no one correctly guessed the entire winning line the prize went to a player who was only one digit away.
“We’re delighted the winner has come forward to claim their prize and we have plenty of champagne on ice ready to celebrate,” said Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery, and added the winner haven’t yet decided whether or not to go public.
2. Farmer from Kenya wins around $1.000.000 in a charity draw
$1.000.000 may not seem much to players who are used to seeing multi-million dollar prizes, but in Kenya it amounts to Sh100.000.000 and is one of the largest lottery windfalls in East and Central Africa. It was scooped by the 40-year-old farmer Geoffrey Kung’u, who has been buying tickets for Lotto Shinda Mamili Charity draw since October. The draw took place on New Year’s Eve, and that’s when he discovered he’s the winner of the top prize – it took him by surprise, but Kung’u is not in a hurry to spend the money, because he has to plan wisely first.
“I will sit down with my family and get the best advice before I invest the amount. We all know that not many people have the privilege to budget for Sh100.000.000. I pray to God to help me and my family spend it wisely,” said the resident of Nyandarua County.
3. 23 winners share $31.000.000 in Australia’s Lotto draw
Another life-changing victory that took place on New Year’s Eve comes from the Land Down Under – Australia’s Lotto draw brought luck to a total of 23 ticket holders, who were fortunate enough to correctly match the main numbers 11, 18, 40, 16, 4 and 31. The 23 division one winning entries are worth around $1.300.000 each and they were purchased from newsagents located in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.
“Whether our Mega draw winners realise they have struck lotto luck yet, I’m sure their prize will provide them with a great start to the New Year,” said lottery spokeswoman Pina Compagnone.