Record year for lottery millionaires

A RECORD-BREAKING number of millionaires was created by the National Lottery this year, figures have revealed.

A total of 158 people joined the millionaires' club over the past 12 months - an increase of 26 on 2009.

The lottery paid out 775 million in jackpot prizes alone this year, up 285m on 2009 and the highest amount paid out in one year.

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In October, the National Lottery hit the landmark of creating more than 2,500 millionaires since its launch 16 years ago.

A National Lottery spokesman said: "This has been an extraordinary year for our players with so many new millionaires and multi-millionaires created."