DONCASTER is one of the luckiest places to live in the UK, National Lottery figures have revealed.
Number-crunching boffins have found that with more than 109 jackpot winners and over 384 residents banking a prize of £50,000 or more, Doncaster is the tenth luckiest postcode based on 17 years of lottery windfalls.
The statistics released have been calculated to include all National Lottery prizes over £50,000 - not just jackpot wins - revealing that residents have scooped over a massive £184 million.
The figures also show that one in 1,472 adults in the borough have now pocketed a prize of over £50,000 since the National Lottery began in 1994.
A National Lottery spokesman said: “This is the first time we have included prizes of £50,000 upwards, giving a true snapshot of where the luckiest players are based.
“Doncaster has previously been classed as a lucky lottery hotspot, having been featured in the top ten jackpot winning towns five times in recent years.
“It’s now clear that the people of Doncaster have been scooping the big prizes all round.”
Doncaster is two places above the only other Yorkshire contender, that being Wakefield which boasts 1,484 people winning big, and its total prize fund being nearly £130 million.
The borough was also deemed luckier than Medway, Southend-on-Sea, Wolverhampton, East London, Dundee, Cleveland, Luton, Harrow and Sutton.
Romford in Essex tops the poll of luckiest postcodes in the UK, where one in 1,238 residents have taken home a major prize.
The town is followed by the London borough of Enfield, Dartford in Kent, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Sunderland, Liverpool, Warrington, Bromley and Newport in the top 20 luckiest postcodes in the UK.
Doncaster’s luckiest winner so far is Mark Lund from Askern, who became one of the town’s biggest winners when he bagged £5.1 million in 1999.
However, in 2005 the holder of a winning ticket sold in Doncaster and worth £9.4 million was never traced.