Lotto luck in Salisbury!

Zoe and Nick Hoare

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 6:14am 13th June 2018

New figures reveal there have been 12 millionaires in Salisbury thanks to the National Lottery.

The National Lottery has created 60 millionaires in Wiltshire since it began in 1994, 12 of them here in Salisbury!

The figures have been released as the scheme nationally marks its 5,000th millionaire, a prize that went to a couple from Slough who won a staggering £21m.

A further 81 people in the Salisbury area have scooped a prize of £50,000 of more in one of the National Lottery games.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners' Advisor at the National Lottery said,

"The winners team here at Camelot travel the length and breadth of the country paying out lucky winners every day. It is no surprise to me to see how lucky Salisbury has been and I'm sure I'll be back there soon with another giant cheque."

Last May Nick and Zoe Hoare, who were running The White Horse in Quidhampton at the time hit the headlines after winning a £1m.

Zoe told Spire FM she's still struggling to her head around just how much they won!

" Even a year on we are still a little bit bewildered by how fortunate we've been to become one of Wiltshire's 60 millionaires!"

 

Nick and Zoe Hoare, and Andrea Holmes, Wiltshire lottery road trip 3105181
Nick and Zoe Hoare picture with another Wiltshire millionaire winner, Andrea Holmes


Andy from the National Lottery says he gets a big buzz out of hearing about the winners.

 

"While the name on the cheque changes each time, the reaction of nearly all winners once they get over the shock and excitement is how can they help their nearest and dearest. In many cases this seems to bring the greatest joy, more so than the treats for themselves, and it always serves to remind me that at heart, we are a kind and generous nation."


THE BEST BIT ABOUT WINNING?

Contrary to popular wisdom National Lottery millionaires have declared that the best thing about their win isn't the lifestyle it buys you, but rather the happiness felt from sharing the cash with others.

Research reveals that gifting to friends, family and charity remains the top priority for winners, with almost half declaring that it is the sharing of the win that has given them the most happiness. These gifts include cash, holidays, cars and houses, but in another sign of the win benefitting others for years to come, for a fifth it now means helping others with university fees.

Andy Carter, from the National Lottery, said,

"After the shock and excitement nearly all winners first question how they can look after their nearest and dearest. In many cases this seems to bring the winners even greater joy than thinking about how they can treat themselves. see first-hand the effect a win can have on the circle of people close to a winner, and this always reminds me that at heart we are a nation that is kind and generous."

WHAT WOULD PEOPLE IN WILTSHIRE DO IF THEY WON £1M?

A survey has revealed that the generous nature is alive and well across the South West.

The public revealed that gifting would be top of the list of things to do after a win along with moving house.

57% in the South West would help out family and friends - 32% saying it would be the very first thing they did. 12% would give to charity and opening an animal sanctuary was the most popular altruistic option in the region with 30 % pledging to do this after a win.

They would also prioritise experience and travel over possessions luxury items. In the South West 55% would look to life enhancing events over and above the 11% who value materialistic items.

New homes remain top of the list for 59% of people in the South West with a country house being the preferred accommodation complete with swimming pool!

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