LUCKY jackpot winners have put the North East at the top of a National Lottery league table of “millionaire hot spots”.
A study by Lotto operator Camelot, which mapped the locations of the 2,715 overnight millionaires created since the game was launched in 1994, named the region, along with Wales, as the luckiest area to live.
There were 164 National Lottery millionaires, which is one in 14,211 North East residents.
The Millionaire Map, including publicity and non-publicity winners, is based on the number of millionaires created per adult population.
A National Lottery spokesman said: “The map shows that more millionaires have been created in London, the Midlands and across the South East of England. However, statistically the North East is the luckiest part of the UK based on the number of winners versus the adult population.”
He added: “This map gives a fascinating insight into how the spread of our many millionaires and multi-millionaires around the UK but the fact remains anyone can win – it’s a lottery.”
In July, Washington pensioners Doreen and Fred Smith scooped £2.4million on the National Lottery. In December, Washington grandparents Paul and Christine Goldie won £3.5million.