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15 February 2012, 11:39
Newcastle and Sunderland have come in the top 10 postcodes for people winning big cash prizes on the lottery.
Overall, the North East has banked the most big cheques per population, 1,550, closely followed by Wales and the North West.
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.
It's fascinating to see that Essex still remains one of the luckiest counties to live, where for many years Ilford has claimed a high percentage of jackpot prizes for its residents.
Now Romford has picked up the winning streak. Perhaps the only way really is Essex!
In truth, with over 2,800 National Lottery millionaires now in the UK and an average of 24 lottery millionaires in each postcode, every part of the UK should consider itself lucky."
The top 10 is as follows:
1 Romford (RM) one prize of £50,000 or more won per 1,238 adults.
2 Enfield (EN) 1,378.
3 Dartford (DA) 1,391.
4 Newcastle upon Tyne (NE) 1,392.
5 Sunderland (SR) 1,421.
6 Liverpool (L) 1,425.
7 Warrington (WA) 1,428.
8 Bromley (BR) 1,443.
9 Newport (NP) 1,452.
10 Doncaster (DN) 1,472.