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Lottery-winning lorry driver helps with relaunch
A LOTTERY winner from near Easingwold has helped with the launch of Britain’s ‘bigger and better’ - but more expensive - Lotto.
Lorry driver Barry Walker, who scooped £129,148 in July, took part in a photocall at York’s Castle Museum, which itself benefited from the National Lottery earlier this year when it received £1,167,000 for development work, including a major exhibition on the First World War.
He was accompanied by a giant, two-metre high number 38 Lotto ball, because the number 38 ball has appeared 300 times as a main or bonus ball, making it the most drawn number since Lotto was launched in 1994 - although it didn’t feature in Barry’s winning line of five numbers plus the bonus ball.
The new Lotto costs £2 a go, double the previous price, but organisers say players have more ways to win more money, for example with a £25 prize for three numbers instead of the previous £10. Bigger jackpots are also being promised.
Barry, 54, from Flawith, said he didn’t think the higher price would generally deter people from buying tickets, bearing in mind the increased prizes.
“Life has been pretty great since I won the Lotto,” he said. “Now there will be more people from York celebrating winning. I just hope my Lotto luck rubs off on them.”
He said that anyone buying tickets would also be helping to raise money for good causes such as the museum, which he hadn’t visited since he went on a trip from Easingwold School about 40 years ago.
He said that since winning his money, he had bought a new Honda CRV for himself and another for his sister, and he was also planning to get a new garage, but he said he was still driving lorries.
He bought his Lucky Dip ticket from Tollerton Post Office when he popped out to buy his 82-year-old dad, Desmond, a sausage roll.