The first jackpot winners have already struck lucky with the new UK Health Lottery.
Two women have claimed the top prize of £100,000 each in the very first draw. Both win the full prize as the Health Lottery has fixed prizes for each prize tier.
Both winners have chosen to stay anonymous, but one of the women is 40 years old, lives near Bangor in Wales and is a full-time mother. The other is 63 and lives in Bolton-Le-Sands, Morecambe.
The winner from Bangor said she just thought it was worth giving the new game a try:
I still can’t believe it, I didn’t think anything like this would ever happen to me. I saw the new Health Lottery had launched so I thought I would have a go and take a chance.
Each of the two winners used the Quick Pick option to select their numbers at random.
Around 18 million people in the UK saw the first Health Lottery draw live on TV, presented by Melinda Messenger on Saturday night.
The chief executive for the Health Lottery, Martin Hall said the new game had pledged £50 Million per year to smaller local health charities and other good causes, adding:
The Health Lottery game is a fresh new alternative which has one single good cause at its heart – health.
Initial donations have already been made as follows: £37,500 to the WRVS, £27,932 to BTCV in Scotland, £44,069 to the School Food Trust and £40,579 to the Youth Sport Trust. More payments will be released over the next few days.