City workers bulk buy lottery tickets ahead of £100m EuroMillions draw

first_imgThe odds of landing tonight's jackpot are 1 in 139m The odds of landing tonight’s jackpot are 1 in 139mCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In-store sales of lottery tickets in Canary Wharf and the City of London – which house London’s financial industry – have grown 300 per cent over the past six weeks, compared with 87 per cent growth across the rest of the UK, lottery operator Camelot told the newspaper.In the two areas of the capital, sales of tickets for the lottery – which is played in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland as well as the UK – grew by 48 per cent over the past two Fridays alone, twice as fast as the rest of the country. In the past, we’ve actually had to have security to organise a queuing system because the lines have gone out of the door.Peter Wagg, owner of a Canary Wharf storecenter_img “This is not the first mega lottery draw we’ve had. In the past, we’ve actually had to have security to organise a queuing system because the lines have gone out of the door.”Mr Wagg recalled one occasion when a City worker bought £15,000 worth of “lucky dips” tickets — which means that a terminal randomly selects lottery numbers — and paid in bundles of £50 notes. High-earners have been caught bulk buying lottery tickets before, it was reported. “Whenever the jackpot gets above £70m to £80m, that’s when we have to think about a range of additional staff [to] cover the store,” Peter Wagg, owner of the News of the Wharf store at Canary Wharf, told the Financial Times. His shop had one of the highest rates of EuroMillions ticket sale in London this week. City workers have bought more EuroMillions lottery tickets than anyone else in the country in the run-up to tonight’s £100m jackpot draw, it has been revealed.Sales of the £2.50 tickets have soared in the City of London and Canary Wharf in recent weeks as bankers and traders try to nab biggest jackpot of the year, according to the Financial Times.The top prize is set to be £112m, as the pot has rolled over for six weeks. The top prize last exceeded £100m in October 2016, with the odds of landing tonight’s jackpot 1 in 139m.last_img

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