Doncaster sees lottery rush for £160 million jackpot

Richard Huby, president of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents' Doncaster branch
Richard Huby, president of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents' Doncaster branch
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Doncaster has seen a surge in lottery ticket sales ahead of a jackpot of £160 million in tonight’s Euromillions draw.

Richard Huby, the president of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents’ Doncaster branch, said the sales were up 30-40 per cent, and expected a rush in sales today.

He said: “Percentage wise, we’re talking about an increase of 30-40 percent. It has been up since the jackpot passed the £100 million mark.

“It has certainly been good for business. By mid afternoon, it will be fever pitch.”

Doncaster residents were split on their views of tonights draw.

Nigel Simpson, aged 32, of Balby, said he would be buying a ticket. He said: “I think it’s brilliant. If I win I will buy a striker for Doncaster Rovers and get a seat on the board.”

Craig Hunter, aged 40, of Balby, said: “I can’t really afford it, but seeing as it is that much, I will be doing it. If I win, I’ll be leaving the country and not coming back.

“I don’t usually buy a icket but I will make an exception this week.”

Rebecca Lockwood, aged 33, of Sutton, had also bought a ticket.

She said: “If I won I would pay back what I owe to other people and take the family on holiday.”

Others felt the prize was too much for one person to win.

Fiona Knnovin, aged 32, of Town Moor, said: “I’ve never played and the prize won’t make any difference. I think they should divide it up and give it to more people.”

Cynthia Hall, 72, aged of Armthorpe, added: “£160 million is ridiculous. There should be more winners and the money shared out.”