Camelot Group was celebrating record UK National Lottery weekly sales as it paid out its highest ever Lotto jackpot over the weekend.
A total of £66m (€88.3m$96.2m) was split between two winning tickets on Saturday, with sales of £242m for all National Lottery games and £139m for the Lotto itself.
The company told TotallyGaming.com that a record 24 per cent of sales came via digital channels, despite reports of problems for some customers in accessing the site during peak periods on the day of the draw.
There was also criticism that changes made to the Lotto in 2015 led to six weeks without a jackpot winner ahead of Saturday’s draw, but a Camelot spokesperson believes the interest in the weekend’s numbers proves the continued success of the competition.
“We made some changes to Lotto in October which promised bigger rolling jackpots and more chances to become a millionaire than ever before,” the spokesperson told TotallyGaming.com. “That’s exactly what’s happened, with an amazing 70 millionaires or multi-millionaires made in just the last three months – more than double the number of millionaires created in the three months before the changes.
“Saturday’s record jackpot generated huge player excitement and resulted in unprecedented demand for Lotto tickets.
“We know that some people have been critical of the recent roll series and the fact that it’s more difficult to win the jackpot. However, by the same token, the unprecedented level of demand we saw for tickets over the past few weeks clearly shows that millions of people are hugely excited at the chance of winning such an amazing amount of money.
“In addition, it’s clearly not impossible to win the jackpot because, between 10 October and 14 November, the Lotto jackpot was won on four occasions – and has now been won again on Saturday by two ticket-holders.
Camelot added that the record performance generated a record £69m for Good Causes.
The spokesperson added: “This will make a massive, life-changing difference to people and projects throughout the UK.”
Meanwhile, a record Powerball jackpot of $1.3bn will also be available in Wednesday’s draw. A spokesperson for the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, said that about 75 per cent of the possible number combinations would have been bought for Saturday night’s six-ball draw.