New figures provided by the (UK) National Lottery reveal 2013 has been an exceptionally good year for National Lottery players, and a record-breaking 335 players became millionaires—that's a dozen more than last year's 323 new millionaires and this year's biggest winners walked away with more than half the total prize fund of £682 million.
Lady Luck seems to have had her favorites this year though, and has shown a distinct preference for players from certain walks of life. Secretaries pocketed more Lotto jackpots than workers in any other profession, and this year the stars were in favor of Aries and Cancer because players born under these signs received more winnings than players born under any other zodiac sign.
If 2013 was a year of big wins though, it was also a year when many lottery winners zipped their lips and tried to enjoy their winnings in secret, including the winners of the three largest National Lottery prizes, one of whom scooped a staggering £81,381,673.30 in May's EuroMillions draw.
A National Lottery representative stated, "This has been another extraordinary year for our players with so many new millionaires and multi-millionaires created as well as raising funds for the National Lottery Good Causes."
Since its inception in 1994, the National Lottery has already created a whopping 3,400 millionaires and lottery organizers, Camelot UK, are promising to add a further 25 to the list before the year is through by having a special EuroMillions Raffle draw on New Year's Eve.