THE National Lottery’s new game Set For Life has finally got a winner – with TWO lucky punters winning £10k a month for 30 years.
After weeks of disappointment for many entrants with no top prize winners in 19 draws, it has come up trumps at last.
Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, said: “Tonight’s Set For Life Super Chance Draw is one to remember as we crown the very first top prize winners – 2 of them, in fact, who have each won an incredible £10,000 a month, every month for 30 years!
“A Super Chance Draw runs until there's at least one winner of the top prize – in either the Match 5 main numbers plus Life Ball or Match 5 main numbers prize tiers.
"In tonight’s Super Chance Draw, no player matched five main numbers and the Life Ball, but 2 players who matched five main numbers are now ‘Set For Life’!
"They can live the good life with an extra £10K in the bank month after month to tick off their bucket list dreams. If you were in with a chance, check your numbers to see if you are Set for Life!"
The £1.50-a-play game, launched in March to pull in new punters, had not yet produced a jackpot winner, before bucking the trend this evening.
The second prize — £10,000 a month for a year — had been scooped 19 times.
Dee Bishop tweeted last week: “What a joke. Surely changes should now be made. It’s clearly not working.”
Ben Webb added: “You must be raking it in with the profit on this one. Disgusting.”
Players have to match five balls, from 1 to 47, plus the Life Ball, at odds of one in 15.3million.
Other prizes of a fiver or more are available for matching at least two balls, drawn on Mondays and Thursdays.
Lottery operator Camelot said amid the complaints: “We’re confident that we’ll see a top prize winner on the new game before too long.
“At the end of the day, it’s a lottery.”
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