Traditional British garden party to celebrate National Lottery luck and happiness in the east of England

A MILLIONAIRE couple from Thaxted were amongst an exclusive gathering of some of the region’s biggest Lottery winners to celebrate the area’s luck and happiness.

Tim and Tracey Orton, who scooped �2,966,481 in March 2004, were joined by more than 30 millionaires from the east of England - including five from Essex – for a garden party held at Boreham House stately home yesterday (Monday July 11).

The group, whose combined winnings exceeded �60 million, were celebrating the fact that, since The National Lottery started, 264 millionaires have been created and over �1.1 billion has bee paid out in major prizes – funding over 22,000 individual projects spanning arts, sports, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment – in the region.

A National Lottery spokesman said that east of England “has always been an exceptionally lucky area to live”, adding: “We were delighted to be bring together so much good fortune under one roof to celebrate. It was a great day catching up with winners whose lives have been transformed by their windfall.”

Uk wide over 2,500 lottery winners have joined the exclusive ‘Millionaires’ Club’ – which means an incredible one in 6,760 of the UK’s player population has now won a share of a National Lottery jackpot.