The ‘Ideal’ Lottery Win Would Be £5.4 Million, Study Finds


Most people have said: ‘if I won the Lottery, I’d…’ but if we’re to do all the things we say we’d do, a £5.4m windfall would be ‘just enough’, according to a poll.

Researchers who carried out a detailed study found most people think they’d need to win and incredibly precise £5,402,013.03 in order to cover the cost of their most-desired aspirational items.

On most people’s list of things to spend their winnings on, according to the poll, is; a holiday home, paying off the mortgage, going on holiday and buying a new car.

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Andrew Clarke, Head of Communications for Multilotto, said:

Many people idly daydream about winning the lottery before they go to sleep, or during a slow day at work.

In fact, many people have worked out, almost to the penny, what they’d do with a huge lottery windfall.

The fact it would take more than £5 million to satisfy every last whim suggests Brits have some very expensive tastes.

More than 80 per cent of the population have played the lottery at some point before and half of the nation has tried their luck in the last month.

According to research the average lifetime spend on lotteries in the UK is £377.94 per person, with a fifth playing the lottery once a week.

Some of the more outlandish things people would spend their lottery millions on include a canal boat in Amsterdam, a steam engine and an Egyptian mummy. What?

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One respondent even said they’d pay for their son to spend a day playing with platypuses in Victoria, Australia.

Apparently, one third wished for nothing more than 10 pairs of thick socks from Marks & Spencer. The simple things.

Kind-hearted millionaires would also make sure they helped the less fortunate with their windfall, with over a quarter saying they’d donate to a charity regardless of how much they’d won.

Unsurprisingly, most people who took home a lottery jackpot would pack in work at the earliest opportunity.

Just 16 per cent said they’d continue to work even after winning the lottery.


While winning the lottery is a dream come true for most, a third think winning a huge sum would lead to anxiety.

Just five per cent of Brits, surveyed by OnePoll, would be happy for everyone to know they’d won a big jackpot.

One in four said a huge lottery win would make them more relaxed, but one in 20 think they’d end up more paranoid with millions in the bank.

The UK’S lottery wishlist:
1. A house
2. Paying off mortgage
3. Paying off debts
4. A holiday abroad
5. A car
6. A trip around the world
7. A second home abroad
8. A donation to charity
9. A cruise
10. A kitchen
11. A motorbike
12. A bathroom
13. A season ticket for a sports team
14. Clothes
15. Build an extension
16. New home decorations
17. A TV
18. A laptop/PC
19. White goods
20. A home theatre system

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Mr Clarke added:

For most people, daydreaming about winning big on the lottery covers all the fun things, like buying supercars or gifts for loved ones.

But there can be a serious side to being super-rich and it’s worth considering that as well.

But overall, most people would agree that they’d rather have millions in the bank than not and certainly aren’t above a bit of free dosh when the opportunity arises.

You’ve got to be in it to win it I guess…