National Lottery company Camelot has predicted independent retailer EuroMillions ticket sales of about 300 per second across the UK in peak time in the run-up to another enormous draw tonight.
The rolling EuroMillions jackpot has now reached an estimated £155m, following Tuesday’s £142m bonanza which failed to secure a jackpot winner.
Camelot said independent retailers had claimed the top six EuroMillions sales spots across the UK. Two were in Manchester and four in London.
Thirty-four of the top-50 were in the capital, a spokesman said.
He said stores in the “EC” postcode sold more than five times as many tickets for last Tuesday’s draw when compared with a normal draw.
The figure for Manchester was a 276% sales uplift.
James Pearson, Camelot’s head of retail, said: “Our independent retailers are really capitalising on the fantastic sales opportunities presented by the huge, rolling EuroMillions jackpot – and it’s great to see six of them at the very top of the EuroMillions sales chart.
“And with a staggering £155m jackpot up for grabs on Friday – with around 300 tickets per second expected to be sold in peak time in the run-up to the draw – we’ll be doing everything we can to help them continue to make the very most of the sales bonanza.”