£50m lottery funding for East Antrim since 1995

The National Lottery has invested more than £50.3 million in projects in East Antrim over the past two decades, new figures have revealed.

In the 20 years since the first draw on 19 November 1994, 657 grants have been awarded to individuals and organisations throughout the East Antrim area, helping to change lives and transform communities.

The largest National Lottery grant in area was the £2.4m awarded to the restoration of Glenarm Harbour in January 1999. The smallest has been £190 in June 2006 to Greenisland Knockagh Youth Club to introduce the game of boccia to its members.

The first grant was £70,046 in December 1995 to provide new facilities at Carrickfergus Bowling Club.

It is not just good causes that have reason to celebrate the National Lottery’s 20th birthday, as the lives of individuals in Northern Ireland have also been changed with a stunning 81 millionaires created to date and a total of 647 winners scooping prizes of more than £50,000.

Jackie O’Sullivan, from the National Lottery, said: “In 20 years, The National Lottery has helped transform life in Northern Ireland for the better, creating iconic cultural landmarks, empowering communities and developing world class sporting talent.

“National Lottery funding has improved people’s health, preserved our rich heritage and created a better future for all. In addition to all the projects that have benefited, thousands of individuals across the UK have won life changing prizes with 3,600 millionaires created to date. National Lottery players can be proud of the positive changes they have helped bring about since the first draw in 1994.”