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The smaller victories in life really can make all the difference


For those playing the Lotto on Saturday, it wasn't the winning that was important, it was the coming second that really counted.

Due to the way the prize fund is shared out, the five people who picked all six winning numbers shared the £4.8m jackpot, pocketing £968,272 each. However, the one ticket holder who had five numbers and the bonus ball won £1.5m.

A National Lottery spokesman said the situation was "very rare", adding: "That's the beauty of the lottery – you never know what's going to happen."

Just like for those named in a worst-dressed list, sometimes second really is preferable to top spot.