December 12 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Londoners must be feeling lucky after giant lottery balls twice the size of double-decker buses lit up the Thames and floated down the river.
Officially the biggest Lotto balls ever created, they were so big Tower Bridge had to open to let them travel underneath.
Created to coincide with the launch of the new Lotto this weekend, the flotilla of balls were released at Docklands and floated down from Canary Wharf to the heart of the City of London.
A spokesman for the National Lottery said they were passing a city skyline transformed by its funding, including The Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, Cutty Sark, The Globe and Somerset House.
Each giant Lotto ball contains 2,000 watts of light, requiring each to have their own power supply, and were shepherded down the river by two tugs.
The spokesman said: “The iconic balls have been part of British life since 1994 and it is great to see them stopping traffic and opening bridges.
“With a guaranteed 1,000 winners of £20,000 this Saturday and a £10 million jackpot up for grabs, we hope they bring everyone that has seen them a little Lotto luck.”