Buying a holiday home by the sea and building a pub in the garden are just two of the must-haves on Geordies’ new normal bucket list, according to a survey carried out by The National Lottery.

The research was conducted ahead of the £15M ‘Must Be Won’ Lotto jackpot draw this Saturday (27 June).

It revealed that 61% of people surveyed in Newcastle say they have changed their wish list since the Covid-19 outbreak and now dream of the good life, and a millionaire lifestyle much closer to home.

A total of 40% of people questioned say they are now less interested in material possessions and more focussed on living a healthier lifestyle, feeling safe and spending time with family, with travel to exotic locations, adrenalin-inducing skydives and marathon running challenges taking a backseat.

With a £15M ‘Must Be Won’ Lotto jackpot up for grabs on Saturday, participants from across Newcastle were also asked how they might spend a big National Lottery win.

Now featuring high on the bucket list is buying a large country estate with tennis courts and a swimming pool. A hot tub for the garden and making a significant donation to charity, such as the NHS, also rank highly.

Commenting on the findings, Camelot’s Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said, “The nation’s ‘new normal’ bucket list has certainly changed tack following lockdown however while our movements may have been curtailed, our dreams have not and they are now firmly focused around the simple joys of life.

“Over the years we have seen our winners relish the freedom a big win gives them, allowing them to follow their dreams. What we are seeing now is that those dreams are closer to home and based around the people and experiences we value the most. The greatest happiness often comes from having more free time to spend time with family and friends, trying a new hobby or investing in a campervan and hitting the open road. This research shows that if one person wins £15M on Saturday night, they are most likely to splash out on a country estate with its very own walled kitchen garden rather than a fleet of sports cars!”

This Saturday’s Lotto draw (27 June) is a special ‘Must Be Won’ event draw with a £15M jackpot up for grabs. The life-changing jackpot cannot roll beyond this draw so if no one matches all six main numbers then the prize will roll down, potentially creating lots of millionaires (when players match five main numbers and the bonus ball) as well as boosting the prizes at all levels. Players can check their tickets online at www.national-lottery.co.uk or via the National Lottery App.

NEWCASTLE’S NEW NORMAL BUCKET LIST TOP 10

1 Buy a holiday home by the sea
2 Make a significant donation to charity, such as the NHS
3 Buy a large country estate with tennis courts and a swimming pool
4 Build a hot tub in the garden
5 Give up work and volunteer for charity
6 Buy a camper van
7 Buy a convertible sports car
8 Build a pub in the garden
9 Build a home gym
10 Buy a boat