Today you could win €1 million

The Grand Lottery’s first draw will be held tonight, with the maximum jackpot hitting a head-spinning €1 million.

According to Maltco Lotteries, only 300,000 tickets are available, “making the Grand Lottery the one with the highest chances to be won compared to the other games in Malta and Gozo”.

The Times asked a number of people the million dollar, or, better still, the million euro question: what would you do if you became a millionaire overnight?

Travelling the world featured as the first choice on many lists.

Alison Schembri, 37, Bridget Bonavia, 26, and Sarah Scerri, 27, all cited travelling as their primary aspiration, with Ms Scerri adding an apartment and a car to her list.

Puttinu Cares was the primary charity that would benefit from the jackpot.

Lorraine Dimech Genuis, 42, said she would donate a handsome amount to Puttinu Cares to help contribute to houses being built in the UK to accommodate people who needed treatment there.

Jeanelle Azzopardi, 23, would also donate a portion of her winnings to the charity after investing in property.

Kathleen Bonnici, 20, also mentioned investing in property by buying her grandfather’s house and purchasing a house with her boyfriend. She would consider opening a small special effects make-up business as well.

Bridget Micallef, 45, would first divide a portion of her winnings equally between her family and then donate to the Malta Bible Society to complete the Braille Bible in Maltese. She would spend the rest on a Caribbean cruise.

Andrew Grech, 38, gave the most detailed response: “I would first book a two-week holiday over the Easter period, then look into the prospect of changing cars, going on a clothes shopping spree, invest wisely and help out some charities.

“As to work, I would consider finding a job that would allow me more free time to do what I enjoy doing. I’d need €3 million to completely retire!”

The draw will be televised live on Xarabank at 9.10pm.


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