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Hampshire’s lovely and all that. But surely we should all be packing up and making the move north to Nottinghamshire?

The county famous for flat vowels has just produced its third lottery winning couple, making it one of the UK’s luckiest postcode areas.

Jim and Maureen Emerton bagged more than £4m after playing the numbers game and coming out on top.

Well done them. Of course we’re all a little bit jealous because there’s not many who couldn’t do without a lottery win of even more modest proportions these days.

It’s alright for our politicians, with their fancy homes and silver spoon backgrounds. And it’s okay for the super rich they’re so keen on protecting.

But most ordinary families have had a tough time recently – so it’s no wonder that a big fat lottery win must feel like the road to a glorious happy ever after.

The BBC is exploring the impact of a lottery win at the moment in its new prime time TV show, The Syndicate.

It’s the work of writer Kay Mellor and looks at how a group of winners see their lives unravel after their six numbers come in.

It’s true that a drama showing the jammy devils living the high life and waltzing off into the sunset wouldn’t make for a very compelling five-part drama.

But I’ve always found the idea that there’s an actual downside to winning the lottery a little laughable.

Sure, you might need to find a way to tell second cousin Janet that you’re not going to pay off her mortgage and bin all those begging letters. But that’s not much of a cross to bear when you’ve got lots of lolly in your bank account.

Mellor’s not the first to take a rather gloomy look at the issues surrounding lottery wins. Other documentaries have also explored what it’s like and often made the same half-hearted conclusions that it must be so very hard to have money.

Clearly none of us believe that because millions still chase the dream by playing every single week.

Give me a chance to win the lottery and I’ll find out just how unhappy it would make me. I must admit, it’s a risk I’m willing to take.