ALMOST £45 million has been spent by the National Lottery in South Ayrshire in the last 28 years, according to new figures.

A study based on government statistics found that £44.29 million in lottery funding has been directed to projects in the area since the game was first played back in 1994.

Groups to have secured a slice of the lotto funding bonanza in South Ayrshire in the last few years alone have included the Ayrshire Hospice and Whiteleys Retreat charities, Marr Rugby Club and the Girvan Town Team, among many more.

Unsurprisingly given their larger populations, Glasgow and Edinburgh topped the list of council areas to have received the most National Lottery cash – though more unexpectedly, the Highland Council area was third.

South Ayrshire Council was ranked 23rd on the list of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas.

The cash comes from a proportion of every ticket sold, as well as any prizes that remain unclaimed within 180 days of being won.