THE Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey has been declared one of the big winners when it comes to National Lottery funding.
This week it emerged that more than £1.37 billion had been pumped into the province since the Lottery was launched - and almost 10 per cent of that towering total was spent locally.
A grand total of £127,726,910 has been awarded to the Borough, supporting major projects such as the restoration of the Castle Gardens.
By contrast, Ards and North Down have received just £49,842,018.
Antrim and Newtownabbey have also fared considerably better than Ballymena - with Mid and East Antrim pocketing almost half as much with £68,569,217.
And there could be more to come.
There are three lottery-funded grants currently available for eligible entities inNorthern Ireland, with a maximum funding amount of £500,000.
Another seven grants are available for film and heritage-related projects, some of which have no maximum funding limit.
Over the last 28 years a total of £46 billion from the National Lottery has gone towards good causes across the UK.
A spokesperson for Solitaired.com, who carried out the survey, said the findings underlined the impact the Lottery has had on local communities.
One Northern Ireland winner has yet to claim a £1 million pound prize,
”If you ever lost a winning lottery ticket, there is comfort in knowing that your prize would have gone to a good cause, quite possibly in your own town.”