How Mystic Meg’s first correct National Lottery prediction sparked career spanning three decades

Mystic Meg became Britain’s most famous astrologer thanks to her correct predictions (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Much-loved astrologer Mystic Meg enjoyed a stellar career right up until her death this week.

It was announced on Wednesday that the Sun columnist had died at the age of 80, shortly after being admitted to hospital with flu.

Her agent of 34 years, Dave Shapland, confirmed the sad news, hailing her ‘Britain’s most famous astrologer by a million miles’.

‘Nobody came close to Meg in that respect. She was followed by millions in this country and also around the world,’ he said.

‘She even became part of the English language – if a politician, somebody from showbiz or ordinary people in the street are asked a tricky question they will say ‘Who do you think I am, Mystic Meg?

‘It shows what an impact she made.’

The stargazer began her career with readings on the phone in the 1980s (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Of course, the astrologer – real name Margaret Lake – had to work her way up to the astronomical levels of fame she later achieved, but she quickly made a good impression when she burst onto the scene.

Before she started writing horoscopes for The Sun and, before its demise, the News of the World, Lake started her career delivering psychic readings over the phone in the early eighties.

But, it was when she fronted The National Lottery that she hit the big time, as she was roped in to predict facts about the future winner.

She delivered winning predictions each week from 1994 until 2000, and it didn’t take bosses long to realise she had something special.

Lake was first put on their radar after impressing with her newspaper writings, but she has always said that she just naturally knew what was coming.

Real name Margaret Lake, the late star was known for her column in The Sun (Picture: Victor Watts/REX/Shutterstock)

After starting each morning by drinking a cup of hot water and reading the Racing Post, she would draw a rune for the day ahead.

‘Just before the Lottery started, I got the big money rune,’ she previously told the New Statesman.

‘On that same day, I got a call from National Lottery Live, asking me to make a prediction on the first show.

‘So the runes were right, though the big money was for other people! The prediction I made came true, so I was asked back.’

And the rest, they say, is history!

The Lottery’s 45-second Mystic Meg predicts segment garnered a legion of loyal fans who took it as seriously as the draw itself.

She died on March 9 following a short illness (Picture: Ken McKay/REX/Shutterstock)

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Some, though, took it one step further.

‘My most vivid memory of the Lottery is when I was doing my prediction to camera, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a naked man running towards me,’ the stargazer previously recalled.

‘The security guard caught him inches before he got in front of the camera. Painted on his back were the words, “Pick my balls”.’

As well as acquiring her own columns, Lake also hosted Mystic Meg’s Wheel of Destiny for Sun Bingo.

Lake left The Sun on in January 2015, but returned in April 2016.

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Not much is known about her personal life, but Lake was raised in a terraced house in the Lancashire town of Accrington, where her Romany grandmother taught her astrology.

In later life, Lake shared a three-bedroom flat in Notting Hill with seven cats.

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