EuroMillions jackpot: Briton could secure biggest ever UK lottery prize as £184m up for grabs
A single UK winner in Tuesday’s draw would push the current British record holder, an anonymous £170m winner from October 2019, into second place.
The EuroMillions jackpot has reached £184m, making it the largest ever lottery prize up for grabs in the UK.
No ticketholder won the £172m EuroMillions jackpot on Friday, meaning the top prize has rolled over into Tuesday’s draw.
Now a single UK lottery winner could push the current British record holder, an anonymous £170m winner from October 2019, into second place if they win Tuesday’s £184m jackpot.
The winner could count themselves richer than singer Adele, who has a net worth of £130m, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.
They could also purchase a house in each of the top 10 priciest streets in the UK, including in London’s Kensington Palace Gardens, where the average house price is nearly £30m.
Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: “Specifically for large amounts of money, £184m, it’s not just about making a difference to you or your family. If you want to, it can make a difference for generations and generations to come.”
The adviser said some winners like to set up big charitable trusts, while others gift money to friends and family.
EuroMillions is a transnational lottery that requires seven correct numbers to win the jackpot.
It was launched on 7 February 2004 by France’s Française des Jeux, Spain’s Loterías y Apuestas del Estado and the United Kingdom’s Camelot.
The first draw was held on 13 February 2004 in Paris.
Initially, only the UK, France and Spain participated, with the Austrian, Belgian, Irish, Luxembourgish, Portuguese and Swiss lotteries joining for the 8 October 2004 draw.
Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday night at 20:45 CET in Paris. A standard EuroMillions ticket costs €2.50, £2.50 or CHF3.50 per line played, but this depends on the local currency.
Ireland has an exclusive option called Plus, which adds €1.00 per line. As of February 2014, a non-optional addition called “My Million” in France adds €0.50 per line, while in Portugal it is called “M1lhão” and represents €0.30 of the whole €2.50 bet.
The cost of playing in the UK increased from £1.50 to £2.00 per line on 7 November 2009, due to the EUR/GBP exchange rate and automatic entry into its Millionaire Raffle. On 24 September 2016, the cost per line increased from £2.00 to £2.50 in the UK. On the same day, in Ireland and Spain it rose to €2.50 per line.
From 24 September 2016, the number of lucky stars changed from a pool of 11 to a pool of 12 numbers, decreasing the jackpot winning odds from 1:117million to 1:140million.
All prizes, including the jackpot, are tax-free (except in Switzerland, Spain and Portugal, since 2013) and are paid as a lump sum.
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EuroMillions jackpot of £184m is largest lottery prize in UK history
A single winner would become richer than Adele and prize will be capped at £187m if it rolls over again
The EuroMillions jackpot has reached £184m, making it the largest ever lottery prize in British history.
The prize rolled over into Tuesday’s draw when no ticketholders won on Friday. A single winner could now suddenly count themselves richer than the singer Adele – whose net worth is £130m, according to the Sunday Times rich list.
The winner would also push the current British record holder, an anonymous £170m winner from October 2019, into second place.
They could buy a house in each of the Top 10 priciest streets in the UK, including in Kensington Palace Gardens in London, where the average house price is nearly £30m.
Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at the national lottery, said: “Specifically for large amounts of money, £184m, it’s not just about making a difference to you or your family. If you want to, it can make a difference for generations and generations to come.”
UK’s biggest lottery jackpot at stake in EuroMillions draw
One lucky Briton could be on the verge of the biggest lottery win in UK history if they scoop Tuesday’s record EuroMillions draw.
The jackpot is an estimated £184 million, the largest ever up for grabs.
It eclipses the previous top UK prize of £170 million, won by an anonymous EuroMillions ticketholder in 2019.
There have been five UK EuroMillions jackpot winners so far this year, including the anonymous winners of £122 million in April and £111 million in June.
The biggest recent UK winners to go public were Frances and Patrick Connolly, from Northern Ireland, who scooped a £115 million prize in 2019.
No ticketholder won the £174 million EuroMillions jackpot on Friday, meaning the top prize rolled over into Tuesday’s draw.
The draw will take place at 7.45pm.
On its website EuroMillions, which is played in nine European countries, says the odds of picking five numbers and the two Lucky Stars is one in 139,838,160.
Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said any winner of the record jackpot would become “part of a national event”.
He said a prize of £184 million “can make a difference for generations and generations to come”.
With that sum under their belt, one UK winner could count themselves richer than the singer Adele, whose net worth is £130 million, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.
They could buy a house in each of the top 10 priciest streets in the UK, including in London’s Kensington Palace Gardens, where the average house price is nearly £30 million.
Andy Carter has spent the last 15 years advising lottery winners (Camelot, The National Lottery/PA)
Mr Carter said he has seen “all sorts” of reactions in his 15 years dealing with lucky ticketholders.
“I’ve seen people be sick with excitement, I’ve seen people resign their job on the spot, I’ve seen people jumping up and down, I’ve known husbands who haven’t told wives and wives who haven’t told husbands, I’ve been to homes where there’s literally a party going on already,” he told the PA news agency.
The wealth adviser or one of his colleagues would be among the first people to speak to any winner, to provide them with financial and legal advice and put them in touch with previous winners.
“If you’ve won a large amount of money in the National Lottery, the best thing you can do is go and have a cup of tea with another winner, because they’re the people that will truly understand,” he said.
Frances and Patrick Connolly from Northern Ireland scooped a £115 million EuroMillions jackpot in 2019 (Liam McBurney/PA)
The EuroMillions jackpot has reached 220 million euros, at which point it is capped and cannot roll over again.
The jackpot stays at that level for a further four draws if no-one claims the winnings.
It must be won in the fifth draw, and if no ticket matches all the numbers it is shared among all those ticketholders who are one number short. That could result in many new multimillionaires.
Mr Carter said his job restricts him from playing the lottery himself and he will “never know how it feels” to win big.
If he did strike it lucky, he said he would spend his winnings on making sure his family were well looked after and travel around the world to watch his favourite sports.