The Biggest EuroMillions Jackpot Ever Won in the UK
The biggest EuroMillions jackpot ever won in the UK was worth £184,262,899 and came on Tuesday 10th May 2022.
The biggest jackpot ever won in the UK was won in May 2022
It only took 14 rollovers to create the record-breaking jackpot, four fewer than it took to reach the previous high of £170 million in 2019. With more prize money going to the jackpot in each draw following a rule change in 2022, the acceleration was rapid as ticket sales surged across Europe.
The jackpot was already worth £133 million (€158 million) by the time that a planned €130 million Superdraw was set to take place on 29th April, and it kept rising into May as the full winning line proved to be elusive.
Eventually, on 10th May, a UK ticket holder matched all the numbers to bank the full amount to themselves. If the jackpot had rolled over in that draw, it would have reached its cap of €230 million.
Prior to this win, the previous record jackpot in the UK went to an anonymous player who landed £170,221,000 on 8th October 2019. Back in July 2011, Chris and Colin Weir from Largs in Ayrshire, Scotland, had won £161,653,000.
Biggest EuroMillions Jackpot in Euros
The jackpot cap has been allowed to increase in €10 million increments since February 2020. It was worth €200 million in December 2020, when an anonymous French player set a new high mark for the largest jackpot ever won.
Less than three months after the 200 million Euro win, the jackpot cap was once again reached in February 2021, as a result of rollovers following a Superdraw. The jackpot climbed to its new cap of 210 million Euros, where it remained until it was eventually won by an anonymous Swiss ticket holder who played online. The cap then increased to 220 million Euros.
A €130 million Superdraw took place on 24th September 2021 but failed to produce a top prize winner. As a result, it rolled over to the following draw and continued to roll until Friday 15th October. In that draw, the jackpot had already reached its new 220 million Euro cap, however one lucky ticket holder in France managed to match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars to land the entire grand prize. As such, this is the biggest jackpot win in Euros to date and the cap has now increased by a further €10 million to €230 million.
Previous Record Holders
Back in 2011, the jackpot cap was €185 million, and the exchange rate in the previous draw meant that a UK winner would have won £164 million had they won on Friday 8th July. As it was, the Weirs matched all the numbers four days later to become EuroMillions' biggest winners.
They chose to go public when they claimed their prize and revealed that they had purchased their ticket from a local McColls store. It was one of five Lucky Dips they purchased for the big draw and Chris realised they had won when she checked the numbers at around midnight.
The Weirs revealed that they planned to buy houses for their children and travel the world. They also became philanthropists, setting up the Weir Charitable Trust to help local causes in Scotland.
On Friday 10th August 2012, one year on from the Weirs' success, Adrian and Gillian Bayford won a EuroMillions jackpot worth €190 million. That prize was worth more than the €185 million that the Weirs won, but changes in the exchange rate between euros and pound sterling meant that their payout was £148 million – £13 million less than the Weirs took home.
The jackpot cap was still €190 million in October 2019, but now it was worth £170 million. The jackpot reached its cap after 18 consecutive rollovers, starting on 23rd July, but then stayed at its limit for four draws, so a Must Be Won draw had to be scheduled in line with EuroMillions rules.
In that draw, if no one had matched all the numbers, a jackpot ‘rolldown’ would occur and the prize money would have been split between winners in the next prize tier below. Luckily for one UK ticket holder, no rolldowns were needed as they matched all the numbers to take sole custody of the €190 million prize.
The Winners page contains a list of the biggest prizes to have ever been claimed, as well as a table ranking all the participating countries by the number of jackpot winners.
Biggest Millionaire Maker Draw
The 100 Millionaires Raffle Draw took place on Friday 27th July 2012 and holds the world record for creating the largest number of millionaires in one night. The special version of Millionaire Raffle, as it was known at the time, coincided with the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, which had been partially funded through sales of Lotto and EuroMillions tickets in the UK. Of the 100 prizes offered, 97 of the winning ticket holders from the draw came forward to claim their awards within the 180-day deadline, leaving three prizes of £1 million unclaimed.
Biggest Irish EuroMillions Winner
Ireland has not delivered as many jackpot winners as the UK but has still had lots of notable successes. The country's largest win dates back to Tuesday 19th February 2019 and was worth €175,475,380.
A Superdraw on 1st February had increased the top prize to €120 million, and it kept rising until a sole ticket, purchased in Ireland, matched all the numbers. The news sparked a frenzy of media speculation and the winners got in touch with the Irish National Lottery just a day later to stake their claim.
It emerged that the ticket had been bought at Reilly's Daybreak store in The Naul, Co Dublin, and belonged to a family syndicate. Although they never officially went public, members of the group did speak to the press and revealed that they had put the ticket in an Argos catalogue under a mattress before they deposited it with lottery officials for safekeeping.