The lucky ticket holder now has 180 days to claim their winnings and players across the country are urged to check all tickets carefully. In addition to the jackpot, another UK EuroMillions player won a breathtaking £1 million on the night thanks to the Millionaire Maker raffle. View full draw results and prize breakdown for Tuesday 17th March here.
The First UK Jackpot Winner of 2020
After an impressive year in 2019 that saw seven EuroMillions jackpots won in the UK, the top prize win on 17th March is the first from the country to be won in 2020. The winner joins five other ticket holders that have matched the entire winning combination so far this year, with lucky tickets sold in Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal (x2) and Spain.
The most recent winner from the UK was a player from Dorset who landed £40 million on Tuesday 3rd December. They waited for more than three months before finally coming forward to claim their prize earlier this week.
It remains to be seen how long it takes the latest winner to stake their claim. When they do collect their money, they will have to choose whether to go public or stay anonymous. If they decide to stay private, no more information will be released. The area of the UK where the ticket was sold will only be disclosed if the prize remains unclaimed after a couple of weeks.
The UK is now the most successful country in EuroMillions history, with more jackpot wins than any of the other eight participating nations. It had been tied with France on 104 winners prior to Tuesday’s draw, but now stands alone at the top of the leaderboard. Go to the Winner Statistics page to see more information about all the jackpots that have been won since 2004.
Lower Number of Spanish Winners
Among the 1.2 million winning tickets in Tuesday’s draw, there were only 36,010 prizes given away in Spain, down from 413,525 in the previous draw. The sale of lottery tickets in Spain was suspended over the weekend, so there were far fewer entries than normal from the country.
There has been no announcement yet about when the suspension will come to an end, but it is set to last at least two weeks after a state of emergency was declared in Spain following the coronavirus outbreak.
A similar lockdown is in place in France, where EuroMillions draws are held. There are also various restrictions across the other participating countries but tickets remain available everywhere apart from Spain. Tuesday’s draw went ahead as scheduled and the plan is for the game to continue as normal.