The multi-rollover EuroMillions jackpot on Friday 6 November was won by two ticket-holders, and both of them purchased their tickets in the UK. The €102,199,676 jackpot (around £91 million) will be divided equally between the two winners, although it is not known at this stage if the tickets were purchased by individual players or on behalf of a lottery syndicate. What we do know is that the previous record for the biggest EuroMillions win in the UK (held by Angela Kelly, who won £35.4 million in 2007) has now been beaten twice over!
Whether the two British winners will choose to embrace publicity and allow their jackpot success to make them famous as well as rich remains to be seen. Even if they officially choose to avoid publicity it will be difficult for the winners to avoid being discovered – after all, each winner will have over £45 million sitting in the bank!
Some lottery commentators have suggested that the best way for big lottery jackpot winners to reduce the chances of them being identified is to avoid making any sudden decisions that might draw attention to themselves. Whilst many winners would like to quit their jobs immediately, it is said that continuing to work as normal for a few months is a better approach as far as concealing lottery success is concerned. It can also be a good idea to avoid making any lavish purchases straight away – suddenly replacing a regular car with a couple of matching Ferraris is a bit of a giveaway!
Although non-British players missed out on the EuroMillions jackpot last Friday, they didn’t miss out altogether. 9 players, none of them in the UK, won €582,616 (around £518,976) each by matching the five main numbers and one Lucky Star. 15 others won €99,202 (around £88,366) by matching just the five main numbers. In addition, more than 3 million other prizes were won by players all across Europe, so there was plenty to celebrate about the EuroMillions results no matter where you live.
Now that the EuroMillions jackpot has finally been won, the fund has been reset and we now have €15 million (around £13 million) to play for this Friday 13 November. Play EuroMillions online and the next big winner could be you!