If there is a single winner this evening, they would take home the eighth highest jackpot in EuroMillions history. For ticket holders in five of the nine participating countries, tonight’s draw provides the chance to break a national record. If there is a UK winner, they will become the country’s third biggest winner.
UK’s Biggest Winners
Chris and Colin Weir are at the top of the UK’s list after scooping £161.6 million in July 2011. The Weirs were able to splash out on a £3.5 million mansion and invest heavily in their favourite football team Partick Thistle, while the windfall also helped them to support friends, family and the community. The Weir Charitable Trust has benefited lots of local projects around Scotland.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford rank as the second biggest winners from the UK after pocketing a gigantic £148.6 million in August 2011. The incredible fortune has allowed both of them to pursue their passions, with Gillian investing in property and Adrian opening a shop which sells music and film memorabilia. He also recently offered to stage the Cambridge Rock Festival on the grounds of his £6 million estate in Horseheath to save the event from being scrapped.
As well as being the UK’s two biggest winners, the Weirs and Bayford also have another thing in common - they both won their jackpots after there had been 14 straight rollovers. The jackpot has never rolled over 15 times in a row.
Tuesday’s rollover was the 14th in succession, so if the jackpot remains out of reach tonight it will be the longest sequence without a win since the game was launched in 2004. UK players will be hoping that history repeats itself, though, and a run of 14 rollovers is followed once again by a huge British win.
If the jackpot is not won tonight it will continue to soar and move closer to its €190 million cap, but there are still bound to be lots of big winners. Over 2.7 million players picked up prizes in the last draw on Tuesday, including a trio of participants who bagged £322,740 (€484,442) for matching five main numbers and one Lucky Star. There are 12 prize tiers besides the jackpot and the odds of winning something are 1 in 13, so it is a perfect opportunity to take part.
If you want to be in with a chance of winning, you can choose numbers online or by visiting an authorised retailer in one of the participating countries. Good luck!