The largest jackpot of the year came in the height of summer, when a UK player won £195 million (€230 million) on 19th July. The lucky ticket holder came forward quickly but decided to stay anonymous, not like the winners who had set a new national record a couple of months earlier!
Joe and Jess Thwaite, from Gloucester, were happy to step into the spotlight and go public after landing £184 million, explaining that they felt it would be too much of a secret to bear.
In total, there were six jackpots won in the UK, adding up to combined £827 million. Five of the six were worth more than £100 million, leaving the winners of a £54 million jackpot in June to rue their small payout (or perhaps not).
The UK dominated 2022 in terms of big jackpots, and also enjoyed success throughout the rest of the prize levels. Over the course of the year, more than £1.07 billion was paid out to UK players. However, it was France which actually emerged as the country with the most winners across all 13 prize categories – more than 103 million altogether.
Of the nine participating countries, seven have been able to celebrate jackpot wins – the UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal and Switzerland. Only Austria and Luxembourg have drawn a blank. The average winning jackpot for the year was a remarkable €115 million, with the lowest coming in at €30 million.
Anyone looking to win a prize this year would have been well served by picking the numbers 21, 24, 25, 35 and 48, as they were the most drawn numbers in 2022. The most common numbers of all have been 25, 35 and 48 which have all appeared 17 times in 2022 - a strong tally when you consider there have only been 101 draws since the start of the year. The top two Lucky Stars for the year have been 3 and 11.
If your favourite numbers to play are 4, 5, 33, 41 and 46, this probably hasn’t been the year when you’ve broken your jackpot duck. These have been the least common numbers in 2022, with the number 4 also one of the least drawn Lucky Stars, along with 5.
The odds are the same for every number, though, so these stats could be flipped on their head in 2023. One safe bet for the coming year would be for more big jackpots to be won. The game can now reach a limit of €240 million, which would make it the first £200 million jackpot in the UK. Draws continue every Tuesday and Friday, with several Superdraws also taking place throughout the year when the jackpot is bumped up to a guaranteed €130 million.