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French Player Wins £31 Million EuroMillions Jackpot

A single ticket holder from France won the entire £31 million jackpot in the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday 19th June. The win continues an incredible run of luck for French players, after another ticket holder in the country beat astronomical odds to win the My Million raffle for the second time.

Winning Numbers

The winning numbers from Tuesday’s draw were 7, 19, 26, 42, and 50, with Lucky Stars 4 and 9. The lucky ticket holder from France was the only player to match all seven numbers, so they will walk away with all of the £31 million jackpot. Nothing is known about the winner yet, but they have 60 days from the date of the draw to come forward and claim their prize.

Over 1.4 million other players also won a prize in Tuesday’s draw, from the 800,000 ticket holders that won £2.50 to the three winners - two of which were also from France - that matched five numbers plus one Lucky Star to claim £216,610 each. One player from Ireland also won €500,000 after winning the jackpot in the country’s EuroMillions Plus game. The winner bought their ticket online.

See the Results page for more information about Tuesday’s draw, including full prize breakdowns for each country and details of associated raffles such as UK Millionaire Maker and France’s My Million.

French Players Enjoying Incredible Luck

This latest win comes just weeks after it was revealed that another player from France defied incredible odds to win the My Million raffle twice. The anonymous player won his first €1 million prize in November 2016 but he continued to play EuroMillions. In May of this year, he landed his second million-euro prize in as many years.

Not much is known about the winner, who is from the Haute-Savoie region, but the newsagent who sold the winning ticket said the player barely reacted when he found out he had won. “I guess he is used to winning”, he added.

Every player in France who buys a EuroMillions ticket is also entered into the supplementary My Million raffle, which gives away a prize worth €1 million alongside the main draw. The odds of winning My Million are variable, as it depends on how many players take part, but it is estimated that the odds of the same person winning it twice are around 16 trillion to one. The lucky player said he will continue playing EuroMillions, despite having already won €2 million.

Eurojackpot Rollovers Continue

It has been three months since the top prize was last won in the Eurojackpot lottery and players around Europe are now cashing in on the huge prizes available as a result. The lottery’s jackpot was last won on Friday 23rd March, when a player from Norway took home €17.4 million, and it has since gone 12 draws without a winner.

The jackpot cap of €90 million was reached on Friday 25th May, and as the top prize cannot climb any higher, further revenue from ticket sales is added to the second prize tier. In the draw on Friday 16th June, the second prize was worth €24 million, which is more than double the value of the lottery’s starting jackpot of €10 million.

The enormous prizes on offer have attracted the attention of players across Europe, with 1.6 million ticket holders winning prizes in the last draw, compared to just 900,000 in the one before the jackpot cap was reached. Twenty-eight players matched five numbers and one Euro number in Friday’s draw, each winning €853,136. Compare that to the previous draw, in which five players won a prize in the same tier, and you can see how popular Eurojackpot is at the moment.

Axel Weber, a spokesperson for the lottery, said he is “optimistic” that the jackpot will be cracked by the end of the month. The lottery has defied expectations to go without a jackpot winner for so long, but it is good news for players as there is more chance than ever that they can win a multi-million euro prize.

You can play Eurojackpot before the top prize is claimed by buying a ticket from an authorised retailer in any of the 18 participating countries, or by choosing your numbers online. The second prize is advertised at €24 million again for Friday’s draw, so you can become a millionaire without even winning the jackpot.

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Published: Wed, 20 June 2018 - 9:58am
Last Updated: Fri, 10 August 2018 - 12:44pm
Published By: Euro-Millions.com

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