EuroMillions Rich List
If you win the jackpot - and get even luckier so that you don’t have to share it with anyone - you would instantly become wealthier than most of the rich and famous people in Europe.
Little Mix, for example, are reported to be worth £54 million, according to the Sunday Times’ Rich List for 2021, and there are three members of that group. The current jackpot would make you around three times as well-off as the entire band.
Ireland’s Niall Horan is also worth £54 million, according to the same list. Even if you add his fortune to that of One Direction bandmate Harry Styles (an estimated £75 million), it still falls way short of the value of EuroMillions’ latest jackpot.
You would even be richer than some of Europe’s top footballers, including France’s Paul Pogba (£64 million) and Kevin de Bruyne of Belgium (£44 million), who are among the best-paid players in the Premier League.
Only one EuroMillions jackpot in excess of €200 million has ever been won before, and that happened back in February when a player from Switzerland scooped €210 million.
The rollover on Tuesday 5th October left the current jackpot at £172 million (€202 million), and another draw without a winner on Friday would set up the biggest prize of all time.
What To Do With A Jackpot
A jackpot of this size is such an extraordinary amount that it would leave you with so many options for the future. Top of the agenda for many winners might be to retire and live a life of luxury, although a EuroMillions survey in 2017 found that only 23 percent would give up their jobs if they won a fortune.
The same survey found that the favourite destinations for a newly-crowned lottery millionaire would be the Caribbean, the USA and Dubai. Nowadays you would have to check the green and red travel lists before making plans, but a big win would still make it much easier to see more of the world.
If you’d prefer to stay at home, you might start by buying a new house. That’s exactly what previous big winners such as the Weirs and the Bayfords did, and you would be able to afford the home of your dreams. Kensington Palace Gardens has once again been ranked as the UK’s highest-valued street this year, with an average price of £32 million. A luxurious ten-bedroom property was recently on the market for £44 million.
If you want to splash out on a more extravagant way of getting around, you could look at upgrading your car or even buying a collection. With James Bond back in cinemas in No Time To Die, there may be a temptation to go for an Aston Martin. If you want to push the boat out, literally, Bond is seen in the new film cruising the waters of Jamaica in a Spirit 46 sailing yacht. The Superyacht featured in Skyfall hit the market at €8.85 million, so it would make only a little dent in a £170 million windfall.
Many previous winners have donated chunks of money to good causes, and a huge win would allow you to support charities, start a new business venture or generally help out others. At the height of the fuel crisis it was suggested that the UK needed an extra 5,000 HGV drivers. Assuming the average salary of those drivers was £30,000, you could pay the wages of all 5,000 for a year and still have £20 million left over, if you felt so inclined.
Whether you would spend the money on a new mode of transport, a new home or travelling the world, you need to be in the draw to have a chance of winning. You can take part online or visit an authorised retailer in one of the participating countries.