The unknown ticket holder was the only one to match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars in the draw on Friday 2nd November to claim the entire £76 million jackpot. It stood at that value after seven consecutive rollovers dating back to early October, when a sole player from Switzerland landed a jackpot worth £144 million.
Friday’s winning numbers were 5, 15, 17, 37, and 44, with lucky Stars 7 and 11. There were over 2.3 million winning tickets across all participating countries, sharing a total prize pool of £78.6 million. There were also two UK Millionaire Maker codes drawn, each worth £1 million to the winners. The codes were MBFF83772 and VZDQ12070. See the Results page for a full prize breakdown for all countries.
The lucky winner now has 180 days to come forward and claim their prize, and the wait is on to see whether they will go public or stay anonymous. National Lottery winners' advisor Andy Carter said: “We have plenty of champagne on ice ready to celebrate.”
This latest win comes three months after Fred and Lesley Higgins from Aberdeenshire in Scotland landed a £57 million jackpot, but only after their winning ticket was torn up and thrown in the bin. After taking the ticket to a local Scotmid store to have it checked, the cashier wrongly said it hadn’t won a prize, before tearing it up and discarding it, as the store does with all losing tickets. It was only when the ticket was in the bin that the mistake was spotted.
The Higgins’ win didn’t quite land them on the UK’s EuroMillions rich list, but this latest jackpot sits in 10th place, just behind an £81 million prize claimed by an anonymous ticket holder in May 2013. Colin and Chris Weir of Ayrshire won the biggest ever amount in 2011, when they landed £161 million. Head over to the Winners page to learn more about the lottery's biggest jackpots.
The EuroMillions jackpot now resets to its starting value of £14 million for the next draw on Tuesday 6th November. Enter by purchasing tickets from any participating retailer, or choose your numbers online.