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Portuguese Player Wins €79 Million EuroMillions Jackpot

A lucky ticket holder from Portugal has become €79 million (£68 million) richer after winning the EuroMillions jackpot in last night’s draw. The top prize had previously rolled over six times in a row since the UK’s Ade Goodchild won £71 million last month.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 9th April were 18, 21, 29, 38 and 41, with Lucky Stars 1 and 11. There were over 1.5 million prizes given away across the whole of Europe, but only one entry matched the full winning line to pick up the fourth-largest jackpot of the year so far.

This is the first jackpot to be won outside of the UK and Ireland in 2019, following Goodchild’s success, the Irish family syndicate that claimed €175 million and Frances and Patrick Connolly’s £114 million win on New Year’s Day.

Portugal has now produced 69 jackpot winners since EuroMillions was launched in 2004, making it the game’s fourth-most successful country behind France, Spain and the UK. Go to the Winner Statistics page for more information about the prizes won in each nation.

Dinner Lady Serves Up £1 Million Surprise

Each country also runs its own supplementary games, giving players extra opportunities to pocket prizes. In the UK, one ticket holder is guaranteed to win £1 million in every draw thanks to the Millionaire Maker, and special draws are sometimes held to create even more winners.

There were 40 prizes of £1 million up for grabs on Friday 1st March, and one of those winners has now come forward five and a half weeks later. Paula Williamson, a dinner lady from Barnsley, was presented with her cheque at Wentbridge House Hotel in Pontefract, West Yorkshire on Tuesday, alongside husband Geoff and sons Jack and Ian.

While Paula had told her husband Geoff about the win as soon as she found out, they kept the news from their sons for several weeks. Jack had been on holiday in Australia and they wanted to tell them at the same time so that it would be a special family moment.

“It was tough being in the same house as Ian and keeping it from him but we did it,” said Paula. “Celebrating the winning moment is something we wanted to ensure we would remember forever.”

Paula, 59, had walked around for a week with the winning ticket in her handbag before she checked to see how much it was worth. When the shop assistant told her she had won a prize worth more than £500 and would have to contact the National Lottery, she thought she must have won around £550 and could not believe her luck when she discovered her seven-figure windfall.

Paula has no intention of retiring just yet, and instead wants to use the money to buy houses for her two sons and purchase a new three-piece suite. There are now just a couple of the £1 million prizes from 1st March that remain unclaimed, with the winning tickets sold in Preston and Coventry.

If you want to try and scoop £1 million in the next draw, or perhaps even the jackpot like the latest winner from Portugal, you can enter online or by visiting an authorised retailer in any of the participating countries.

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Published: Wed, 10 April 2019 - 9:45am
Last Updated: Wed, 10 April 2019 - 9:48am
Published By: Euro-Millions.com