It is the largest jackpot ever to have been won in the UK, smashing the record set back in July 2011 when Colin and Christine Weir landed £161 million.
Record Win Came After 22 Rollovers
The big win ended a run of 22 consecutive rollovers - the most draws in a row that EuroMillions had ever gone without someone landing the jackpot. During that time, the top prize climbed from its starting value of €17 million (£15 million) all the way up to its €190 million cap.
The jackpot then stayed at its maximum amount for four draws, setting up the Must Be Won draw on Tuesday 8th October. This special event guaranteed that the record prize would be paid out, as the funds would have rolled down to winners in a lower level if nobody had matched all the numbers.
However, the rolldown was not required as a single UK ticket matched up exactly with the winning line. They instantly became the country’s 79th - and biggest - winner, and the news sparked widespread excitement as players were urged to check their entries.
The winner had 180 days to come forward before the money was transferred to the Good Causes Fund, and the wait for them to claim is now over. The fortunate ticket holder can now begin to plan for the future with the sort of imagination and freedom that a nine-figure boost to the bank balance allows.
Don’t Forget To Claim Prizes
While the record winner has claimed their award, millions of pounds go unclaimed every year. Make sure you check your tickets regularly so that you don’t miss out on a big EuroMillions payday. Go to the How to Claim page to find out how you then go about receiving your winnings, whether you win £17 or £170 million.
In the meantime, EuroMillions will draws continue to take place every Tuesday and Friday evening, offering up jackpots of at least €17 million (£15 million). You can take part now to give yourself a chance of following in the latest winner’s footsteps.