The EuroMillions jackpot cap of €190 million had been reached in the previous draw on Tuesday but nobody landed the top prize, sparking even more interest across Europe. The winning numbers were 1, 9, 15, 19 and 25, with Lucky Stars 1 and 7, and it quickly emerged that one lucky ticket holder from Spain had won the jackpot.
There was also a bigger prize pool than usual for matching five main numbers plus one Lucky Star, as the additional funds which would normally have gone to the jackpot had to be rolled down. There were 16 participants in the second tier, including four from the UK, who won £900,571 (€1.2 million) each. Visit the EuroMillions Results section for a full prize breakdown.
Spain has now had 83 jackpot winners, but the latest prize is by far the biggest to have ever been won in the country. The previous best had been the €137.3 million won by a ticket holder on Friday 13th June 2014.
There have only been two other occasions when a jackpot of €190 million has been given away. Adrian and Gillian Bayford from the UK scooped a top prize at this value (worth £148.6 million) on 10th August 2012, before a Portuguese participant replicated the achievement on 24th October 2014.
Where Was the Ticket Bought?
Friday’s winning ticket was purchased in Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria. The identity of the winner is not yet known, so it could be that the lucky player was a holidaymaker or a local resident, but reports suggest the ticket was validated in El Mirador’s shopping centre. Esther Gloria Almeida Sanchez, who owns the store, said: “I did not not expect to sell this big prize because it was a lot of money, but last night they called me from the Delegation of the Canary Islands to tell me that we had given 190 million euros.”
All EuroMillions players must claim prizes in the country where they bought their ticket, even if they are only visiting somewhere for a holiday. Spanish prizes only remain valid for three months and are then returned to the state’s treasury if they are not claimed.
The jackpot for the next draw on Tuesday night will reset to €17 million (estimated £15 million). If you want to be in with a chance of winning, you can visit an authorised retailer or choose numbers online. Best of luck!