The UK ticket holder who landed a £51.7 million jackpot on Friday 28th July is still deciding whether or not to reveal their identity after coming forward in the last few days to claim their prize, but a number of other big winners have opted to go public. Chris and Colin Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire, were happy to step into the media spotlight after winning £161.6 million in July 2011, while Adrian and Gillian Bayford also shared their story after scooping £148.6 million in August 2012.
Big winners in other EuroMillions countries can choose to remain anonymous whilst still allowing some details of their lives to be made public. The recent Belgian winner of €153.8 million (£134.8 million) was revealed to be a married man who likes sport, DIY and the traditional Flemish dish of stew with fries. He wanted to go on holiday and buy a car, but more importantly he was determined to help his children and make charitable donations.
You can take a look at the Publicity page to find out more about how many players stay anonymous and how many players go public. Ticket holders who choose to remain private will be spared the press scrutiny that comes with a huge win and carry on their lives as normal, but others prefer not to have to keep such a secret. Going public can also help to create business opportunities or, in the case of the Weirs, raise awareness for charitable projects.
Winners will receive the same level of support regardless of whether they choose to go public or not, but it is still something to think about as you look ahead to the next big EuroMillions draw. Another big decision is how to pick your numbers, and you can either decide to make your selection online or visit an authorised retailer in one of the participating countries. Good luck!