One of the big decisions facing any lottery winner in the UK is whether to go public or keep their identity a secret. While the latest big winner will be able continue with their lives away from the media spotlight, other players believe it is very hard to keep such a life-changing story quiet, especially in their own communities, and so decide to share their good fortune with the world.
In addition to getting the chance to break the news yourself, there are other possible reasons for going public. Chris and Colin Weir, who landed £161.6 million in July 2011, have a charitable trust which has benefited from a high profile that would not have been possible if they had stayed under the radar. Visit the Publicity page to find out more about why many big winners remain anonymous and why some do opt to go public.
The decision over whether to keep a big win under wraps or not may remain hypothetical for most participants, but it is certainly worth giving it some thought, and even if you are a member of a EuroMillions syndicate at work or on your street you should discuss what you would do in the event of a large windfall.
It may just be that you win an amazing prize this week and have to think about whether to go public or not the very next morning. The EuroMIllions jackpot stands at £16 million (€21 million) for tonight’s game after a rollover on Friday, and there have already been three UK winners of the top prize in 2016. If you want to become the fourth, you can buy tickets now by either entering online or by visiting an authorised retailer. Regardless of whether you would prefer to keep your identity secret or would be happy with publicity, bagging one of the top prizes would be stunning. Good luck!