The biggest jackpot ever offered to National Lottery players in this country is up for grabs tomorrow (3 October).
The EuroMillions jackpot is an estimated £167M which, if won by a single ticket-holder, would create the UK and Europe’s biggest ever winner. The current record holders are Colin and Chris Weir from Largs who won £161M on EuroMillions in 2011.
Players are urged to get their tickets earlier than normal and avoid any last minute rush, to be in with a chance of winning this colossal jackpot. Peak sales during Friday’s draw were across the last hour when on average over 370 tickets were sold per second. Tickets need to be bought before 7.30PM.
Giant jackpots help raise even more for National Lottery Good Causes. Since EuroMillions started rolling on Tuesday 5 September, it has raised a stunning £45M for projects here in the UK. Contributions to the nation from all National Lottery games since 1994 currently sit at £37 billion.
According to The Sunday Times Rich List 2017, if one winner scooped the entire £167 million jackpot they would be ranked the joint 672nd richest person in the UK. It is a fortune which could fund a rock and roll lifestyle to match Eric Clapton (£170M), Sir Rod Stewart (£170M) or Sir Tom Jones (£160M). It would also trump modern boy band bank balances, with Robbie Williams worth (£150M), Gary Barlow (£75M) and the combined wealth of the four members of One Direction (Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are worth £40M each).
Andy Carter, The National Lottery’s Senior Winners’ Adviser, said, “This jackpot is a record breaker. Don’t leave it late and risk missing out on getting a ticket. Get online or visit a retailer to ensure you are in with a chance well before the draw closes.
“The extraordinary sum would be life-changing for the winner and we are poised to support them from the moment they claim. Of course, we have champagne on ice ready to celebrate if they set a new record win.
“EuroMillions players help raise the £30M that The National Lottery gives to Good Causes each and every week. This supports projects big and small across the country, including funding everything from local community projects to the nation’s amazing Olympic and Paralympic athletes.”
As well as the giant jackpot, EuroMillions makes two guaranteed UK millionaires in each and every draw. So, regardless of whether the jackpot is won on Tuesday, players are urged to check their tickets to see if they are one of the two guaranteed big winners.
The National Lottery Rich list in the UK is dominated by EuroMillions jackpot winners. Colin and Chris Weir from Largs sit top of the pile after winning £161M in 2011. Gillian and Adrian Bayford from Haverhill won £148M in 2012 and an anonymous ticket-holder won £113M in 2010. In all five EuroMillions jackpots of over £100M have been won by UK ticket-holders.
So far this year there have been five UK jackpot winners. The biggest of 2017 so far was a ticket-holder who banked £87M in June and chose to remain anonymous.
The EuroMillions jackpot is approaching its maximum of 190 Million Euros. Current sales estimates place it close to or at this figure for the draw on Tuesday 3 October. Once it reaches this level and assuming it isn’t won, it will stay at 190 Million Euros for a further four draws until it has to be won in the fifth draw.
In the ‘must be won’ draw, if no ticket matches all five main and two Lucky Star numbers, the entire jackpot prize will roll down into the prize tier where there is at least one winner – likely to be five main numbers and one Lucky Star. In the past this has created many multi-millionaires.
Once the jackpot reaches 190 Million Euros, players matching the five main numbers and one Lucky Star can also expect bigger prizes. This is because any money that would have gone into boosting the jackpot, will now be shared among players in the next prize tier with winners – most likely players matching five main numbers plus one Lucky Star.
For further information, please contact Michael Rafferty or Cathal Delea of Duffy Rafferty Communications on 028 9073 0880 or the Camelot Press Office on 020 7632 5711.
Notes to Editors:
- Camelot UK Lotteries Limited is the licensed operator of The National Lottery® and is committed to raising money for National Lottery Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing or awarding these funds.
- Each week, Camelot generates over, on average, £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total £37 billion has now been raised and more than 510,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century. The National Lottery has so far given away over £63 billion in prizes and created more than 4,600 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
- For further information on Camelot, The National Lottery and its games, please visit: camelotgroup.co.uk and www.national-lottery.co.uk
- Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.