Euromillions jackpot of £115m could create fourth biggest UK winner
Will it be you on Friday? Euromillions ‘super jackpot’ of £115million could create the fourth biggest UK winner in game’s history
- £115 million EuroMillions jackpot could create the UK’s fourth biggest winner
- Players urged to buy their tickets early ahead of the ‘super jackpot’ draw
- UK ticket-holders have won five EuroMillions jackpots in the past 12 months
A £115 million EuroMillions jackpot could create the UK’s fourth biggest winner if it is scooped by a single ticket-holder on Friday.
Players have been urged to buy their tickets early ahead of the ‘super jackpot’ draw. UK ticket-holders have won five EuroMillions jackpots in the past 12 months.
In July Fred and Lesley Higgins from Aberdeenshire won £57.9 million after having their winning ticket torn in two.
In July Fred and Lesley Higgins from Aberdeenshire won £57.9 million after having their winning ticket torn in two. A £115 million EuroMillions jackpot could create the UK’s fourth biggest winner if it is scooped by a single ticket-holder on Friday
The biggest UK EuroMillions winner this year was an anonymous ticket-holder who banked £121 million in April, while in February another anonymous player won £77 million.
Currently the biggest lottery win in the UK is that of Colin and Chris Weir from Largs in North Ayrshire, who won £161 million on EuroMillions in 2011.
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A single winner of this Friday’s jackpot would also sit behind Gillian and Adrian Bayford, who won £148 million in 2012.
Andy Carter, the National Lottery’s senior winners’ adviser said: ‘With that giant cheque you’d have more than enough to change the lives of the people close to you and spend your days travelling the globe.
‘EuroMillions players help raise the £30 million plus 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 saving the nation’s heritage.’
Who is the biggest ever UK lottery winner? Two couples and a former car mechanic top list
Here are the six previous biggest UK winners of the EuroMillions draw so far
1. In July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir became Europe’s biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million.
The couple, who have been married for 30 years, said they were ‘not scared’ of the wealth because they were going to have ‘so much fun’ with the money.
The pair, a retired TV cameraman and a retired psychiatric nurse, from Largs, in Ayrshire, said their children Carly, a photography student, and Jamie, a call centre worker, would be bought their own homes and cars.
The family made a £1million donation to the SNP shortly after winning.
Colin and Chris Weir became Europe’s biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million in 2011
2. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012.
The marriage ended just 15 months into their new jackpot winning lives, citing the stress of the money as the reason they needed to split.
At the time, a spokesman for Mrs Bayford said: ‘Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated.’
It came after Mrs Bayford was forced to deny she had an affair with the couple’s gardener, Chris Tovey.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012
3. An unnamed ticket-holder claimed just over £113million in October 2010, and chose not go public.
4. Neil Trotter, from south London, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014.
Neighbours in Croydon described he and partner Nicky Ottaway moved out ‘almost overnight’ after they scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last March.
Mr Trotter admitted at the time that he was like his namesake, Del Boy Trotter from Only Fools And Horses.
Neil Trotter, with partner Nicky Ottaway, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014
5. A couple from Cambridgeshire, Dave and Angela Dawes, won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011.
Mr Dawes said he ‘didn’t sleep a wink’ the night of the win, as it was too late to call Camelot after the couple checked their numbers.
Last year, the couple were taken to court by his son, an Afghanistan veteran, Michael Dawes, 32, who said he was ‘ungenerous in spirit’.
But a judge ruled the millionaire father does not need to keep bailing out his son, who burnt through £1.6million in two years, and came back for more, failing to heed his stepmother’s advice to stop eating at the Ritz and go to McDonald’s instead.
6. A UK winner got a £93 million payout in June 2015, but decided to remain anonymous.
Dave and Angela Dawes won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011
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