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UK ticket holder scoops €190 million EuroMillions jackpot – August 13th, 2012

On Friday night (August 10th) a UK ticket holder scooped the €190 million EuroMillions jackpot.

It means the person, whose identity is not yet known, is now second on the National Lottery Rich List. While the actual sum of money they landed is more than the €185 million given to Chris and Colin Weir last July, fluctuation in the exchange rate means their prize is worth less in sterling – £148,656,000 versus £161,653,000.

The reason for the EuroMillions top prize being so high is because it had rolled over 14 times in a row. Throughout the past seven weeks, excitement levels have steadily increased as lottery players from throughout the globe have entered draws in an effort to claim a life-changing sum of money.

It marks the latest success for a UK player on the EuroMillions. Seven jackpots have been won by people from the country in 2012 and it means they have scooped an astronomical £405 million in just eight months.

Indeed, a spokesman for the National Lottery said: “Lady Luck is clearly shining down on theUKonce again with another big EuroMillions win this year. We have plenty of champagne on ice and look forward to welcoming the lucky ticket holder into the National Lottery millionaires’ club.”

There is no doubting that 2012 has already been a big year for the UK, with the staging of the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympic Games, which ended yesterday. More than £2 billion of National Lottery funding was used to build many of the facilities that hosted the Olympics and therefore these successes could be down to good karma.

Whoever the winner is, they will not have to worry about working again as they try to figure out how to spend their money. With a fortune of over £140 million, they are now twice as rich as Coldplay front man Chris Martin and his actress wife Gwyneth Paltrow, who according to the Sunday Times Rich List are worth £72 million.

It means the EuroMillions jackpot has now been reset to €15 million for Tuesday’s draw, but this could rise dramatically if all of the draws in 2012 are anything to go by!

Picture Credit: The Haringey Independent