Brit Fatih Ozcan tells Judge he bought EuroMillions ticket after dreaming of winning a large cash prize.
Lotto winner Fatih Ozcan wishes he’d played a EuroMillions syndicate at theLotter. The British waiter from York won £1 million in the EuroMillions lottery, but he has now been ordered by London’s Civil Appeals Court to share his prize with his boss. His boss at the Kapadokya Turkish restaurant wants the entire prize and appealed an earlier court verdict ordering Mr Ozcan to split the win.
It all started in 2012 when Yorkshire waiter Fatih Ozcan asked his boss, Hayati Kucukkoylu, for some money from the restaurant till to buy a EuroMillions ticket after having a dream in which the two of them had won the lottery. Mr Ozcan then bought the actual winning EuroMillions ticket in a nearby supermarket and subsequently had his boss arrested for stealing the lot from his coat pocket. Mr Kucukkoylu, on the other hand, was of the opinion that he had the right to claim the jackpot since he’d picked the numbers and paid for the tickets.
At the appeal case hearing, Lord Justice Pitchford upheld last year’s verdict by Judge Gosnell that the men “had entered into a contract to jointly play the lottery on an equal basis” and that therefore they should share the jackpot.
If Mr Ozcan and Mr Kucukkoylu had played a EuroMillions syndicate at theLotter none of this would have happened. TheLotter syndicates are odds-beating, safe and hassle-free, and winnings are transferred directly to lotto winners’ accounts.
When someone hits a big lottery jackpot, they make the headlines, pop champagne, pose for pictures, and we hear all about what they will be doing with their millions. Eventually the media fanfare calms down and moves onto the next big winner story. Haven’t you ever wondered what happened with some of the biggest lotto multi-millionaires?
Did they spend their money as they planned? Have their lives changed drastically? We caught up with the latest news on some of the world’s biggest lottery winners. These EuroMillions UK winners got up to some really interesting things in 2014!
Chris and Colin Weir Say YES!
Chris and Colin Weir are Britain’s biggest lottery jackpot winners (in Sterling), having won a phenomenal £161 million in EuroMillions in July 2011. This lucky couple from Largs near Glasgow could not believe their eyes when they realized that they had matched numbers 17, 19, 38, 42, 45, and Lucky Stars 9 and 10, making them the sole winners of the main prize.
They wanted to travel to China and Australia, and to visit the best art galleries in Paris and Russia. They also planned on buying new houses for their son and daughter. Aside from these luxuries, the Weir’s also intended on donating money to charity. And they have definitely not disappointed on this front!
In 2013, this philanthropic couple set up The Weir Charitable Trust with the aim of assisting Scottish charities, groups or individual people in need of financial aid. The charity was created with a £5 million endowment from the Weirs.
One cause that Chris and Colin showed particular support for in 2014 was Scotland’s pro-independence campaign, the Yes Scotland campaign. The couple donated £5.5 million to Yes Scotland, which was nearly 80% of total donations to the campaign. They have been life-long independence supporters so they are lucky enough to have been in a position to fund their favourite cause.
The Weirs are a couple not only with a big bank balance, but also with a big heart. In 2012, they received a letter from a desperate mother who needed £28,000 to pay for surgery to help her 3-year old daughter walk. The Weirs gave her the money and have possibly changed a little girl’s life. The same year, they pledged a five-figure amount of money to purchase a prosthetic limb for a 13-year old Scottish cancer sufferer. In fact, from the moment they became millionaires, this kindly couple have shown their generosity, even giving their previous £180,000 home to their neighbours when they moved out!
Gillian Bayford Finds True Love
Many of us lotto fans know the story of Adrian and Gillian Bayford who won £148 million in EuroMillions in August 2012. The couple sadly split in 2013 but the story does end with a happily ever after. Gillian Bayford will be remarrying and the lucky guy is the Audi dealer who sold her a new fleet of Audis.
Gillian bought five new cars from an Audi dealership and hit it off with the dealer, Alan Warnock. Now the happy couple have decided to wed! With her new love, new flashy engagement ring and new fortune, Gillian Bayford’s future looks bright. Adrian Bayford is also engaged, so there is a happy and prosperous future in store for both these lotto millionaires.
Neil Trotter Moves Into Dream Mansion
Motorsport fanatic, Neil Trotter, was not completely surprised when he hit a massive EuroMillions jackpot in March last year. He always believed he would be a millionaire someday and knew it would happen for him at some point. He won the incredible sum of £108 million, becoming Britain’s fourth biggest EuroMillions winner.
At the time he spoke about his dream house – a spacious property where his partner, Nicky Ottaway, could house horses, and he could park a fleet of supercars. Now, Trotter has made his dreams a reality. He recently purchased a massive £5 million medieval estate, complete with 400 acres of land and its own lake. Best of all is that the mansion has more than enough space for his dream racing cars, and has plenty horse stables too! Trotter sold his three-bedroom semi in Surrey for almost £400,000, making himself a nice profit on the property. Lucky for his neighbours, racing-mad Trotter won’t be building a racetrack on his new estate!
Life of a Lottery Millionaire
Ah, the life of a lotto millionaire! Breath-taking properties, luxury Audis, and, in the case of the Weirs, the joy of giving something back. And all these lucky winners did to make their dreams a reality was buy EuroMillions UK lottery tickets and get the numbers right! You too could become a lottery multi-millionaire. All you need to do to stand a chance of winning is to buy your lottery tickets and hope that lady luck is on your side! The world’s biggest lottery jackpot at the moment is $208 million for US Powerball. This amount of money could get you everything that you’ve ever dreamed of. If you play theLotter’s new Powerball syndicate of 792 lines, you’ll experience 792 times greater odds of winning a prize! So what are you waiting for, 2015 could be your year!
Once a year, EuroMillions deviates from the good ol’ fashioned jackpot-grows-when-it-rolls, and announces a EuroMillions Superdraw! Unlike regular draws, the Superdraw offers a starting jackpot of €100 million that keeps on growing until someone correctly guesses all the numbers or hits the jackpot cap of €190 million, and everyone in the world has a chance of winning that first prize!
The EuroMillions Superdraw is played just like EuroMillions! Players must correctly guess the five main numbers as well as the two Lucky Stars in order to win the €100 million jackpot. The draw is held in Paris, France, every Tuesday and Friday at 21:00 CET.
Play EuroMillions Superdraw Online
EuroMillions is officially available in 13 countries, but you don’t have to be from them, or anywhere else in Europe, if you want to participate! Buy your official EuroMillions tickets online with theLotter, no matter where you are! If you wish to be automatically included in a EuroMillions raffle, play the extension games: EuroMillions & UK Millionaire Maker and EuroMillions & My Million Raffle!
New Year’s is always the time for rebirth and starting afresh. Some people aim to improve their diets while others aim to maintain a fitness schedule, or spending more time with their loved ones. In honor of 2015, we would like to put together a lottery resolution list that any lottery enthusiast could easily strive for!
Win a Jackpot
Mega Millions is currently worth $188 million. US Powerball is worth $131 million. The Australia Saturday Lotto Superdraw is worth AUD$30 million. With so many jackpots around us, all one needs to do is simply aim for one… And go for it!
Change Your Way of Playing!
If you’re the kind of person who always uses the same numbers, maybe it’s time to change things around! Use the Quick Pick tool! Are you the kind of person who is already using it? Maybe you should choose your loved ones’ birthdates instead! Whatever it is you’ve been doing – try new things to get new results!
Try New Lotteries!
Are you a huge Mega Millions fan? Have you considered playing other American lotteries? Or perhaps do you prefer the humbler European lotteries, who offer smaller jackpots, but much better odds of winning? Play a lottery game you haven’t played yet!
Travel around the World with Your Win
Matt Myles did it. There’s no reason for you not to do it too! Especially considering the fact that so many lottery winners have learned that taking time off after the win does them a lot of good, and helps them keep focus when they come back!
Buy Lottery Tickets Online
We have covered the pros of buying your lottery tickets online quite extensively over the years. By now, you really have no reason to buy your tickets at the shop when theLotter is available and you can buy tickets not just for local lotteries, but 49 lotteries around the world!
These are the five New Year’s lottery resolutions every player should follow! Did any of these tips work? Let us know! Happy New Year, from theLotter!
Matt Myles won £1 million in EuroMillions UK and immediately jetted off on the bachelor’s trip of a lifetime. After eight months of luxury travel and adventure, this 28-year old lotto winner has made his way back home to Hereford, UK. Let’s follow his adventures and see how winning EuroMillions UK made his dreams come true.
Matt Myles couldn’t believe his luck when he won £1 million in the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker raffle in April 2014. At the time, he was a factory worker, working 12-hour night shifts and living from day-to-day, until that fateful day that he bought himself a EuroMillions UK lottery ticket. But how his life has changed thanks to the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker raffle.
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Matt bought his EuroMillions ticket impulsively while he was waiting for a friend. He was about to throw his ticket away once he realized that he didn’t match the winning lotto numbers. Luckily, he happened to notice that his raffle code had a match!
UK Millionaire Maker codes are pre-printed on each EuroMillions UK ticket and the winning raffle number is randomly selected during the EuroMillions UK lottery draws. At each draw, one ticket-holder is guaranteed to win £1 million! Since the UK Millionaire Raffle was rebranded as UK Millionaire Maker in October this year, there are even more millionaires created each Mega Friday, which is a special promotion held on the last Friday of each month.
EuroMillions Winner’s Dreams Come True
Matt wasted no time in contacting the lottery authorities, quitting his job, and hopping on a plane to Bali. Within 72 hours of his big win he was on his way to the first stop of his round-the-world tour, a tour that landed up lasting eight months!
Matt didn’t go it alone, he generously took his younger brother, Pete, and his best friend, Joe, along for the ride. The trip began in Bali, Indonesia. Because Matt’s cheque had not yet cleared at the bank, he paid for his plane ticket to Bali using his dad’s Visa card. But from then on, the EuroMillions money funded their travels. After Bali, the trio jetted off to Thailand for some wild adventures. Next up was the World Cup Soccer in Brazil. Even though England didn’t win, the boys had the time of their lives. Other stops included the USA, Ibiza, Spain, and Italy.
Matt and his mates stayed only at the most luxurious hotels, drank the finest booze the world has to offer, met beautiful women, partied with celebrities, and enjoyed everything to the max. From the tropical beaches of Thailand to the World Cup soccer stadiums of Brazil, Matt spared no expense to ensure that he and his friends had the time of their lives.
The bachelors managed to spend about £72,000 over a period of eight months (which isn’t actually too bad considering they were living the high life across multiple continents). Matt sensibly set himself a spending limit for the trip and, besides a couple of to-be-expected lavish purchases, he invested the remainder of the money for the future.
What Does the Future Hold for this EuroMillions Winner?
Around £72,000 and eight months later, on November 15th, Matt finally found his way home to Hereford. He will certainly not be heading back to his factory job, but has big plans for the future. He, his brother and a friend started a property development company. His plan was to buy several properties but, unfortunately, upon his return from his travels, he discovered that he is not able to get a mortgage. His poor credit rating and lack of steady income (since he quit his job) have been to his disadvantage. But with his energetic attitude and almost a million pounds behind him, it is likely that Matt Myles will find a way to realize his dream of becoming a property developer. After all, his winning a million in EuroMillions is proof that dreams really can come true!
Play EuroMillions Online
You too stand a chance of becoming an instant lotto millionaire and realizing your dreams. All you need to do, just like Matt did, is buy your lottery tickets. You can even increase your winning odds by playing lottery syndicates for all the biggest lotteries, such as EuroMillions, EuroJackpot, Mega Millions, and Powerball.
EuroMillions’ local raffles, My Millions in France and Millionaire Maker are about to rock your world this weekend. The two European lottery fan favourites are together about to create 20 new €1 million winners, on top of the standard EuroMillions jackpot, which is now at €63 million! The odds of becoming a EuroMillions millionaire are looking very bright!
EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker – Mega Friday
A relatively new EuroMillions UK promotion turns the last Friday of each month into a Mega Friday, a day that brings joy to more UK raffle winners. Each ticket bought for the EuroMillions UK draw will get a Millionaire Maker raffle code, like any other EuroMillions UK ticket, and this time, 10 winning codes will be determined to create 10 €1 million winners and, if that wasn’t enough, each winner will get an additional treat!
In the first Mega Friday, which was held on October 31st, 25 winners won €1 million each, along with an all-expense-paid two-week VIP trip to Makepeace Island in Australia for eight people! This Mega Friday offers each of its winners a similar trip to Australia, Brazil or Peru with one friend, including a 5-star resort stay, a business class flight and some spending money, on top of the €1 million raffle prize!
It’s Raining Millionaires with EuroMillions France and My Million
The My Million raffle increases the amount of winning tickets from time to time, and this week it is happening again. Not too long ago, in September, EuroMillions France created 20 €1 million winners in one week, 10 in each of the two weekly draws. This week, EuroMillions France is about to shower the streets with money once more! Tuesday’s draw already had five €1 million winners instead of one, and Friday’s draw will have the same amount!
Win EuroMillions France and UK Raffles with theLotter
Some may think that the fact that EuroMillions UK and EuroMillions France draws are local versions of EuroMillions means they can’t partake in these amazing raffles, when in fact it’s as simple as playing your own local lottery. When purchasing a ticket for either EuroMillions UK or EuroMillions France on theLotter, you can be sure your ticket is purchased locally by one of our professional lottery agents, and is guaranteed to have a participating raffle code.
With 20 chances of winning a €1 million prize this week, on top of the EuroMillions jackpot that just reached €63 million, it would be a shame to miss the upcoming draw! But wait, we are just about to sweeten the deal even more! Black Friday is here, and theLotter is about to embark on 24 hours of madness with an amazing 30% Cashback on one-time entries for ALL lotteries on the site, including the two local versions of EuroMillions!
Everyone is buzzing with excitement and anticipation for tomorrow’s EuroMillions draw. The jackpot has been rolling ever since the October 3rd Superdraw event, and it almost seems like no one can stop it! The lucky person who might win tomorrow night is bound to win €190 million, and that person could be you! Here are three reasons why you should play tomorrow, and try to make the jackpot yours!
You Can Win an Additional €1 Million or £1 Million!
And you can win it on top of any other wins, including the jackpot! EuroMillions is available for players within the borders of the participating countries. Lottery players can use theLotter to buy their EuroMillions lottery ticket online, no matter where they are! But did you know that EuroMillions has two extensions that offer raffles in addition to the usual lottery game?
The UK version of EuroMillions is called EuroMillions and Millionaire Raffle. EuroMillions lottery tickets purchased through the UK automatically entered into the raffle that promises £1 million, regardless of the winning lotto numbers! That means that you could potentially win the jackpot and the raffle!
The French version of EuroMillions is called EuroMillions and My Million Raffle. Much like the UK version, lottery tickets purchased through the French extension of the EuroMillions are automatically placed in their own raffle, and this one offers a guaranteed €1 million prize.
The cherry on top? You can purchase tickets online for both of the raffle games!
It’s the Biggest Jackpot Since 2012!
€190 million is a huge sum of money! So huge, that it’s been two years since EuroMillions last managed to reach it! We’ve had some exciting rollover streaks, with the jackpot rising above the €100 million mark, and let us not forget the amazing €129 million jackpot that was won in March this year. But none of these can compare to a EuroMillions jackpot that has reached its cap!
It’s the Biggest Jackpot in the World Right Now!
Everyone wants to know where the biggest prizes in the world can be found. theLotter keeps track of it, offering theBig. theBig is the list of the top ten jackpots at any given moment. A quick glance at the top of the list will reveal that EuroMillions is rooted there, refusing to give up. If no one wins the Friday draw, EuroMillions will remain the jackpot leader of the world until Tuesday.
Do you have what it takes to bring this massive jackpot down? Only one way to find out. Play EuroMillions now for your chance of becoming Europe’s next huge lottery winner and claim this historical jackpot as your own!
Like fine wine, massive jackpots take their time to grow over numerous rollovers that can last for months. Multi-national jackpots tend to have the best potential to reach incredible heights, as they have a larger player base in more participating countries.
The two European multi-national lotteries, EuroMillions and EuroJackpot, have a set jackpot cap that limits the jackpot to a certain maximum. The two multi-national American lotteries, US Powerball and Mega Millions, have no jackpot limit, and they can roll over as many times as it takes for a ticket to win. You can see the starting point and highest jackpot of each lottery in the charts below:
American multi-national lotteries refuse to set a cap and allow their jackpots to grow over extended periods of time and create the most thrilling lottery draws the world has seen. European lotteries are no strangers to creating a buzz either. For instance, EuroMillions Superdraws get things hopping several times a year with an expedited route for the jackpot to reach the top, as it starts at €100 million!
Let’s take a look on how the four biggest lotteries in the world created their record jackpot:
US Mega Millions $656 Million
Number of jackpot rollovers: 18
Length of rollover: over two months
Average increase per rollover: $35.7 million
Smallest rollover: $3 million
Largest rollover: $187 million
The following graph depicts the US Mega Millions $656 million jackpot growth:
US Mega Millions is the lottery that is responsible for the world’s jackpot record. The jackpot was finally won after over two months of consecutive rollovers, when three tickets matched the winning numbers of the March 30th draw. While the estimated jackpot for that night stood on $540 million, ticket sales contributed a major bump to a monumental $656 million.
A lucky player who purchased a Mega Millions ticket on theLotter also won a substantial prize during this massive jackpot buildup, by matching five winning numbers: 2, 4, 23, 38 and 46. B.G. from Spain scooped up Mega Millions’ second prize, and became $250,000 richer on March 30th, 2012. He was only a Mega Ball short from hitting the jackpot!
US Powerball $590.5 Million
Number of jackpot rollovers: 13
Length of rollover: a month and a half
Average increase per rollover: $42.3 million
Smallest rollover: $10 million
Largest rollover: $230.5 million
The following graph shows how US Powerball climbed all the way to $590.5 million:
The biggest US Powerball jackpot was won by the 84 years-old Gloria C. Mackenzie, who matched the winning numbers of the $590.5 million draw on May 18th, 2013: 10, 13, 14, 22, 52, and the Powerball 11. Since no other winning ticket was found for the massive prize, Gloria, who lives in Zaphyrhills, Florida, was declared the world’s biggest sole winner of a lottery prize! In addition, the $230.5 million bump is the biggest jackpot rollover to have ever happened!
EuroMillions €190 Million
Number of jackpot rollovers: 14
Length of rollover: a month and a half
Average increase per rollover: €12.5 million
Smallest rollover: €6 million
Largest rollover: €23 million
Slow and steady wins the race – see how EuroMillions reached the jackpot cap:
EuroMillions’ rules allow an extra rollover after the jackpot reaches the cap if no winner is found. Any additional funds accumulated during that rollover are added to the second prize category, making it pretty massive as well. In case there’s no winner after the additional rollover, the entire jackpot goes to the next prize category that has at least one winner.
Luckily for Adrian and Gillian Bayford, their ticket matched the winning numbers of the EuroMillions draw on August 10th, 2012: 11, 17, 21, 48, and 50, and Lucky Stars, 9 and 10. The British couple has earned themselves a spot in European lottery history, as well as the amazing prize.
EuroJackpot €61.2 Million
Number of jackpot rollovers: 11
Length of rollover: two months and a half
Average increase per rollover: €4.65 million
Smallest rollover: €1 million
Largest rollover: €10.2 million
See how the EuroJackpot broke its own jackpot record in the graph below:
The biggest jackpot of EuroJackpot was won just over a month ago, on September 12th, 2014! With ticket sales soaring towards the anticipated €60 million draw, an extra €1.2 million were added to the final prize. The €61.2 million jackpot was taken by a player from Espoo, Finland, who matched the winning numbers: 2, 9, 17, 25, and 29, as well as the two additional numbers, 3 and 5.
The youngest multi-national European lottery has yet to reach its jackpot cap, but has recently set a new jackpot record. With the former jackpot record won only a month prior to the current one, the EuroJackpot show an impressive growth rate. The recent addition of two new participating countries is predicted to help the EuroJackpot to its jackpot cap of €90 million very soon.
Jackpot Growth Rate Comparison
When looking at these numbers stacked up, it’s pretty easy to find a common pattern. In the beginning, all lotteries have a very steady growth rate, with relatively similar amounts being added to the jackpot with every rollover. It’s only when the jackpots cross a certain line that things get really interesting.
While the EuroMillions cannot grow any further, the American jackpots clearly benefit from not having a cap. It is then that we see the astounding impact increased ticket sales have on the sums of money accumulated in a single rollover. It’s a bit too early for EuroJackpot to consider raising its cap, but it might not be such a bad idea for the EuroMillions, considering that the cap was reached over two years ago.
We are currently on a EuroMillions rollover streak with a jackpot that has reached the €190 million cap, and might be won this Tuesday! If not won, it would be interesting to see what happens this time. Whether the EuroMillions decide to raise the cap or not, this is another EuroMillions top jackpot you don’t want to be missing. Now is the time to purchase a ticket!
Millions of people around the world play the lottery, hoping to win massive jackpots that could change their entire life. But when they send or receive The Call, that moment in which they learn that they have indeed won the jackpot of their dreams, is still a huge surprise. Relief, happiness, and general joy, can all be found here as we present several audio recordings of UK lottery players who confirmed that they had won HUGE prizes!
Keith Williams Wins £1 Million in UK EuroMillions Raffle
EuroMillions is the hottest lottery around right now after the Superdraw on October 3rd, 2014, rolling over not once, but thrice, upping the jackpot’s worth to a monumental £111 million (or €142 million). Players who choose to play the biggest European lottery in the UK also get a little something extra – an automated number for the EuroMillions & UK Millionaire Raffle draw!
Keith Williams from Merthyr Tydfil purchased a ticket for the EuroMillions in July, 2012. Though the big jackpot was not to be his, he did win one of the best things a lottery player could – a whopping £1 million! Keith was the second person in his social club to win the EuroMillions raffle. His friend Mark had won two years earlier.
“Mark was a great help. He was really pleased for me, and it was great to speak to someone who knows exactly how it feels, although my news hasn’t sunk in yet. When I won, my mate was jumping around the place – we just couldn’t believe the amount I had won.”
Graham Nield Scoops £6.6 Million in UK National Lottery
Listen to Graham as he calls the UK National Lottery to confirm his jackpot win!
Some jackpot winners choose to split from their partners after winning their first prize, but Graham Nield, who was 55 years old when he won the UK National Lotto on August 17th, 2013, did the exact opposite. Prior to the win, he nearly proposed on several occasions to Amanda, his girlfriend of ten years, yet he never went through with the plan. But after Graham won the £6.6 million jackpot, there was nothing that could hold him back, and he finally popped the question. Amanda said yes!
Graham and Amanda are building a house in North Yorkshire and are living a relatively modest life. Graham spends a lot of time playing golf while Amanda kicks back and relaxes with books in between taking care of her parents. They still play the UK National Lottery from time to time.
Kerry Poxon Wins £1.1 Million in UK National Lottery
The winning numbers were pinged to the fridge in Kerry Poxon’s house for two weeks before she remembered to check whether she’d won anything. She was left breathless and speechless after realizing she won the £1.1 million UK National Lotto on May 10th, 2014!
Kerry had been playing for the previous year and half, using the same numbers most of the time. The numbers were a mixture of figures of both hers and her sons’ birthdays. “I checked the numbers on my phone and I didn’t believe it when my numbers came up. So I checked them on another device but was still convinced something was wrong with my internet!”
Kerry’s plans include buying a house, taking care of her two boys, and going back to school in order to become a midwife or a health care worker.
Emma Wildin Nets £1 Million on a Scratch Card
Emma Wildin couldn’t believe that she won a million pounds just by scratching a card! Almost certain that she read the card wrong, she made a phone call to make sure of what she was seeing. Her excitement went through the roof when her win was confirmed!
Emma purchased the scratch card at a local co-op shop in Cinderford on July 31st, 2012, and reported that “it was such an emotional call, it is really weird to hear it again. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and it was such a relief to be told it was real. It has been amazing winning £1 million, the best part is knowing we will be able to secure a good future for our two children.”
Checking your lottery numbers after the draw is the most important thing you have to do! Can you imagine how many happy stories we would not be able to write about if these calls had not happened? All too often, people lose their tickets or forget about them entirely, and millions of pounds go unclaimed every year. When you play your favourite lotteries online with theLotter, theLotter takes care of the checking for you! After you purchase your ticket online, a scan of the ticket is sent directly to your account. Winners receive instant alerts when they win, so you never have to risk the chance of losing your tickets or forgetting to check ever again! Never miss a win – play your favourite lotteries on theLotter!
EuroMillions is about to host a Superdraw this week, and on Friday, October 3rd, €100 million will be at stake. Superdraws can lead to long rollovers, and this one is expected to do the same and create another EuroMillions top jackpot win. A second before we go on another EuroMillions roller coaster ride full of excitement, it’s time to look back on some of the most exciting Superdraws we have seen so far.
The First EuroMillions Superdraw to Rollover
EuroMillions was offering super jackpots way before the Superdraws started, with top prizes of €100 million and over. When the Superdraws came along, the most attractive thing about them was the jackpot’s ability to rollover, unlike those occasional huge draws.
The first Superdraw to fulfill the rollover potential took place on Friday, February 5th, 2010. The jackpot rolled over once, and was won a week later on February 12th. Two players, one from Spain and one from the UK, shared the €129 million jackpot. This was before EuroMillions started operating twice a week in 2011, which gave the jackpots a faster growing pace.
EuroMillions Superdraw Creates a Jackpot Record
In 2013, a new EuroMillions Superdraw jackpot record was set! It all started on Friday, June 7th, with a €100 million jackpot. For seven consecutive draws, no ticket matched all five winning numbers and two Lucky Stars. The jackpot had a period of over two weeks to grow to a massive €187.9 million prize, and almost reached the lottery’s cap of €190 million! The amazing prize was shared between two anonymous winners, one from the UK and the other from Belgium, each taking home almost €94 million!
The Superdraw that Wasn’t a Superdraw
The absolute super jackpot of EuroMillions for 2014 didn’t come from a Superdraw, or did it? A Superdraw jackpot of €100 million was scheduled to take place a few months ago, on June 6th. It was a lucky coincidence that the jackpot hit a rollover streak of nine draws, growing to a fantastic sum of €105 million on that same date, with no Superdraw bump needed.
This was the first time something like this had happened, and no one was quite sure whether it counted as a Superdraw or not. A formal announcement, made through the EuroMillions UK Twitter account in response to a user’s question, made it official: “The Superdraw fund is used to boost the jackpot if it is below £80 million – as the jackpot has rolled over, it is no longer needed”. This might have not been a Superdraw, but it did roll over twice more and brought great joy to an anonymous winner from Spain, who became €137 million richer on Friday, June 13th!
The upcoming Superdraw will take place this Friday, October 3rd, and we have very high hopes for it! Will this be EuroMillions’ biggest jackpot of the year? We can’t tell. The only thing guaranteed are those €100 million!
EuroMillions France is about to make this week extra hot as the number of potential millionaires grows from two to 20! Yes! The French My Million Raffle is multiplying the number of €1 million winners by 10!
Last weekend it was Ireland who gained a EuroMillions fortune as the €87 million jackpot was won by an unknown ticket holder. This week, the French EuroMillions raffle, My Million, will draw 20 winning codes instead of just two, but the chance to win is not just for French players!
France is one of the EuroMillions founding countries, and similarly to UK, offers a bi-weekly raffle to give players more chances to win a big prize. The My Million Raffle is held twice a week, alongside the main EuroMillions draw. Every EuroMillions France ticket purchased automatically generates a unique raffle code. This week, 20 codes will be drawn, to award €1 million to each winner; 10 on Tuesday, September 23rd and 10 more on Friday, September 26th. The My Million prize is an additional prize on top of the jackpot, giving lottery players will a chance to win both!
Play EuroMillions France and My Million Raffle Online
Lottery players who don’t live in France have the same shot as the locals to win when purchasing an official EuroMillions France ticket with the My Million Raffle code at theLotter. Every ticket purchased on the site is scanned and saved into your account prior to the draw, and winners are notified of a win immediately through email and SMS!
EuroMillions Superdraw Excitement
This is an exciting time to play EuroMillions considering the Superdraw is only a week away. On Friday, October 3rd, EuroMillions will bump the jackpot to a fantastic €100 million. Between the extra odds of becoming a millionaire this week, and the massive jackpot on offer next week, EuroMillions is the game on everyone’s mind. Purchase a EuroMillions and My Million one-time ticket, subscription, or a multi-draw package, to assure you don’t miss out on this month’s most exciting lottery opportunities!
This week we celebrate the third anniversary to one of the most talked about lottery wins ever. Three years have gone by since Chris and Colin Weir won the massive £ 161 (€185) million jackpot in July, 2011. The couple made name for themselves as the biggest philanthropic lottery winners so far, and other European lottery fans have been hoping to join their ranks with every Tuesday and Friday draw! Looking back on the past three years, all major EuroMillions wins seem to have one thing in common…
As you have probably guessed by now, the connecting thread between most of EuroMillions major jackpot wins is a certain sunny season. We can’t tell if it’s well calculated or just a happy coincidence, but temperature is rising and so is the number of EuroMillions jackpot winners! Since the Weirs’ summer jackpot win, EuroMillions have handed out another six prizes surpassing the nine-digit mark during the summer.
Three months past the Weirs’ July 12th win, an anonymous French player scooped a €162 million jackpot following 12 rollovers in which no winner was found! The trend continued in June on 2012 with a €156 million win and with the legendary €190 record jackpot won by the Bayfords.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford became British lottery royalty when they cracked the five lucky numbers and two Lucky Stars to earn them €190 million in jackpot prize. However, due to currency changes, the argument of who is the EuroMillions biggest winner still remains inconclusive, as the Weirs prize is higher when converted to British pounds at the time of the win (£161 million for the Weirs and £148 million for the Bayfords).
On June 25th, 2013 two mystery players from Ireland and Belgium split the astonishing €187,937,614 jackpot that got as close to the EuroMillions jackpot cap without actually reaching it. About a month ago, on June 13th, the jackpot was won by a Lucky Spanish player after reaching €135 million. Summer luck helped the unnamed player to break Spain’s jackpot win record, previously set at €126 million!
One super jackpot may have been won this year, but a near-cap jackpot may still arise, and players are biting their nails waiting for a sign. EuroMillions dominance of the lottery world apparent even when jackpots are slower to rise, and this week is no different. Offering the highest jackpot of the week was the European lotto giant, giving another player 67 million reasons to smile.
We don’t know how the next jackpot will go before it’s won, or when it will happen, but we certainly wish all our players the best while trying to be this summer’s next EuroMillions big winner.
The hearts of Facebook users around the world paused in their chests when they discovered that Facebook was down on Thursday. For the first time in four years, Facebook was completely unavailable to anyone, sending masses to tweet, Instagram, and even Google+ about it. The outage lasted a full fifteen minutes — a lifetime for some of us — but still just enough to time to buy many life-changing lottery tickets!
The quarter of an hour in which Facebook was offline on Thursday meant some of us had to look outside the popular social network to see what else the deep waters of the internet had to offer. Being the lottery fans that we are, the first thing we grabbed for was, of course… an online lottery ticket! But once that was done, we were still left with so much time on our hands, so we decided to show you how to turn that time into gold next time you have 15 minutes—or even just 10 seconds—of downtime!
Step 1: Visit theLotter & Choose your Favourite Lottery Online!
Estimated amount of time spent: 1 second
We decided to go with the US Mega Millions for this example. Why? Because we’ve already spent numerous posts explaining why the Mega Millions is simply the most exciting and awesome lottery in the world, even when it’s not the lottery with the biggest jackpot at the moment. Those of you who prefer to focus on the big lotteries can go ahead and choose Quina (have you heard about the Quina de Sao Joao?) or the US Powerball.
Estimated amount of time spent: 5 seconds
Step 2: Buy your ticket!
To save on time, we used the Quick Pick to generate our numbers. Players who prefer to select their own numbers can do so at their own leisure. Another great option is to save your numbers in your My Account tab, and then click My Lucky Numbers to fetch them!
Estimated amount of time spent: 1 second
Yield: 5 lines, meaning 5 chances at winning the Mega Millions jackpot or one of the Mega Millions secondary prizes!
Estimated amount of time spent: 0 seconds, because waiting is free.
Grand Total of Time Spent
8 seconds. 8 seconds was all it took from the moment Facebook went down, to when you grabbed your chance of becoming a lottery winner. But, I hear you thinking, Facebook was down for 15 minutes, not 8 seconds! What are we expected to do with the remaining 14 minutes and 52 seconds? Time is important!
The answer to that question is, of course, repeat it! In 15 minutes, lottery players can repeat these steps 112 times. Each repetition earns you 5 lines, which are 5 chances at becoming a lottery winner. In total, that comes out at about 563 chances to become a millionaire. Grand jackpots, such as the aforementioned Quina de Sao Joao, currently worth R100 million, or the EuroMillions, worth €25 million at the moment, are currently up for grabs around the world!
And what are 15 minutes of Facebook downtime compared to the chance of winning a lottery jackpot?
The EuroMillions lottery brought together the UK, Spain, and France ten years ago, offering players in the three founding countries the opportunity to become Euro-millionaires. Three years later with more participating countries added to the roster the European lottery created the institution of the Superdraw – a special draw with a guaranteed starting jackpot of €100 million, which happens only a few precious times a year!
The second EuroMillions Superdraw of 2014 was scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, June 6th, 2014, to celebrate the EuroMillions’ 700th draw. Usually, the Superdraw prize jackpot is made up of the previous jackpots in addition to funds from the Common Prize Fund, which together create the €100 million jackpot for the occasion of a holiday, a lottery landmark, or just because!
EuroMillions explained earlier today on Twitter that ticket sales have hit their highest point this year and pushed Tuesday’s €87 million prize pool all the way up to €105 million! No jackpot winner for numerous draws meant a rollover streak that sent EuroMillions flying past the €100 million Superdraw jackpot projected for this Friday and prompted EuroMillions officials to find a different Superdraw occasion later this year.
EuroMillions’ largest jackpot on record happened in August 2012 when after numerous rollovers, the jackpot snowballed to the colossal sum of €190 million. Other humongous jackpots in the EuroMillions history include the €156 million jackpot in June 2012 and the €188 million jackpot in June, 2013. The latter was the result of a Superdraw that rolled over, pumping the prize pool and the jackpot up!
For the time being, there is no date set for the next EuroMillions Superdraw. It will certainly be interesting to see whether EuroMillions lottery officials will announce another Superdraw date after the current rollover streak ends, or whether fans will be left waiting for the next few months. Superdraw or not, there is still a €105 million prize to be won this Friday in Europe’s most exciting lottery, so get your tickets here!
Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars for this week’s June 6th – the EuroMillions lottery is having a Superdraw! And to celebrate this exciting event, featuring a colossal prize of €100 million, theLotter’s team sat down to go over the list of fortunate UK players have shown “Superdraw talent” over the years!
The first EuroMillions Superdraw happened in 2007. An anonymous lottery player from Belgium won the jackpot, and there have been 12 Superdraws since. Out of these, a staggering 33% of the jackpots were claimed by British lottery players! Considering the fact that the EuroMillions Superdraw is mainly played in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France (including overseas regions and collectivities), Ireland, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, that is a surprisingly big percentage of winners!
UK EuroMillions Superdraw Winners in 2010
The first UK player to win the Superdraw chose to remain anonymous when they won on February 9th, 2010. The Superdraw was initially drawn four days before that, but the jackpot rolled over when no one won the prize. The UK player was one of two lucky winners; the second European multi-millionaire hailed from Spain. Both players correctly guessed the numbers 1, 5, 18, 38, and 45, and the Lucky Stars, 4 and 6.
In October of the same year, EuroMillions held another Superdraw, and this time, it was a UK lottery player that won the entire jackpot! The first draw was held at the beginning of the month, on October 1st, 2010, and just as in February, left players around the Continent without a jackpot winner. The EuroMillions Superdraw rolled over once, and one excited UK player matched the numbers 9, 30, 35, 39, and 46, as well as the Lucky Stars, 6 and 8. That win earned the UK player € 129,818,431.
UK EuroMillions Superdraw Winner in 2011
A full year passed before the UK saw another Superdraw jackpot claimed. This time, Angela and Dave Dawes won themselves a whopping £101 million with one very special ticket. As with the previous two winners, no one won the initial draw, allowing the jackpot to grow. When the happy UK couple matched the numbers 18, 26, 34, 38, and 42, alongside the Lucky Numbers, 5 and 8, the jackpot was theirs! The two celebrated their Superdraw win by going on a luxurious trip to London, where they shopped until they dropped, and later went to Scotland to tie the knot in a modest and intimate ceremony!
UK’s Recent EuroMillions Superdraw Winner
Between 2011 and 2014, no new UK Superdraw winners were created (although there were plenty of “regular” EuroMillions winners). The most recent EuroMillions Superdraw took place on March 7th, 2014. By now, audiences around the world were used to seeing it roll over once. What few had expected though, was that the Superdraw would roll over a second time! This pumped the jackpot up to £107 million, and lottery players held their breath as the numbers rolled out. 6, 24, 25, 27, 30, and the Lucky numbers, 5 and 9 were the key to this Superdraw fortune, and Neil Trotter was the lucky UK player to cash in on the whole jackpot! The EuroMillions win also officially placed Trotter among the wealthiest people in the UK.
Who will be the Next EuroMillions Superdraw Winner?
With the next Superdraw just around the corner, all eyes are on Europe, and ticket sales open this Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014, at 18:30 GMT, so hurry up and buy your EuroMillions Super draw ticket online! …And who knows? Maybe, just maybe, when we write about the Superdraw winners again next year, your name might be featured in this blog, alongside a picture of you smiling with the cheque in hand, just before you go off on your own luxury vacation, of course! Good luck, EuroMillions fans!
You buy your lottery ticket, hoping for the best, anticipating the worst. The draw comes and goes, the ticket misplaced, forgotten at the bottom of a handbag, put through the wash with your jeans. Then you see on the news six months later….”Million Pound Jackpot Goes Unclaimed. Money Goes to Good Causes”. Was that you? Could you have missed out on a life changing event?
Every year millions of pounds in EuroMillions and Millionaire Raffle money goes unclaimed in the UK. So far a total this year a total of £5,740,614.50 in prize money, from both the lottery and the raffle remain open for claim, waiting to change a player’s life forever. Instead of changing lives, buying houses or paying off debt, the money is passed over to the National Lottery Good Causes, which does its own good works throughout the UK, but none specifically for the almost lucky ticket holder.
A National Lottery spokesperson has said that if the ticket-holder does not come forward within the deadline (180 days) to claim their prize they will not be able to claim their win. To avoid this unfortunate situation happening again, the spokesperson urges all National Lottery players to check their tickets on a regular basis.
Substantial EuroMillions UK Wins Go Unclaimed in the UK
In 2012, a jackpot of £64 million went unclaimed, a colossal amount that would have catapulted the winner to the top of the list of richest Brits. The money was donated to an assortment of charitable causes after the National Lottery launched a frantic search for the winner.
In 2004, a £7 million jackpot prize, went unclaimed. In 2005, £9.4 million, and in 2007 £6.9 million.Since it began in 2004 the EuroMillions lottery has passed over an average of £7-£10 million a year to the Good Causes organization in unclaimed prizes.
How to Make Sure You Never Miss a EuroMillions UK Win
Luckily, theLotter customer never need worry about missing out on a big win, as all tickets are checked automatically and the player is notified by email and SMS notification. A player will also receive a phone call, for those special big wins.
Join us on a journey around old Blighty, for a closer look the prize money waiting to be claimed.
The upcoming EuroMillions Superdraw was announced to take place on October 3rd and the lottery world is buzzing with excitement. The last time a Superdraw was announced to be held on June 6th, the jackpot super-sized itself naturally to a fantastic €105 million and the Superdraw was cancelled! theLotter gives users from all over the world a chance to take part in the EuroMillions Superdraw and the win a starting jackpot of €100 million!
The next EuroMillions Superdraw date was published and lottery fans from across the world are waiting to see what happens on October 3rd. Will the €100 million jackpot be won at the first draw or will it roll over all the way to the top? Don’t miss out on one of the most exciting jackpots of the year and buy a EuroMillions ticket online!
What Does EuroMillions Superdraw Entail?
The Superdraw has the same rules of the standard EuroMillions draw. The only thing that changes is the amount of the starting jackpot, which is significantly larger than the €15 million EuroMillions base ackpot. The EuroMillions operator decides on a number of these special draws, spread across the year, and EuroMillions fans can count on the next one appearing on the calendar in the second half of 2014. The starting jackpot is always a guaranteed €100 million no matter what jackpot proceeded it!
How to Play EuroMillions Superdraw
Purchasing a Superdraw ticket is just like purchasing a standard EuroMillions ticket. To win the €100 million jackpot, a player must match all five winning numbers and both Lucky Stars, drawn in Paris on the night of the draw. The last Superdraw rolled over twice and was won by Neil Trotter, a UK player, on March 7th.
What Is the EuroMillions Superdraw Record?
Like any other EuroMillions jackpot, EuroMillions Superdraw jackpots will rollover until a winner is found. The jackpot can rollover until reaching the lottery’s cap of €190 million. The highest EuroMillions Superdraw jackpot was on the brink of reaching the cap and was won after rolling over all the way to €188 million on June 25th, 2013. The only EuroMillions prize to exceed that overwhelming amount was the €190 million record jackpot, shared between two extremely lucky ticket holders on August 2012.
February 2004 will go down in history as the month that changed Europe and the month that changed the world. Facebook and EuroMillions both took close to a decade to materialise, both boast impressive numbers and both celebrated their 10th anniversaries in February 2014.
Ten years ago, the EuroMillions lottery held its inaugural draw. It was Friday, 13th February 2004, a day that many consider to be unlucky, but it became the first of many Fridays to create lotto winners and lottery multi-millionaires, none of whom have any doubt as to their luck and fortune. As they are now, the first EuroMillions winning numbers were selected in Paris, which is quite apt as the French are known for facing superstition head on (France Loto actually holds special draws with inflated prizes every Friday the 13th).
The history of Europe’s premier lottery actually goes back a further ten years – the original plan was for it to coincide with the release of the Euro, Europe’s (almost) unified currency, in 1994. As with most great things, EuroMillions took a little longer than expected to come to fruition, but eventually the national lottery organisations of France, Spain and the UK (Francaise des Jeux, Loterias y Apuestas des Estad and Camelot on behalf of the UK National Lottery) pulled it off! By the end of 2004, six further participating countries (Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland) joined the EuroMillions club, and Europe was in the throes of lottery fever!
At the beginning of February, Facebook celebrated its own ten year anniversary in style, with an automated look-back video service offered to each of its billion plus members – the idea, if not the individual videos, understandably went viral very quickly.
Just as EuroMillions was not the first lottery in Europe, Facebook was not the first social network on the web (think MySpace, Bebo, WAYN (Where Are You Now)). Just as EuroMillions was built on a decade of groundwork, the foundations for Facebook started close to a decade earlier, when the internet was commercialised, making the very idea of a multi-national social network a dream that could be dreamt. And just as EuroMillions has affected the lives of a whole continent, Facebook has enjoyed widespread popularity.
Along their incredible journeys, both Facebook and EuroMillions have enjoyed passing certain milestones:
Having been exclusive to Ivy League schools, then to university students only, in September 2006, anyone with an email was able to sign up for a Facebook account.
In November 2009, the UK National Lottery introduced the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle, where a randomly generated and selected 9-digit alphanumeric code guarantees a British millionaire will be made alongside every EuroMillions draw, independent of whether the EuroMillions jackpot is won or rolls over.
EuroMillions then held its first Tuesday draw in May 2011, becoming a twice-weekly lottery, which signified the Euro Lottery’s success and popularity.
One year later, Facebook enjoyed its IPO (Initial Public Offering), attracting a valuation of $104 billion dollars.
In August 2012, the current EuroMillions jackpot cap €190,000,000 was won by the Bayfords of Surrey, England. In the process, the current European lottery jackpot record was set.
In October 2012, Facebook celebrated one billion registered users, establishing itself as the Social Network of choice.
Although it started as an exclusive unknown, Facebook is now famous and enjoyed the world over. Thanks to theLotter, lottery fans outside the nine participating countries can play EuroMillions online and buy official lottery tickets online wherever they may be.
Congratulations to Facebook and EuroMillions and good luck to all theLotter players looking to win their euro lottery prizes this Friday’s anniversary draw!
What do you think of when you read about the €100,000,000 EuroMillions Superdraw? The size of the jackpot? The fact that you can join millions of people and be part of something huge? The things you will do and buy if you win? At theLotter, we remember our Biggest and Smartest winners and think about how Friday’s EuroMillions Superdraw is ‘Big’ and ‘Smart’ all wrapped into one lotto special event!
theLotter’s Biggest Winner
Big is beautiful, especially when it comes to lottery winnings! theLotter’s biggest lotto winner, B.U. from London, was inspired to start Playing it Global when he saw a $656 million jackpot created by American lottery giant Mega Millions and won on 30th March 2012.
Less than a month later, B.U. was celebrating winning a $1,000,000 US Powerball second place prize in the Saturday draw held on April 21st, having matched all five main numbers (6, 8, 20, 42 and 51). Had B.U. selected the Power Play option at the time of purchase, his win would have doubled, and had that night’s Power Ball been drawn as 25 instead of 16, B.U. would have celebrated an enormous $152 million jackpot win!
We caught up with B.U. over the summer and were impressed with how down to earth the lotto millionaire remains after his big American lottery win. You can read the full interview here.
theLotter’s Smartest Winner
If B.U.’s big win made him theLotter’s star player in 2012, this year has been the turn of Diamond VIP player A.K. from Latvia. Of course A.K. plays in the big US lottery draws such as Powerball and Mega Millions but what has set him apart in 2013 is the Smart way he chooses to play lotto online, which saw him win close to $1,000,000 in less than six months.
A.K.’s first smart win came in a Saturday night draw on 26th January 2013, courtesy of Italy’s SuperEnalotto Super Star. His win was worth a staggering €578,079 (approximately $777,000) but if you look at Italy SuperEnalotto results from that night, the biggest amount in the prize breakdown was only €479,123. Something doesn’t make sense.
What happened is that A.K. had chosen to use a 9-number systematic form, which automatically generated all 84 possible combinations of six numbers from the nine he selected. When five of these numbers were drawn in the main draw and a further number matched the bonus SuperEnalotto bonus ball, A.K. won the 5+1 prize (worth €479,123.39) and then three match 5 lines (each worth €29,945.22), 30 match 4 lines (each worth €284.34) and 40 match 3 lines (each worth €14.75)!
Playing it smart gave A.K. a total of 74 winning lines out of 84 on his ticket, and won him just shy of €100,000 on top of the €479,123 he claimed for the match 5+1 prize.
Once upon a time, Italy’s SuperEnalotto held the European lottery jackpot record but A.K. understands the value in so-called ‘second division’ lotteries too. In fact, A.K. celebrated three wins in April 2013: approximately $9,000 in Canada Lotto 649 on April 6th, $2,300 in Spain’s La Primitiva on April 25th and $6,000 in France Loto on April 29th (again using a systematic form to boost his winnings).
The prize that took A.K.’s six month win tally close to $1,000,000 came from the La Primitiva draw held on June 15th, when another 9-number systematic form rewarded A.K. with total winnings worth $150,000!
What makes Friday’s EuroMillions both Big and Smart?
En route to achieving $1,000,000 worth of lottery wins, B.U. was inspired by a massive jackpot and A.K. worked out that to play smart and to play across several lottery draws can achieve the same outcome.
This Friday’s EuroMillions Superdraw has a guaranteed €100,000,000 jackpot and has greater funds to distribute in its 12 secondary prize divisions too. No one can deny that November’s Superdraw is a big draw with huge win potential. What online lottery players should also take into account, is that you can also play smart in the upcoming super draw, because unlike American lotteries, EuroMillions offers a range of systematic form choices.