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Britain’s Got EuroMillions Superdraw Talent!

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!

Artists’ Lottery Syndicate: Making Art, Making Friends, Making Money

Everyone loves a lotto syndicate story such as ‘12 Corby bus drivers win EuroMillions top prize’ or ‘New Jersey’s Ocean’s 16 claim a third share of US Powerball jackpot’. theLotter recently discovered a great lottery syndicate story from back in 2010 when some 40 UK-based artists committed a full year to winning the lotto. Although luck didn’t carry the group to a top prize, they did make a profit and will go down in lotto history as one of the coolest syndicates the lottery world has known.

Lottery syndicates are about hope, community and sharing the excitement of lotto wins, big or small. Whether it is a group made up of colleagues, friends or family, the fate of one is that of all. It is with this understanding that forty artists formed a lotto collective called Artists’ Lottery Syndicate.

Founded by Glaswegian artist Ellie Harrison as a response to cuts in arts funding due to the global economic downturn, the “speculative new scheme for acquiring funds for artists” was quick to attract participants, many of whom jumped at the chance to be part of such a potentially lucrative social experiment.

A brief look at the people and art behind Artists’ Lottery Syndicate reveals the diversity of the group; Canadian Maayke Schurer’s real-time magic realism contrasts dramatically with microperformance social commentators FrenchMottershead, actually a London pairing, who in turn differ greatly from Chinese public-space performance artists, Cai Yuan & Jian Jun Xi, a.k.a. Mad for Real.

To avoid complications between members, Artists’ Lottery Syndicate decided upon a fixed set of lotto draws and number selections that offered general stability and sufficient variation to keep everyone entertained. The group decided to play EuroMillions UK and the UK National Lottery in a consistent manner from 1st July 2010 to 1st July 2011 according to the following system:

  • 5 Artists’ Lottery Syndicate lucky numbers (15, 31, 35, 41 and 48) were selected from a guess range of 1-49 using a (particularly low-tech) lottery selection machine (see video above)
  • 44 lines would be played in every Wednesday and Saturday UK Lotto draw, using the 5 lucky numbers and each of the numbers left in the 1-49 guess range
  • 36 lines would be played in every Friday EuroMillions UK draw, using the 5 lucky numbers and all possible combinations of the two required Lucky Stars from a guess range of 1-9*

Each of the 40 artists and art duos committed to the full calendar year at £4 a week, making £208 total. Come 2nd July 2011, an untouched ‘lottery winnings’ account would be emptied and divided into 40 equal shares. All Artists’ Lottery Syndicate members agreed to go public should the group win the UK Lotto or EuroMillions jackpot.

Photo Credit: Artists’ Lottery Syndicate

As it happens, Artists’ Lottery Syndicate did not need to announce winning a top prize but still came out on top with an official profit for the year of £1,309.10. The happy bunch of artists you see holding up their novelty cheque in the picture above enjoyed the experience so much, they opted to give themselves two ‘bonus draws’ to cap the year, finishing on £1,346.50 before doling out real cheques worth £33.66 (representing more than 15% interest on each player’s investment). In fact, such camaraderie developed that after Artists’ Lottery Syndicate disbanded as naturally as it came into being, many of the members set up The Artists’ Bond, a growing group that still invests in UK Savings & Investments Premium Bonds today!

And this brings us to both the beginning and end of our lottery syndicate story. Lottery syndicates are about hope, community and sharing the excitement of lotto wins, big or small!

Lottery Syndicates join together for the capacity to buy more lottery lines featuring a greater selection of number combinations than each member may be able to afford as an individual player. theLotter invites its members to experience playing with their colleagues, friends and family of legal age, as a way to improve the odds of winning whilst enjoying a regular dose of the collective spirit in the process.

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 *According to the mathematical formula for combinations, nCr, where n = selection range and r = number of selections, 9C2 = 9! / (2!(9-2)!) = 36 = the number of EuroMillions lines Artists’ Lottery Syndicate chose to play. For a more comprehensive look at lottery mathematics in the context of Italy’s SuperEnalotto, read A Little Lottery Secret – The Systematic Form!

 

 

€190 Million Lottery: 12 of the Best to Celebrate Bayford Anniversary

EuroMillions is Europe’s premier lottery and last summer EuroMillions UK helped it to set both a new personal best and a European lotto record jackpot, even though neither of these happened for the UK National Lottery itself. Adrian and Gillian Bayford had become the new British lottery King and Queen of Europe!

Retro-lottery-video 1 – 190 Million Euros and 212 Million Dollar Jackpots side by side

On 10th August 2012, EuroMillions was set to become Europe’s first €190 million lottery. Stretched to its jackpot-cap by 14 rollovers, and destined to set a new record after a failed attempt just a few days earlier, the draw produced the numbers 11, 17, 21, 48 and 50, with Lucky Stars 9 and 10 and a ticket finally won! Chris and Colin Weir may have set the UK record at £161 million in a EuroMillions UK draw 13 months earlier but those seven numbers combined to crown an English couple from Haverhill in Suffolk, Adrian and Gillian Bayford, the current European record lottery jackpot winners with a £148 million or €190 million lottery windfall.

Having seen that they had just won the record €190 million lottery jackpot live, Adrian and Gillian Bayford waited from Friday night until Tuesday to allow the media to publicise their EuroMillions UK win. How did they celebrate in that time? A Domino’s pizza family meal with their children.

Here are 12 news and blog entries about EuroMillions UK and the Bayfords in honour of their unique achievement:

EuroMillions Jackpot Winners Holiday in caravan to Celebrate Success – 16th August 2012

Explores – Perhaps after choosing pizza when many would have chosen champagne, it is less surprising that the Bayfords’ next step was to holiday in a caravan park in Scotland and an EasyJet economy flight to Europe, rather than jet-setting around the world to five star luxury. Mr. Bayford does mention a dream about re-uniting Guns N’ Roses, something only a €190 million lottery winner would consider within their power.

EuroJackpot Second Place is Not for Losers – 20th August 2012

Explores – The Bayfords’ record win was not the only big jackpot claimed on Friday, August 10th. EuroJackpot, the nascent European lotto, awarded a €27 million top prize to a player from Germany, making it a night when Europe saw €217 million in lottery money from two jackpots alone.

EuroMillions UK Winners Enjoying the Millionaire Lifestyle – 21st August 2012

Explores – Ten days after their massive £148 million win, reports began to surface that the modest Bayfords were allowing themselves a few extravagancies, although their pleasure seemed to be buying for their loved ones. They bought a £288,000 villa for Mr. Bayford’s brother in Spain, and treated a friend to an Audi Q7 worth £55,000.

£148 Million EuroMillions Winner Heads Back to Work – 30th August 2012

Explores – Mr. Bayford chose to go back to work at the Suffolk music shop he jointly owns, to find that word has spread and he has a considerable amount of fan mail. The Bayford’s want to fund charitable initiatives and are working out the best way to do so. theLotter looks back at how the summer started – with 100 EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle winners made on opening night.

Retro-lottery-video 2: 100 UK Millionaires in One Night!

It’s Been a Summer of Lottery Landmarks – 4th September 2012

Explores – Soon after the Bayfords’ €190 million record lottery jackpot won, 96 out of 100 UK Millionaire Raffle winners had come forward. In the meantime, things were just as hot across the Atlantic as a $337 million US Powerball jackpot and a growing $93 million Mega Millions main prize showed the US and Europe were both enjoying the summer season.

UK Crowns Eighth Lottery Millionaire of 2012 – 10th September 2012

Explores – In a continuing run of good form, a UK player scooped £37 million in the EuroMillions UK draw on Friday, 7th September 2012. This brought the UK’s EuroMillions winning tally to eight, probably the strongest run of form for any country since Europe’s premier lottery was launched 8 ½  years earlier.

EuroMillions Bayford Winners Purchase Georgian Mansion – 13th November 2012

Explores – Not being ones to rush in, when the Bayfords did eventually decide on a property, it was an absolute stunner. As theLotter reported at the time:

“The Bayford couple, together with their two children, are now trading in their three bedroom house for a Grade II-listed seven bedroom Georgian mansion. Their new home is set in more than 100 acres of woods and farmland and includes four marbled bathrooms, four reception rooms, a three bedroom annex, a lodge, a three bedroom farmhouse and four cottages. The couple bought the entire site, although some of the outbuildings were on sale separately, which had an asking price of more than £6 million.”

France EuroMillions Winner Welcome Change – 14th November 2012

Explores – After so many EuroMillions wins had to go through a bureau de change first, it was almost a novelty for the European prize to be paid in Euros. The French winner of a €169.8 million jackpot was the 58th for France and took home the largest prize won on the continent since the Euro lottery began in 2004. The Bayfords and the Weirs are noted for their mutually exceptional EuroMillions jackpots.

EuroMillions Lotto Timeline : Founders-Joiners-Millionaires – 18th June 2013

Explores – Halfway through EuroMillions’ tenth year since its founding, theLotter made a lottery infograph with all the essential lotto statistics, facts and figures about the European lottery. The Bayfords’ €190 million win features on the middle right of the infographic.

What Will Happen If EuroMillions Rolls Over Again and Hits Its Cap? – 23rd June 2013

Explores – It had been a while coming and players knew the top prize couldn’t go past the now fixed €190 million jackpot cap, yet EuroMillions was ready to shine again for the North West Europe’s summer months. Before a €188 million jackpot was split by players in Ireland and Belgium, theLotter looked at the relevance of the Bayford’s win 10 months earlier, and the roll down rules of the EuroMillions jackpot limit.

Top 10 EuroMillions FAQs – What lottery fans want to know about this Tuesday’s €185 million draw! – 24th June 2013

Explores – When a lottery offers close to a €190 million, lotto lovers are joined by fair-weather fans looking to get in on the action. Everyone deserves to know the lottery rules, statistics,  draw schedule and history. A top 10 FAQ on EuroMillions would be incomplete without mention of its record winners, Adrian and Gillian Bayford.

Happy Two Year Anniversary to EuroMillions UK’s Largest Winners – 17th July 2013

Explores – As the Bayfords’ lottery anniversary approached, theLotter looked back at the Weirs record EuroMillions UK win two years ago on 12th July 2011.The Scottish multi-millionaires had spent significant effort, not to mention funds, on charitable projects since their EuroMillions win, from giving a neighbor their £180,000 home, to financing health care for children with challenging illnesses, to setting up their own charitable trust.

 

What would you do with your big lottery win? Would you buy a Grade-II listed building, choose worthy causes to help, buy gifts for friends and family, or simply order a pizza? Get your chance to find out when you buy EuroMillions lottery tickets online at www.theLotter.com for the European lotto’s Tuesday and Friday night draws!

 

Date of Win: Friday, 10th August 2012

Winner(s): Adrian and Gillian Bayford

From: Haverhill, Suffolk

Lottery: EuroMillions UK

Win value: £148 million (€190 million)


Happy Two Year Anniversary to EuroMillions’ Largest Winners

On July 12th, 2011, Chris and Colin Weir won a life-changing £161 million EuroMillions jackpot – the largest ever in the multi-national lotto’s history. Two years later, the Weirs have set up a charitable trust organization that aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities in an effort to better their native country.

Chris and Colin Weir’s lives took a drastic turn as a result of seven numbers, numbers which would also impact the lives of many others throughout Scotland. When the Weirs won a record-setting £161 million EuroMillions jackpot in July of 2011, Colin stated that the winnings were not simply a privilege:

“The next steps are going to be the most difficult…with great wealth comes great responsibility”

The UK National Lottery and the Weirs: Parallel Personalities

After two years running on the world’s rich list, the Weirs have demonstrated their commitment to social responsibility by sharing their good fortune with causes close to their hearts and by doing random acts of kindness for individual causes.  The Weirs are following in the tradition of the national lottery that afforded them the opportunity to become multi-millionaires! The UK National Lottery’s creed allocates much of its revenue from lottery ticket sales towards the National Lottery Good Causes and the Big Lottery Fund UK-based organizations that act as the charitable arms of British lottery organization and dedicate a significant portion of the lottery’s proceeds to community projects and social welfare.  The Weirs have been busy not just mimicking these UK National Lottery-funded programs; they’ve gone above and beyond them!

The Weirs began their righteous philanthropic path by giving away their £180,000 home to their neighbours after moving out in the wake of their win. This was only the tip of the iceberg!

One Winning Ticket, Many Winners

In August of 2012, the Weirs donated a five-figure sum to help 13-year-old Kieran Maxwell, who lost his leg after he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer called Ewings Sarcoma, to buy a more advanced prosthetic limb. The Weirs, along with the rest of the world, watched Maxwell carry the Olympic torch on the Torch Relay. His new limb allows him to walk and run freely without a crutch.

Another example of such an act was in November of last year, when the Weirs answered a Cheltenham family’s plea for their daughters’ life-changing operation. The Weirs answer came in the form of an almost £30,000 donation that would help combat the girl’s spastic diplegic cerebral palsy by giving her a chance to walk.

The Next Big EuroMillions Winning Opportunity

The trust is part of a legacy that began two summers ago when a lucky set of EuroMillions numbers changed one lucky Scottish couple’s lives and consequentially many others’ lives in the aftermath.

Summer surely is a lucky season for EuroMillions winners, and there will lots of big EuroMillions UK winner coming up just around the corner! On Friday, July 26th, EuroMillions UK is holding a special EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle that will award 100 lucky players £1 million each!

Last year, EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle draw celebrated the 2012 London Olympic games by hosting a raffle draw with 100 winners. Though only 97 winners eventually claimed their £1 million reward, EuroMillions UK is looking to make all 100 players millionaires this year. Could one of them be you? Enter your EuroMillions UK numbers here before next Friday and you might find yourself £1 million richer!

Want to find out more about the Weirs’ Charitable Trust? Learn more about the Weir Charitable Trust on the site right here.

Top 10 EuroMillions FAQs – What lottery fans want to know about this Tuesday’s €185 million draw!

As Europe’s premier lottery, EuroMillions attracts attention from around the world. Lotto fans can find answers to the ten most frequently asked questions about the multi-country draw as it approaches its maximum prize this Tuesday.

1. What is EuroMillions?

EuroMillions is a popular number draw game established in 2004 when French, Spanish and UK lottery organisations joined together to create a pan-European lotto. The first EuroMillions draw took place on Friday, 13th February 2004, with tickets sold in each of the three founding territories.

Just 34 weeks later, an additional six countries (Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland) joined in the Euro lottery fun! The first 9-country EuroMillions draw was held on Friday, 8th October 2004.

2. How do I play EuroMillions?

To play EuroMillions, select five numbers from a guess range of 1-50, and then select two additional numbers, called Lucky Stars, from a separate guess range of 1-11. The EuroMillions jackpot will be awarded to the player or group of players who match all five regular numbers and both Lucky Stars. In total, EuroMillions offers an impressive thirteen prize categories, nine of which require one or both of the Lucky Stars.

Click here for EuroMillions results and a full prize breakdown

3. What time is the EuroMillions draw and where does it take place?

Originally a Friday-night lotto, EuroMillions has been a twice-weekly lottery since the first Tuesday draw that took place on 10th May 2011. The EuroMillions winning numbers are drawn in Paris, France, at approximately 21:00 CET (20:00 GMT).

Two machines are used in each draw, one to select the five regular numbers and a second to choose the two Lucky Stars needed to secure the top prizes. For each selection of regular and additional numbers, there are four machines in rotation; Stresa 1 to 4 select five red balls from 50, and Paquerette 1 to 4 select two gold balls (the Lucky Stars) from 11. Stresa is a pretty village in Italy’s north and Paquerette is French for daisy.

4. What is the latest time to buy EuroMillions tickets online?

Players can buy EuroMillions lottery tickets online on theLotter until 19:10 GMT every Tuesday and Friday before that night’s draw. Those eager to have their tickets ready and waiting are able to buy tickets for the next EuroMillions draw from 19:11 GMT. Purchase a multi-draw or subscription package for EuroMillions on theLotter to ensure you never miss a draw and save money on the cost of your tickets!

5. When are EuroMillions results published on theLotter?

EuroMillions results are available on theLotter from 22:00 GMT every Tuesday and Friday after the European lottery draw. When you buy EuroMillions tickets through theLotter, you will automatically be notified of any and all winning lines via email.

6. What is the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap?

The EuroMillions starting jackpot is €15 million, and rollovers can take the top prize as high as €190 million to EuroMillions’ jackpot cap. Originally, EuroMillions had a rollover limit of 12 consecutive rollovers. This rule was replaced with the EuroMillions Jackpot Pool Cap which was set at the current sum on 17th February 2012. The draw can offer its maximum capped sum of €190 million for two consecutive draws before the jackpot prize funds roll down to the second prize, and the lottery returns to its starting jackpot of €15 million.

7. Who are EuroMillions record winners?

After the February 2012 announcement, whoever won the €190 million prize would be part of a long-standing EuroMillions record. In August 2012, Adrian and Gillian Bayford won the enormous prize in the EuroMillions UK version of the multi-state lottery. Interestingly, the Bayfords’ win was worth £148 million and was actually less in pounds sterling than the €185 million EuroMillions UK jackpot won by Chris and Colin Weir, who received £161 million back in July 2011, due to a difference in foreign exchange rates.

8. Has theLotter had any big EuroMillions winners?

theLotter’s biggest EuroMillions winner, G.R. from Russia, won €144,240 in draw 2012/45 on 8th June 2012. G.R. matched all five regular numbers as well as one Lucky Star in the European multi-state lottery, and at the time his win was worth $179,838 and was free of taxes! G.R. was invited to collect his winning ticket from theLotter’s local representatives in Spain, who guided him through the process of collecting his big win directly from the EuroMillions offices.

9. What will the next EuroMillions jackpot be?

A normal EuroMillions rollover can range from €5 million to €20 million on top of the previous draw. As Tuesday night’s jackpot is worth €185 million, should it rollover the jackpot cap will kick in and Friday night’s top prize will be worth the EuroMillions jackpot maximum of €190 million.

This is good news for EuroMillions lottery fans as the ‘lost cap’, or the funds for the rollover that would have been, will trickle down to secondary prize divisions, making entering Friday’s EuroMillions draw in everyone’s interest!

10. What will happen if no one wins the next EuroMillions draw this Friday?

If Friday’s jackpot is worth €190 million and there is still no winner, the lottery rules state that one further opportunity will be given for the jackpot to be won at that amount. In other words, the EuroMillions top prize would again be worth €190 million on Tuesday, July 2nd.

However, should no one match all five regular numbers and both Lucky Stars in the second €190 million draw, the jackpot fund will be distributed among winners of the tier below. This means that second prize winners stand an excellent chance of become multi-millionaires for simply matching five numbers and one Lucky Star!

Whatever the outcome of the next three draws now is the perfect time to purchase a multi-draw package for EuroMillions – good luck! 

Loteria del Nino – Community and Tradition As Standard

When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, what will I be? Will I be pretty? Will I be rich? Will I win the lottery? Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be…

Alright, so Doris Day’s famous lyrics don’t go quite like that, but that is the spirit of the Spanish Christmas raffles Loteria de Navidad and Loteria del Nino. The first is the world’s biggest lottery that celebrated a landmark bicentennial, on 22nd December 2012, by giving away €2.52 billion in prize money. The second is known as ‘the Little One’ and it closed a particularly special festive lottery season on 6th January 2013, with €840 million of its own to dish out.

And what connects Spain’s Loteria Nacional’s annual delicacies with other seasonal super draws like Brazil’s Mega da Virada lottery, which distributed a R$244.7 million main prize, or the EuroMillions UK Christmas and New Year’s Millionaire Raffles that made 50 millionaires in the space of one week?

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Well, as impressive as their jackpots, second prizes and winning odds undeniably are, it is actually the sense of community and tradition that binds these annual lotteries to each other and to their loyal fans. It is about knowing that 98% of your compatriots hold onto a ticket and a dream of winning El Gordo in the Spanish Christmas Lottery. It is about reaching higher as a nation to push a New Year’s Eve prize up by R$50 million in a mere matter of weeks. It is about being one of 50 guaranteed millionaires to join more than 200 others created during the past year as a new year brims with potential.

theLotter is proud to have celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary in 2012 and to remain at the centre of a vibrant online lottery community that continues to grow. theLotter is also proud that in its newest tradition, the Loteria del Nino raffle:

  • our players took home more than €42,000 in prizes
  • they beat the official 1 in 3 odds as 1 in 2.5 shares collected a prize, and
  • 1 in 2 theLotter players won in ‘the Little One’

As theLotter wishes heartfelt congratulations to all of its Christmas and New Year winners, we remind our online lottery community of the traditional Spanish refrain ‘its health that really matters’ while looking forward to future lottery successes together!

 

Photo Credit: Eduardo Frei Ruiz Tagle

The UK National Lottery and Its Millionaire Raffles

The lottery world continues to grow and evolve, led by countries such as Australia, the US, Spain and Italy, as well, of course, as each country’s lotto-loving public. The UK National Lottery is an essential part of this elite group, most recently making 50 millionaires in the space of one week in two extraordinary UK Millionaire Raffles.

If EuroMillions is Europe’s premier lottery, then EuroMillions UK, administered by the UK National Lottery, is Europe’s premier lottery plus! Twice each week, as the world’s attention is focused on the main EuroMillions draw, the UK version also hosts the UK Millionaire Raffle.

For every EuroMillions UK line purchased, a unique 9-digit alpha-numeric code is automatically generated at the bottom of the ticket. One of these codes is selected in the UK Millionaire Raffle to guarantee a new millionaire will be made. You would think 104 millionaires each year would be enough, right?

Well, the UK National Lottery thinks its loyal fans and followers deserve better!

In fact, in July 2012, 100 millionaires were made on the same night as the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to honour the international sporting event and to say thank you to UK lottery players who collectively contributed £2.2 billion to making it possible.

Then came the recent UK Christmas and New Year Millionaire Raffles, two seasonal super draw raffles that each produced 25 millionaires to add to an already impressive tally. In case you are counting, the UK National Lottery created 254 millionaires in the space of one year, from just one of its popular lottery formats!

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By calendar year, the beloved British lottery organisation distributed an astounding £850 million to 323 new millionaires across all of its lottery and raffle draws in 2012, up from 229 millionaires made in 2011.

With 25 millionaires already from the UK New Year Millionaire Raffle, 2013 is sure to be an exciting year for the UK National Lottery. You can be sure theLotter will keep you up to date with all the latest action and continue to provide safe and secure online access to over 40 lotteries from the UK and around the world.

The Hunt for the EuroMillions UK Winner Ends

After 180 days of scouring the streets of the Stevenage and Hitchin area of Hertfordshire for the mystery EuroMillions UK winner who held a ticket worth £63 million from the June 8th draw, the prize money has officially been passed over to the National Lottery Good Causes fund. Twitter user @Alan_Tonge said it right, “64 million Euromillions ticket not claimed with the money going to charity. Excellent news for charity, but deary me for the ticket holder!”

The expired prize money, now £63.8 million including the interest that it has accrued, is the largest unclaimed ticket in UK lottery history! While lottery officials and Brits alike are excited that the millions will join a fund that has raised £29 billion to benefit health, sports, recreation and arts education since 1994, EuroMillions UK officials had hoped to present the money on an oversized cardboard check and celebratory EuroMillions champagne flutes to the fifth largest UK lottery winners ever!

Mere week after one ticket from Herfordshire matched all seven winning numbers, 11, 5, 22, 34, 40 and Lucky Stars 9 and 11, entitling them to half of a €158 million EuroMillions jackpot, UK National Lottery officials began scouring the area for the mystery lottery winner. At first, they enlisted a team of promoters armed with lottery balls printed with the winning numbers. The women wore EuroMillions tshirts and spread news of the local win at railway stations, bus stops and the nearest airport, London Luton. Initially, lottery officials speculated that the winner had left for a long vacation around the time of the draw and was unaware that they had matched the jackpot upon their return.

Courtesy of whtimes.co.uk

As the weeks and months continued, EuroMillions UK plastered flyers with the winning numbers in every store in Hertfordshire. Billboards and signs reading “Are you the EuroMillions winner?” were hung across the region and driven through the streets. Two trucks displaying giant yellow banners to attract the winner’s attention took up permanent residence in the central town square.

Courtesy of theadvertisegroup.co.uk

 

As the December 5th, 11PM deadline neared, lottery officials and locals alike got more creative with their last-ditch attempts to find the missing EuroMillions UK winner. EuroMillions UK employees went door to door, begging people to check for tickets in the couch, the car, and even the trash bin. A town crier appeared in a Lamborghini, and proceeded to shout out the winning EuroMillions numbers in a desperate search for the winner.

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After six months of searching, no EuroMillions UK winner ever came forward to collect the £63.8 million prize. Life in Hertfordshire will go back to normal. This is probably the last they will see of a Lamborghini-driving town crier. Hopefully the legend of the missing EuroMillions winner will teach lottery fans a valuable lesson – always check the winning numbers! Check EuroMillions lottery results here.

It’s EuroMillions Super Draw Time! – September 28th, 2012

Winning €100 million is going to change anyone’s life forever.

And individuals have the chance to get their hands on this monster prize tonight (September 28th) thanks to the EuroMillions Super Draw. As well as coming with a guaranteed jackpot of €100 million, there is scope for the top prize to climb as high as €130 million.

Imagine what winning such a fantastic amount of money would do? It means people would no longer have to worry about job security or being able to afford to send their kids to college.

Instead they could focus on living life to the full by going on amazing holidays and buying top-of-the-range cars and luxurious properties. However, the only way people can have a chance of taking home the €100 million is to buy a EuroMillions Super Draw ticket.

All lottery players have to do to win this massive windfall is match five numbers and two Lucky Stars. Provided they are able to do this, then all of their dreams will surely come true.

The EuroMillions Super Draw is only the fifth super draw that has taken place since 2010 and so everyone should be keen to get involved, because it could be a while before another is organized.

Unsurprisingly, the lottery is currently top of theBig, which means it is the biggest declared jackpot in the world. It is far ahead of the $40 million on offer from the US Powerball and the £19.3 million UK National Lottery.

The winner, or winners, of the EuroMillions Super Draw will be the latest in a long line of people to take home nine-digit jackpots from playing the EuroMillions. Earlier this year, Adrian and Gillian Bayford scooped €190 million, while Chris and Colin Weir took home €185 million in July 2011.

As well as this, two people – one from Belgium and the other from the UK – split a €156 million windfall in June of this year. Because of this, all that remains for people to do is purchase a EuroMillions Super Draw ticket and sit back and see if their lottery numbers come up.

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Lottery World Getting Ready For EuroMillions Super Draw – September 19th, 2012

Winning €100 million on the EuroMillions would be an amazing way to cap off September.

Despite the fact the jackpot only stands at €26 million for Friday’s draw (September 21st), individuals are guaranteed the opportunity to take home €100 million just seven days later.

This is because a EuroMillions Super Draw has been organized. Lottery players will be delighted to find out the jackpot could go as high as €130 million, depending on how much is in the prize fund.

The winner will be the latest in a long line of nine-figure millionaires made in 2012. As well as Adrian and Gillian Bayford scooping €190 million, two people – one from the UK and one from Belgium- took home €156 million in June.

It represents the first time since October 4th 2011 that a Super Draw has been offered by the EuroMillions and only four of these types of draws have taken place since 2010.

Because of this, people should make sure they purchase lottery tickets for the EuroMillions Super Draw to be in with a chance of taking home a life-changing sum of money.

There are a lot of items they could buy if they scooped €100 million, such as a luxury mansion onLake Como in Italy, where they could be neighbors with Hollywood actor George Clooney.

As well as this, a Bugatti Veyron - a car that costs a cool €1 million – may feature prominently on any wish list, alongside a trip toMonte Carlo to see some of the world’s most exclusive sights.

Wisbech couple Dave and Angela Dawes were the last winners of a EuroMillions Super Draw. They took home over €100 million in October 2011 and used the money to get married, buy a house and enjoy a luxury shopping spree.

The couple admitted the windfall has changed their lives forever and so this is a feeling that a lot people will be keen to experience. Suffice to say, there will be plenty of individuals tuning in to see EuroMillions results on September 28th.

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Weirs Donate £750,000 To Local Club For Football Pitch – September 18th, 2012

Since landing £161 million (€185 million) on the EuroMillions last year, Chris and Colin Weir have demonstrated that they are more than happy to support a good cause.

The Scottish couple certainly have kind hearts and provided £750,000 so a new all-weather pitch can be built for their local football club.

Largs Thistle had to postpone games for nine weeks last season because of the poor weather, but thanks to the donation by the Weirs, this will no longer be a problem. The new pitch was officially opened on September 9th and club president Margaret Brown is delighted with the result.

Speaking to the Scotsman, she said: “It’s a wonderful gift to Largs Thistle and the community of Largs. It means we can also get schools and other local teams to use it.”

Mr Weir, who identifies himself as a Barcelona fan, said he was more than happy to help out Largs Thistle, as it has always played an important role in the community.

“The new pitch and training facilities will hopefully attract more people to Barrfields. The aspiration is to see the grounds used throughout the week, by teams, families and even different sports,” he added.

It represents the latest project to be supported by the pair and the £161 million they received last year is still the biggest jackpot taken home by anyone on the EuroMillions – Adrian and Gillian Bayford did win €190 million but exchange rates meant they only got £148 million.

Last month, the Weirs provided the funds for Isabel Wallis to fly to the US for pioneering surgery. The four-year-old has cerebral palsy and the operation represents her only chance of growing up without having to use a wheelchair.

The Weirs also gave £130,000 to fund the construction of a community arts centre in Inverclyde and helped to raise £50,000 so 15-year-old Ross Wilson can go to a tennis academy in Barcelona.

This demonstrates how the Weirs are willing to support a range of different good causes, as they seek to touch as many lives as possible with their money and share their good fortune.

UK Crowns Eighth Lottery Millionaire of 2012 – September 10th, 2012

Lottery players in the UK are enjoying something of a hot streak at the moment.

On Friday (September 7th), a person from the UK won £37 million on the EuroMillions. This means eight individuals from the UK have matched all seven winning numbers in a EuroMillions draw since January 1st, 2012, which is an unbelievable run considering how many different nations compete.

It represents the 14th largest jackpot win ever in the UK and comes hot on the heels of the £148 million handed out to Adrian and Gillian Bayford last month. The size of the win is particularly impressive considering the EuroMillions was only reset to its £11 million starting value after their record haul on August 10th.

A National Lottery spokesman said: “This is amazing. This has been an extraordinary year for UK ticketholders. Over 2,900 people have become millionaires since the National Lottery began and, to date, our players have raised an amazing £28 billion and counting for National Lottery Good Causes.”

Unsurprisingly, people may be tempted to play the EuroMillions online in an effort to join the ever expanding list of winners and see if some of the EuroMillions UK luck will rub off on them.

Unlike many lotteries across the globe, the lucky ticketholder is allowed to stay anonymous if they want to, although it has not been announced whether they will or not. However, many winners choose to go public and face the glare of the media.

Adrian and Gillian Bayford choose this path and they hope to make a real difference with their money. “Children’s charities are close to our hearts so we will be exploring how we can use this money to help those charities,” Ms Bayford remarked shortly after their success.

It remains to be seen what the latest winner will do with their jackpot, but they will certainly not be short of options. Due to the scale of their win, they can afford to stop worrying about having to budget until their next pay check.

The jackpot for tomorrow’s draw now goes back to £11 million, but as previous experience has shown, it does not take long for this value to increase and the UK could soon be looking at its ninth lottery winner of the year!

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Can’t Afford To Buy A New House? Then Just Win The EuroMillions! – September 6th, 2012

A EuroMillions lottery winner is finally going to move out of his mother’s house.

Oliver Milner scooped nearly £2 million after matching five numbers with one Lucky Star on August 10th. The 27-year-old will use part of his winnings to take the plunge and get a place on his own after living at home his whole life.

His mother joked that while she is delighted her son is now financially secure for the foreseeable future, she is much happier about the fact he will be leaving the family home, as it means she will have more space.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post about his win, Mr Milner said: “I was in shock. It’s what dreams are made of. I asked my mum to check and she thought I was joking. I’m still in shock now.”

It certainly seems as though spending his EuroMillions money will be no problem for the young man, as he already plans to purchase a BMW X6, a Manchester United season ticket and a family holiday.

Mr Milner has already booked a break for himself and his friends to New York as he plans to celebrate his 28th birthday in style, while he quit his job with an energy company as soon as he got his hands on the money.

However, he is not the only person to land a life-changing sum of money in theUK. A lottery jackpot worth almost £4.4 million has finally been claimed in Northern Ireland almost three months after the draw was made.

No details of the winner have been released, but a UK National Lottery spokesman said it is good news that the person has made themselves known. “It would have been awful if the ticket-holder had missed out on this substantial and life-changing amount of money,” he added.

Of course, if the person had bought their lottery ticket through theLotter they would have received three forms of ticket order confirmation – by email, online account and scanned tickets online -  and a winning SMS and email alert should they be successful in any draw.

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£148 Million EuroMillions Winner Heads Back To Work – August 30th, 2012

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Since they won £148 million (€190 million) on the EuroMillions earlier this month, Adrian and Gillian Bayford have seen a dramatic change in their lifestyle.

The couple, who have two young kids, scooped the massive jackpot after a run of 14 consecutive rollovers. However, Mr Bayford has shown he is determined to live as normal a life as possible, as he recently went back to work.

He co-owns a music shop in Suffolk and when he returned to the store after a short family break found there was sack loads of mail from well-wishers. However, some of the letters were from people looking for financial assistance.

Speaking to the Cambridge News, Mr Bayford observed it is not possible for the family to get back to everyone, but they will be seeking to back some charity initiatives.

“There are letters here from all over the world, but you can’t help everyone. There have even been people coming over from France and Germany to deliver letters in person. We have some ideas of people we would like to help, but we have not made any decisions yet,” he added.

The Bayfords are planning to stay in the same area and Adrian admitted that people have been great since the announcement. He is hopeful, however, that the media attention on them will die down in the coming weeks and months.

Plenty of seven-figure sums have been handed out by the EuroMillions over the summer and yet another one has come forward. A man from Dorset, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has claimed £1 million from the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle held on the opening night of the Olympic Games.

It saw 100 millionaires made in one night, which is a world record and eclipses the previous mark of 25. Thanks to the man making himself known to UK National Lottery officials, it means 96 of the winners have now been found and it comes after the Paralympic Games opening ceremony was held last night (August 29th).

But this still means there are four people out there with life-changing sums of money waiting on them. Anyone who was entered into that draw should therefore recheck their tickets to see if they were lucky!

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EuroMillions UK Winners Enjoying the Millionaire Lifestyle, August 21st, 2012

On August 10th, the lives of Adrian and Gillian Bayford changed forever.

This is because the pair took home £148 million (€190 million) in the EuroMillions Lottery after 14 straight rollovers. Obviously, it is going to take them a long time to spend all that money, but it is safe to say they are now rich enough to make most of their dreams come true.

Once they stepped forward to reveal their identities, unsurprisingly there was a lot of excitement and fanfare, as only Colin and Chris Weir from Largs in Scotland- who pocketed £161 million – have ever won more on the lotto in the UK. Champagne was uncorked, while they flew away from their first press conference in a helicopter.

This could be the sign of things to come, but the Bayfords have so far managed to keep their feet firmly on the ground. Their first post-win trip was to a caravan park in Scotland to see Ms Bayford’s parents.

Since then, they have jetted off to an unknown European destination for a family break with their two young children. However, rather than pay for a private jet, they opted for an easyJet flight.

They have also been snapped eating bacon rolls and going to fast food outlets such as McDonalds, which shows they are still being frugal with their money.

The EuroMillions winners have shown themselves to be generous though. According to the Sun, they splashed out £288,000 for a villa inSpainfor Mr Bayford’s brother, while a friend was given a £55,000 Audi Q7.

Because of their new found fame and wealth, the Bayfords have been advised to hire professional bodyguards to protect their kids. A family friend said: “The children are a real worry and any threat to their safety is something Gillian and Adrian are taking very seriously.”

Suffice to say, the last 11 days have been very interesting for the UK’s latest multi-millionaires. If people want to follow in the footsteps of the Bayfords and land themselves a life-changing sum of money, then they should go online and buy EuroMillions UK Lottery tickets for tonight’s (August 21st) draw.

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EuroMillions Lottery Rolls Over Topping Millionaire Draw – July 29th, 2012

The Summer Olympic Games are just beginning, and together with them so are the EuroMillions rollovers. As the winning numbers drawn this past Friday’s EuroMillions draw did not match any ticket, the jackpot has once again rolled over for the 11th consecutive time bringing the top prize to a whopping €153 million (£119 million) for the upcoming EuroMillions and EuroMillions UK draw this Tuesday.

The National Lottery has succeeded once again in breaking a world record for the most millionaires in a single night. This occurred Friday, July 27th, the same night of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, turning this lottery event into even more of a night to remember. Of the 100 UK Millionaire Raffle winners, up until now only 76 new millionaires have stepped forward to receive their amazing prize from the National Lottery, bringing them each £1 million closer to making their dreams come true. If you think you may be one of the remaining 24 lucky winners, make sure to check the National Lottery EuroMillions UK Results, because this is most definitely not a ticket you want to lose between the couch cushions!

This year marks the third time London is hosting the Olympic games, having done so already in 1908 and 1948, turning it into the city to host the Olympics most frequently in the history of the modern Games. As the world watched on Friday evening, “Isles of Wonder” was the theme for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, during which about 10,500 athletes are expected to participate from 204 NOCs (National Olympic Committees). The ceremony, celebrating the UK’s contributions to the world in the different aspects of innovation and revolution, ended with the lighting of the gold torch, measuring almost 1 meter, signalizing the beginning of the games.

The Olympics closing ceremony, titled “A Symphony of British Music”, is to be held on August 12th, at 9pm and will feature more than 4,100 performers. This ceremony celebrates the athletes’ achievements in the Games and closes with the extinguishing of the Olympic Flame, symbolizing the wrap up of another summer of records. In addition, the ceremony will include a Handover from one host city to the other, in which London will hand over the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, the next city to host the Games.

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EuroMillions UK & Olympic Records Just Around the Corner- July 26th, 2012

Less than one day remaining until the biggest event this year – the night we all have been waiting for: the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony AND the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle both occurring  tomorrow, Friday, July 27th. In this record-breaking event for the most millionaires in one night, the world will greet 100 new millionaires in a single draw, each receiving £1 million.

The Olympic Games are held biennially, alternating Summer and Winter Olympics, meaning each is held once every four years. The Olympic flame, a symbol of the Olympics, originates in ancient Greece, as do the Olympic Games which were first held in Olympia, Greece. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), established in 1894, has since been in charge of all decisions and actions affecting the Games. Throughout the years alternations have been made to the Games, including creating the Winter Olympics, the Paralympic Games for athletes with physical disabilities and the Youth Olympic Games for teenage athletes.

As the suspense mounts towards the millionaire draw, many are excited for the Olympics opening ceremony which will take place at the stadium in East London. This year’s Olympic flame will be led by 70-year-old boxing hero Muhammad Ali. Although sick with Parkinson’s disease, this legend has been asked to lead the parade of all-time great athletes, which will include names such as David Beckham and distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie. Ali, who has already received the honor of carrying the Olympic torch at the Atlanta Games in 1996, is proud to lead this year’s Olympic flame despite his illness and frail health.

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