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.
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.
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!
A lot of people like to play the EuroMillions lottery because of the big jackpots that are regularly on offer. Indeed, Europe’s most popular lotto had many nine-digit jackpots up for grabs in 2012.
However, one question many people will have is what time is the EuroMillions draw at? The lottery takes place twice a week – on Tuesdays and Fridays – at 20:00 GMT in Paris, France. Lottery tickets need to be bought before 19:10 GMT on the day of the draw and winning tickets are valid for 180 days.
With the odds of winning a prize in EuroMillions being 1:13, it is clear to see why so many individuals try their luck on the lottery.
While national lotteries can be limited to the residents of one particular country, the EuroMillions pools the stakes of the participating European countries in order to offer great top prizes. This means anyone who matches five numbers and two Lucky Stars during the Tuesday or Friday night draws is likely to become a multi-millionaire.
At present there are nine nations taking part in the EuroMillions – Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. However, people from all around the world can enter the EuroMillions online at theLotter, where anyone can also check the latest EuroMillions winning numbers.
Now individuals know what time the EuroMillions draw is at, they have no excuse for not entering and giving themselves a chance of taking home a life-changing sum of money.
There have been a number of heart-warming stories thanks to the EuroMillions. Oliver Milner is one such case, as he won £2 million on the lottery back in September 2012, and can finally move out of his parents’ house with the money.
After discovering his good fortune, he told the Yorkshire Post: “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.”
This shows how winning the EuroMillions can truly be an amazing experience for people.
Being successful on the lottery presents a number of dilemmas for people.
However, one that may not feature as highly as others is where to store the winning lottery ticket while waiting to get the money.
Calvados Croesus was particularly worried about this after he scooped over €47 million playing the EuroMillions. The Frenchman took a novel approach to protecting his windfall though, by sewing his winning lottery ticket into his jacket.
Some may call him a genius, others crazy, but Mr Croesus was determined to make sure he did not lose the entry slip. Top of the wish list once he receives the windfall is a foreign holiday for the family, as he has never been abroad before, while he also wants to buy a house by the sea.
It marks the first time since June 15th that a French person has won the EuroMillions – and fifth time in 2012 – while it represents the ninth highest jackpot taken home by someone from the country since the lottery was established in 2004.
The top prize for the next EuroMillions draw tomorrow (September 18th) is €15 million and so people should buy EuroMillions tickets to make sure they are in with a chance of winning some money.
Mr Croesus’s story highlights the need to keep a lottery ticket in a safe place. Some may use a safety deposit box, others will make sure it is on them at all times and various people may even entrust the ticket to others.
However, if they play online at theLotter, they do not have to worry about this dilemma. This is because three forms of ticket order confirmation – by email, online account and scanned tickets online – are supplied after individuals enter a draw, while they will also receive a winning SMS and email alert should they be successful.
It means there is no need to get stressed out about what to do with the winning lottery ticket, as people can instead focus on working out what they are going to spend the life-changing sum of money on.
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!
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.
It has been quite a summer for lotteries, with millions won and many lives changed forever.
The fun all started back on July 27th, which was the opening day of the Olympic Games. To coincide with this historic occasion, 100 millionaires were made in one night in the UK thanks to the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Olympic Raffle.
So far, 96 of the winners have come forward to claim their prize and it represents a record for the most number of millionaires made in one night by a lottery, overtaking the previous record of 25.
After this, Adrian and Gillian Bayford were the toast of the lottery world as they took home £148 million (€190 million) in the EuroMillions on August 10th. It represents the biggest cash amount ever handed out by the lottery, but because of fluctuating exchange rates they received less than Scottish pair Colin and Chris Weir (£161 million).
The Bayfords jackpot rose to this stunning level after 14 straight rollovers and shortly after the win, Mr Bayford showed his feet are firmly on the ground by whisking his family off for a caravan holiday.
However, it is not only in Europewhere massive top prizes have been dished out, as the US Powerball Lotto also got involved in the act. Donald Lawson was revealed as the winner of the $337 million jackpot – the third highest in the lottery’s history – after he matched all of the lottery numbers on August 15th.
The 44-year-old fromLapeer,Michigan took a couple of weeks to come forward, but finally revealed himself to the media on August 31st. Mr Lawson, who chose the lump sum option of $224.6 million, admitted it has taken some time for the magnitude of what happened to settle in.
This sets things up nicely for the fall, as lottery fans around the world will be looking to secure a big win. The US Mega Millions Lotto jackpot is already up to $93 million, which places it first on theBig, followed closely by the US Powerball Lotto on $90 million.
With the EuroMillions top prize on €34 million, it is clear that lottery players are going to have plenty of opportunities to make their dreams come true in the next few months!
Everyone says they will be generous after a big lottery win.
However, actions speak louder than words and Chris and Colin Weir have shown they are not afraid to get their cheque book out if they are touched by a good cause.
The Scottish couple, who scooped £161 million (€185 million) on the EuroMillions last year, have provided the funds so a four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy can fly to the US for pioneering surgery.
Little Isabel Wallis is to be given the chance to live without having to use a wheelchair thanks to the generosity of the Weirs.
Her mum Kate Horne, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I have been at breaking point trying to look after Isabel, but the generosity of everyone around us has always kept me going.”
She added that “words cannot describe” how happy she was after the Weirs got in touch to say they were willing to help the family out. Kate and Isabel’s dad Rory Wallis have spent the last six months trying to raise enough cash to make the operation a reality and now they are delighted.
However, as the Weirs are now paying for the surgery, it means all of the money they have collected can be used to pay for the intensive rehabilitation and physiotherapy that Isabel will need.
Of course it is not the first time the EuroMillions jackpot winners have made a donation since last July. As well as looking in to setting up a charitable trust, they gave away £130,000 to the construction of a community arts centre in Inverclyde.
They also helped raise £50,000 so 15-year-old Ross Wilson can fulfill his boyhood dream of going to a tennis academy in Barcelona. But their generosity does not stop there, as the Weirs have assisted a young motor racing driver called Gregor Ramsay.
The pair still knows how to enjoy themselves though, as visits to the Great Wall of China and Ayers Rock in Australia were high on their wish list after winning.
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!
It has been quite a few days for Adrian and Gillian Bayford since they won £148 (€190 million) on the EuroMillions.
The couple from Suffolk only allowed their names to be made public on Tuesday (August 14th), despite the fact they matched five numbers with two lucky stars for the EuroMillions jackpot on August 10th.
And they are not the only people to have gotten their hands on a life-changing sum of money in the past few days. The US Powerball Lotto jackpot was finally won last night after 14 rollovers by a person fromMichiganand they are now $337 million richer, which represents the fourth biggest top prize in the history of the game.
Rather than indulge in a five-star retreat somewhere exotic thanks to their newfound wealth, the Bayfords have kept their feet firmly on the ground and headed to a caravan park in Scotland for their first holiday as millionaires.
It is believed Mrs Bayford’s parents live at the site and so they jumped on an easyJet flight to see them. Speaking to the Daily Mail, the manager of the Barry Downs site in Carnoustie said: “Yes, they are here but they don’t want to be disturbed. They are not giving interviews but they are here on the park.”
The Bayfords must be looking for some time to acclimatise to their newfound wealth before making any flash purchases. Anyone who wants to follow in their footsteps should play the EuroMillions online at theLotterto be in with a chance of winning Friday’s jackpot of £20 million.
Mr Bayford, who runs his own music shop, seems to have lofty ambitions for the money though, as he told the Sun that he would love to reunite the original line-up of seminal rockers Guns N’ Roses.
It is nearly 20 years since Axl Rose and Slash – the lead singer and guitarist respectively – played together, but Mr Bayford is keen to use a portion of his €190 million winnings to finance the project.
Imagine having enough money to make your wildest dreams come true. One can only wonder what the most popular splurge would be?
A single winning lottery ticket matched all seven winning EuroMillions numbers in last night’s draw, making the lucky ticket holder the sole proprietor of the record-breaking €190 million jackpot. The jackpot winner, who purchased their ticket in the UK, correctly guessed all of the EuroMillions numbers selected in last night’s draw: 11, 17, 21, 48, 50 and Lucky Star additional numbers 9 and 10. In total, 7,737,368 lottery ticket holders earned one of 13 prizes in the historic EuroMillions draw, including 14 second prize winners who each collected €2,640,734!
Hype and anticipation for last night’s historic EuroMillions €190 million draw was not limited to the nine participating European nations: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. And why should it be? Offering a jackpot large enough to buy the solid gold to make 33,000 Olympic gold medals, excitement surrounding the epic EuroMillions draw spread worldwide. With a guaranteed massive jackpot pay out, lottery fans all over the globe lined up and logged online to enter their five main numbers and two Lucky Star selections for a chance at Europe’s largest jackpot prize ever.
In Germany, one graphic was published that illustrated the height of St. Stephan’s Cathedral and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world, alongside a stack of 10-Euro bills equalling €190 million. The line that represents the EuroMillions jackpot prize (19 million 10-Euro notes) is more than twice as tall as the Burj Khalifa, which tops out at 828 meters! In fact, while Germany is not an official participating EuroMillions nation, the option to purchase lottery tickets online has enabled lottery-loving Germans to enter their numbers into lottos around the world, including EuroMillions!
While lottery fans across the globe logged on to theLotter to purchase their EuroMillions lottery tickets online, some lotto enthusiasts in Europe opted to buy their tickets the old-fashioned way and headed for the lottery counters. When the EuroMillions jackpot reached its previous €185 million record in July 2011, over three million tickets were sold each hour, 900 tickets per second, in the final hours leading up to the draw. Already stores 24 hours before the July 27th EuroMillions UK Olympic Super Draw in the UK were selling as many as 800 tickets every second. With the highest EuroMillions jackpot to date doled out last night, there is no limit to how many tickets could have been snatched up in the last hours before the draw!
Follow the lottery news here as we report on the big winner made in last night’s EuroMillions draw. The EuroMillions €190 million jackpot excitement has just begun!
EuroMillions jackpots tend to be huge, the biggest in Europe and some of the most impressive in the world. When winners walk away with giant jackpots like €185,000,000, €129,618,406 or €53,000,000, they often have a hard time making sense of their newfound riches. So, most Euromillions big winners turn to the three pillars of lottery jackpot spending: cars, vacations, and real estate.
Christine and Colin Weir, winner of Euromillions’ largest jackpot, €185,000,000 on July 12, 2011, went to their Suzuki dealership and outfitted seven of their friends with brand new cars. Gavin Davies, won €1.2 million from Euromillions in January 2012 and quickly used his fortune to purchase Lamborghini Spyder.
While jackpot prizes often materialize into fancy houses, outlandish cars and luxury vacations, not all celebratory shopping sprees fit the mold. Some people turn directly to home improvement. EuroMillions lottery winners Matt Tophham and Cassie Carrington found themselves, at age 22, €53,000,000 richer. Only minutes after they came forward as winners, they announced they would buy a new washing machine. The pair then went on to buy themselves a Jaguar and a Range Rover Evoque.
Dolores McNamara, a part-time cleaning lady, won a €115 million EuroMillions jackpot in July, 2005. She spent €1.7 million of her fortune on an estate, Lough Derg Hall, which sits on a hilltop near the village of Killaloe, County Clare. Nigel Page and Justine Laycock won €67 million in 2010. They used €4.8 million of their prize money on an eco-friendly mansion in Gloucestershire.
Compare these extravagant purchases with Gareth and Catherine Bull, who won €48.6 million in January 2012. Catherine addressed the press, stating that her first purchase as a multi-millionaire would be new carpeting for the upstairs landing in her home. She said, “It bothers me. I get to the top of the stairs every day and I’m like: ‘I hate that carpet.’” Lucky for the Bulls, €48.6 million can buy a lot of carpet.
When it comes to celebratory vacations, Euromillions lotto winners head to every corner of the world. John Noakes, one of 12 Corby bus drivers to scoop up a €57 million EuroMillions jackpot in March 2012, plans to take his family to Jamaica. The Weirs, on the other hand, dreamed of seeing the Great Wall of China, Australia, Barcelona, Paris and Russia first-hand. And with all that money, those travel fantasies suddenly became realities.
Alex Robertson, one of the 12 Scottish bus drivers to share a €45.5 million jackpot in March 2012 showed up to collect his prize in an England rugby shirt. Stating he could not afford any new clothes, this proud Scot was ridiculed for wearing enemy colors. Robertson’s first purchase as a millionaire was a brand new Scotland rugby shirt.
Lottery jackpots come in all shapes and sizes, but Euromillions prizes never disappoint in quantity—they are some of the biggest lottery jackpots in the world! Once a winner puts the lottery win in the bank, they can spend it as they please. Whether this means re-carpeting the second floor or jet-setting off to Jamaica, EuroMillions winners certainly spend their jackpots in some unpredictable ways.