The Biggest UK EuroMillions Winners of All Time
The 10 biggest EuroMillions winners have all won prizes worth more than £100 million. Players from all nine participating countries have hit the EuroMillions jackpot since the game launched, with UK ticket holders banking many of the biggest prizes of all. See the full Top 10 list below:
The record for the UK’s biggest lottery prize was set in a special Must Be Won EuroMillions draw. The jackpot had rolled over an incredible 22 times in a row, including four at the previous €190 million cap, so rules dictated that it had to be won in the fifth draw at the cap, which took place on Tuesday 8th October.
Only one ticket from across Europe matched all seven winning numbers, netting the lucky player an astonishing payout worth £170.2 million - higher than previous big wins due to the exchange rate at the time. If there had not been a 'Match 5 + 2' winner, the top prize would have been split between players in the next tier down. The winner chose to remain anonymous so no details about them are known.
Winners: Colin and Chris Weir
Colin and Christine Weir of Largs, Ayrshire, won more than £161 million following a run of 14 rollovers in the summer of 2011. The Scottish couple had bought five Lucky Dips for the big draw and checked their numbers 'after a normal night in front of the TV'. They didn't have any success with their first four lines but the fifth and final set of numbers hit the biggest prize of all.
After going public with their win, the couple set up the Weir Charitable Trust with the aim of supporting Scottish communities and small charities. The couple donated more than £5 million to the Scottish National Party and the pro-independence group Yes Scotland after their win, and they bought a new luxury home, a tractor, and took the opportunity to travel the world.
Winners: Adrian and Gillian Bayford
Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk claimed this gigantic EuroMillions jackpot on 10th August 2012 after buying a Lucky Dip from a Premier convenience store in the town of Haverhill. When they realised they had won, they celebrated by taking their children out for a pizza. Adrian used part of the fortune to set up his own music business and open a shop featuring the world's largest collection of Lady Gaga memorabilia.
Although the Bayfords received €5 million more than the Weirs had the previous year, a joint EuroMillions record jackpot of €190 million, their sterling payout of £148.6 million was actually less than that of the Scottish couple due to fluctuating exchange rates.
This enormous prize was put up for grabs after a Superdraw came and went without a winner, bumping the jackpot up to £123 million for the following draw. A sole ticket matched the full set of numbers and the big winner came forward just over a week later. They opted to claim their prize anonymously so no more details about them were released.
This jackpot was claimed by an anonymous ticket holder following a EuroMillions Superdraw where the £113 million prize wasn’t won. The rollover allowed the jackpot to increase by £8 million before it was won by the lucky player four days later. Superdraws increase the jackpot to a guaranteed value regardless of its size in the previous draw.
Winners: Patrick and Frances Connolly
Frances and Patrick Connolly from Moira in County Down, Northern Ireland, won £114 million on New Year’s Day after buying a Lucky Dip online. They said they ‘celebrated with a cup of tea and a hug’ after discovering they had scooped one of the biggest jackpots in UK history.
They contacted the National Lottery to claim their prize the following morning and attended a press conference a few days later at the Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast to announce their big win. They pledged to help their nearest and dearest, stating they would share some of their winnings with around 50 of their closest family and friends. Frances, who was formerly worked for an online magazine in the voluntary sector, said she also planned to study for a PhD in clinical psychology.
This nine-figure jackpot was won in the draw on 8th October 2010, and the money was claimed ten days later. The lucky winner decided to keep their identity private rather than go public. There were several reports around the time of the win stating who the winner might be, but their identity has remained away from the public spotlight ever since. At the time it was the largest lottery win ever seen in the UK.
Winner: Neal Trotter
Car enthusiast Neil Trotter from Coulsdon, London, bagged this huge EuroMillions jackpot after buying £10 worth of Lucky Dips. A Superdraw the previous Friday helped to create the huge prize and after it rolled over two more times it was worth more than £107 million.
Trotter said he had a 'good feeling' about the draw, and went on a spending spree shortly after. The mechanic and amateur racing driver ditched his Ford Focus and bought a fleet of cars including a Jaguar and Porsche. He said in the days after the draw: "I've always thought I'd win big and I'd had a good feeling all week." His partner, Nicky, added: "One day we are normal working people and the next we can afford anything. I still can't really understand how much it is."
Winners: Steve and Lenka Thomson
Steve and Lenka Thomson from Selsey in West Sussex became the UK's ninth-biggest ever lottery winners after landing a EuroMillions jackpot worth more than £105 million. They claimed their prize within days and revealed their identities to the public in a press conference held by the National Lottery a week after the win.
Speaking about their plans for the money, they said a new home was a priority so they could move from their small terrace house and give their three children their own bedrooms. The Thomsons' 10-year-old son also had plans; he requested a new Tesla car soon after finding out about the jackpot win.
Winners: Dave and Angela Dawes
The winning ticket for this nine-figure jackpot was sold in WH Smith in Wisbech’s Market Place. It belonged to factory worker Dave Dawes and his partner Angela, who revealed that they had previously only played the lottery three times. Having recently got engaged, the lucky couple were able to get married just a couple of months later. They later splashed out on a six-bedroom country house that had once been co-owned by singers Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.
The big win came after a Superdraw in the previous draw had rolled over. It was one of the few times that a Superdraw had been held on a Tuesday, and paved the way for the Dawes’ to grab such a hefty jackpot.