Lotto is played twice a week and offers prizes that often range into the tens of millions. Here are some of the most significant Lotto wins since the game began in November 1994.
Largest Lotto Jackpot
The biggest Lotto jackpot ever won came on Saturday 9th January 2016, when two ticket holders shared a £66 million prize pool. The jackpot had been rising since Saturday 14th November 2015, rolling 15 times before David and Carol Martin from Hawick in the Scottish Borders and an anonymous player who bought their ticket in Worcester claimed £33 million each.
The previous record saw three tickets share £42 million on 6th January 1996.
Biggest Lotto Win on a Single Ticket
On Wednesday 6th April 2016, a single ticket holder won £35.1 million and became the largest individual Lotto winner in the history of the game. They collected their prize, the result of 12 rollovers since Saturday 20th February 2016, soon after the winning draw and chose to remain anonymous.
Other Notable Lotto Winners
Business partners Paul Maddison and Mark Gardiner, who owned a double glazing firm in Hastings, Sussex, banked £22.5 million in June 1995. This win remained the biggest amount won on a single Lotto ticket until January 2016.
Iris Jeffrey of Belfast won £20.1 million on 14th July 2004, although she didn’t realise until a month later when lottery officials stepped up their efforts to alert the public to the unclaimed fortune. Iris picked up her prize just days before she became a grandmother for the first time.
A group of colleagues from Tesco in Driffield became one of the most successful Lotto syndicates ever after sharing £18.2 million in July 2005. If you want to take advantage of the improved odds that come with playing as a lottery group, take a look at the National Lottery Syndicates section.
Find out about the biggest EuroMillions winners at the UK’s Biggest Lottery Win page.