EuroMillions Jackpot Heads Into Uncharted Territory
Last Updated: Tuesday 10th May 2022, 11:01
A rush to play EuroMillions is expected as fans of the game go in search of a record jackpot. The top prize has been rolling since it was last won on 18th March and has now entered uncharted territory.
No UK player has ever won more than the £184 million that is estimated to be up for grabs in Tuesday night’s draw. If it rolls over again, the jackpot will reach its €230 million (approximately £195 million) limit for Friday evening.
Participants in eight other countries will also be hunting for the nine-figure jackpot, but the UK has a rich tradition of creating big winners. France is the only nation that has had more winners since EuroMIllions began in 2004.
Andy Carter, the National Lottery’s Senior Winners’ Advisor, said: “We could be looking at The National Lottery’s biggest ever winner. This massive amount could not only change a winner’s life, but would make a huge difference to their friends, family and community.
“My team and I have our fingers crossed for all UK players and are on standby to support all our big winners as they start their life-changing journey. Make sure you grab your ticket early.”
If there is a single winner, they will become wealthier than the likes of Robbie Williams (reportedly worth £175 million), Ed Sheeran (£160 million) and Ozzy Osbourne (£150 million). They will also go straight to the top of the National Lottery rich list, ahead of the UK player who won £170 million in October 2019 and opted to stay anonymous.
The jackpot could also be split between multiple winners, or remain unwon for a little longer yet. Once the jackpot cap is triggered, it will only be able to stay at €230 million for four draws at the most.
In the fifth draw at this value, the top prize will have to be won. If this happens and no tickets match all the numbers, the money will be split between players in the category below the jackpot.
The jackpot cap can increase, but only after the maximum amount has been paid out. It will be adjusted to €240 million (around £205 million) for future jackpot cycles.