EuroMillions Player Wins £144 Million Jackpot
Last Updated: Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 10:29
The EuroMillions jackpot was finally won on Tuesday 2nd October as a player from Switzerland scooped a top prize worth £144 million. It was one of the largest jackpots ever seen in the 14-year history of the game and had been fuelled by a Superdraw last month.
What Were The Winning Numbers?
The numbers drawn last night were 7, 17, 29, 37 and 45, plus Lucky Stars 3 and 11. There were more than 2.8 million prizes given away across the nine participating countries, but only one player matched the full winning line, and the Swiss National Lottery was quick to release some information about the lucky ticket.
The entry was purchased in the northwest region of Switzerland and was worth CHF183 million (€162 million), making them the biggest winner in the country’s history. They will face a hefty tax bill on the prize, as 35 percent is withheld on big wins in Switzerland, which in this case works out at over CHF 64 million (around £50 million). The player has six months from the date of the draw to come forward and claim their money, and can decide whether to stay anonymous or go public.
The UK might have missed out on the jackpot on this occasion, but it was still a great night for those players who snapped up any of the other fantastic prizes. Go to the EuroMillions Results page to find out a full breakdown of what was won, along with details of the winning Millionaire Maker codes.
The huge jackpot can be traced back to Friday 21st September, when a Superdraw was held to offer a guaranteed top prize of €130 million (£116 million). Superdraws are special events which take place a few times a year, and the top prize is able to roll over as normal if there is no winner. Nobody won on the night of 21st September and the jackpot had been growing rapidly until yesterday’s draw. It will now drop down to its minimum value of £15 million for Friday night.
Lotto Jackpot Must Be Won
Another big jackpot is also set to be given away on Wednesday night, as the top prize in Lotto must be won. A jackpot cap of £22 million is in place for Lotto, and once it goes past this figure it is only allowed to roll one more time before a ‘Must Be Won’ draw is held.
The £22 million threshold was surpassed on Saturday night and no tickets matched all six main numbers, so tonight’s top prize is guaranteed to be won. If there are no ‘Match 6’ winners, the money will be diverted to the next tier in which there are winners. It could be that players win multimillion-pound awards just for matching five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball.
The jackpot has been rolling over since 22nd August and now stands at an impressive £26.3 million, making it the largest of the year so far. Join an online syndicate now to boost your chances of winning, or take part through any authorised retailer.