Search Begins For Record EuroMillions Winner
Last Updated: Wednesday 11th May 2022, 09:08
EuroMillions players have been urged to check their tickets after someone in the UK won £184 million in Tuesday night’s draw, instantly becoming the country’s biggest winner.
The jackpot had gone past the previous UK record of £170 million after a rollover on Friday, setting up a rush to play on Tuesday all over Europe.
A solitary ticket matched all the numbers - 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29, plus Lucky Stars 4 and 9, banking its owner a prize worth £184,262,899. There were also more than 1 million other UK winners.
The National Lottery’s Senior Winners’ Advisor, Andy Carter, said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket holder who has scooped the incredible £184m EuroMillions jackpot - they have become the UK's biggest ever National Lottery winner.
“Players are urged to check their tickets and give us a call if they think they are the lucky winner.”
When Will More Be Known About the Winner?
The winner has 180 days to claim their prize, giving them until 6th November to come forward. Most players do not wait that long, but the six-month claim period does allow time to digest the news.
If the National Lottery has not heard from the winner within two weeks, they will reveal the area where the ticket was sold. This is done to raise awareness in that part of the country and to jog the memory of local players who have not yet checked their tickets.
No more information will be released, though, unless the winner decides to go public. It would not even be disclosed whether the ticket belonged to an individual or a syndicate.
The National Lottery will speak to the winner when they come forward about the pros and cons of going public or staying anonymous, but it is entirely their decision.
The majority of big winners choose not to share their identities or stories, such as the player who scooped £170 million in October 2019. They staked their claim just a couple of days after the draw and opted to remain anonymous.
Some winners have been happy to step into the spotlight, such as Colin and Chris Weir (£161 million) and Adrian and Gillian Bayford (£148 million). Find out more about the largest prizes ever paid out in EuroMillions, as the wait behind for the latest winner to come forward.
You can also keep playing EuroMillions every Tuesday and Friday night, for your chance to become the next big winner.