UK Ticket Holder Wins Record £195 EuroMillions Jackpot
Last Updated: Wednesday 20th July 2022, 09:01
On a day when the UK baked in its hottest-ever temperatures, another national record was set as a single EuroMillions ticket holder landed £195 million to become the country’s biggest lottery winner.
Out of 44.9 million entries into the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday 19th July, there was only one that matched the full winning line - main numbers 6, 23, 27, 40 and 41, plus Lucky Stars 2 and 12.
The winning ticket was sold in the UK. The area of the country where it was purchased may never be disclosed, unless the winner decides to go public.
“Players are urged to check their tickets and to give us a call if they think they are the record-breaking lucky winner,” said the National Lottery’s Senior Winners’ Advisor Andy Carter, who described it as an ‘amazing night for one UK ticket holder’.
Biggest UK Winners
It is the biggest EuroMillions win in the 18-year history of the lottery, and comes just two months after the previous UK record was set. In May, Joe and Jess Thwaite from Gloucester scooped a jackpot worth £184 million
The Thwaites staked their claim the day after the draw and were revealed as the winners the following week. It shows how quickly it can happen, although there is a 180-day claim period in the UK so there is no rush to come forward.
The latest winners may also decide to remain private rather than share their story. Prior to the Thwaites, the biggest jackpot ever won in the UK was claimed by an anonymous player who pocketed £170 million in October 2019.
Back in July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir from Largs in Ayrshire won £161 million following a run of 14 rollovers. The following year, Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk claimed a giant jackpot of £148 million. The Bayfords now rank as the UK’s fifth-biggest winners following the latest success.
If you’ve won a EuroMillions prize, whether it’s the jackpot or a lower payout, you need to claim your prize while your ticket is still valid.
You can then turn your attention to the next draw on Friday, when 22 UK millionaires will be created in the Millionaire Maker. The jackpot will be back to £14 million, and in future it will be able to roll all the way up to €240 million (approximately £204 million).