Biggest Lottery Win UK
The UK is a nation of lottery lovers and more than £40 billion has been given out in prizes since the National Lottery was launched in 1994. However, some of these prizes are much more memorable than others as the sheer size of the wins astounded players across the country. Here are some of the largest lottery jackpots and the lucky people who won them.
Christine and Colin Weir of Ayrshire, Scotland, scooped a colossal £161,653,000 jackpot in the EuroMillions draw held on 12th July 2011. This fabulous win remains the largest EuroMillions prize, in Sterling terms, ever won in the UK. After going public with their big win, the Weirs set up the Weir Charitable Trust with the aim of supporting Scottish communities and small charities. In 2014 alone the proud Scots couple donated more than £5 million to the Scottish National Party as a show of their support for Scottish independence.
The second largest EuroMillions prize won by a UK ticket holder was claimed by Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk on 10th August 2012. Although the jackpot holds the record for the joint-largest Euro value of any EuroMillions jackpot to date, the exchange rate at the time meant that the Bayford’s received £148 million. Unfortunately, Adrian and Gillian separated just a year later.
The UK's third largest EuroMillions prize was claimed by an anonymous British ticket holder who scooped a massive £113 million jackpot on 8th October 2010.
Coming in just behind that secretive winner is car enthusiast Neil Trotter, who picked up a life-changing £107.9 million EuroMillions jackpot on 14th March 2014. The mechanic and amateur racing driver had purchased £10 worth of EuroMillions Lucky Dip tickets after having a “good feeling” about the upcoming the draw.
Although UK Lotto jackpots will never reach the heady heights of those seen in EuroMillions, there are still some impressive prizes worth mentioning. On Saturday 9th January 2016, two Lotto ticket holders broke a 20-year-old record, splitting a £66 million jackpot that was the result of 15 rollovers. One of the winning tickets was claimed straight away by David and Carol Martin, a married couple living in the Scottish Borders.
In 1995, a jackpot worth £22.5 million was claimed by a single ticket holder and split by two business partners from St. Leonards-on-Sea. In 1996, three ticket holders shared a record-breaking £44 million jackpot, taking home £14 million each.