EuroMillions jackpot of £184m is largest lottery prize in UK history
The EuroMillions jackpot has reached £184m, making it the largest ever lottery prize in British history.
The prize rolled over into Tuesday’s draw when no ticketholders won on Friday. A single winner could now suddenly count themselves richer than the singer Adele – whose net worth is £130m, according to the Sunday Times rich list.
The winner would also push the current British record holder, an anonymous £170m winner from October 2019, into second place.
They could buy a house in each of the Top 10 priciest streets in the UK, including in Kensington Palace Gardens in London, where the average house price is nearly £30m.
Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at the national lottery, said: “Specifically for large amounts of money, £184m, it’s not just about making a difference to you or your family. If you want to, it can make a difference for generations and generations to come.”
Carter, who would be among the first people to speak to the winner, said some like to set up big charitable trusts, while others donate money to friends and family.
“The great thing about £184m is you can do all of those things if you wish,” he said. “Certainly lots of friends and family have benefited and while the national lottery has made over 6,000 millionaires in 27 years it’s been in existence, there have been many hundreds of other millionaires that have been made by winners giving away millions of pounds.”
The EuroMillions jackpot will be capped once it reaches £187m. If no one claims the winnings on Tuesday, the jackpot stays at £187m for a further four draws.
It must be won in the fifth draw, and if no ticket matches all five main numbers and two Lucky Stars, it rolls down into the prize tier where there is at least one winner. That could result in many new multimillionaires.
Carter said he has advised some people who have never told a single soul, and that he will “never know” himself how it feels to win big.
“I’ve seen people be sick with excitement, I’ve seen people resign their job on the spot, I’ve seen people jumping up and down, I’ve known husbands who haven’t told wives and wives who haven’t told husbands, I’ve been to homes where there’s literally a party going on already.”