BRITS who hope to win a lot of money can enter the EuroMillions draw for a chance to win a huge jackpot.
Lottery.co.uk says the odds of picking the correct five main numbers and the two lucky stars are 1 in 139,838,160 – these are the people who handled it.
History of lottery draws and distribution of prizes
EuroMillions was launched on February 7, 2004 with lotteries in France, Spain and the UK – the first draw taking place in Paris six days later.
In October of the same year, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland joined.
The draws take place every Tuesday and Friday evening, all taking place in Paris at 8:45 p.m. local time – 7:45 p.m. in the UK.
You’ll pick five main numbers and then two lucky stars (numbers), with prizes ranging from around Â£ 2.50 up to the jackpot.
Prize values ââvary based on ticket sales and the number of winners in each prize level.
Players have 180 days to claim prizes, but if no one hands over the lucky ticket, the money will be donated to good causes.
In September 2020, a single person who bought a ticket in South Ayrshire just managed to claim their Â£ 58million winnings before the deadline expired – after their numbers were called in March.
The last winning ticket from the UK dates back to June 2021, which means the jackpot has been reset.
The punter won a massive jackpot of Â£ 111million – the ninth biggest lottery win in the country.
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What is the biggest jackpot in EuroMillions history?
The biggest jackpot ever won is â¬ 190 million, which was won by four different people, including two from Great Britain.
The Bayford couple – Great Britain
Adrian and Gillian Bayford won the â¬ 190million (Â£ 148.7million) jackpot on August 10, 2012.
Adrian, 41 and 40, Gillian from Haverhill in Suffolk instantly became multimillionaires, but their earnings were only the second highest in Britain thanks to the conversion rate.
The Weirs in Scotland raised â¬ 185million a year earlier, or Â£ 161.6million.
Since their victory, the Bayfords have divorced due to the “stress” of victory, but in 2019 Adrian had moved to a Â£ 1.2million farmhouse in Perthshire to be close to his ex-wife and her parents. two children, Aimee and Cameron.
The winning ball numbers were 11-17-21-48-50 and the Lucky Stars were 9-10.
Winner of Portugal
The Portuguese winner of the â¬ 190million (Â£ 149.8million) jackpot bought the ticket at Castelo Branco, near the Spanish border.
The lucky numbers were drawn on October 24, 2014 – but they have chosen to remain anonymous.
Their winning ball numbers were 3-9-20-30-42 and the Lucky Stars were 1-6.
Winner of Spain
Someone from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria became the third winner of the massive â¬ 190million (Â£ 170.8million) jackpot.
Aside from the UK winners, the identity of the foreign EuroMillions winners is largely unknown.
But with the destination a tourist hotspot, it’s unclear whether the winner is a local resident or a vacationer.
Their winning ball numbers were 1-9-15-19-25 and the lucky stars were 1-7.
Peter Wilson – Great Britain
Peter Wilson won the â¬ 190million (Â£ 170.2million) jackpot in October 2019, making him richer than England striker Harry Kane and the Sussexes.
But little is known about the multimillionaire.
The numbers of the winning balls were 7-10-15-44-49 and the lucky stars were 3-12.