Players have until 7:30 p.m. for a chance to get Â£ 168million richer and make lottery history
Millions of Britons will be watching the record EuroMillions draw tonight with its Â£ 168million jackpot up for grabs.
Players have until 7:30 p.m. to purchase tickets before the draw closes. The moment the numbers are chosen can be watched live on Facebook, YouTube or the National Lottery website from 8:40 p.m.
The draw is not televised but the results will be published on the EuroMillions website right after.
Britons were urged to buy tickets early ahead of an expected 200% increase in sales for the record draw.
It is estimated that the traditional rush of last-minute sales will see 26,000 tickets sold every minute in the hour before 7:30 p.m.
The biggest cash prize of all time would make any winner richer than One Direction and Adele.
No one won Tuesday’s massive Â£ 167million EuroMillions jackpot, meaning today’s top prize is estimated at Â£ 168million, subject to exchange rates.
The jackpot has now reached its maximum of 190 million euros, where it will remain for four more draws until it is due to be won on the fifth.
If claimed by a single ticket holder, tonight’s highly anticipated draw would create the UK and Europe’s biggest winner.
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Current record holders Colin and Chris Weir, of Largs, Scotland, won the whopping Â£ 161million at EuroMillions in 2011.
Players were urged to purchase their tickets early today.
Camelot estimated that more than 26,000 tickets could be sold every minute in the hour leading up to the draw, closing at 7:30 p.m.
As the jackpot is at its maximum, any money that would have increased the top prize will now be shared among the winning players of the next prize level.
Andy Carter, Senior Advisor to the National Lottery Winners, said: âThe extraordinary amount would be life changing, whether won by an individual or a union, and we have plenty of champagne on ice ready to celebrate.
“It would allow them to transform their lives, as well as the lives of their friends and family, and we are ready to support them from the moment they ask for it.”
He added: “This series of EuroMillions reels has seen players raise an incredible Â£ 55million for national lottery worthy causes in just one month.
“It supports projects big and small across the country, including funding for everything from local community projects to incredible Olympic and Paralympic athletes across the country.”
Winners would be greeted by a team of specialist Camelot advisors, who would give immediate advice on investing the money.
Gillian and Adrian Bayford of Haverhill, Suffolk are the UK’s second biggest winners, with Â£ 148million in 2012.
An anonymous ticket holder won Â£ 113million in 2010.
So far this year, UK winners have taken home five EuroMillions jackpots, with the biggest being won by an anonymous ticket holder, who cashed in Â£ 87million.
According to The Sunday Times Rich List, a single winner winning the entire Â£ 168million jackpot would be ranked 671st richest people in the UK.
They are said to be richer than chef Jamie Oliver with his Â£ 150million fortune, multiple F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton with Â£ 131million and singer Adele with Â£ 125million.
And their earnings would be more than the career earnings of Robbie Williams (Â£ 150million), Gary Barlow (Â£ 75million) and the combined wealth of One Direction (Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are worth Â£ 40million). sterling each).
The first EuroMillions draw took place on February 13, 2004.
There are now nine participating European countries – the UK, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland.