One UK ticket-holder has won the £170 million EuroMillions jackpot to become the country’s biggest ever winner – instantly making them richer than pop star Ed Sheeran.
The excitement was building so much for the blockbuster jackpot that lottery players managed to crash the website earlier this evening in the scramble to get a ticket.
The National Lottery have confirmed the lucky winner has matched all five main numbers – 07, 10, 15, 44, 49 – and the two lucky stars – 03, 12 – in Tuesday’s draw.
The extraordinary haul will make the winner instantly richer than pop star Ed Sheeran, who is worth an estimated £160million, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.
The extraordinary haul will make the winner instantly richer than pop star Ed Sheeran, who is worth an estimated £160million, according to The Sunday Times Rich List
It is the largest ever lottery win in the UK and beats the £161million won by Colin and Chris Weir in July 2011.
Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: ‘One incredibly lucky ticket-holder has scooped tonight’s enormous £170 million EuroMillions jackpot. They are now the UK’s biggest ever winner.
‘Players all across the country are urged to check their tickets as soon as possible.
‘It’s been a fantastic year for UK EuroMillions players with an amazing five jackpot wins. In June, one lucky ticket-holder, who chose to remain anonymous, became one of the UK’s biggest ever winners after scooping a £123M jackpot.
‘As always, the team are on hand to support and help guide the new winner as they start their adventure with their life-changing win.
Eager lottery players have come up against an error message when they try and access the website
‘Every EuroMillions ticket sold helps contribute to the more than £30 million raised every week for Good Causes by The National Lottery – funding everything from local community projects to supporting the nation’s athletes.’
Earlier this evening an error message came up on the site if you tried to access it as people eagerly tried to purchase their tickets.
It said: ‘The site is up and running but it’s a bit busy.
‘Access to some things might take more than one try. Give it another go. Thanks for bearing with us.’
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Here are the six previous biggest UK winners of the EuroMillions draw so far
1. In July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir became Europe’s biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million.
The couple, who have been married for 30 years, said they were ‘not scared’ of the wealth because they were going to have ‘so much fun’ with the money.
The pair, a retired TV cameraman and a retired psychiatric nurse, from Largs, in Ayrshire, said their children Carly, a photography student, and Jamie, a call centre worker, would be bought their own homes and cars.
The family made a £1million donation to the SNP shortly after winning.
Colin and Chris Weir became Europe’s biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million in 2011
2. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012.
The marriage ended just 15 months into their new jackpot winning lives, citing the stress of the money as the reason they needed to split.
At the time, a spokesman for Mrs Bayford said: ‘Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated.’
It came after Mrs Bayford was forced to deny she had an affair with the couple’s gardener, Chris Tovey.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012
3. An anonymous ticket-holder took home £121m
4. Patrick and Frances Connolly from County Armagh scooped the entire £115million EuroMillions jackpot on New Year’s Day 2019
5. An unnamed ticket-holder claimed just over £113million in October 2010, and chose not go public.
6. Neil Trotter, from south London, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014.
Neighbours in Croydon described he and partner Nicky Ottaway moved out ‘almost overnight’ after they scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last March.
Mr Trotter admitted at the time that he was like his namesake, Del Boy Trotter from Only Fools And Horses.
Neil Trotter, with partner Nicky Ottaway, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014
7. A couple from Cambridgeshire, Dave and Angela Dawes, won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011.
Mr Dawes said he ‘didn’t sleep a wink’ the night of the win, as it was too late to call Camelot after the couple checked their numbers.
Last year, the couple were taken to court by his son, an Afghanistan veteran, Michael Dawes, 32, who said he was ‘ungenerous in spirit’.
But a judge ruled the millionaire father does not need to keep bailing out his son, who burnt through £1.6million in two years, and came back for more, failing to heed his stepmother’s advice to stop eating at the Ritz and go to McDonald’s instead.
8. A UK winner got a £93 million payout in June 2015, but decided to remain anonymous.
Dave and Angela Dawes won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011