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EuroMillions Player Becomes Biggest UK Winner of 2020 After Hitting £79M Jackpot

EuroMillions Player Becomes Biggest UK Winner of 2020 After Hitting £79M Jackpot
Updated: Wednesday 28th October 2020

A player in the UK won a jackpot worth £79 million in the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday 27th October and instantly became the country’s richest lottery winner of 2020 so far. It’s the biggest jackpot to be won in the UK in almost a year.

The EuroMillions jackpot rolled six times to reach £79,315,197 in Tuesday’s draw, when one lucky ticket holder from the UK was the only one to match all five numbers and both Lucky Stars. The winning numbers were 13, 15, 28, 32, and 44, with Lucky Stars 3 and 12. You can find a full prize breakdown from the draw, plus the winning UK Millionaire Maker code, on the 27th October EuroMillions Results page.

Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at the National Lottery, said: “It’s amazing news for a UK ticket holder who has scooped tonight’s amazing £79M EuroMillions jackpot. Players are being urged to check their tickets online or in their local store to see if they are tonight’s big jackpot winner.” 

The winner now has 180 days to claim their prize and will have the option to either remain anonymous or go public with their win when they do claim. If they choose to remain anonymous, none of the details about the ticket holder or the circumstances of their win will be released.

Biggest UK Lottery Winners

Tuesday’s winner can look forward to receiving a vast amount of money into their bank account when they claim the prize, but such is the luck of UK players in EuroMillions, the £79 million fortune doesn’t even crack the top 20 biggest wins (it’s 23rd on the list).

The biggest ever jackpot win in the UK occurred just over a year ago, on 8th October 2019. One player, who remained anonymous, won £170 million after the EuroMillions jackpot rolled over an incredible 22 consecutive times, all the way from its starting jackpot to its cap, which was €190 million at the time. 

It was the second time that a UK player won the maximum amount, after Adrian and Gillian Bayford won back in 2012. However, changes in the euro-sterling exchange rate in the intervening period meant that the more recent winner took home over £20 million more and currently stands alone as the UK’s biggest ever jackpot winner.

As far as this year goes, Tuesday’s jackpot winner is the biggest in the UK so far and is the fifth ticket holder in the country to win the top prize. The UK’s four other jackpot winners of 2020 came within the space of three months, between March and May. The biggest jackpot win prior to Tuesday was the £58.3 million won on Friday 17th April, the winner of which was revealed to be Ryan Hoyle, a joiner from Rochdale.

The £79 million prize won on Tuesday may not stand as the UK’s biggest for long, as a EuroMillions Superdraw is due to take place on Friday 20th November, offering a jackpot worth around £115 million. Should a UK player win that prize on the night, they would fall into the top 10 on the list of the country’s biggest lottery winners. Tickets for the Superdraw are on sale now online and in stores.

Published: Wednesday 28th October 2020

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