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Spanish delight at Euromillions

Spanish delight at Euromillions
Updated: Friday 9th September 2011

Update: It has now been confirmed that the winner of the £113 million EuroMillions jackpot on Friday 8 May, 2009 was a 25 year old woman who lives in Majorca. The woman had been in bed with the flu and had been worried about losing her job because of her absence...

The woman, who has not been named, didn’t realise that she had set a new world record for the biggest lottery win in history until she decided she would have to go to work despite the illness. The good news is that the lucky winner can now forget her job worries forever and focus on living the rest of her life as the richest EuroMillions winner of all time!

A EuroMillions jackpot win of £113,229,891 (around €126 million) was won by a single ticket on Friday 8 May, 2009, and the owner now holds the new world record for the biggest individual lottery win in history. The winning EuroMillions ticket was bought in Spain, although it is not yet known whether the winner lives in Spain or was someone who just happened to buy a EuroMillions ticket whilst travelling in Spain on business or pleasure.

Whatever the details of the winner, we do know that the £113 million win obliterates the biggest previous record set by an invidual EuroMillions ticket holder of Ireland won £77 million, which was around €115 million in July, 2005). We also know that it smashes through the biggest individual lottery ticket win of any kind worldwide (a player won a jackpot worth £81 million in Italy’s Superenalotto game in October, 2008).

The massive £113 million EuroMillions jackpot was generated thanks to six previous rollover draws, and the lucky winner beat odds of 1 in 76,275,360 to match all five main numbers (from a possible 50) and both Lucky Star numbers (from a possible 9). The winning lottery results for the EuroMillions draw on Friday 8 May, 2009 were: 4, 23, 24, 29, 31 and the two Luck Stars were 8 and 9.

Whilst all but one EuroMillions player missed the massive jackpot, there were still plenty of other people celebrating. 17 players matched five main numbers and just one of the two Luck Star numbers to win £335,622 (€374,083) each. Another 25 players matched the five main numbers only and won £64,766 (€72,188) each. And there were millions of smaller prizes paid out in addition.

Now that the EuroMillions jackpot has stopped rolling and a single ticket holder in Spain is celebrating the fact, the EuroMillions jackpot has been reset to its minimum level of €15 million. We offer our hearty congratulations to the new lottery world record holder and look forward to many more bumper EuroMillions jackpot payouts in the future. Buy lottery tickets online today and next week it could be you!

Published: Saturday 9th May 2009

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