British hopes destroyed after French player wins largest ever £184m EuroMillions jackpot

BBC Breakfast: Presenters discuss plans for EuroMillions win

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Camelot, which runs the National Lottery, has revealed the winner of this Friday’s EuroMillions jackpot was a French ticket-holder amid a rise of entries in the UK this Friday. For the first time ever, the top prize reached the 220,000,000 euros cap (£184m).

In fact, last Friday 8 October, no ticket-holder won the £174 million EuroMillions jackpot, causing the top prize to roll over into Tuesday’s draw.

The amount went unclaimed again after Tuesday’s draw which led to a surge of entries for Friday’s game in the UK.

The winning EuroMillions numbers revealed yesterday were 21, 26, 31, 34, 49 and the Lucky Star numbers were 02 and 05.

The winner, who now has 60 days to claim their prize, would be able to count themselves richer than singer Adele, who has a net worth of £130m, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.

Now, the next jackpot up for grabs on Tuesday sits at an estimated £14m.

Where the ticket was precisely bought or whether the winner is an individual or a syndicate will not be revealed unless the ticket holder decides to go public.

EuroMillions tickets are available in nine European countries – France, Spain, UK, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland.

The biggest recent UK winners to go public were Frances and Patrick Connolly from Northern Ireland, who scooped a £115m prize in 2019.

That year a UK ticket holder also bagged themselves a £170m jackpot but decided to remain anonymous.

Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, has been meeting with prize winners for more than a decade and says this week’s jackpot could change a family’s life over generations.

“Our job is to call them back at this point and really there are two parts to that phone call – one is talking them through the process, how it all works – but actually just as importantly, is checking in on them, doing a bit of a welfare check, because they’ve just had an enormous shock and our job is to make sure they’re OK,” he told Manchester Evening News.

“This job is similar to being a midwife really – you’re there for an amazing time in someone’s life.

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“I’ve seen people be sick with excitement, I’ve seen people resign their job on the spot, I’ve seen people jumping up and down, I’ve known husbands who haven’t told wives and wives who haven’t told husbands, I’ve been to homes where there’s literally a party going on already.

“Specifically for large amounts of money, £184 million, it’s not just about making a difference to you or your family.

“If you want to, it can make a difference for generations and generations to come.”

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