Winning a Euromillions jackpot would be a life-changing moment for anyone, and recently, student Rachel Kennedy lost matched all numbers correctly but lost out on a £182million jackpot because of a failed payment.
The 19-year-old studying business at Brighton University matched all seven Euromillions numbers in February, but because she didn’t have enough money in her bank account to pay the £2.50 charge, she lost out.
But it's worth remembering that even when someone goes on to win the jackpot – it can be a curse in disguise.
There have been plenty of large winners in the UK, with families seeing their lives change overnight.
Winners have changed their lifestyle from being able to buy amazing things to moving into the mansions of their dreams.
But it doesn’t always end up in dreams, it has become a nightmare for others.
The "lottery curse" has claimed many victims, winners who suffer heartbreak from financial feuds, marriage breakups, and violent robberies.
Here are the results for some of the UK’s winners:
Adrian and Gilliam Bayford – £148m
For this couple from Suffolk, the "lottery curse" is all too real.
Winning £148million back in 2012, the couple split only 15 months after.
Adrian returned to work in 2016 after claiming he was “bored” at his £6million mansion.
In February 2016, Adrian suffered from another breakup after his younger girlfriend left him and his home was raided in an £100,000 robbery.
He split up from his latest partner in June 2018, Lisa Kemp.
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Gillian Bayford has also suffered after the 2012 Euromillions win after her Father claimed he ”only received £1million” despite Gillian claiming she gave him £20million.
In August 2018, Gillian married Brian Deans, a convicted fraudster.
In 2019, she was sent to court after being accused of attacking her ex-lover, Gavin Innes, back in 2017.
Gillian pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of threatening and abusive behaviour.
Frances and Patrick Connolly – £115m
This lucky pair snagged £114.9million on New Year’s Day in 2019.
After thinking it was a scam at first, they have since gone on to be one of the most generous jackpot winners.
The couple, a retired teacher and businessman, said the first thing they did was list 50 people they wanted to share the money with.
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They also went on to provide computers for children who didn’t have access to education during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Mrs Connolly described the last two years as an "absolutely manic whirlwind and a total, total joyride from start to finish", according to the BBC.
Jane Park – £1m
The UK’s youngest jackpot winner received £1million, and she treated herself after the win.
At 17, Jane went on to buy holidays, clothes, cars, and plastic surgery.
But she says the win wasn’t a dream come true, speaking to the Sunday People, “I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?”
Jane ended up fighting for her life after a bum lift op left her with suspected sepsis.
Spending more than £50,000 on plastic surgery since the win, she said: “I’m in absolute agony, I know the saying is pain is beauty, but this is horrific.”
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