The EuroMillions lottery jackpot has reached £184m, which makes it the largest ever lottery prize up for grabs within the UK
A single UK winner in Tuesday’s lottery draw would push the current British record holder, an anonymous £170m winner from October of 2019, into second place.
No ticketholder had won the £172m EuroMillions jackpot on Friday, meaning that the top prize has rolled over into Tuesday’s lottery draw.
Now a single UK lottery winner could be pushing the current British record holder, an anonymous £170m winner from October of 2019, into second place if they win Tuesday’s £184m jackpot.
According to The Sunday Times Rich List, the winner could count themselves richer than singer Adele, who currently has a net worth of £130m.
They could also purchase a house located in each of the top 10 priciest streets in the UK, including within London’s Kensington Palace Gardens, where the average house price is almost £30m.
This comes after The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said that job vacancies within the UK hit 1.1 million between the months of July and September, the highest level since records had began back in 2001.
Andy Carter, who is the senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: “Specifically for large amounts of money, £184m, 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.”
The adviser said that some winners like to set up big charitable trusts, while others gift money to friends and family.
“The great thing about £184m is you can do all of those things if you wish,” he said.
“Certainly lots of friends and family have benefited and whilst the National Lottery has made over 6,000 millionaires in 27 years it’s been in existence, there have been many hundreds of other millionaires that have been made by winners giving away millions of pounds.”
While he cannot play the lottery himself and will “never know how it feels”, Mr Carter said that he would spend his winnings by making sure that his family were well looked after, and would travel around the world to watch his favourite sporting events.
The EuroMillions lottery jackpot will be capped once it reaches £187m (€220m).
If no one claims the winnings on Tuesday, the jackpot stays at £187m for a further four draws.
It must be won within the fifth draw, and if no ticket matches all five main numbers and two Lucky Stars, then it rolls down into the prize tier where there is at least one winner. That could result in many new multimillionaires.
This comes after councils have warned that motorists could be stuck on icy roads this winter because of a shortage of gritter drivers. The Local Government Association says that the public sector is struggling to compete with the gritter driver salaries on offer from hauliers, as the fallout from a shortage of HGV drivers rumbles on.
Mr Carter said he has advised some people who have never told a single soul of their winnings and has seen “all sorts” of reactions in his 15 years dealing with lucky ticketholders.
“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,” he said.
His team make sure that the winner gets access to expert advice, from a lawyer to a financial adviser and even a life coach. They are also put in touch with previous lottery winners.
“If you’ve won a large amount of money in the National Lottery, the best thing you can do is go and have a cup of tea with another winner, because they’re the people that will truly understand,” Mr Carter said.