EuroMillions jackpot reaches £100 million, one of biggest ever


Around £100 million will be up for grabs in the EuroMillions lottery on Friday - one of the biggest jackpots in its history.

If a single ticketholder wins they would scoop the third-biggest jackpot in EuroMillions' history, according to lottery operator Camelot - making them as rich as David Bowie (pictured). The two biggest winners so far were from the UK.

Europe's biggest lottery winners ever were a couple from Largs, Ayrshire, Colin and Chris Weir, who won a staggering £161 million last month.

A UK ticketholder also scooped the second biggest EuroMillions jackpot - £113 million in October last year - but decided to keep their identity secret.

The jackpot on Friday would put the lucky winer on a par with David Bowie, who has an estimated fortune of £100 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, which placed him 703rd this year.

The winner would have double the wealth of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow (£48 million), Van Morrison and Cliff Richard (both worth £50 million each), and more than treble that of UK film star Keira Knightley (£30 million). They would also beat George Michael and Robbie Williams, whose fortunes are estimated at £90 million each.

So what can you buy for £100 million?
You would struggle to buy a penthouse at One Hyde Park, the world's most expensive address where a three-storey penthouse was sold for £136m this spring. But you'd certainly be able to afford several luxury apartments in Manhattan overlooking Central Park, which go for just $50m (£30m). Or you could settle for several one-bedroom apartments at One Hyde Park at a mere £6.5 million each. You could also buy some 1,149 homes in Burnley, Lancashire, one of Britain's cheapest towns.

On top of that, you could snap up a 100-year-old Rolls Royce once owned by the Maharaja of Mysore in India, which is going under the hammer at Bonhams on 16 September. The Silver Ghost 40/50hp six-cylinder car, which was customised with colourful umbrella to shield the king's servants from the sun, is expected to fetch around £400,000.

You could also splash out on art. The world's most expensive paintings include Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932), which fetched a record price of almost $106.5 million (£70 million) at auction last year, although other paintings are said to have sold privately for more. Ronald S Lauder, the heir to the Estée Lauder cosmetics fortune, reportedly paid $135 million (£84 million) five years ago for Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907).

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