10 of the biggest lottery wins of all time

Wallet with £50 notesWe all dream of winning the lottery. And for a very fortunate few, that dream comes true.

Here, we reveal 10 of the largest ever recorded lottery wins and the lucky individuals who claimed them.

1. Eddie Nabors
Americans Eddie Nabors of Georgia, and Elaine and Harold Messner of New Jersey, shared the US lottery Mega Millions jackpot of $390 million (£245 million) on March 6, 2007.

Nabors, a 52-year-old truck driver, said he planned to buy a house for his daughter, pay off mortgages for his mum and sister, and buy a fishing boat for his son.

2. The McCullars
Jim and Carolyn McCullar, of Washington, scooped the Mega Millions jackpot of $380 million in January last year.

Jim told reporters that he planned to pass his winnings on to his kids and donate to charity.

3. Holly Lahti
Lahti, of Idaho, also hit the Mega Millions jackpot last January, making her $380 million richer overnight.

The single mother went into hiding after her momentous win.

4. The meatpacking syndicate
Eight workers from a meatpacking plant in Nebraska won the Powerball (another US lottery) jackpot in 2006, and shared winnings of $365 million.

Two of the winners were immigrants from Vietnam, one from the Congo.

5. The Weirs
Colin and Chris Weir, a husband and wife from Ayrshire became Europe's biggest Lottery winners in July last year.

Married for 30 years, the life changing £161 million prize catapulted them into the Sunday Times Rich List above Beatle Ringo Starr and Sir Tom Jones.

6. The Dawes
Dave and Angela Dawes won the EuroMillions jackpot of £101 million in October last year. It was only the third time the couple, from Cambridgeshire, had played the Lottery.

7. The Scaddings
Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009.

Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

8. Nigel Page
Page, 43, and his partner, Justine Laycock, 42, from Gloucestershire, scooped £56 million after sharing a EuroMillions jackpot of £113 million with just one other ticket that was bought in Spain in February 2010.

9. Cassey Carrington
Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February this year.

The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

10. The Bulls
Gareth and Catherine Bull, from Mansfield, won £40 million in January this year.

Gareth, 40, said he planned to splash out on an executive box at Manchester United and a new carpet.

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10 of the biggest lottery wins of all time

The map was commissioned to mark Tuesday night's EuroMillions roll-over which is now a staggering £138 million - the fifth biggest jackpot ever offered in the UK.

Should anyone scoop the jackpot, their wealth will be slightly less than Europe's biggest Lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire. The husband and wife made the headlines in July when they won £161,653,000, thanks to several rollovers.

Boasting 164 National Lottery millionaires, one in 14,211 North East residents has now banked a seven-figure jackpot prize. Winners Paul and Christine Goldie from Washington, near Sunderland, pocketed £3,581,481 after their numbers came up on Christmas Day last year.

The Millionaire Map, which includes both publicity and non-publicity winners, is based on the number of millionaires created per adult population. One man who did go public with his winnings was Wayne Hughes from Holyhead on Anglesey, north Wales. The shop worker scooped £1,117,779 last August and even had the winning numbers tattooed on his arm.

The region with the fewest millionaire jackpot winners was Northern Ireland, where only 53 seven-figure or more winners were created.

Wales has seen 179 millionaires - one person in 14,502 - created over the last 16 years. Rugby fans Terry Roberts, Mike Williams, Lance Gifford and Gerwyn Jones, from the Rhondda Valley in south Wales, split £4,091,609 in April this year.


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