Lucky EuroMillions winner nets £151 million jackpot

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One lucky person in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last night, walking away with £151 million - the biggest prize so far this year, and one of the largest ever.

However, three UK ticket holders matched all five main draw numbers - 12, 37, 20, 24 and 05 - and one of the 04 and 11 Lucky Stars, winning them £110,667.70 each.

And two other Brits are set to take home £1 million on the Millionaire Maker raffle, with the winning codes JHBB23412 and THBN39089.

The huge jackpot meant that customers were warned that there could be a flood of people buying tickets.

"If you plan to buy a ticket for any of our games this week and you need to add funds to your account to play, we would recommend that you do this as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment," it said.

Last month, the cost of a ticket rose to £2.50, meaning that the size of the jackpot could be increased and the number of million-pound prizes doubled to two.

However, the odds of winning the jackpot were cut, with ticket buyers now having to correctly choose five numbers from 50, and two lucky stars.

The jackpot winner has so far chosen to remain anonymous, as several have before. We may never know, for example, which lucky person in Portugal walked away with €190 million in 2014, the second-biggest winner ever.

But the two biggest British winners went public with their win.

Back in 2012, Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Haverhill in Surrey, netted £148 million in a EuroMillions draw. However, things didn't go well for the couple, who split up 15 months later, and divided the money between them.

Adrian recently went back to the music business - his passion, he says - after opening a film and music memorabilia store in Cambridge called Black Barn Records.

Meanwhile ex-wife Gillian has a successful letting business, A&G Properties. She formerly ran a tearoom in Arbroath, but closed it suddenly in March, with the loss of 21 jobs. And she's been estranged from her family for months now, saying they became greedy after her win.

Another huge winning ticket was bought by Colin and Chris Weir, who won £161 million in 2011. They are said to have spent part of their fortune on a mansion and buying expensive cars for their friends.

Other big EuroMillions winners in the UK include builder Gareth Bull and his wife Catherine from Mansfield, who won £40 million in 2012. But they didn't go mad with the money, saying two years later that they still shopped at Aldi and Tesco.

And just last year, Richard and Angela Maxwell from Conningsby won a £53 million jackpot. Part of their winnings went to buy a new community minibus for the OAPs club where Angela helped out.


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Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
The sum was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity a secret.
One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

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.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.
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