Record EuroMillions jackpot reaches £168 million - could you be joining Norfolk and Suffolk’s big lottery winners?
PUBLISHED: 16:17 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:17 06 October 2017
The biggest Lottery jackpot ever offered in the UK could be won on Friday.
No-one scooped Tuesday’s record-breaking £167 million EuroMillions jackpot, meaning Friday’s top prize of an estimated £168 million - subject to exchange rates - is still to be won.
The jackpot has now reached its maximum 190 million euro, where it will remain for a further four draws until it must be won on the fifth.
If a single ticket scoops the top prize, it would create the UK and Europe’s biggest ever winner.
And if the winner is from this region they will join these millionaire winners:
• Swaffham binman Michael Carroll won £9.7m on the National Lottery in November 2002, aged just 19.
The self-styled King of Chavs scooped the jackpot in 2002 and turned up to collect his winnings wearing an electronic tag which had been ordered to wear for being drunk and disorderly, thereby earning him the nickname the “Lotto lout”.
• Lowestoft baker Jean Swatman scooped more than £2m on the National Lottery in June 2013. She continued to work at the Morrisons supermarket in south Lowestoft for six and a half months after the win but has since hung up her apron and retired from her job as a baker.
• Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Haverhill, Suffolk, took Britain’s second biggest ever lottery prize in August 2012 with a whopping £148 million win.
But a year after the windfall, Mrs Bayford announced that her marriage had broken down irretrievably and that the couple had separated.
• In 2013 a former Archant journalists Richard and Cathy Brown were revealed as the Ipswich couple who scooped £6million on the national lottery.
They discovered they had won the jackpot while moored in a marina in Newcastle as part of a trip around the UK on their 40ft yacht Brave.
After discovering their numbers had come in, the couple, who sail out of Levington marina, walked across the Millennium bridge and celebrated with a gin and tonic in a Newcastle bar.
Players hoping to win this £168 million prize have been urged to buy their tickets early, with a 200pc boost in sales expected for the draw.
Camelot has estimated that more than 26,000 tickets could be sold every minute in the hour leading up to the draw closing at 7.30pm.
As the jackpot is at its maximum, any money that would have boosted the top prize will now be shared among winning players in the next prize tier.
Andy Carter, the National Lottery’s senior winners’ adviser, said: “The extraordinary sum would be life-changing whether won by an individual or syndicate, and we have plenty of champagne on ice ready to celebrate.
“It would enable them to transform their life, as well as the lives of their friends and family, and we are ready to support them from the moment they claim.”
So far this year, UK winners have scooped five EuroMillions jackpots, with the biggest won by an anonymous ticket-holder, who banked £87 million.
According to The Sunday Times Rich List, a single winner scooping the entire £168 million jackpot would be ranked the joint 671st richest person in the UK.
They would be richer than chef Jamie Oliver with his fortune of £150 million, multiple F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton with £131 million and singer Adele on £125 million.