UK Player Scoops £122 million EuroMillions Jackpot

UK Player Scoops £122 million EuroMillions Jackpot

It’s always good to receive something just in time for Easter. One extremely fortunate ticket holder won a £122 million EuroMillions jackpot in the draw held on Friday April 2. Now that’ll buy a few Easter Eggs.

The lucky winner has already come forward to claim their prize. Their ticket managed to match 04-21-34-40-47 and the two Lucky Stars 02 and 05. It’s the fifth highest lottery win for a UK player. It’s so high that the winner would have been placed in the top 1000 in the 2022 Sunday Times Rich List.

Looking at those winning numbers, it looks like a win for a player who doesn’t use birthdays or anniversaries when choosing their numbers.

The validation process is now being carried out. Once that has been completed then the full £122,550, 350.80 will be paid out to the winner. In the meantime, the winner could follow in the footsteps of Lesley Herbert who won a £2 million scratchcard prize. Her parrot needed treatment after dislocating a foot but she didn’t have the money to pay the bill. Then she showed the staff a photo of her winning scratchcard and all was well.

Andy Carter is the senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery. He regularly helps big lottery winners, giving them information on how to cope their windfall. Speaking about the latest multi-million win he said: “What an Easter weekend for one lucky player…and have a fortune which can make their dreams come true.”

This is the second time this year that a ticket sold in the UK has won the EuroMillions jackpot. The previous 2021 win was in the New Year’s Day draw. That saw one ticket holder win the £39 million jackpot.

£122 million EuroMillions winner

Will the £122 million EuroMillions winner remain anonymous? They have the opportunity to do so but not all the big winners do. The record EuroMillions win for a UK player was an amazing £170 million in October 2019. Just who won that money isn’t known as they decided not to reveal their identity.

That wasn’t the case with £161 million winner Chris and Colin Weir from Largs in North Ayrshire. They won their prize in 2011 and helped Partick Thistle FC and made large donations to the Pro Independence campaign in the Scottish referendum. Sadly, Colin Weir died in 2019.

The decision whether or not to remain anonymous is a massive one. Some may regret ever revealing their identities as it just leads to one news story after another. That’s been the case for Adrian and Gillian Bayford who won £148 million nine years ago. The pair have subsequently split up and given journalists plenty of copy.

The win isn’t just great news for the ticket holder but the whole of the UK. This is the 111th ticket sold in the UK that has won a EuroMillions jackpot. That takes the UK one win ahead of France in overall winners and four clear of Spain. Perhaps the UK can go two clear with a jackpot win on Tuesday. The April 6 draw has a top prize of £14 million.