This Friday sees an important landmark being reached by the EuroMillions lottery. Draw 1000 takes place on 21 April with a jackpot of £30m on offer after a rollover in Tuesday’s draw.
The EuroMillions draw was launched in 2004 and lottery24.com has reported some amazing stories, so let’s take a look at some of the best we’ve covered.
Which country has won the most jackpots since the EuroMillions draw began? The current leader is France with 85, three clear of Spain. They recently stretched their lead when a ticket sold in France won an €83,397,527 EuroMillions jackpot earlier this month. 2014 was a great year for Spanish players, at one stage tickets from that country won five out of eight EuroMillions jackpots.
The largest ever win was in 2011 when Colin and Chris Weir from Scotland scooped a £161,653,000 EuroMillions top prize.Another couple who have regularly been covered on lottery24.com are Gillian and Adrian Bayford from England. They won a £148m EuroMillions jackpot in 2012 but divorced later.
In 2012, Catherine and Gareth Bull from Nottinghamshire, England, won a £40.2m EuroMillions jackpot. Two years later, we reported how their lives had barely spent any of their winnings and still shopped in Aldi.
Not so, Neil Trotter who won a £108m EuroMillions bounty in early 2014 and went out and bought a mansion with its own lake. What would you do if winning a EuroMillions jackpot? Lottery24.com produced a great article giving advice.
Some players take a while to claim their EuroMillions wins. In 2014, It took Carol Jones from Wales five weeks to claim her £1m EuroMillions win. The following year a couple from Bristol in England took five months to claim a £1m EuroMillions prize.
2014 also saw the launch in the UK of the EuroMillions Mega Friday draw. This saw players having the chance to win £1m and a luxury overseas holiday.
Do you keep using the same numbers each week? An Irish player decided to change his numbers and after just a couple of draws won €500,000 playing EuroMillions.
There have been many successful winning syndicates too. Last year a group of Dublin bus drivers won a €24m EuroMillions jackpot.
Perhaps you’ll be lucky in Friday’s draw? Wouldn’t it be great if a ticket sold in Luxembourg scooped the £30m jackpot? They’ve only had two winners in the first 999 draws.