Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Next EuroMillions Draw is Today: Jackpot €185 million

If a single person scoops the €185m EuroMillions jackpot today they will become the 418th richest person in the United Kingdom

If you are alone in scooping todays EuroMillions jackpot your wealth will apparently outstrip the Beckhams.

Tonight's Euro Millions jackpot will be the largest lottery jackpot ever offered in the United Kingdom.

After a series of rollovers it stands at €185m, and because it has been capped at this amount prizes in the next tier down are now also worth much more than usual.

No one scooped the jackpot last Friday, although two UK ticket holders did win a very nice £3.3m each for matching 5 main numbers and 1 lucky star. Their prize win was boosted because the jackpot has been capped at €185 million, meaning any extra money rolls down to the prizes in the next tier down. The usual  prize for matching those numbers would be approx. £211,000, Camelot said.

The lottery operator saw sales of the £2 tickets hit 3 million an hour, and high sales are expected again today.

A National Lottery spokeswoman said: "The massive €185m jackpot is still to be won, and all eyes now focus on next Tuesday's draw. In addition to the chance to win this life-changing prize, we could also see several millionaires created in the next prize level down."

This series of Euro Millions rollovers has also generated £100m to be donated to charitable causes, the lottery operator said.

If one player takes the €185m prize they would be the biggest lottery winner ever in Europe. They would also become the 418th richest person in the United Kingdom and would be little better off than the Beckhams with their fortune of £165m, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

According to Coutts bank, investing this kind of money would earn the winner interest of £9,323 a day, or £3.4m a year.