Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

£82m up for grabs in EuroMillions

Lucky punters could join the jet set when a EuroMillions jackpot of 82m pounds comes up for grabs

Lucky punters could join the jet set when a massive EuroMillions jackpot of £82 million comes up for grabs, Camelot said.

The estimated prize is one of the biggest in the history of the game and comes hot on the heels of an amazing run of good luck for British players, the lottery operator said.

Since June last year, 10 EuroMillions winners have come from the UK, collecting more than £347 million.

Records were smashed in November when Les and Sam Scadding, from south Wales, and the "Magnificent Seven" syndicate from Liverpool stole the UK lottery crown and split a £90 million prize. That record was again beaten in February when Nigel Page, from Cirencester, won £56 million.

A month later, an anonymous British EuroMillions player won £39.7 million and another un-named ticket-holder won a huge £84.4 million prize in May.

A National Lottery spokesman said: "Players across the UK have been winning big on EuroMillions in the past year. Hopefully October will bring another addition to our Rich List with a massive cheque. With £82 million to play with, you could share your wealth with all your friends and family, and still have plenty left to change your own life beyond your wildest dreams."

The bumper prize on offer in the next draw, which takes place on Friday October 1, came about after lottery companies "topped up" the jackpot fund to 100 million euro.

If one single ticket-holder wins, they will rank on the Sunday Times Rich List alongside the likes of actor Sir Sean Connery and pop star Robbie Williams. If no-one matches all five main numbers and two Lucky Star numbers to win the jackpot, then it will roll over to the following Friday's draw on October 8.

More than £1.6 billion in prizes has been paid out to Britons since the £2-a-ticket EuroMillions game launched in February 2004.

The nine countries now playing EuroMillions are the UK, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, Portugal and Switzerland.

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