EuroMillions creates thousands of winners in each draw with its 13 total prize categories. But, we’re here to talk jackpots, because the biggest EuroMillions jackpot winners have won life-changing, dream-fulfilling amounts of money! As have EuroMillions syndicate winners, but that’s another story.
What some of the big winners have done with their huge windfalls is incredible and inspiring. Just think, they won for one simple reason: they played! Read about the biggest EuroMillions jackpot winners and try to join them by playing EuroMillions online. Or, better yet, play now, then read the article!
Date: Tuesday, 19th July 2022
Jackpot: €230 Million
The capped jackpot of €230 million was reached and scooped by a single ticket purchased in the UK!
According to the EuroMillions rules of February 2020, the next jackpot cap will be set at €240 million (€10 million increase each EuroMillions cycle, until it will reach €250 million).
Date: Friday, 15th October 2021
Jackpot: €220 Million
Setting a new record for the biggest jackpot win in the history of the EuroMillions lottery, a woman from French Polynesia scooped the entire top prize displayed for the draw of Friday, October 15th 2021.
The win came after almost a month of rollovers that followed the SuperDraw on September 24th, whose jackpot was of €130 million. Since no participating ticket matched the winning numbers, the top prize continued to grow until it reached the capped amount of €220 million.
This is the second time within the year 2021 that a jackpot cap is reached and the previous capped jackpot of €210 million also went to France.
The winner decided to remain anonymous in order to be able to continue having a simple life. To her words, she planned on spending her new-found fortune traveling with her family, supporting good causes and building her own business.
Date: Tuesday, 10th May 2021
Winner: Joe & Jess Thwaite
Jackpot: €215.8 Million
Joe and Jess Thwaite became the biggest UK EuroMillions winners of all times after the scooped the record amount of €215.8 Million on May 10, 2022.
This win came after 7 rollovers without a winner for the EuroMillions lottery. Joe & Jess were playing every time the jackpot was quite large, for seven years now (since Jess’ father passed away – he was a lottery fan that dreamt of one day winning big!).
At first, Joe believed they had scooped 215.8 thousands and not millions. He quickly realized how wrong he was. He was awake before his wife and decided to let her sleep. Once she finally woke up (20 minutes later) he told her: “I’ve got a secret to tell you.”
He quickly told her all about their amazing win, but she did not believe him. She thought there must be a mistake and that they couldn’t have won such an amazing jackpot. As soon as the lottery office opened, Joe called in to ask about the win and discovered that they were indeed the new lucky winners of the EuroMilllions!
Date: Friday, 26th February 2021
Jackpot: €210 Million
After a great year 2020, EuroMillions lottery stepped into 2021 with enthusiasm, proving that it’s the right time to make history. The first SuperDraw of the year 2021 offered a guaranteed jackpot of €130 million. As there were no winning tickets for the draw (or the five that followed), the jackpot got to record heights, breaking record after record. The final prize was worth €210 million. It was won on a a single ticket purchased in Switzerland. The winner will now have to decide whether to stay anonymous or go public with their story as a EuroMillions record jackpot winner.
Date: Friday, 11th December 2020
Jackpot: €200 Million
The 4th EuroMillions Superdraw of 2020 was followed by a rollover streak, who resulted in a record jackpot of €200 million. The EuroMillions draw of December 11th delivered this jaw-dropping prize to a French ticket holder. This was the 110th top prize won in the France, but that’s not all. Besides setting a new record and a new jackpot cap, the draw of December 11th 2020 marked another milestone since this is the 500th jackpot won across all participating countries since the EuroMillions lottery was launched back in 2004.
The lucky winner is a former executive from the South of France. At the time of the win, he decided to keep his identity private, but the press managed to get a hold of him. In an interview for Le Parisien from June 2021, he described his new life as “halfway between small pleasures and new problems to manage”. Obviously, the question on everyone’s lips is: what did he do with the windfall? In the same interview, he spoke about making sure all his loved ones are taken care of and about purchasing an apartment in Paris so he can enjoy the city whenever he wants. Besides that, he was planning on traveling the world and helping different causes, especially to combatting climate change.
Guy, as the winner is known as, donated an impressive amount to establishing a foundation dedicated to protecting biodiversity, preserving and regenerating forests and supporting family caregivers. The foundation’s name is Anyama, taking after the city in Ivory Coast where the winner presumably spend his youth.
Location: United Kingdom
Date: Tuesday 8th October 2019
Jackpot: €190 Million
The fourth and last time that the EuroMillions lottery reached the cap jackpot was in October 2019. On the fourth and final €190 million draw, the prize finally found its winner in the UK. Only a couple of days after the draw, the British winner contacted the National Lottery to begin the prize collection process. However, the identity of the jackpot winner remains unknown. At £170 million, this marks the largest lottery win the UK, topping off the Bayford’s.
Location: Las Palmas, Spain
Date: Friday 6th October 2017
Jackpot: €190 Million
The third time that the EuroMillions jackpot reached its cap was in September 2017 and there was only one winning ticket for the big €190 million draw. There was a single winner from Spain, who has collected the prize but chose to keep his identity private, but it was revealed in the news that the €190 million ticket was purchased in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. This is a very popular vacation spot for people from all over the world, Brits especially. It is still unknown if the winner was in fact of Spanish origins or somebody visiting Las Palmas.
Location: Castelo Blanco, Portugal
Date: Friday 24th October 2014
Jackpot: €190 Million
After the Bayford’s became the top winners in the EuroMillions in 2012, the first prize reached €190 million for the second time in October 2014. The entire prize was scooped by a single ticket holder in Castelo Blanco, Portugal. The big winner decided to remain anonymous, but the press revealed that the lucky ticket was purchased from Sobedis Tabacaria in the Alegro Shopping Centre. Graça Nunes, the owner of the shop said that this was the first-ever jackpot-winning ticket they had ever sold there. After the news of the big EuroMillions winner, Sobedis Tabacaria has a significant boost in lottery ticket sales.
Location: Suffolk, England
Date: Friday 10th August 2012
Winner: The Bayfords
Jackpot: €190 Million
Adrian and Gillian Bayford played the lottery on a regular basis and on August 10th, 2012 it paid off in a very big way. Much to their surprise, they had all the five main numbers and both Lucky Stars on their ticket. They had won the entire jackpot worth €190 million! The couple planned to donate generously to charity. They also talked about taking a train trip through the Canadian Rockies and going to Disney World with their children. However, only 15 months after their record win, the Bayford’s got a divorce. Adrian Bayford is still very invested in his movie and music memorabilia shop, which he owned prior to winning the lottery. He currently has the largest collection of Lady Gaga memorabilia in the whole of UK.
Location: Dublin, Ireland and Limburg, Belgium
Date: Friday 7th June 2013
Jackpot: €187 Million
The EuroMillions held one of its fantastic SuperDraws on June 7th, 2013, which came with a huge jackpot of €100 million. There was no winner that evening and then the jackpot rolled over for another five draws until it reached a whopping €187 million on June 25th, 2013. This time, there were two winning tickets for the pot – one from Dublin, Ireland and one from Limburg, Belgium. The two lucky winners got an equal share of the Euromillions prize, worth €93 million. Both winners chose to keep their identities private, but they will always be part of the lottery’s Hall of Fame.
Location: Largs, Scotland
Date: Tuesday 12th July 2011
Winner: Chris and Colin Weir
Jackpot: €185 Million
Colin and Chris Weir have the distinction of being the UK’s biggest EuroMillions winners as the exchange rate at the time netted them £161 million! At the time, the Weir’s jackpot win was a jaw-dropping record breaker, turning the Scottish couple into overnight celebrities. The couple used part of their winnings to establish a charity organization, The Weir Trust. They also bankrolled the Scottish independence referendum, which was ultimately voted down. The Weirs made at least one move straight out of the lottery winner playbook: they bought a mansion worth £3.5 million after only a few moments of consideration.
Location: France and Portugal
Date: Friday 3rd February 2006
Jackpot: €183 million
On February 3rd, 2006, the EuroMillions jackpot reached €183 million after 11 successive rollovers. According to the EuroMillions rules of 2006, jackpots could only roll over for 12 draws before the pot had to be won. On the 12th and final draw, there were three jackpot winners, two from France and one from Portugal. The prize was split evenly between the three winners and each of them got a €61 million share. All three of the winners opted to keep their identities private after the win.
Location: UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, and Belgium
Date: Friday 17th November 2006
Winner: Dean Hardman and Anonymous
Jackpot: €183 million
After the big win in February 2006, the EuroMillions jackpot had another rollover streak. The 12th rollover, with a running jackpot of €183 million, took place on November 17th, 2006 and this time there was no first prize winner. Since this was a must-be-won draw, the entire jackpot was transferred to the second prize fund and it was split between twenty ticket-holders who matched the 5 main numbers and one of the Lucky Stars. Each of them scooped a €9.6 million share of the pot. There were 7 winners from the UK, 4 from France, 3 from Spain, 3 from Portugal, 2 from Ireland and 1 from Belgium.
Date: Tuesday 19th February 2019
Winner: Naul Family Syndicate
Jackpot: €175 million
A family syndicate from Dublin, Ireland won a whopping €175 million on February 19th, 2019, thus becoming the biggest EuroMillions syndicate winners of all time. After the Superdraw of February 1st, which brought a €120-million pot, did not render a winner, the first prize rolled over until it reached this fabulous amount. The EuroMillions syndicate wished to stay away from the lime light and they assigned a family representative to collect the prize. “This is unbelievable – it will take us some time to get our heads around this win and to organize ourselves”, he told the press. The Naul family wants to share their fortune with the entire family, but keep their lives as normal as possible after their big break.
Date: Tuesday 13th November 2012
Jackpot: €169 Million
November 13th, 2012 saw one very lucky Frenchman become a man of means when he was the sole winner of a €169.8 million jackpot! The man wished to remain anonymous and avoid some of the pitfalls of being a lotto winner. However, he wanted Francais des Jeux, the French lottery operator, to publish the name of the store where he bought his ticket. They refused to do that, so he granted an interview to his local paper in Nice. From this interview, it was revealed that the winner, Jacques, is a ‘self-taught man of culture’. He was 63 years old at the time of his win and set up a charitable foundation to benefit community projects in France.
Date: Tuesday 11th October 2016
Jackpot: €168 million
On October 11th, 2016, the jackpot reached a whopping €168 million, following one of the EuroMillions Superdraws. The entire pot was scooped by a single player from Belgium, who bought the ticket at the Librairie de l’Europe shop in Schaerbeek, Brussels. While the winner decided to stay anonymous, it was revealed that he was a father-of-four who immigrated from Kosovo, Albania. He moved to Brussels where he worked for the city’s waste management service. He said that he would want to donate part of his EuroMillions prize to charity.
The Secret to Winning a EuroMillions Jackpot?
Reading about these fairy tales come true might lead you to believe that it can’t happen to you, that you’ll never win. What’s the secret to winning a huge EuroMillions jackpot? There is no secret, all you need to do is play EuroMillions online!
If you don’t know how to play EuroMillions it’s easy to learn and start playing. Keep playing and keep believing and maybe you’ll be on this winners list next!
The biggest EuroMillions winner to date is a UK ticket holder who matched the winning numbers of the draw on July 19th 2022, scooping €230 million.
The countries with the most EuroMillions winners are UK, and Spain, with 10 great winners each.