After a run of no less than seven weeks without a winner, the EuroMillions jackpot reached its second-largest amount in history! On May 10, 2022, a lovely couple from Gloucestershire scooped €215.8 million with the EuroMillions winning numbers: 3, 25, 27, 28, 29 and the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9.
This is the biggest win in the UK to date! Joe and Jess Thwaite had started playing the lottery after Jess’ father passed away seven years ago. He was a regular player that always dreamt of winning the lottery. Joe Thwaite declared: “I normally buy them [tickets] when it’s a good amount, so when there’s a lot of money I’ll put it on.” To which he added that he usually doesn’t have much luck so he prefers for his wife to purchase the tickets. They always use the Quick Pick option.
Joe is a communication sales engineer and Jess runs a hairdressing salon. They have been married for 11 years and have two kids together, in primary school. Their projects include renovating their homes, renovating the salon, purchasing a new car, helping people that helped them in the past and travel around the world.
They could have chosen to remain anonymous but decided against it. Jess declared: “I’ve been really worried about going public. We want to protect the people we love. But I feel this is the way that we can be honest to them all.” adding They also both added that they are keen to take friends and family members on ‘amazing holidays’ and support them as much as possible and that would be difficult if they wouldn’t tell people where the money is coming from. Moreover, they admitted to not being the most grounded people and believe their friends and family will help them keep grounded.
Joe found out first that they were the lucky winners of this amazing EuroMillions jackpot but, at first, he believed that they had won 215,000 euros and not 215,000,000! However, his first impulse was to look at a property website that he and his wife were regularly looking at, and started looking at houses, removing the previous set limit. He then waited 20 minutes for his wife to wake up. When she did he told her: “I’ve got a secret to tell you.”
When he explained to Jess that they had won, she simply didn’t believe him replying: “Don’t be stupid” She then told him to talk to the lottery officials because there must be a mistake while she was getting ready for the day. She admitted that the feeling of believing they had won big was nice but that she still didn’t believe it entirely. When they rang the lottery officials at 08:00 am, they got the confirmation they were indeed the new EuroMillions winners and the biggest lottery winners in UK!