A BRIT has won an astonishing £109million in tonight’s EuroMillions draw.
The lucky ticket-holder is the sole winner from tonight’s mega-draw – meaning they’ve suddenly become richer than Harry Styles.
Harry is listed as number 10 on The Times’ 50 young rich list with a wealth of £75m.
However, that pales in comparison to the fortune set to be claimed by this evening’s winner, who used the numbers 3, 25, 38, 43 and 49 and the Lucky Star numbers 3 and 7.
A second Brit has also won the Millionaire Maker Selection with the code MBVJ61669.
Camelot’s Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery, said: “What an amazing night for a single UK ticket-holder who has scooped tonight’s whopping £109.9m special EuroMillions Super Jackpot.
“Players are urged to check their tickets and give us a call if they think they are tonight’s lucky winner.
“National Lottery players make a huge difference to National Lottery Good Causes across the country generating more than £30m every week.
“Thanks to National Lottery players, over £1.2bn has been distributed to date across the UK to help tackle the impact of coronavirus.”
If the ticket-holder has any worries over how to spend their new fortune, Mr Carter has some sage advice.
He told Sun Online: “Take your time. When people do win, it suddenly becomes serious, so people aren’t often as gregarious as they think they will be.
“It is a bit of a huge shock. And sometimes you can be sort of concerned with the shock, you forget to celebrate.
“And actually winning the lottery is a fantastic and amazing thing to happen to anybody.
“For your own sake, you want to look back and think actually, I shall never ever forget this.
“Because I think if anything happens to your life – if you get married, if you move house, if you have a child – you celebrate it.”
Tonight’s prize is the 11th biggest lottery win ever. The largest prize ever won in the UK was back in October 2019, when £170.2m was claimed.
Since 1994 when the National Lottery was set up, players have raised more than £45bn for good causes.
During 2021 alone, more than 660,000 individual grants were made to good causes across the UK – the equivalent of around 235 in every UK postcode district.
2021 was also an extraordinary year for National Lottery winners. A total of 360 players joined the exclusive millionaires club last year – that’s nearly one new millionaire every single day.
Any cash that isn’t claimed after a total of 180 days from a game played in the UK goes to National Lottery projects across the country.
Folks in Ireland have just half that time to claim, with only 90 days before the prize money is off the table.
Once the claim period is over, the ticket officially expires and the owner of the lottery ticket will no longer be able to claim any of their winnings.
Lotto expert’s top tips for tonight’s winner
1 – And breathe: You didn’t have the money yesterday so there is no need to rush. There is rarely anything that needs doing now so take some time to plan and dream. You’ve just won mega amounts of money – allow yourself some time to get used to that fact. People hope and dream that they will win The National Lottery, and sometimes even talk about what they will do when they win but these ideas often change once it actually happens, especially when it’s an amount this big.
2 – Take a holiday: If feasible, get yourself away for a few weeks. We all use breaks away from home as a time to think and with your new massive bank balance, you need that time. We encourage winners to take a break – even just for a few days away to let the win sink in.
3 – Treat yourself: You’ve just won over £100M – buy yourself something you’ve always wanted but couldn’t ever justify! It could be a handbag, a pair of shoes or a coat, it can help you get your head around the win and make it all feel a bit more real.
4 – Take advice from professionals: This is an incredible amount of money and you are going to need some support. Surround yourself with a good team of professional people that you trust to help with managing your affairs. We will introduce you to people who can help give you some excellent advice.
5 – Get the important documents sorted: It isn’t just all about the cheque. Wills and Powers of Attorney are really important documents to have and listen to any advice around gifting, inheritance tax and trusts. It is important to do some financial planning and get your legal affairs in order.
6 – Giving: We know lottery winners are a generous bunch but have a think about the gifts you want to give. Talk to the recipients first, what do you want the gift to achieve? How do they feel about that? Try not to get fixated on an amount, how can your life-changing win make a difference to the people you love?
7 – Establish your purpose: You’ve won a life-changing amount of money, it’s highly likely you might want to think about if you want to stay in your current job, if not, what are you going to do instead? Are you going to volunteer or set up your own charity? Start a business, perhaps? What’s your purpose and what are your aims now? We all need a reason to get out of bed – it’s unlikely it will be your old job so what’s it going to be?
8 – Talk to other lottery winners: You are in a unique club now. Other members of the millionaire club are the best possible source of advice. They will know how you feel, and it’s great to exchange stories with them. We offer the opportunity for publicity and non-publicity winners to meet each other at various occasions.
9 – Keep in contact with your Winners’ Advisor: At Camelot, we pride ourselves on the ongoing support we provide to people going through this amazing experience. We will be there every step of the way to guide you and introduce you to experts who can help, from private bankers, solicitors, financial planners, a life coach and even a luxury concierge company.
10 – Celebrate it! In whatever way suits you – whether it’s with a glass of fizz or a cup of tea, mark the occasion and make sure you create memories. The story of your lottery win will be passed down through generations as a family legend! Make sure you record it with photos, diaries and keepsakes.