This Friday, those of us in Europe have the opportunity to win a jackpot of a staggering £80,000,000 ($125 million or €95 million depending on where you are in the world).
This is an eye-wateringly large sum of money that some lucky soul will win. Just think of the things you could do with that money; the things you could buy, the places you could see, and the good that you could do.
*Note* – If you’re reading this at a later date, not to worry — I’m sure the multi-million pound jackpot on offer that week will do you just fine. In fact it always confuses me that people get so bloody excited about the rollover jackpots when even a regular jackpot would be sufficient to make you rich beyond your wildest dreams. Is it just not worth the effort to head out to your local shop or get online for a mere £3 million?
But I digress.
Remarkably, if you were to get remarkably lucky and win the jackpot this weekend, as well as being the only jackpot winner therefore scooping the lot, you would only be about the 30th biggest Euromillions winner. It’s staggering to think that many people have won over €95 million and that’s before we even consider the jackpot winners in the US.
To embrace the lottery fever (that has swept my circle of friends at the very least) we are running down some of the biggest jackpot winners in lottery history (lucky number 7 to be exact).
Casey Carrington – £45 million ($72 million)
Not the biggest winner on this list, but definitely the youngest. Casey Carrington scooped the £45 million Euromillions jackpot in 2012 at the age of 22. Just imagine having all that money at that age.
At the time of her jackpot win she was a supervisor in a small local supermarket. Over the following weeks she managed to spend £160,000 on cars — That was more than twice the value of her house at the time! She promised that she wouldn’t live a rock and roll lifestyle, getting engaged to her long term partner shortly after her lottery win.
20 Winners – £10 million each ($15 million)
At number 9 we have the twenty winners of just under £10 million each. This is a pretty small sum (if you can call £10 million small), so why do we get to read about these guys on this lucky jackpot winners list — Individually they wouldn’t even touch the top 1,000 biggest winners.
They are featured due to the fact that they didn’t actually get the numbers required to win the jackpot at all! In the Euromillions, the jackpot can only roll over a fixed number of times; after that the jackpot must be won. If nobody wins that week then those that got closest to doing so would claim the prize. That is exactly what happened in this scenario, with each of the winners correctly predicting the 5 main numbers but only one of the two required bonus balls. Usually that would be enough to earn them “only” between £800,000 and £1,000,000 but in this case they scooped a share of the main jackpot of £9 million each, as well as the typical prize for the 5 numbers and one bonus ball!
Dolores McNamara – £115 million ($184 million)
Now onto the first of what can only be described as colossal winners. Dolores McNamara was a struggling mother of 6 when she won an incredible £115 million in 2005. At the time this was far and away the biggest individual lottery prize at the time.
These days you can often read about the former cleaning lady as she buys up million pound mansions all over Ireland.
Anonymous French Winners – Up to £140 million ($224 million)
There was a bizarre trend of Euromillions rollover jackpot winners between 2011 and 2013. Despite the lottery being open to the whole of the Eurozone, rather incredibly four rollover winners in three years were from France.
To add to this coincidence, they all chose to remain anonymous and they were all individual winners of the jackpots, lucky enough to scoop the whole lot for themselves. The four prizes ranged from £82 million to a whopping £140 million.
James and Carolyn McCullar – £150 million ($240 million)
James and Carolyn McCullar hit the jackpot in the US Mega Millions lottery draw in 2011, winning a staggering $240 million. The US lottery works a little differently to ours, with the winner presented with two options, either take the full jackpot in equal yearly payments spread over 30 years or take a lump sum of around 60% of today.
The McCullar’s actually won a jackpot of $380 million (around £240 million) and could have taken $12.6 million each year for 30 years (£8 million) but opted for the lump sum of $240 million.
The couple remained grounded and said that rather than being extravagant it could secure a very good future for every family member for generations and generations. Good for them.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford – £150 million ($240 million)
UK winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford are the biggest prize winners in Euromillions history in 2012 after being the only winners of the largest jackpot ever — £150 million, or €190 million as a result of 14 rollovers.
The married couple had two young children at the time and promised to help repay friends and family for the support they had provided. The lottery win put the Bayfords comfortably into the Sunday Times Rich List ahead of the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Eric Clapton and Jamie Oliver.
Gloria Mackenzie – £230 million ($370 million)
Just a few months ago Gloria Mackenzie became the biggest lottery winner on the planet when she pocketed an eye-watering $370 million in the US Powerball draw. Gloria, an 84 year old widowed pensioner from Florida, was the sole winner of the second biggest jackpot in lottery history (the biggest was £450 million but was won by 3 tickets, giving each “only” £150 million).
Like the US winners the McCullars, she was presented with the option of 30 equal yearly payments or 60% of the prize in a lump sum. This meant she could have pocketed an incredible $590 million in almost $20 million instalments over 30 years, but at the age of 84 she wisely accepted a lump sum of $370 million.
Remarkably she won her ticket on a lucky dip after somebody else had let her jump in the line! Unbelievable.
What Would You Do?
Now you are fully up to speed with the staggering sums of money people have won in previous lotteries it raises an interesting question — What the hell would you do with all that money?
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And just remember you have to be in it to win it! Good luck people.