The UK’s biggest lottery winner could be crowned on Tuesday when a £186million EuroMillions jackpot equivalent to winning the Wimbledon title 93 times is up for grabs.
If a UK National Lottery ticket holder matched all the numbers in Tuesday’s EuroMillions draw, they would topple the current UK record holders for first place less than two months after their victory.
The lucky winner would instantly become richer than singers Harry Styles, who is worth around £100million, and Adele, who is worth around £150million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
And the winnings would eclipse the £2million prize that awaits each of the winners of the men’s and women’s singles titles at the Wimbledon tennis championships this year.
Their wealth would also instantly surpass that of Gloucester’s Joe and Jess Thwaite, who scooped a record EuroMillions jackpot of £184million less than two months ago.
It would also make the UK the luckiest EuroMillions nation, surpassing France’s 117 wins to date since the first draw in February 2004. There have already been three UK EuroMillions jackpot winners this year only.
Andy Carter, Senior Winners Adviser at the National Lottery, said: “I knew my team had been busy with big winners, but I hadn’t realized how incredibly lucky the UK had been at the EuroMillions.
“It’s great to travel to all corners of the country to make new millionaires, and we know that EuroMillions makes the biggest winners. These jackpots come true not only transform the lives of winners, but also allow them to support friends, family and communities around them.
“Hopefully we celebrate again coming to the top of the leaderboard after Tuesday’s draw and look forward to supporting all the great British winners we create.”
If Tuesday’s winner were to take inspiration from Mr Thwaite, who went straight to Rightmove after his win to look at multi-million pound homes, they would find they could buy every London property listed on the website of luxury property company Christie’s International Real Estate, and still have over £100million to spare.
If the prize money was laid out end to end in £50 notes, it would be 36 miles (58km) long, stretching from London to Edinburgh, with enough left over to climb Arthur’s Seat and back down.
A total of 14 UK National Lottery winners have scooped prizes of over £100million so far.
EuroMillions players are urged to buy their tickets before 7.30pm on Tuesday for a chance to win their life-changing cash prize.
Camelot said the jackpot will be capped at €230 million, which the operator estimates will be hit in this Friday July 8 draw, if no one wins on Tuesday.