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Lucky family scoop £61 million EuroMillions jackpot

Fri 05 Aug 2016, By Patty Reynolds
Lucky family win huge EuroMillions Jackpot

The mammoth £61 million EuroMillions jackpot that was finally won last Friday, and a family from Monmouthshire in Wales has stepped forward to stake their claim. Stephanie Davis was instructed by her mother Sonia to buy the ticket.

Sonia was on holiday at the time. She had been diagnosed with tumor earlier in the year and found a treatment center close to where she would be spending her holiday.

Two days after the operation she was given the all-clear and started to feel better. Her partner, Keith Reynolds suggested that they may be on a winning streak. So Sonia phoned her daughter and asked her to buy a ticket for the EuroMillions draw. Stephanie dashed off to get the ticket, but didn’t check the results until Sunday. They matched the five main lotto numbers and two lucky Euro Stars. The winning numbers were: 01, 21, 26, 40 and 50, while the lucky star numbers were 02 and 04.

This is the fourth EuroMillions jackpot won by a UK ticket holder since the beginning of the year. Their win puts the family in 10th place in the National Lottery rich list. The last UK winner walked away with a tidy sum of £58.1 million in April and prior to that, two British winners scooped £24.7 million and £24.6 million in February. But these winners have a long way to go to top the list of the UK’s biggest winners. That spot is still held by Chris and Colin Weir from North Ayrshire, who won a staggering £161,653,000 EuroMillions jackpot in July 2011.

Aside from the jackpot, the recent EuroMillions draw also saw five players win a guaranteed £1 million and a luxury trip to Australia’s Gold Coast in the UK Millionaire Maker. And another 10 lucky players picked up £35 000 each for matching five numbers. It seems UK players who take a chance on the EuroMillions are on something of a winning streak.

If you’re keen to play the EuroMillions, but you don’t live in one of the participating countries, you can still play the lotto online. Buying tickets for the EuroMillions through an online ticket concierge service is totally legitimate. Agents purchase official tickets on your behalf and handle everything on your behalf. Even claiming your winnings is hassle-free and you get to sit back and plan your spending while they deal with the lottery.

If you’ve never played the EuroMillions before, you’ll find it fairly simple. All you need to do is pick five main numbers from a field of 1 – 50 and two Euro Star numbers from 1 – 11. Then it’s just a matter of crossing your fingers and waiting for the results of the EuroMillions draw which takes place every Tuesday and Friday. There’ll also be a Superdraw taking place later this year on Friday the 30th of September. For this Superdraw, the jackpot will be set to a mind-boggling €130 million. It’s well-worth taking a chance on the jackpot, no matter where in the world you live. It could make you a millionaire or even a billionaire in your local currency.

You may also be interested in changes to the EuroMillions lottery starting on the draw of Tuesday the 27th of September. For starters, the ticket price will increase by 50c. And an extra Euro Star number will increase the field to 1 – 12. So not only will you have to pay more for a EuroMillions ticket, but your odds of hitting the jackpot will increase slightly. But don’t let that put you off. There are some other fabulous changes that are set to make the EuroMillions lottery even more exciting for fans.

Firstly, the starting jackpot will increase from €15 million to €17 million. Superdraw starting jackpots will also be set at €130 million and a new UK Monthly Bonus Draw offering a prize pool of £1 million will be introduced. It doesn’t stop there— the monthly UK Mega Friday will become Mega Week. That means you’ll have the chance to win on a Tuesday as well as Friday in the last week of each month. With all these changes, EuroMillions players can look forward to bigger jackpots more often. Because winning a jackpot will be a bit tougher, they’ll roll over more often and jackpots will climb higher than ever before.

It could be that the EuroMillions is looking to take away the top spot for the biggest jackpot in the history of the lottery. That honor was claimed by the Powerball earlier this year with an unheard of $1.5 billion jackpot. Three winners finally matched the winning numbers and walked away with life-changing amounts of money, even after federal and state taxes had been deducted as per US law. There’s never been a better time to start playing the lotto online. Thanks to the internet, territorial borders are no longer an issue and you can access international lotteries from anywhere in the world. The EuroJackpot, US Powerball and Mega Millions are all open to international players.

Even if you do live in one of the European countries that participate in the EuroMillions, if you buy your lottery tickets online it makes it all so much easier. You get notified of your winnings via email and the cash is deposited into your account almost immediately. That could come in handy as tens of millions of Euro’s go unclaimed each year due to lost tickets purchased from shops according to lottery operator, Camelot. So play it safe and get your EuroMillions tickets online today—you never know when your numbers could come up!