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This EuroMillions winner has his sights set on the Arctic Circle

Wed 14 Dec 2016, By Patty Reynolds
This EuroMillions winner has his sights set on the Arctic Circle

It’s not unusual for the big lottery winners to celebrate their good fortune by taking a holiday. But a recent £1 000 000 EuroMillions winner from Derbyshire in England is planning to take a cruise around the Arctic Circle, Denmark, Norway and the Baltic states.

Ken Wedgeworth served in the British Army for two decades and now the 56 year-old is looking forward to fulfilling one his life-long dreams.

When Ken stopped at his local store to buy bread and milk, he had no idea that the lottery ticket he picked up would be a winner. But now he’s collected his check from the national lottery operator, he’s made it clear that he’ll be donating most of his winnings to charity. During his time in the army, Ken travelled to many third world countries where he witnessed things that broke his heart.

He’s particularly keen on helping people with cataracts, as without help, they gradually lose their sight and go blind. Ken almost couldn’t believe his own eyes when he checked the lottery results. At first he thought he’d only managed to match one Lucky Star number, and that his ticket was worthless. But then he checked his raffle number and realised it was a match for UK Millionaire Maker prize.

This is a special UK EuroMillions feature which includes terrific non-cash prizes for those who match the nine digit alpha-numeric code automatically assigned to each ticket after it has been purchased. Ken actually had the choice between a shopping spree in New York or the cash equivalent. Ken realised that the money would be worth more to him than a trip to the Big Apple, so he’s walked away with a total of £1 055 923.

While most EuroMillions winners come from one of the13 participating countries, there’s nothing to stop a foreigner from winning the European lottery. Along with other international lotteries such as the US Powerball or the Mega Millions, you don’t have to be a resident to play lotto online and win.

The EuroMillions is extremely popular with players all around and there are two draws held every week on Tuesdays and Fridays. To play the EuroMillions you need to choose five main numbers from 1-50 and two Lucky Star numbers from 1-12. Unlike the Powerball lottery, the EuroMillions jackpot is capped at €190 000 000. But it offers a staggering 13 prize divisions, and because the amount for each division is not fixed, the more tickets sold, the bigger the other division prizes get.

The EuroMillions is also very similar to the EuroJackpot which has 12 prize divisions and two Euro Star bonus numbers. But the EuroMillions has a bigger starting jackpot at €17 000 000 and the jackpot is capped at only €90 000 000. But both lottery offer players better odds of winning than the American lottery.

Ken Wedgeworth has certainly beaten some impressive odds to win his prize. Along with his plans to donate some of winnings to charity, he also plans to buy a single-storey home as he has some difficulty getting around. He hasn’t forgotten his family either and plans to buy his sister and her husband a new car. Ken hasn’t stopped shaking since he confirmed his win a call to the national lottery operator. But one these days he’ll be shaking from the cold air as he admires the beauty of the Arctic Circle.

If Ken’s story has inspired you to take a chance on the EuroMillions, don’t waste any time getting your tickets for the next draw. With a little luck and the right lotto numbers, you could be planning the holiday of your dreams to an exotic location, or spoiling your friends and family before the end of the year. You can play EuroMillions online and you can win the jackpot, but only if you have a ticket.