As Europe’s biggest lottery, EuroMillions also has its name linked to a number of fascinating winner stories. From the small prizes amounting a few euros to the big life-changing jackpots, EuroMillions winners keep coming up every time the numbers are drawn. Until present day, the record jackpot for EuroMillions stands at an awesome €190 million, which is also the European lottery’s jackpot cap. This amazing amount has been won twice – first in August 2012 by a British couple, Adrian and Gillian Bayford and then again in October 2014 by a Portuguese ticket holder. The list of top EuroMillions winners includes some lucky fans from Spain, France and Ireland as well.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford, UK – €190 million
Gillian and Adrian Bayford remain the biggest EuroMillions winners to date, after scooping a €190 million (£148 million) back in 2012. Prior to the windfall, Gillian was working nights in a hospital and Adrian was taking care of his second-hand record shop to make ends meet. Did the jackpot change their life? For sure! Read more about Gillian and Adrian Bayford.
Anonymous from Portugal – €190 million
This lucky EuroMillions winner decided not to reveal his identity when claiming his prize. All we know is that the ticket was bought in the district of Castelo Branco at the Sobedis store in the Alegro shopping center and featured the winning numbers of the EuroMillions draw held on Friday, October 24 2014 – 3, 9, 20, 30, and 42 and Lucky Stars 1 and 6.
Chris and Colin Weir, UK – €185 million
Back in 2011, the winning numbers 17, 19, 38, 42, 45 and Lucky Stars 9 & 10 were bringing Chris and Colin Weir a life-changing EuroMillions jackpot of €185 million (£161 million), which placed them on the same level of wealth with the beloved couple David and Victoria Beckham.
At that time, this was the largest prize ever won in EuroMillion’s history. The Weirs’s name remains an important one for the European lottery not only as one of the biggest EuroMillions wins, but because of the charitable initiatives. Immediately after their windfall, they donated a £180,000 home to their neighbours. The following year, the mega rich Scots helped the 13-year-old Kieran Maxwell, who lost his leg because of a rare and aggressive cancer called Ewings Sarcoma, to buy a more advanced prosthetic limb. These are just some of the good deeds in the lucky EuroMillions winners’ portfolio.
Anonymous from France – €169 million
One lucky guy from France was matching the winning numbers of the draw on November 13, 2012 – 11, 16, 21, 24, 29 and Lucky Stars 2 & 6. The winner who preferred to remain anonymous was described by the FDJ representative as a self-taught man who come from a modest family and has not had the chance to get a formal education. When claiming his prize, he talked about creating a charitable foundation to help people in need.
In an interview he gave to Nice Matin a year after having scooped his win, the lucky winner confirmed he made a some charity deeds, but he also spent some money on traveling, discovering the world as well as on a few art investments.
Anonymous from Belgium – €168 million
A EuroMillions fan from Belgium won the mouth-watering jackpot of €168 million, on October 11 2016. With a single ticket, on which he spent no more than €15, he made the right choice when choosing the numbers 5, 12, 20, 24, 37 and the two Lucky Stars 4 and 11. He did not let out too many details about himself, but we know he is father of 4 and originally from Albania, country he fled to escape the war in Kosovo. When claiming the prize, he spoke about sharing a part with people in need! Thanks to his winning, Belgium not only gets a new record as the biggest national jackpot ever, but jumps to the fifth position EuroMillions biggest Jackpots shortlist!
Anonymous from Portugal- €163 million
A SuperDraw and 10 rollovers pumped up the EuroMillions jackpot to €163 million, right before the lottery’s draw on October 13, 2015. This time the top prize was scooped by a lucky Portuguese fan who took advantage of the national lottery’s rules and decided to remain anonymous. The numbers that made his fortune: 4. 30, 34, 46, 49 and Lucky Stars 7 & 8.
Anonymous from France – €162 million
Another French winner, coming this time from Calvados, hit the EuroMillions jackpot on September 13, 2011. Who said 13 is not a lucky number? Together with the draw’s results (9, 28, 30, 32, 49 and Lucky Stars 9 & 10), the date of 13 brought the lucky EuroMillions fan an awesome fortune of €162 million. Upon claiming his prize, the French EuroMillions winner said that “his priority is the completion of a real estate project and that he also considers investing in the French economy.”