EuroMillions players are urged to check their numbers after single UK ticket scoops massive jackpot


Have YOU won £54.9m? EuroMillions players are urged to check their numbers after single UK shop-bought ticket scoops massive jackpot in last Friday’s draw – but prize remains unclaimed

  • A UK ticket holder has scooped the huge £54.9million prize from Friday’s draw
  • Camelot are urging anyone who bought a ticket to check their numbers 
  • The winning ticket-holder matched all five numbers and two Lucky star numbers

EuroMillions players in the UK are all being urged to double check their tickets to see if they have scooped a huge £54.9 million jackpot.

The winning ticket-holder matched all five numbers and two Lucky star numbers in the £54,957,242 draw on Friday, June 10.

National Lottery operator Camelot confirmed that the winner had bought their ticket in a retail store rather than online.

The winning EuroMillions numbers in the draw were 17, 26, 36, 37, 40 and the Lucky Star numbers were 09, 12.

The winning EuroMillions numbers in Friday’s draw were 17, 26, 36, 37, 40 and the Lucky Star numbers were 09, 12

One lucky UK ticket-holder has won the £54.9 million EuroMillions jackpot from last Friday’s draw according to Camelot, who are urging the owner to come forward

Jess and Joe Thwaite last month became the country's biggest ever winners after scooping £184 million. They celebrated by popping a bottle of champagne after revealing themselves as the winners of the grand prize

Jess and Joe Thwaite last month became the country’s biggest ever winners after scooping £184 million. They celebrated by popping a bottle of champagne after revealing themselves as the winners of the grand prize

Players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize if they have the winning ticket, and decide if they want to go public. 

Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: ‘It’s just under a week since the draw, but we’re urging all EuroMillions players to check their tickets to be in with a chance of claiming this massive £54.9 million EuroMillions jackpot prize.

‘This is a truly life-changing EuroMillions win for one lucky ticket-holder and we’re hoping that they will now come forward and claim their amazing prize.

‘Imagine the possibilities with millions sitting in your bank account – a once-in-a-lifetime holiday or two, a dream pad, a dream set of wheels and treating your nearest and dearest, and so much more.’

As well as the £54.9 million prize waiting to be claimed, 2022 has already seen an anonymous UK winner claim £109 million from the February 4 draw.

Joe and Jess Thwaite from Cheltenham also became the biggest ever National Lottery winners by scooping £184 million on May 10.

The couple revealed they were planning a round-the-world trip to celebrate their big win, but their first purchase was a modest second-hand Volvo.

Joe previously admitted that he was ‘not a great car person’ and said his dream car was a Skoda Superb estate ‘because of the amount of stuff you can get in the boot’.

The lucky pair, who have been married for 11 years, said they wanted to go public as they did not want to put the ‘burden’ of keeping the secret on others.

The couple from Gloucester bought their EuroMillions Lucky Dip ticket on the National Lottery App and the next morning received an email saying they had good news

The couple from Gloucester bought their EuroMillions Lucky Dip ticket on the National Lottery App and the next morning received an email saying they had good news

Since the win, they are said to be eyeing up a £7.25million Cotswolds mansion near Jeremy Clarkson’s Cotswold farm.

The family, who have three horses, sheep, chickens and two dogs, hope their international trip will include swimming with turtles in the Pacific and staying on a ranch.

They said: ‘Our two children have always talked about going to Hawaii, I’ve no idea why, but we can now make that dream come true’.

Jess and Joe hope that the globe-trotting holiday will be worth ‘every penny’ to see the smiles on their children’s faces.

Another giant EuroMillions jackpot is also up for grabs this Friday, with an estimated £111M Super Jackpot up for grabs.

Death, divorce and giving away millions to charity: What happened to UK’s previous biggest lottery winners 

Joe and Jess Thwaite were confirmed as the winners of Britain’s biggest-ever lottery jackpot – a huge £184m.

An anonymous ticket-holder held the previous record, taking £170million to the bank in October 2019 – one of only 14 players to have ever won a jackpot of more than £100million.

It is the second time lucky numbers came up in a EuroMillions jackpot for a UK winner this year, with £109million claimed a few days after a big win on February 4.

UK lottery winners have the option of revealing their identity or staying annoymous.

From the UK National Lottery’s rich list, only three winners out of the ten chose have previously chosen to reveal themselves.

August 2012: Adrian and Gillian Bayford

Jackpot:  £148m

Adrian Bayford and then wife Gillian, from Haverhill, Suffolk, pictured in August 2021 after it was announced they had won a jackpot of just over £148 million

Adrian Bayford and then wife Gillian, from Haverhill, Suffolk, pictured in August 2021 after it was announced they had won a jackpot of just over £148 million

In August 2012, Mr and Mrs Bayford won 190 million euro in a EuroMillions draw, which amounted to just over £148 million.

The couple used their winnings to buy a Grade-II listed estate in Cambridgeshire, complete with cinema and billiards room.

But within a year their marriage ended and Gillian moved back to Scotland with her half share of the winnings, where she launched a property company. 

She has since remarried and had her third child with her second husband. 

Bayford remained in the Grade 2 listed property but after a series of relationships failed he put it up for sale and moved north to be closer to his children. 

January 2019: Patrick and Frances Connolly

Jackpot: £115m

EuroMillions lottery winners, Frances and Patrick Connolly pose during a photocall at the Culloden Hotel near Belfast, on January 4, 2019

EuroMillions lottery winners, Frances and Patrick Connolly pose during a photocall at the Culloden Hotel near Belfast, on January 4, 2019

Former social worker and teacher Frances Connolly and her husband Patrick won almost £115 million on New Year’s Day in 2019.

She has already given away £60million to charity, as well as sharing her winnings with her friends and family, saying she is addicted to helping others.

Mrs Connolly, 55, from Northern Ireland, has already busted the charity budget she agreed for this year with husband Paddy – and has given away what they would have donated up to 2032. 

She said helping others, whether with money or by volunteering her time, lifted people’s spirits during lockdown. 

The lottery winner has set up two charitable foundations, one named after her late mother Kathleen Graham in their native Northern Ireland, and the PFC Trust in Hartlepool, where the couple have lived for 30 years. 

The couple, who have three daughters – Catrina and twins Fiona and Natalie – are not extravagant with their wealth and Mrs Connolly has no desire to buy a yacht.

Their biggest expenditure after their win was a six-bedroom house in County Durham with seven acres of land, while Mr Connolly drives a second-hand Aston Martin, but Mrs Connolly scoffed at the idea of spending £13,000 on a console table. 

When she saw a TV show where someone in Monaco spent £25,000 on a bottle of champagne, she immediately thought that could have put a young person on the property ladder.

July 2011: Colin and Chris Weir

Jackpot: £161.6m

Chris and Colin Weir, who were later divorced, celebrate after winning jackpot of £161.6million in July 2011 - the then record for a lottery haul

Chris and Colin Weir, who were later divorced, celebrate after winning jackpot of £161.6million in July 2011 – the then record for a lottery haul

Colin and Chris Weir, from North Ayrshire, bagged a jackpot of £161.6million in July 2011 – the then record for a lottery haul.

Mr Weir sadly died aged 71 in 2019, eight years after he won the jackpot. 

Mr and Mrs Weir, 62, were granted a divorce during the summer after 38 years of marriage. It is understood that they had been living apart for nearly a year prior to his death.

They had two children together, Carly and Jamie. 

Mr Weir was known for his support for the SNP and his love of Partick Thistle Football Club. 

He secured a majority stake in the Glasgow club in a seven-figure deal – and promised to give the 55 per cent shareholding to a fans group.

Mr Weir also helped the Jags to set up the Thistle Weir Youth Academy and a section of the club’s Firhill Stadium was named the Colin Weir Stand in his honour.

A former STV cameraman, he also made a donation to a community football club in his home town of Largs after setting up the Weir Charitable Trust in 2013 with his wife.

They had both been forced to give up work early and nursed each other through years of ill health before they became the 22nd richest people in Scotland after their £161,653,000 win.

Overnight, they entered the Sunday Times Rich List above Beatle Ringo Starr and singer Sir Tom Jones but shunned the lavish lifestyle decided to go on holiday to Brighton following.

One of the first items Mr Weir purchased following the amazing jackpot win was a checked sports jacket similar to the one worn by Scotsport legend Arthur Montford.

The couple ended up buying a number of homes, including for their son Jamie, who was working in a call centre, and daughter Carly, who was studying photography. They also bought homes for their close friends. 

Soon after the life-changing windfall, they moved out of their own three-bedroom home into Knock House – a mansion set in 23 acres of gardens and woods in the hills above Largs, complete with cinema, pool and stables. 

They bought it for £850,000 before selling it in 2016 to an overseas trust in a £1.4million deal.

They also went on to replaced their humble Suzuki for a £160,000 fleet of cars for the couple, their family and friends. 

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