WE’RE SORRY to be the bringer of bad news, but: you probably didn’t win the Euromillions.
There was only one winner of the €190 million jackpot, with the winning ticket sold in the UK, translating into a sterling jackpot of £148,656,000.
In euro terms, the jackpot was the largest ever, as Euromillions rules mean the jackpot is capped at €190 million and must be claimed – even if that means distributing it among lesser prize-winners – after two draws with the top jackpot.
The win marks the second time that a British ticket-holder has claimed the top jackpot, and done so alone: in July 2011 the jackpot was won by a couple from Ayrshire in Scotland.
In that case, a generous exchange rate meant that the jackpot was worth £161 million in sterling.
A spokeswoman for the UK’s National Lottery told the BBC: “Lady Luck is clearly shining down on the UK once again.”
Ireland’s largest ever winner of the pan-European jackpot was Limerick’s Dolores McNamara, who claimed a €115 million jackpot seven years ago.
TheJournal.ie‘s ad hoc syndicate won €4. We can assure you: normal service will remain, and we’re hoping that the win might mean Britain has exhausted its luck before tonight’s Luke Campbell-John Joe Nevin final in the Olympic bantamweight boxing.