Britain’s biggest lottery winner of all time has come forward to claim the £184million EuroMillions jackpot as others joked ‘they can afford to put the heating on now’ in the middle of the cost of living crisis.
A lucky player somewhere in the UK has matched all seven EuroMillions numbers and yesterday became the country’s biggest National Lottery winner with a jackpot of £184,262,899.10.
And it was confirmed just after lunchtime today that someone had come forward to claim the life-changing prize.
They will now become one of the 1,000 richest people in the country, worth more than stars like Robbie Williams, Sir Tom Jones and Ed Sheeran.
Once the ticket has been validated and paid for, the ticket holder will then decide whether or not to make their news public and share their news. Until then, it will not be confirmed where in the country the winning ticket was purchased.
Andy Carter of Camelot, Senior Advisor to National Lottery Winners, said: “This is absolutely amazing news! Last night saw history go down in history with the biggest National Lottery prize ever won by a single UK ticket holder, and we are delighted to have now received a claim.
“Our goal now is to support the ticket holder through the process and help them start enjoying their life-changing, record-breaking win.”
A lucky British ticket holder scooped Tuesday night’s £184million EuroMillions jackpot, becoming the UK’s biggest National Lottery winner, Camelot says
Brits took to Twitter to poke fun at the country’s soaring energy and rent costs and joked that the winner ‘could just afford the heating’.
But Britons took to Twitter to poke fun at the country’s soaring energy and food costs and joked that the winner ‘could just afford the heating’.
One wrote: “That’s the rise in their energy bills covered.”
While another said: ‘They will be able to afford to turn on their heating next winter.’
And a third wrote: “Thank you yes I’m very happy but unfortunately my win will pretty much cover my gas, water, tip and rent so I’ll have some change to buy some cheese and a ampule.”
While another lashed out at rising petrol prices and said: ‘I heard they just filled up their fuel tank to travel and collect the winnings but have to now £26.70 at Camelot.”
Struggling households are buying less food and fuel as the cost of living crisis rages.
Energy bills soared last month due to an increase in the price cap to nearly £2,000.
While a series of tax hikes and cuts in state support for the pandemic have increased costs for businesses, it has ultimately driven up prices for their customers.
And although Chancellor Rishi Sunak scrapped 5p a liter of fuel tax in his spring statement, average pump prices have only fallen by 1.5p since mid-March.
Gasoline and diesel prices are 28% and 36% higher respectively than a year ago, putting further pressure on family budgets, while inflation is at 7%.
The winning EuroMillions numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29, plus Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.
Falling food spending suggests people may be rationing purchases or prioritizing children to make ends meet.
Deloitte accountants found that 54% of those who spend less are trying to save money, 35% are choosing cheaper brands or stores, and 25% are looking for sales or discounts. The ONS said consumers were reducing their purchases of big-ticket items such as furniture and kitchen appliances.
Meanwhile, only 14 lottery players have ever won a jackpot of over £100m, with the previous British record holder being an anonymous winner of £170m in October 2019.
Tuesday night’s win kept the jackpot from rolling to the EuroMillions limit of €230 million, which would likely have been offered on Friday.
Seven of Britain’s ten biggest winners have remained anonymous, but some winners have invested in football clubs, bought large estates and donated millions to charity. Colin and Chris Weir from Largs, North Ayrshire won £161.6million in July 2011, making them the biggest UK winners at the time.
Consumers have cut spending due to the cost of living crisis, with cuts in the amount of food sold and even fuel for cars due to soaring prices (stock image)
Frances and Patrick Connolly (pictured in 2019) won nearly £115m on New Years Day
Their jackpot is now the third biggest ever in the UK. Mr Weir has invested £2.5million in his beloved football club Partick Thistle – acquiring a 55% stake.
The couple also set up the Weir Charitable Trust in 2013 and donated £1million to Scotland’s independence referendum in 2014. They divorced in 2019.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford made £148.6million in August 2012 and bought a Grade II listed estate in Cambridgeshire, complete with a cinema and billiards room. But it was sold in 2021 after the couple divorced.
And Frances and Patrick Connolly, who won nearly £115m on New Years Day 2019, have set up charitable foundations with their jackpot. Andy Carter of the National Lottery said: “What an amazing night for a UK ticket holder who won the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot. They became the UK’s biggest National Lottery winner. United.
He added: “Players are asked to check their tickets and call us if they think they are tonight’s lucky winner.”