It's the largest EuroMillions jackpot in history
By Kate Northrop
Someone in France is going to experience some life-altering changes to their finances after scooping up the €220 million (US$256 million) EuroMillions jackpot on Friday, which holds the record for the game's largest prize in its history.
One lone ticket in France just ended the EuroMillions fervor after winning the largest jackpot the game has ever seen at an eye-watering €220 million.
Lottery players across Europe jumped to buy tickets for the record drawing held on Fri., Oct. 15, and sales saw a huge spike when the jackpot climbed new heights after no one had won in the previous drawing.
Now, one lucky person in France has 60 days from Friday to step forward and claim their prize. According to The Sunday Times Rich List, they're wealthier than English singer and songwriter Adele, whose net worth is €154 million (US$179.37 million).
In order to take home the entire jackpot, the winner had to match the numbers 21, 26, 31, 34, and 49, with Lucky Stars 2 and 5.
The last EuroMillions jackpot to nearly climb this high was the €210 million (US$244.73 million) prize drawn on Feb. 26. The infamous jackpot made headlines around the world when one British couple was informed that their ticket held the winning numbers for the draw, but their payment for the ticket did not go through due to insufficient funds in the winner's bank account.
The winnings were claimed by one winner in Switzerland.
The EuroMillions game has a jackpot cap of €220 million. Once it reaches that amount, it will not increase again and stays at that level for the next four drawings. Should no one win in the fifth drawing, the pool is shared among ticketholders at the next prize tier of winners.
Luckily for this one French player, that rule did not come into effect. The jackpot reached the cap after the drawing on Fri., Oct 8 and was not won for one single drawing on Tues. Oct. 12 before getting scooped up by the ticketholder in France.
Euro Millions is currently available to players in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
All prizes, including the jackpot, are tax-free (except in Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal) and are paid as a lump sum.