There are very few things that can change your life in an instant. But of all those things, none beats a Jackpot. The jackpot in any lottery or game is the largest cash prize of the game which usually accumulates until it is finally won. No matter who you are or what you do, winning a lottery jackpot could change the course of a person’s life forever.
So, whether you play or wish to play the Euromillions, EuroJackpot or German Lotto or Irish Raffle in the end, the ultimate goal is to win the jackpot. The most popular lottery in Europe which is the EuroMillionscapped its jackpot at €190 Million in 2012 eclipses the EuroJackpot – Europe’s second most popular lottery considerably. In this article, we look back at the top five largest European lottery jackpots ever.
1. EuroMillions winners – Adrianand Gillian Bayford, €190 Million
On August 10, 2012, the largest European lottery jackpot was won. It should come as no surprise that the winners of this jackpot –€190 Million were from the UK especially as the UK was one of the founders of the lottery. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, who hail from Haverhill, Suffolk – UK were the lucky winners of this jackpot and currently hold the record for the largest European jackpot winners.
The couple after winning the jackpot opted to celebrate low-key but the media and the general public, not so much. And while the images of the couple on the media portrayed a happy couple, the situation behind closed doors wasn’t so good with the couple admitting to having marital problems before winning the lottery which deteriorated further with the winning of the jackpot and the media attention that accompanied it.
2. Anonymous EuroMillions Jackpot Winner from Portugal, €190 million
After looking at the situation of the Bayfords, we can agree that letting the public know you are the winner of a jackpot could cause more harm than good. That explains why we have no name for our second winner.
Our second largest jackpot winner who hails from Castelo Branco – Portugal decided to keep his/her identity anonymous for obvious reasons. Being the winner of the EuroMillionslotto jackpot prize of €190 million which had been rolled over six times until it was drawn on the 24th of October 2014, the anonymous winner of this jackpot would probably never have to worry about the Eurozone crisis in Portugal. He/she however wouldn’t be so pleased about the tax deduction of 20% which left him short of matching the Bayfords.
3. Anonymous EuroMillions winners from Ireland and Belgium – €187.9 Million
The third largest jackpot in Europe was shared between two winners who hailed from Limburg, Belgium and Dublin, Ireland. This split earned each of the winners who opted to remain anonymous the sum of €93.9 million.