It’s a VERY Good Friday for someone! UK ticket holder wins £122 MILLION EuroMillions jackpot
- A UK-based ticket-holder has won Friday’s £122million EuroMillions jackpot
- The ticket-holder won with the numbers 21, 47, 04, 40 and 34
- It comes a year after father-of-one Ryan Hoyle won £58,366,487 in the lottery
A UK ticket-holder has won Friday’s £122 million EuroMillions jackpot, according to the National Lottery.
Tonight’s National Lottery EuroMillions winning numbers are: 21, 47, 04, 40, 34.
It comes a year after Ryan Hoyle, a father-of-one who is split from the mother of his 11-year-old daughter, won £58,366,487.
The win meant the self-employed joiner, 38, ranked 20th place on the National Lottery millionaires’ rich list.
Mr Hoyle, from near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, was unable to celebrate face-to-face with his parents, who were in lockdown in their own home.
He said: ‘(When I found out) I was shaking and really needed a second opinion so I jumped in the van and drove round to mum and dad’s house.
Tonight’s National Lottery EuroMillions winning numbers are: 21, 47, 04, 40, 34 (file image)
Ryan Hoyle, 38, was last revealed as the winner of a £58million EuroMillions jackpot
‘I stuck to the government guidelines and kept a safe distance outside and passed the phone through the window for them to double-check for me.
‘They even checked my numbers against another website, just to be sure. It was real – I had won £58 million.
‘Dad congratulated me from inside their house whilst Mum shouted out if she could retire now?! I replied yes,’ he added.
Mr Hoyle discovered that he had won the £58m jackpot prize while checking his online lottery account at 6am on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
The winning main numbers in Friday’s draw were: 16, 28, 32, 37, and 45 while the winning EuroMillions lucky star numbers were 01 and 11.
The joiner said he typically purchases lottery tickets in store but due to the coronavirus lockdown, he has started to purchase tickets online.
‘I always wake up early and was sat on the edge of my bed but couldn’t work out what I was looking at,’ Hoyle said.
The self-employed joiner discovered the win at 6am the following day and his jackpot means that the father-of-one now ranks 20th place on the National Lottery millionaires’ rich list
‘The email linked to my account which looked like a lot of numbers and I thought it might be millions but I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing.
‘I couldn’t make sense of it and really needed to talk to someone so I called mum and dad.
‘It was 6am so they assumed that I had locked myself out of the flat somehow as it has happened before.’
Mr Hoyle said he planned to finish work on his brother’s house before considering his next move, but would allow his father, a factory worker, to retire and pay for a hip replacement for his mother.
He also planned to pay for a trip with his 11-year-old daughter to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida once coronavirus travel restrictions were lifted.
‘If she’s lucky and she behaves well, she might get her iPhone 11,’ said Mr Hoyle, who shares childcare with her mother.
He added: ‘Right now I’m not focused on spending it on myself. I’m going to see the family right as well as my closest friends.
‘Mum works at the local school as a cleaner and has been struggling with a sore hip for years, so it would be great to see her take early retirement straight away.’
Mr Hoyle’s substantial windfall, which makes him richer than Harry Potter star Emma Watson (£55m) and on par with ex-One Direction singer Harry Styles, follows on from the win back in November of Steve Thomson, 42, and wife Lenka, 41.
The couple, from Selsey, West Sussex, claimed a prize of £105m.
Steve Thomson, 42, and his wife Lenka, 41, became the seventh-biggest winners in history with their gigantic prize in 2019, which saw them claim a jackpot of £105m in EuroMillions
The biggest ever UK winner was announced in October 2019.
The winner, who was not named, won a staggering £170million on the EuroMillions jackpot.
The win made the lucky Briton richer than singer Adele, who is estimated to be worth around £150million.
However, the win pales in comparison to the world’s biggest ever lottery win, which stands at £1.308billion.
It was won in 2016 on the Powerball in the US, for which three winning tickets were sold.
Who is the biggest ever UK lottery winner? Two couples and a former car mechanic top list
Here are the ten previous UK winners of the EuroMillions draw so far
1. In July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir became Europe’s biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million.
The couple, who have been married for 30 years, said they were ‘not scared’ of the wealth because they were going to have ‘so much fun’ with the money.
The pair, a retired TV cameraman and a retired psychiatric nurse, from Largs, in Ayrshire, said their children Carly, a photography student, and Jamie, a call centre worker, would be bought their own homes and cars.
The family made a £1million donation to the SNP shortly after winning.
Colin and Chris Weir became Europe’s biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million in 2011
2. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012.
The marriage ended just 15 months into their new jackpot winning lives, citing the stress of the money as the reason they needed to split.
At the time, a spokesman for Mrs Bayford said: ‘Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated.’
It came after Mrs Bayford was forced to deny she had an affair with the couple’s gardener, Chris Tovey.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012
3. An anonymous ticket-holder took home £123m in July
4. Patrick and Frances Connolly from County Armagh scooped the entire £115million EuroMillions jackpot on New Year’s Day 2019
5. An unnamed ticket-holder claimed just over £113million in October 2010, and chose not go public.
6. Neil Trotter, from south London, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014.
Neighbours in Croydon described he and partner Nicky Ottaway moved out ‘almost overnight’ after they scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last March.
Mr Trotter admitted at the time that he was like his namesake, Del Boy Trotter from Only Fools And Horses.
Neil Trotter, with partner Nicky Ottaway, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014
7. Steve Thomson and his wife Lenka, from West Sussex, became the UK’s biggest EuroMillions winners when they claimed a prize worth £105million in November 2019.
8. A couple from Cambridgeshire, Dave and Angela Dawes, won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011.
Mr Dawes said he ‘didn’t sleep a wink’ the night of the win, as it was too late to call Camelot after the couple checked their numbers.
Last year, the couple were taken to court by his son, an Afghanistan veteran, Michael Dawes, 32, who said he was ‘ungenerous in spirit’.
But a judge ruled the millionaire father does not need to keep bailing out his son, who burnt through £1.6million in two years, and came back for more, failing to heed his stepmother’s advice to stop eating at the Ritz and go to McDonald’s instead.
Dave and Angela Dawes won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011
9. A UK winner got a £93 million payout in June 2015, but decided to remain anonymous.
10. The Davies from Wales family won £61million on the EuroMillions in 2016
Stephanie Davies, 23 is said to have ‘reluctantly’ purchased the ticket at the time after her mother Sonia called her from Florida begging her to go out and buy one.
Keith Reynolds, Sonia Davies, Stephanie, Courtney Davies and Steve Powell all scooped money on the jackpot and said they were the ‘luckiest people’ on the planet to have won.
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