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EuroMillions winner Adrian quits 'pasta obsession' for smart business move

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EuroMillions winner Adrian quits 'pasta obsession' for smart business move
  • Anonymous winner£195,707,000

A British ticket holder won the record EuroMillions jackpot of £195 million on July 19, 2022 – the biggest National Lottery win of all time.

The holder, who remains anonymous to this day, made the fortune with just one lucky ticket.

  • Joe and Jess Thwaite£184,262,899.10

Britain's previous EuroMillions record holders were Joe and Jess Thwaite.

The couple won a record-breaking jackpot of £184 million in May 2022 and shared hopes of a Hawaiian holiday and a new horse stall for their children's ponies.

Joe purchased his winning ticket online on May 10, 2022 and received an email with good news the next morning.

When he heard of the huge victory, he was in disbelief and initially kept it to himself because he did not want to disturb his wife, who was sleeping.

Joe, a communications sales engineer, and Jess, who runs a hair salon with her sister, have been married for 11 years and have two children.

  • Colin and Chris Weir, £161,653,000

Colin and Christine Weir won the colossal prize money in 2011 and were Europe's second biggest winners until someone in Italy won a jackpot worth £193 million in 2019.

They were throwing in the money at an astonishing rate of £100,000 a week before disaster struck.

But by the time of Colin's death in December 2019, his share of the prize money had shrunk by around £40 million.

He spent the millions living a life of luxury, chasing sports cars, real estate and the football club he supported.

Colin and Christine divorced shortly before his death after 38 years of marriage.

He left money for their children Carly and Jamie.

  • Adrian and Gillian Brayford £148,600,000

Adrian and Gillian won €190 million in a EuroMillions draw in August 2012, which amounted to just over £148 million.

But Adrian split from Gillian the following year due to the stress of winning.

The couple bought a Grade II listed estate in Cambridgeshire, complete with cinema and billiards room, but it was sold in 2021.

After his divorce in 2013, he failed to woo ex-sausage factory worker Marta Jarosz, but fell for stable girl Sam Burbidge.

She left him in 2017, taking with her 30 prize horses that Adrian bought.

But things may have worked out for Adrian in the end, as the former postman was seen smiling with paramedic Tracey Biles last year.

  • Frances and Patrick Connolly – £114,969,775

Former social worker and teacher Frances set up two charitable foundations after she and her husband hit the jackpot.

They raked in almost £115 million on New Year's Day 2019.

She estimates she has already given away £60 million to charities, as well as to friends and family.

  • Richard and Debbie Nuttall£61,000,000

The couple from Colne, Lancashire, took home £61 million on January 30, 2024.

They were both 54 and enjoying a holiday in Fuerteventura to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

But then they discovered the big EuroMillions win.

Richard revealed that they initially thought they had won £2.60, but then received another email asking the pair to check their account.

Other eye-catching anonymous winners:

Another anonymous winner took home a prize of £123,458,008 in June's Superdraw rollover.

After nine rollovers, one ticket holder won the £122,550,350 jackpot last April.

The successful participant has chosen to remain anonymous.

Another anonymous winner found his fortune during the Superdraw jackpot rollover in April 2018, securing £121,328,187.

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