Euromillions £182m jackpot ROLLOVER – Here's why you should buy a Lucky Dip instead of picking your own numbers

Euromillions £182m jackpot ROLLOVER – Here's why you should buy a Lucky Dip instead of picking your own numbers

BRITAIN'S biggest-ever EuroMillions jackpot is still up for grabs – and those planning on entering the draw may be well-advised NOT to stick with their usual numbers.

The whopping £184million pay-out wasn't won on Tuesday, meaning it will roll over to Friday instead.

And anyone heading to their local shop for a ticket might want to chance their arm on a Lucky Dip.

That's because some of the UK's biggest winners didn't play with specific numbers, and won instead on random chance.

Colin Weir scooped an astonishing £161m jackpot in July 2011 after playing on a Lucky Dip.

His staggering win with ex-wife Chris made them the 22nd richest people in Scotland and propelled them onto the Sunday Times Rich List.

After claiming the prize, they shunned an exotic holiday – instead heading to Brighton to work out how they wanted to spend the cash.

Gillian and Adrian Bayford, who won £148m in 2012, also took a chance on random numbers.

The couple snapped up a fleet of luxury cars and splashed the cash on property before their nine-year marriage broke down.

In July, unlucky-in-love Mr Bayford sold his £6m mansion at a loss.

Other winners who played with Lucky Dip tickets include Frances and Patrick Connolly, who claimed £114m in 2019, Neil Trotter, who won £107m in 2014 and Steve and Lenka Thompson, who won £105m in 2019.

Dave and Angela Dawes, who won £101m in 2011, and Andrew Clark, who claimed £76m in 2018, all won on Lucky Dips too.

Of course, not all winners choose publicity.

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Many simply decide to never share their names with the public – meaning there's no way of knowing if they picked their numbers or not. 

The biggest jackpot win so far this year in the UK was claimed in April.

Nine rollovers took the jackpot from its starting value of £14m to over £122m before it was won by one anonymous ticket holder.

And in 2019, a player who wanted to remain anonymous walked off with a cool £170m.

For those who always choose the same set of numbers, the most frequently picked in the draw is 50, followed by 44, 19, 4 and 30.

The most common extra numbers have been 8 and 3. 

IT COULD BE YOU

Many players tend to stick with the same numbers for luck – even though no set is mathematically more likely to come out of the machine.

If a Brit claims Friday's prize, they'll instantly become the country's biggest-ever winner.

They'll be significantly richer than both Adele and Ed Sheeran, who have around £140m in the bank.

Instead, they'll be in the same league as Scottish DJ Calvin Harris and popstar Robbie Williams, both of whom are worth between £180m and £185m.

The jackpot, which has rolled over ten times, will give the lucky winner enough to buy an eight-bed £110m super yacht.

And there would still be plenty left over for a private Bahamas island with 20-bed house and landing strip — currently being auctioned by Sotheby’s for £44m.

RICHER THAN ADELE

Camelot’s Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at the National Lottery, said: “It’s all to play for on Friday night as the whopping EuroMillions jackpot of an estimated £184m remains up for grabs.

"EuroMillions has now hit its cap, which means any money that would have gone into the jackpot will now boost prizes in the next winning prize tier.

“If one UK winner banks the lot, they would instantly become the UK's biggest ever National Lottery winner.

"Players are urged to get their tickets early to be in with a chance of winning this extraordinary prize."



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