Big Spending, Divorce and Fundraising – Britain’s Biggest Lottery Winners

The UK has announced it has a new all-time lottery winner after a £184 million jackpot draw at EuroMillions on Tuesday night. Brits have been urged to check their tickets

A Brit became the new biggest lottery winner on Tuesday
A Brit became the new biggest lottery winner on Tuesday

A Brit has just become Britain’s biggest lottery winner of all time, but while he ponders how to spend a staggering £184m, other EuroMillions have decided to splash the cash.

In the history of the National Lottery there have been 15 players who have won a jackpot in excess of £100 million.

So far, some have chosen to remain anonymous, but others have told how they’ve spent heavily, given away large sums in donation “addictions,” and endured heartaches of divorce.

And last was whoever had EuroMillions numbers 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9 in Tuesday’s draw.

Looking at the list of biggest winners, the new maximum is £184,262,899.10 from a previously unknown player.

The amount dwarfs the value of Man Utd’s Paul Pogba


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The new winner has been catapulted to the top of the National Lottery’s rich list and players are urged to check their tickets as the winner has not yet been announced!

So what does it mean? Well, they’re now worth more than footballers Harry Kane (£33m) and Paul Pogba (£64m) combined.

They could afford to buy four Caribbean islands with a few million left, or the equivalent of 11 luxury six-bedroom properties in London’s affluent Hyde Park.

Behind them, the now second biggest winner won £170,221,000 from the National Lottery in October 2019 after matching all the numbers in a Must Be Won draw and they decided to maintain their anonymity.

Next on the list are Colin and Chris Weir who have won £161,653,000.

Colin and Chris Weir who won £161,653,000 in 2011


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Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs, North Ayrshire, bagged their historic wins in July 2011, making them Britain’s biggest winners at the time.

Colin invested £2.5million of his fortune in his beloved football club Partick Thistle, which resulted in one of the stands at the stadium being named after him.

He later acquired a 55% stake in the club, which would pass into the hands of the local community after his death. He died in December 2019 at the age of 71.

The couple also founded the Weir Charitable Trust in 2013 and donated £1million to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. They divorced the same year as Colin’s death.

Adrian and Gillian Bayford won €190 million or £148,656,000 in a EuroMillions draw in August 2012.

Adrian and Gillian Bayford won £148,656,000 in August 2012



The couple bought a Grade I listed Cambridgeshire property with a cinema and billiard room but it was sold in 2021, a few years after the couple’s divorce, The Mirror reports.

The National Lottery’s 4th biggest winner won a £123,458,008 Superdraw rollover jackpot in June 2019 and chose not to go public with his success.

There was also an anonymous winner worth £122,550,350 who took home the money after nine rollovers in April 2021.

And again, the £121,328,187 winner, who found his fortune through a Superdraw jackpot rollover in April 2018, chose not to go public.

Frances and Patrick Connolly won £114,969,775 in 2019



Frances and Patrick Connolly are next in the list at £114,969,775.

Former social worker and teacher Frances launched two charitable foundations after she and her husband won almost £115million on New Year’s Day 2019.

She estimates she has already donated £60million to charity and friends and family.

Frances considers helping others an addiction, saying, “It gives you a kick and it’s addictive. I’m addicted to it now.”

An anonymous winner took home £113,019,926 in October 2010 and the last winner in the top 10 won £111,540,000 in the Superdraw in June last year, also not going public.

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