EuroMillions has been Europe’s most popular and widely played lottery since its launch in February 2004. The simplicity of the game, along with substantial jackpots resulting from repeated rollovers, have seen the number of participating countries increase from just three in 2004 to the current nine. The largest jackpot to date was won on 10th August 2012 by Adrian and Gillian Bayford from the UK and was worth €190,000,000.
The biggest UK Millionaire Raffle draw, known as the 100 UK Millionaires Raffle, took place on Friday 26th July 2013 and holds the current world record for the highest number of millionaires created in a single night. The raffle offered UK EuroMillions players the chance to win one hundred £1 million raffle prizes and coincided with the opening of the much anticipated and hugely successful 2012 London Olympics which had been partially funded through sales of UK Lotto and UK EuroMillions tickets. Out of the 100 prizes offered, 97 of the winning ticket holders from the draw came forward to claim their prize. Although the jackpot won by Adrian and Gillian Bayford produced the largest jackpot in Euros, it was not the largest Sterling amount. Chris and Colin Weir, also from the UK, won €185 million in July 2011, but, due to the favourable exchange rate, received a jackpot payout which was larger in Sterling terms than the €190 million won by the Bayfords.