What Kind of EuroMillions Winner Would You Be?
A run of 12 rollovers has propelled the EuroMillions jackpot to a mighty £118 million (€135 million) and sparked the dreams of millions of players across Europe. But if you are lucky enough to land the top prize, or even a decent cash sum in one of the other tiers, what kind of EuroMillions winner would you be?
The Publicity Hound
One of the first key decisions facing EuroMillions winners is whether to go public or stay anonymous. There are a lot of factors to consider, but some players really like to embrace the media attention which comes with a big win. Jane Park hit the headlines when she became the UK’s youngest EuroMillions winner at the age of 17 in 2013, and has rarely been out of the tabloids since. Newspapers have followed her love life and social media posts with interest, as well as highlighting the fact that she spent some of her winnings on cosmetic surgery. Now 21, the Scottish youngster continues to make regular television appearances and give interviews about how the £1 million changed her life.
A substantial windfall on EuroMillions can open up a world of opportunities that were never previously possible. You might want to go on an African safari, enjoy a white-water rafting adventure down the Colorado River or maybe become a space tourist and experience zero gravity. Diana De Gilio, a 70-year-old great-grandmother from New Zealand who played EuroMillions whilst visiting a friend in the UK in 2015, won £1 million and a luxurious holiday to Bali and Lombok in Indonesia as part of Mega Friday, and declared her intentions to live life to the fullest. She had celebrated her previous birthday by base jumping from Auckland’s imposing Sky Tower.
Many EuroMillions winners like to give money to good causes which are close to their heart, and some players pull out all the stops. Colin and Chris Weir, who banked a colossal £161.6 million in July 2011, set up the Weir Charitable Trust to help support a number of local projects. They have donated millions to assist charities relating to sport, health, culture, animal welfare and recreational facilities.
The Family Man/Woman
The greatest part of a EuroMillions win for many players is the financial benefits it can bring to the whole family. As well as sorting out yourself and paying off your own mortgage, you might be able to help many of your loved ones onto the property ladder. You could pay for them to give up work if they wanted or put money aside for future generations.
You might be the sort of EuroMillions player who views a big jackpot as just the start. You could maybe invest your millions and try to make even more money, or finance your own business. Adrian Bayford, who won £148.6 million, opened up his own music shop featuring the world’s largest collection of Lady Gaga memorabilia.
The Winner in Disguise
A EuroMillions win would be fantastic for anyone, but it might be that you like your life exactly as it is and do not want anyone to know about your new-found wealth. You could decide to keep your identity private, carry on with your job and stay living in the same house. The world would be none the wiser, but you would still be free of financial pressure and able to afford some more luxurious hotels when you go on holiday.
Choose Your Numbers
Whether you would act like Jane Park, Adrian Bayford or the Weirs with a big EuroMillions win, the only way to give yourself a chance of landing the next big jackpot is to take part. Choose your numbers online or visit an authorised retailer in one of the participating countries. Good luck!