Enormous €162 Million EuroMillions Jackpot Won
Last Updated: Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 10:28 am
One of the biggest EuroMillions jackpots of all time was won last night, following a special Superdraw and three rollovers. The giant prize of €162 Million was one of the biggest to be awarded this year and the entire amount was won by a single ticket holder.
Swiss Player Wins Big
The jackpot-winning ticket was bought in Northwestern Switzerland, in the canton of Aargau, Basel-Land, Basel-Stadt, or Solothurn. The jackpot is the biggest ever prize won in the country, eclipsing the €135 million won in December 2017. However, the winner will have to pay a huge tax bill of around €56 million upon collecting the prize, so they will end up taking home roughly €106 million.
Irish players don’t have to pay tax on prizes they win, and although no one in Ireland took home the top prize in Tuesday’s draw, over €547,000 was won by players in the country, including one €90,000 prize for a ticket holder who was just one Lucky Star away from hitting the jackpot. Other prizes ranged from €4 for those who matched just two numbers, to just under €12,000 for those who hit five numbers.
There were no winners of the EuroMillions Plus top prize, but 10 winning codes were drawn in the Ireland Only Raffle, each one worth €5,000. Head over to the EuroMillions Results page to see a full prize breakdown from the draw on Tuesday 2nd October.
Lotto Jackpot Up to €6 Million
It has been over a month since the Irish Lotto jackpot was last won, and it has now reached €6 million after nine rollovers. Recent changes to the Irish Lotto and Lotto Plus mean that you now have more chances to become a millionaire, now that the top prize in the Lotto Plus One draw has been increased to €1 million. It was recently revealed that the first ever million-euro Plus ticket was bought at a store owned by Westmeath politician Willie Penrose and his wife Anne, who said there was “great excitement about the town” of Ballynacargy after the news about the winner broke.
It has since been announced that the winning ticket belonged to a Westmeath syndicate who wished to remain anonymous. The group headed to the Lotto headquarters in Dublin to claim the prize on Monday, and a spokesperson for the syndicate admitted that it had been “a crazy week.”
They added: “We’ve been keeping our heads down all week to let all of the excitement in the town die down a little bit. We’ll certainly enjoy the celebrations this week and we look forward to being able to help family and friends with our winnings as soon as we can”.
There has been no winner of the Lotto Plus top prize since then, but another guaranteed prize of €1 million will be up for grabs this Saturday, in addition to the €6 million jackpot available in the main Lotto draw. If you want to be in with a chance of winning, you can choose your numbers online now.