The EuroMillions Superdraw soared to a record-breaking €220 million on the 15th October 2021, and an extremely lucky young woman from Tahiti in French Polynesia took home the prize.
Record-breaking EuroMillions Superdraw win
The lucky EuroMillions lottery winner is going to experience some life-altering changes to their finances after scooping up the €220 million EuroMillions jackpot, which holds the record for the game's largest prize in its history.
EuroMillions has a jackpot cap of €220 million. If the jackpot reaches the €230 million cap, all funds from ticket sales that would have pushed the top prize higher are rolled down into the next winning tier. The jackpot can roll over four more times, but if there is still no jackpot winner in the final draw - the fifth successive draw when the jackpot is €230 million - the full amount is split between the winners in the next tier. This potentially means that a number of multimillionaires can be made in a single draw.
Luckily for this player, that rule did not come into effect. The jackpot reached its cap after the drawing on Friday, October 8, and was not won for one single drawing on Tuesday, October 12 before getting scooped up by the ticket holder in France.
The record-breaking EuroMillions jackpot win drew attention worldwide for two reasons:
- The first was due to the fact that the winner purchased her first-ever EuroMillions lottery ticket;
- The second reason was that she bought her ticket on an island in the South Pacific Ocean rather than in mainland Europe.
The winner celebrated in Tahiti, around 10,000 miles away from Paris and Française des Jeux (FDJ), the French National Lottery, sent a special team to the island to present the prize to the winner in person.
Head of winner services for FDJ, Isabelle Cesari said, “On behalf of all the employees of the FDJ group, I am proud to present the record prize of €220 million to a young Polynesian player.” She was joined by Thierry Gabarret, Director General of the Pacific Games.
According to lottery officials, the biggest EuroMillions lottery winner has decided to keep her identity private. Speaking to officials she said that she had never purchased a EuroMillions lottery ticket before but decided to try her luck due as she felt a hunch it could be her lucky day.
She went on to say that she has always seen her grandfather play the EuroMillions lottery.
“Everything is possible, you just have to believe in it. Before checking my ticket, I felt a shiver in my back.”
Her winning numbers were 21, 26, 31, 34, 49, and the Lucky Star numbers 02 and 05.
Like many other EuroMillions lottery winners, she also hid her winning EuroMillions lottery ticket after discovering that she had in fact won the top jackpot prize. Laughing, she said that she hid the winning EuroMillions lottery ticket in several different places, including under her bed and in her clothes, while she waited for the win to be confirmed.
When asked how the EuroMillions prize will impact her life, she said, “I will not change. I am going to keep it simple and continue to walk around in bare feet.”
She also did, however, say that she would love to travel the world.
“I want to travel the world and discover the snow that I have never seen before.”
She is keen to buy a house on every continent, support charities and invest in real estate, while she also intends to carry on working.
Huge Spike in EuroMillions ticket sales
EuroMillions lottery enthusiasts’ players jumped to buy tickets for the record draw that took place on Friday, October 15. Naturally, EuroMillions lottery ticket sales saw a huge spike when the jackpot climbed to the extraordinary high €220 million after no one had won in the previous drawing.
Go to the Why people love to play the lottery in Europe to find out which European lotteries excite residents so much.
Vacationing in Tahiti is a dream come true for most people who play EuroMillions online.
The island of Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia. The 118 islands and atolls that make up The Islands of Tahiti are spread across five archipelagos in the South Pacific Ocean and are known as the Society Islands, Tuamotu, Australs, Marquesas, and the Gambier Islands. Combined, the archipelagos are equivalent to the size of Europe, which is about two million square miles.
Tahiti, as part of French Polynesia, is one of France’s overseas territories. FDJ created the Pacific Games as one of its subsidiaries in 1991, allowing lottery fans in the region to enjoy all the same games that are available in mainland France.
Head of winner services for FDJ, Isabelle Cesari said, “I am delighted to see France win. Luck has no territory, no borders. We look forward to having more winners in mainland France and overseas.”
Which countries have won the most money in the EuroMillions?
Currently, France holds the title as the country that has won the most jackpots in the EuroMillions.
Coming in second on the leader board is the UK. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from the UK, won more than £148m in 2012. A Spanish player equalled the record in October 2017 after a series of rollovers. However, the latest winner from Tahiti has now taken the top podium spot.
In third place is Spain. All nine participating nations have produced multiple winners, and the latest win in Tahiti shows that it is a global game with participants from all over the world.
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Although the jackpot reverted back to its minimum prize amount after the incredible win, it hasn’t taken long for it to once again climb to a massive amount.
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