A staggering 259 players have hit the big time in the EuroMillions lottery since its beginning in 2004. However, whilst the odds of winning are the same for each and every individual player, some of the 9 participating countries have struck it lucky more than others!
This has been quite the case for France who currently boasts the highest number of EuroMillions jackpot winners.
Following their recent windfall in August, they now feature a whopping 67 jackpot winners accounting for 25.9% of the total.
In fact, over the past 8 months 7 French players have scooped the coveted EuroMillions jackpot taking the country’s accumulated winnings to a staggering €290,410,737.50 this year alone.
In addition, France is home to the 3rd, 4th and 5th biggest winners thus reinforcing its position as the luckiest EuroMillions country. The latest player scooped €12,821,111.50 which has taken the combined prize money since 2004 to a staggering €2,231 million.
Spain has experienced similar luck with a total of 53 jackpot winners accounting for 20.5% of all players who have hit the big time.
Their combined winnings correspond to €1,618 million in total. Not far behind is Portugal with 51 jackpot winners accounting for 19,7% of the total winners.
Despite their later participation, the Portuguese have proven to be quite lucky with 6 jackpot winners this 2013 alone and the latest €12,821,111.50 windfall in August 2013 taking Portugal’s accumulated winnings to a whopping total of €1,099 million since 2004.
With 39 jackpot winners, the UK also features amongst the luckiest EuroMillions countries. However, despite other countrys’ overwhelming success, the Brits reign supreme when it comes to the biggest EuroMillions first prize winners with Colin and Chris Weir famously scooping the largest jackpot in the history of the game in August 2011. No less than €185 million (£161,653,000).
Similarly, Gillian and Adrian Bayford bagged themselves a staggering €190,000,000 (£148,656,000) in August 2012 with their fellow players only just beating them in their mega windfall due to the fluctuation in exchange rates. Finally, the 39 UK players, accounting for 15.1% of the total 259 jackpot winners, may not compare with other countries however, its combined winnings amount to a whopping €1,793 million, far exceeding that of Spain and Portugal.
Last but not least is Belgium boasting a total of 21 EuroMillions jackpot winners, corresponding to 8.1% of the total 259. Amongst their biggest wins features their recent share of the €187,937,614 jackpot in June 2013, which has greatly contributed to Portugal’s combined winnings of €686 million.
Whilst the 5 aforementioned participating countries have experienced unrivalled luck, unfortunate players in Switzerland have yet to scoop their first jackpot prize! However, you never know, this may be set to change!