EuroMillions jackpot at £159MILLION tonight – have you got your ticket?
TONIGHT'S EuroMillions jackpot is a whopping £159million – meaning the winner could find themselves richer than Adele overnight.
The draw at 8.45pm could propel one lucky ticket-holder into the leagues of the super-rich – and the possible pay-out will be one of the biggest ever claimed.
Colin and Chris Weir from Largs in Scotland won an astonishing £161m in 2011 – while just last year, a Brit winner claimed a record £170m.
The lucky punter matched all five main numbers – 07, 10, 15, 44 and 49 – as well as the two lucky stars – 03 and 12 – to become the country's biggest ever winner.
If a single ticket-holder claims tonight's prize, they'll be richer than songstress Adele and goth couple Ozzy and Sharon Osborne, both worth £150m.
They'll have just a little less in the bank than Ed Sheeran, who is worth around £160m.
The Shape of You singer spends his cash on his Grade II-listed farmhouse in Suffolk, which now features a massive outdoor kitchen, orangery, spiral wine cellar, recording studio and even a pub.
Officials at Camelot, which runs the National Lottery and EuroMillions, said: "Banking the EuroMillions jackpot propels you into the big league.
"No other lottery game in Europe – and few on the planet – can deliver a cheque for that into your hand, and the UK has had more than its fair share of giant winners over the years."
To win the full amount, the player must match all five main numbers and two lucky stars.
Mega winners include Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, who took home more than £148m in 2012.
Last year was a particularly big one for Brit ticket-holders.
In July, £123m was claimed in one go – although Camelot won't reveal if it was an individual winner or a syndicate.
In the same year, Patrick and Frances Connolly, from Northern Ireland, won the £114.9m EuroMillions jackpot.
Ade Goodchild landed a £71m prize that March, while another anonymous ticket-holder bagged £35.2m a month before that in April.
Neil Trotter, from Coulsdon, South London, won £107.9m in March 2014.
And Dave and Angela Dawes, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, claimed £101m in October 2011.
But some of those who claimed big lottery wins have since struggled.
Last year, Mr and Mrs Weir were granted a quickie divorce after 38 years of marriage.
How will the lucky winner compare to the UK’s top earners?
If one person claims the top prize, they’ll appear in the Sunday Times Rich List
Their win will look like small change compared to the fortune held by Sir James Dyson, currently the UK's richest man with £16.2billion.
But they'll have more than Charles Saatchi, who has £131m – and has seen his fortunes fall by £15m this year, according to the paper.
Sir Tom Jones has more, with an estimated £170m to his name, while Jimmy Page will look comparatively badly-off at £127m.
Rihanna's net total is £468m – while Lewis Hamilton has £224m.
Beleaguered Sir Philip Green – owner of high street giant Arcadia, which this week collapsed into administration – was worth £930m when the list was written.
Meanwhile, Amal and George Clooney have £275m between them.
And Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling boasts a huge £795m net total – up £45m on the previous year.
The split follows the Bayford's break-up just 15 months after they won in 2012.
Mr Bayford was then left distraught after his stable-girl fiancée walked out of their mansion – taking up to 30 of the prize horses he’d bought with her.
Sam Burbidge took the horses from her former partner's £6million home south of Cambridge while he was being comforted by his former wife in Scotland.
Mrs Bayford, meanwhile, faced a feud with family over the cash.
She had accused her dad Ian McCulloch of trying to seize control of the fortune – even after she gave her family a £20m share.
Callie Rogers became Britain’s youngest lottery winner when she won £1.9m in 2003 at the age of just 16.
But after spending £11,500 on two boob jobs, £300,000 on clothes, make-up and tattoos, £85,000 on top-of-the-range sports cars and £250,000 on cocaine, she said said it was "too much money for someone so young".
She's now living a normal life with family, and said: “The pressure to splash out and live a glam party life has gone – and I prefer it."
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