UK National Lottery winners net record-breaking EuroMillions jackpot

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The UK’s biggest-ever EuroMillions jackpot was won by a couple from Gloucester last week, surpassing the previous record by more than £14m.

As reported by the BBC, Joe and Jess Thwaite won £184,262,899 to break the previous high of £170m which was claimed by an anonymous single ticket-holder in October 2019.

The highest previous named winners are Colin and Chris Weir, from North Ayrshire, who won £161m in 2011.

Mrs Thwaite revealed her initial reaction was one of ‘disbelief’ and she decided to continue with her day’s routine before the pair confirmed the record win with National Lottery operator Camelot.

The couple, who were introduced by TV presenter Dermot O’Leary at a glitzy ceremony on Thursday, said the win would give them “time to share lots of experiences and go on adventures with our family and friends”.

Mr Thwaite confirmed that he had already left his job as a communications sales manager, while his wife, who runs a hairdressing salon with her sister, is also “considering” what to do about her role.

Meanwhile, a High Court date awaits Camelot as the company battles to retain its position as the UK’s National Lottery operator.

The UK Gambling Commission named Czech-based operator Allwyn as the preferred candidate for the fourth National Lottery licence in March, but Camelot has challenged the decision and may seek an estimated £500m in damages.