Winner of Biggest Ever UK EuroMillions Prize Opts for Anonymity
In April 2018 a UK ticket holder won the EuroMillions jackpot, collecting over £120 Million and becoming the third biggest British lottery winner of all time.
This huge jackpot gave the lucky winner more personal wealth than world preowned British musicians Ed Sheeran, Phil Collins, Chris Martin and Robert Plant; enough money to buy Manchester United’s David de Gea and Marcus Rashford, and still have millions to spare; and enough money to match the entire production budget of 2018 breakout hit The Black Panther pound for pound.
It’s an impressive sum, but the winner will never make it onto the Times Rich List and they’ll never splash the cash in such needlessly extravagant ways, because this particular jackpot winner chose to remain anonymous.
What Are Your Options After Winning the EuroMillions?
Most lotteries offer you an anonymity option. You can tell the press your story, getting your picture on the front page of many newspapers and the homepage of many news websites, or you can choose to remain anonymous. If you don’t want anyone to know about your newfound wealth then the lottery organisers will do everything they can to help you with this.
Of course, they can’t stop the press from finding out themselves and they can’t stop your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours from getting suspicious when there are several sports cars cluttering your driveway, but they can stop the front pages from sharing your joy with the world.
Why Do People Choose to Remain Anonymous After Winning?
When you think about it, the more pertinent question is, “Why would any lottery winner choose to go public?”. There are a lot of jealous and bitter people in the world and by announcing your wealth to every one of them you could be putting your family in danger.
Lottery winners are especially at risk because they often live in the same house and the same community, at least to begin with, and they don’t have experience with large sums of money. That’s why gambling history is littered with stories of people who won the jackpot and then had every penny siphoned from them following poor decisions and a lack of financial restraint.
It’s good to share your success with others, but this is something that you need to give a lot of thought to.
How Many Winners Have Chosen Anonymity?
There are multiple lottery jackpots claimed every single week all over the world—a sample size that’s far too big to get to grips with. But if we focus on the top ten biggest winners in the United Kingdom then we notice an interesting trend.
There are more lottery winners going public where relatively small wins are concerned, but as soon as you get into the record breaking wins of £50 million and over, most winners choose to remain anonymous. Six of the ten biggest EuroMillion winners in the United Kingdom chose to remain anonymous, essentially keeping a combined total of half a billion pounds to themselves.
That begs one question: if you won the lottery and suddenly became ten, twenty or even one-hundred million pounds richer, would you choose to remain anonymous or would you tell the world?