Euromillions. Jess and Joe weren’t rolling in gold, they take home £184m

So far faced with the difficulties of the cost of living, Joe and Jess Thwaite can finally dream after winning more than 184 million pounds (about 216 million euros), the largest Euromillions prize pool in the United Kingdom, and decided to come out of anonymity.

The couple in their 40s from the South West of England, parents of two primary school children, won £184,262,899 exactly on Tuesday May 10, with a ticket where the winning numbers had been randomly chosen by the system.

While some winners prefer to remain discreet, they revealed their identities live on television.

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Turn on the water heater, without fear of tomorrow

This winning result gives us time to dream, which we did not have before, said Jess Thwaite, 44, who runs a hair salon with her sister. She mentioned a huge reliefpointing out that his family, like so many others, have so far struggled with their bills.

It’s huge for usabounds her husband Joe, 49, a sales engineer, who generally plays when there are large amounts at stake. I turned on the water heater the other day […] thinking that everything was fine, which was not the case beforehe adds in reference to soaring energy bills in the UK.

It was he who discovered that they were the lucky winners of the biggest jackpot in l’Euromillions never won in the United Kingdom, and the second for this lottery offered in ten European countries.

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A house in poor condition

After checking on the lottery app the day after the draw, I looked at the amount. I put the phone down then picked it up and looked at the amount again […]. I started counting the numbers and at that moment I thought it was extraordinary but also unreal.

The couple, who live in a house in poor condition, surrounded by many animals, including ponies, dogs and even geckos, explained that they decided to come forward to better share with family and friends.

Jess and Joe Thwaite will buy most likely a new car and take their kids on vacation to Hawaii, where they’ve always wanted to go.

The previous UK record was £170m won in October 2019 by an unnamed player, while the biggest Euromillions jackpot, 220 million euros, was won in France in October 2021.

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