National Lottery adviser shares tips for mega-winners ahead of £175m jackpot

An adviser at the National Lottery has revealed the tips and guidance he gives to those who win big prizes, ahead of Friday’s £175 million jackpot.

Thursday, 10th December 2020, 5:05 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th December 2020, 5:06 pm

If one UK player scoops the EuroMillions top prize, which rolled over from Tuesday’s draw, they will immediately set a new National Lottery record and become Britain’s biggest ever winner.

Camelot’s senior winners advisor Andy Carter is part of a team of eight people who pay out the prize to lucky ticket holders who win more than £50,000.

“One part is filling out the paperwork, checking the tickets and arranging the payment,” he told the PA news agency.

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Friday’s jackpot is £175 million

“But actually the second part, which I think is probably the most exciting part, is looking after someone going through a real life-changing experience.”

On his advice to those who win big, Mr Carter said he recommended buying “something small” as a treat and way of celebrating, but urged against rushing into extravagant decisions.

He said part of his role is ensuring winners have access to support, whether it be legal, financial or a life coach who can “help them with their purpose”.

“As much as it sounds very boring, it’s sage advice to take your time over stuff,” he said.

“Normally we would be saying to people, go away and have a holiday – that’s quite difficult at the moment.

“But certainly it’s about taking your time and just letting it all sink in. It’s a huge amount of money, you could change not only your life but lots of lives and you can do an awful lot of good.”

Friday’s EuroMillions jackpot is capped at 200 million euros – estimated at £175 million by Camelot – meaning the top prize cannot get any bigger.

If one single UK ticket-holder scoops the jackpot they will reach the top of the National Lottery Rich List and would also become the 703rd richest person in the country, according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2020.

Mr Carter, who has paid out an astonishing £2 billion, said every winner reacts differently to the life-changing news but the size of the prize “doesn’t really tend to affect their reaction”.

Many have a “sort of excitement where they can’t keep still”, he said, adding: “They’re running up and down and screaming and that’s fantastic.

“What’s really lovely is when you see a winner tell a close loved one or family member about the win and that’s a real privilege. Because sometimes you’re there and they have no idea.”

Mr Carter said winners often want to know the reaction of other big prize ticket-holders.

“If you win £175 million, you might want to sort of think about what you want to do next,” he said.

“The very best thing you can do, if you win £175 million, is go and have a cup of tea with someone else who has won a similar amount.

“We have access to the other people and we have a wealth of experience.”

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