PS155m TICKET; 2nd largest EuroMillions prize ever; City bankers 'gambling thousands'.
Byline: JEREMY ARMSTRONG
GAMBLERS will be crossing their fingers tonight as the EuroMillions jackpot reaches a hefty PS155million.
The huge prize is the second largest ever on offer in the UK and Europe. Around 300 tickets a second are expected to be sold here as demand reaches its peak shortly before the 7.30pm draw in Paris. Camelot is urging players to get their tickets before the last-minute rush.
A British jackpot winner would become the 723rd richest person in the country.
It would take them ahead of chef Jamie Oliver and singer Robbie Williams, each worth PS150million, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, who has PS131million in the bank, and pop star Adele, who boasts a PS125million fortune.
City bankers are expected to blow thousands of pounds each ahead of the draw.
In-store ticket sales in Canary Wharf and the City of London rocket by 300% when there is a monster rollover, com-pared to an 87% increase across the rest of the country. Once, a City worker purchased PS15,000 of lucky dip tickets, paying for them with PS50 notes.
The odds of landing the jackpot are 1 in 139 million. Andy Carter, of The National Lottery, said: "The champagne is on ice and giant cheque at the ready to celebrate an extraordinary win.
"EuroMillions players help to raise the PS30million-plus we give to Good Causes every week."
A single UK winner tonight would become Britain's secondrichest lottery victor, just behind Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs, North Ayrshire. They nabbed Europe's largest-ever jackpot, with a PS161million Euro-Millions prize in 2011. The biggest UK win so far this year was in June, when a ticketholder scooped PS87million.
161m Colin and Chris Weir, of Largs, right, scooped Europe's biggest-ever lottery jackpot, in 2011