Lottery players in Portsmouth could be in for a tense night later on as EuroMillions prepares to give away a £136 million jackpot.
The prize could make a single ticket-holder the UK’s third biggest ever lottery winner.
The mammoth estimated jackpot for Friday night’s draw would leave a single player who matched all five main numbers and two Lucky Star numbers the joint 752nd richest person in Britain, based on the Sunday Times Rich List.
But if the prize is not won, it will snowball further and roll over to Tuesday’s draw.
The biggest lottery win in the UK - and across Europe - remains that of Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs, North Ayrshire, who scooped a £161,653,000 EuroMillions jackpot in July 2011.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Haverhill, Suffolk, won £148,656,000 in 2012 and an anonymous ticket-holder won £113 million in October 2010.
Nine EuroMillions jackpots were won in the UK last year, and there have been eight already here this year.
The Davies family from Monmouthshire won £61 million in July, and winners who have opted to remain anonymous have scooped prizes of £51 million, £34 million and two lots of £24 million.
Andy Carter, the National Lottery’s senior winners’ adviser, said: “National Lottery players across the country should get their tickets early in order to be in with a chance of winning this life-changing jackpot.
“It is looking like it will be another record-breaking year for EuroMillions and I can’t wait to meet another giant UK winner. Needless to say the Champagne is on ice and giant cheque at the ready to celebrate an extraordinary win.”
Last month the cost of playing EuroMillions increased by 50p to £2.50 a line, and the addition of an extra Lucky Star number lessened the chance of winning the jackpot from approximately one in 117 million to one in 140 million.
Camelot said the overall odds of winning any prize on EuroMillions remained at one in 13.