The record £184m EuroMillions prize has rolled over after nobody won Tuesday’s jackpot.
Hopeful lottery winners will now have another chance to win the massive sum in Friday’s draw.
It comes after a last-minute rush for tickets on Tuesday caused the National Lottery website and app to run more slowly, meaning some hopefuls were not able to buy a ticket at all.
The National Lottery said: “Sorry if you were unable to buy a ticket for tonight’s EuroMillions draw.
“This is the biggest ever EuroMillions jackpot, and there was a huge influx of players trying to buy a ticket before the cut-off time, and this caused the website and app to run slower than normal.”
No tickets across the nine European countries which play EuroMillions matched Tuesday’s numbers, which were 6, 13, 22, 45 and 49 plus the Lucky Stars 10 and 11.
On the EuroMillions website it says the odds of picking five numbers and the two Lucky Stars is one in 139,838,160.
The jackpot has now been capped and cannot roll over again, after nobody won the £174m EuroMillions jackpot last Friday.
The top prize will now stay at £184m for a further four draws if no-one claims the jackpot but it must be won by the fifth draw.
If no ticket matches all the numbers it will be shared among all those ticketholders at the next prize tier, possibly resulting in many multimillionaires.
If the sum is won by a single UK ticket it would eclipse the previous top UK prize of £170m, won by an anonymous EuroMillions ticketholder in 2019.
The winner could count themselves richer than singer Adele, who has a net worth of £130m, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.
They could also purchase a house in each of the top 10 priciest streets in the UK, including in London’s Kensington Palace Gardens, where the average house price is nearly £30m.
Camelot’s Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: “EuroMillions has now hit its cap, which means any money that would have gone into the jackpot will now boost prizes in the next winning prize tier.
“If one UK winner banks the lot, they would instantly become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner. Players are urged to get their tickets early to be in with a chance of winning this extraordinary prize.”
There have been five UK EuroMillions jackpot winners so far this year, including the anonymous winners of £122m in April and £111m in June.
The biggest recent UK winners to go public were Frances and Patrick Connolly, from Northern Ireland, who scooped a £115m prize in 2019.