If you win a large EuroMillions prize, you must decide whether or not to go public and share your news with the world. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, your name will be kept secret and you will not have to speak to the media. Find out here what happens if you opt for publicity and what happens if you choose to stay private.
How Publicity Works
When you win a prize of more than €500,000, you must contact the French National Lottery - La Française des Jeux (FDJ) - so that your ticket can be validated. The money can then be paid and you will be asked whether you want to go public or stay private.
If you choose publicity, you are granting your consent for information about your identity to be revealed, such as your name, image and place of residence. Other personal details, such as your address or phone number, will not be publicised. A press conference to announce your win may take place and you may be required to fulfil various other media obligations. You can expect to be asked about various aspects of your win, including:
- Your backstory – What job you do, who is in your family, how long you have played the lottery.
- Your ticket - Where you bought it, how you picked your numbers, where you kept it before you came forward.
- Your reaction – How you found out you had won, who you told first, how you celebrated.
- Your future plans – How you intend to spend the winnings, whether you plan to keep working, whether you will give any of the money away.
How Anonymity Works
If you decide to stay private, no more information will be released about your win and your identity will remain a secret. A statement may be made to say the prize has been claimed, but no other details will be disclosed without your permission.
If you give permission, FDJ may announce one or two details without compromising your anonymity. For example, it was revealed that the winners of the €169 million jackpot in November 2012 was a family man from Alpes-Maritimes who planned to use some of the money for charity work, but his identity still remained private.
Whether you go public or stay private, you will receive advice and support from FDJ. It is recommended that you stay in touch with the lottery for five years.
How Many Winners Go Public?
Most big EuroMillions winners prefer to stay anonymous, as it allows them to go about their lives as normal away from the media spotlight, without being asked for money. However, some winners decide to go public as they believe that it would be very difficult to keep their success a secret.
Out of the three winners to have claimed the maximum €190 million jackpot, only Adrian and Gillian Bayford from the UK decided to go public. The Portuguese winner in 2014 and the Spanish winner in 2017 both stayed anonymous, while the biggest prizes claimed in France have all been claimed anonymously.