The National Lottery was set for a last-minute ticket-buying frenzy before the potentially record-breaking £117 million EuroMillions draw.
If the huge jackpot is won by a single UK winner it would be the biggest ever lottery prize paid out in this country.
According to the National Lottery, such a winner would instantly become the joint 570th richest person in Britain, leapfrogging rock stars Phil Collins, Rod Stewart and David Bowie on The Sunday Times Rich List.
It says the massive bonanza could be spent on 688,235 nights at a prestigious boutique hotel, 86,346 Givenchy leopard print tote bags from Harvey Nichols or 162,500 pairs of Alexander McQueen studded skull ankle boots, priced at £720 a pair.
Since June 2009, the EuroMillions jackpot has been won 14 times by people from the UK including an anonymous £113 million winner in October last year. This was Britain’s biggest ever lottery win.
The current EuroMillions record win is £113,229,891 banked by a single ticket-holder from Spain in the draw on May 8 2009. The European record for any lottery win with a single ticket is £128.3 million on the Italian SuperEnalotto game in August 2009.
The £117 million jackpot has accumulated due to the prize rolling over six times.
A National Lottery spokesman said “huge jackpots like these really capture the imagination of players”.
He said this roll over series has already raised more than £36 million for Good Causes all over the UK.