Gloucestershire couple revealed as the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner

The Gloucestershire couple who scooped a EuroMillions jackpot of £184,262,899.10 have been named as Joe and Jess Thwaite from Gloucester.

It’s all about holidays and spending precious time with family for lottery winners, Joe and Jess Thwaite from Gloucester.

The ecstatic couple won the UK’s biggest ever jackpot of £184 million in the EuroMillions on Tuesday 10 May 2022 – and after a week to take in the incredible news, they revealed their plans for the future at Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham on Thursday 19 May 2022.

Jess, 44, who manages a hairdressing business with her sister, said: ‘The win gives us time to dream, which we haven’t had before. We’ve had one week to think about this and we now have time to share lots of experiences together.’

The world’s media descended on the five-star luxury hotel on the outskirts of Cheltenham to listen to the shell-shocked yet delighted couple share their incredible story.

Talking to TV presenter Dermot O’Leary, they said the win still didn’t quite feel real but the money would mean they can support their family, repair their new home, take a holiday abroad and give them a chance to see a Gloucester Rugby match live at Kingsholm Stadium.

They’ll also be able to give their pets a luxury lifestyle as they care for three dogs, five chickens, two gheckos and three ponies.

Joe, 49, who worked as a communications sales engineer, finished his job yesterday, while Jess will continue working for the time being.

The couple, who have been married for 11 years, admitted asking people to keep their win a secret was too much of a burden, so they decided to go public.

It’s been more than two years since the last EuroMillions record was broken in October 2019. The winner, who received £170 million, remained anonymous.

The couple’s win marks the second UK jackpot in the EuroMillions in 2022. The anonymous winner took home £109 million in February 2022.

In Gloucestershire, the biggest lottery winners to previously go public were a couple from Cirencester who scooped £56 million in 2010 in the EuroMillions, alongside a ticketholder in Spain.


By Emma Luther


Follow SoGlos on Facebook and sign-up to the weekly SoGlos Lifestyle newsletter for the very latest Gloucestershire news stories.

© SoGlos
Thursday 19 May 2022

More news you might like...

Cheltenham tennis player Dan Evans will be back playing at Wimbledon 2022, this summer. © AELTC/Jon Super.

The Cheltenham tennis player you can watch at Wimbledon

Cheltenham’s Dan Evans will be playing at Wimbledon: The Championship in 2022 – and here’s when Gloucestershire tennis fans...

The SoGlos networking event, staged in partnership with Cheltenham accountants Crowe, was held at Ian Coley School of Shooting.

Gloucestershire businesses gather for a networking day with a difference

Business leaders from some of Gloucestershire’s most exciting companies came together to lock horns – in a friendly fashion...

750 children a day attend Atlas Camps during the school holidays in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud and the Cotswolds – with its new Tewkesbury venue opening this summer.

Gloucestershire’s biggest kids’ camp provider opens 23rd venue

Popular holiday camp provider, Atlas Camps, is opening a brand-new base in Tewkesbury – its 23rd new venue in just 10 years...

Little Amal’s visit to Cheltenham in June 2022 was supported by crowds of thousands.

Little Amal's walk in Cheltenham

Little Amal, the iconic giant puppet who walked from Syria in support of refugees, walked through Cheltenham for the New Steps,...

The Queen’s Baton Relay route through England has been revealed – and it includes Gloucestershire!

The Commonwealth Games Baton is coming to Gloucestershire this summer

The official Queen’s Baton Relay, which celebrates the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, is passing through Gloucestershire,...

Don’t miss

Unmissable highlights