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Richer than Adele with one simple jackpot

Should there be a cap on lotteries? The UK’s biggest-ever prize went to one lucky ticket holder yesterday. Here are some imaginative ideas of how they might want to spend it. The ticket-holder was in a daze. The winning numbers in the EuroMillions draw had just been announced, and there was no doubt about it: a dream come true! A cheque would be coming for £184,262,899.10. Since the EuroMillions lottery was launched, fifteen players in the UK have won over £100m. The latest winner has been catapulted into the list of the richest people in Britain – £50m ahead of Adele and £110m ahead of Harry Styles. What could such an enormous sum of money pay for? 1: Sharing dough Thirteen loaves of Hovis wholemeal bread for every person living in poverty in the UK. 2: Med beds Building 35 new hospitals in India with 100 beds each. 3: Deluge refuge Eighteen weeks’ emergency accommodation for 25,000 people made homeless by flooding in New South Wales. 4: Water shortage Thirteen 1.5 litre bottles of Evian water for every person living in Chad, the country with the highest proportion of deaths from unsafe water in the world.  5: Peckish pachyderms Caring for and feeding 455 rescued elephants for five years. 6: Tartan toastiness Loft insulation for a quarter of the houses in Scotland. 7: Muzzling gas-guzzlers Replacing every Range Rover Sport bought in Europe in the past seven months with an electric Fiat 500. 8: Free fries Six fish and chip lunches, plus an extra bag of chips, for every school pupil in the UK. 9: Streaming scheme A month’s Netflix subscription for every household in the UK, Finland and Luxembourg. 10: Lolly lolly One Chupa Chups lollipop for every school child in the world aged 10 to 14. 11: Homing Harry Security for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, if they returned to the UK, for 46 years. 12: Outrageous wages Chelsea’s wage bill for one year and one week, or Manchester City’s for one year and two months.   Should there be a cap on lotteries? Unhealthy wealth? Yes: The winning amount, £184,262,899.10, is a crazy amount of money, and will probably not change the winner’s life for the better. A sum like £20m would be a far more sensible figure, and make it possible for many more people to win. No: Eye-watering prizes are needed to keep people playing the lottery. It would be unfair to put a limit on people’s dreams: after all, £184,262,899.10 would be peanuts to Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk. Or... There should be a rule winners have to give a proportion of their winnings to good causes. Seeing the difference it makes to others would encourage them to give away even more to charity.       KeywordsFifteen players - Most of them have chosen to remain anonymous.

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