Only two jackpots have ever been higher: €37.6 million was up for grabs in October 2006 and December 2007 saw the national lottery rise to an all-time high of €45.3 million.
Wednesday was the 11th time the Lotto has gone unclaimed. The last successful drawing happened on 20 December 2008. Three players from Wednesday’s round had six correct numbers, though they all lacked the Super Number ‘0’ – meaning they’ll have to make do with the consolation prize of €949,000 each.
But Saturday’s potential winner would suddenly be saddled with more than 36 times that amount. So what could you do with €35 million to your name?
One option would be to protect your massive winnings from inflation by purchasing 1,508 tonnes of gold.
Or ever dream of your own private island? A 20km parcel of the US Virgin Islands comes complete with a coconut-tree beach, crystal-clear water and a palm-tree forest for just €34,441,000.
Saturday night’s massive jackpot could also buy you a passenger jetliner all to yourself: a Boeing 717-200 with some 100 seats costs somewhere between €27 and €30 million.
For less than 70 percent of your newly acquired winnings, you could purchase a cruise ship, 194 metres long, 24 metres wide with 538 cabins roughly 11 to 18 square metres each. This luxury liner would include a casino, swimming pool, disco, five bars, a fitness room and a cafeteria on its eight decks.
Some €19 million would afford you a watch, albeit the most expensive in the world: the 163-karat, white-and-yellow-diamond-studded model from House Chopard features a series of heart-shaped diamonds, large and small, lining the face in pink, blue and white.
A “measly” €3,200,000 could buy you a trip into outer space.
And don’t forget adventure trips such as “Around the World in 80 Ways.” This tour of the globe lasts 28 days and features 80 different activities including a helicopter ride with champagne over Hong Kong, a private visit to the Palace of Jaipur and a wine tasting in Napa Valley. Costing €1 million, Saturday’s Lotto winner could even take along 34 of his or her best friends.