Record-breaking Mega Moolah jackpot win by the numbers
By Aaron Todd
Here's a breakdown of Jon's record jackpot, by the numbers.
With a bet of just 25p, the return on investment on this wager is through the roof.
Jackpot size converted to U.S. dollars.
Number of Fiat Puntos — the car Jon currently drives — he could now buy.
Number of 2015 Bentley Continental GTs Jon — a noted Formula 1 fan — could now buy.
Tax Jon will have to pay on the jackpot. The U.K. does not tax players' gambling winnings.
Amount of tax Jon would have to pay (assuming he had no other income this year) on the jackpot if the U.K. taxed gambling winnings like regular income.
Number of Wimbledon singles titles you would have to win to eclipse the jackpot size, based on the amount paid in 2015.
Number of British Open titles you would have to win to eclipse the jackpot size, based on the amount paid in 2015.
While we aren't certain what Jon's rank in the army is, it would take him 488 years as a Level 1 Corporal to earn as much money in salary as he won in the record-breaking jackpot.
Number of average-priced homes Jon can now buy in his hometown of Cheshire. If he's looking only for detached properties, he could buy 39 (the average price is £331,734), though my guess is he might be looking for an above-average property for himself in the near future.
Number of lives potentially saved. Jon's father is ill and in need of a heart and lung transplant. Here's hoping the new financial freedom provides Jon's father with the medical care he needs.
Number of seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise tickets Jon can buy for friends and family in June, 2016 to celebrate his win and, hopefully, a full recovery by his father.