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14 April 2015


Whether you're looking to buy something sparkly for yourself, a friend or a loved one, there's no getting around it. Jewellery is expensive. You'd have to be a lotto winner to be able to afford a simple engagement ring these days, not to mention a pair of diamond earrings. And as for a necklace, forget about it.

Not even Hollywood celebrities are able to afford their own sparklers. Those ropes of pearls and strings of diamonds and precious stones you see them wearing at the Oscars? All borrowed from famous jewellers, and all returned the very next day. So when we say you need to win the lottery in order to buy a piece of jewellery these days, we mean it.

But what if you did win the lotto? What if you bought a ticket for tonight's $47 million US Mega Millions lottery draw or even the £15 million EuroMillions lotto jackpot? Both take place later tonight, and both could see you walking off with a massive lotto prize! So let's say you did. Let's say you got all your ducks and all your lucky numbers in a row, and you walked off a huge lotto winner. What type of jewellery would you splurge on? Something small and tasteful and understated? Or something with a bit more va-va-voom, like these bright shiny baubles that were recently sold at auction:

Empress Eugenie Brooch - $10.5 million

You may not have heard of the Empress Eugenie Brooch, but you've certainly heard of the Louvre - the Parisian museum that bought this exquisite diamond-encrusted bow-shaped brooch for a mere $10.5 million in 2008. Created for the wife of Napoléon III, Empress Eugénie, the brooch now resides safely in the Louvre after being bought at a private sale at Christie's. Win the Mega Millions lotto tonight, and you could easily afford one for yourself, not to mention the security you'd need to guard it too.

lottery winners diamonds Empress Eugenie Brooch

Emerald and Diamond Tiara - $12.3 million

Going somewhere a little fancier than usual? How about dressing up your outfit with the ultimate accessory - an emerald and diamond tiara worth a cool $12.3 million. Commissioned by the German prince Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck for his wife Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck, and believed to have been owned by the Empress Eugénie (her again), the tiara boasts a flawless set of 11 pear-shaped emeralds, totalling an impressive 500 carats. If you do end up winning the lotto tonight, we recommend wearing it to your celebration dinner - and every other dinner after that.

lottery winners Emerald and Diamond Tiara

The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond - $24.3 million

Of course if you're thinking of going the jewellery route, why not go for broke and splash out on the Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond, a generously-sized gray-blue sparkler weighing 35.56 carats, that recently sold for an eye-watering $24.3 million. Just win tonight's $47 million Mega Millions jackpot, and you'll be able to buy both the diamond, and a fitting setting for it too.

giant lottos The Wittelsbach Graff Diamond

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Whether you're looking for a pair of earrings to say 'thank you', or a sparkly ring to say 'I do', a lotto jackpot will come in supremely handy when you see the numbers on the price tag. Simply buy your lotto tickets online from in time for tonight's EuroMillions and Mega Millions draws, and you'll have no trouble signing the credit card slip for 1,000 carats of awesome. Diamonds are indeed a lotto winner's best friend


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