Huge EuroMillions jackpot of £123million paid out to British winner
A single ticket-holder has claimed a £123.4million EuroMillions jackpot – the third-biggest lottery prize ever in the UK – and they are remaining anonymous.
UK lottery operator Camelot confirmed on Monday morning it has validated and paid out the staggering nine-figure prize.
It was won in the June 11 draw with the numbers 25, 27, 39, 42 and 46, and the Lucky Stars 11 and 12 – catapulting the ticket-holder into equal 964th place in the Sunday Times Rich List.
Their fortune rivals that of pro golfer Rory McIlroy’s £138m and is richer than that of Welsh football star Gareth Bale, who is worth £94m.
Lottery punters had spent almost two weeks waiting to find out the identity of the person who won the life-changing prize.
Last week Camelot confirmed someone had stepped forward to claim the jackpot.
This is the fourth EuroMillions jackpot win in the UK this year.
On New Year's Day, Patrick and Frances Connolly, from Northern Ireland, won a £114.9million jackpot.
Ade Goodchild banked £71million in March and an anonymous ticket-holder won £35.2million in April.
The UK's biggest lottery win ever belongs to Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in North Ayrshire in Scotland, who scooped £161million in July 2011.
Psychiatric nurse Mrs Weir, 55, and Mr Weir, 64, who worked as a TV cameraman and studio manager for more than 20 years, announced earlier this year that they are divorcing.
In August 2012, children's nurse Gillian Bayford, 40, and her record seller husband Adrian, 41, from Haverhill, Suffolk, won £148million.
The pair split 15 months after their win.
The June 11 jackpot is the third-biggest win ever in the UK.
A spokesperson for Camelot said: "The £123million winning ticket-holder has opted to remain anonymous.
"Under its licence to operate The National Lottery, Camelot has a duty of care to protect the anonymity of all National Lottery winners.
"Therefore no further details will be released about this ticket-holder’s claim."
Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery, said, "What an amazing win – the third biggest ever in the UK.
"We look forward to supporting this ticket-holder as they start to enjoy their life-changing prize.
"By buying a ticket for EuroMillions or any other National Lottery game, every player is helping to raise money for Good Causes.
"Around £30million is raised every week for projects across the UK, both big and small, including funding everything from local community projects to helping the nation’s athletes compete on the world stage.”
The odds of winning a EuroMillions jackpot – by matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars – are one in almost 140million.
Players pick five balls from a pool of 50 main numbers and two Lucky Stars from a separate pool of 12 numbers.
There are two draws every week – on Tuesdays and Fridays – and the next jackpot is worth an estimated £39million.
No-one has won the jackpot since the lucky Brit on June 11.
Players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim a prize.
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