An anonymous EuroMillions ticket holder has become the UK’s fifth biggest National Lottery winner after claiming a £122 million windfall.
The massive jackpot prize from a draw on 2 April was validated and paid out on Friday, Lottery operator Camelot confirmed.
In total, £122,550,350.80 was released, but the winner’s identity will remain hidden unless they sign an agreement for full publicity.
Camelot’s Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve now been able to validate the claim and payout this amazing EuroMillions jackpot prize to the lucky ticket-holder."
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Carter added: “This lucky ticket-holder has now officially become the fifth biggest ever UK National Lottery winner and we hope that they will enjoy their win.
“In the current situation, we’re encouraging everyone to check their tickets online at national-lottery.co.uk or by downloading the National Lottery app, and to only buy and check their tickets in retail in line with government guidance.
“Playing online via the website or app means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize. You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery app to check if you’re a winner.”
The highest ever UK winner claimed a jackpot of £170 million in October 2019, but chose to stay anonymous.
Colin Weir and wife Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, claimed the second highest prize – £161 million – in July 2011.
The couple set up the Weir Charitable Trust and donated to a community football club in Largs before Mr Weir’s death in 2019 after a short illness.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012 and the fourth highest UK winner – who took home £123 million – also remained anonymous.
The highest amount ever won on EuroMillions was set in February this year when a Swiss player took home €210m (£180m).
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