Apr 12, 2021, 9:10 am
An anonymous EuroMillions ticket holder has become the United Kingdom's fifth-biggest National Lottery winner after their £122 million (US$168 million) jackpot prize was paid out.
Lottery operator Camelot UK Lotteries Limited announced on Friday it had validated and paid out the prize of £122,550,350.80, the jackpot from the EuroMillions draw on April 2.
Unless the winner signs an agreement for full publicity, no further information can be released about their win.
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 pay out this amazing EuroMillions jackpot prize to the lucky ticket-holder.
"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 made a donation to a community football club in Largs before Mr. Weir's death in 2019 after a short illness.
The record for the highest amount ever won on EuroMillions was set in February this year when a Swiss player took home €210 million, the equivalent of more than US$250 million.
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