Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Lotto winner considers going public

The winner of the UK's biggest lottery prize was deciding whether to go public

The winner of the UK's biggest lottery prize was deciding whether to go public on their record-breaking windfall.

The lucky ticket-holder, who could be an individual or a syndicate, won a whopping £113 million in the EuroMillions Lottery jackpot in the draw on Friday October 8.

Camelot has announced that a winning ticket had been produced and verified and paid out to a UK winner.

The lottery operator revealed it had received more than 1,000 lost ticket claims after the £113,019,926 jackpot went unclaimed for nearly two weeks.

The claims, coming from around the country, were understood to include some from people who have admitted they do not even know whether the ticket they mislaid matched the winning numbers.

A Camelot spokesman said: "The ticket-holder is currently deciding whether or not to go public and share their news.

"If the ticket-holder decides to remain anonymous then no further details, including the location where the winning ticket was purchased, will be revealed."

The winner, who now sits at the top of the UK's National Lottery Rich List, joins the ranks of the rich and famous, with pots of cash to lavish on luxury homes, yachts, cars or other extravagances.

If it is an individual, they have become the 589th wealthiest person in Britain, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2010, and will be wealthier than veteran pop stars like Rod Stewart and David Bowie.

The previous largest lottery winner in the UK was an anonymous player who scooped £84.4 million on the EuroMillions draw in May.

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