British Euromillions Record
A new record has been set for the biggest Euromillions prize won by a player in the UK after a ticket bought in Britain matched all five main numbers and both Lucky Star numbers to win £35,425,412. Until now, the largest Euromillions prize won by a Brit was £16,752,144, which was scooped from Gateshead player Marion Richardson in April 2004. The new record is worth more than twice that amount - a sum generated thanks to three rollovers - but so far the winner has not come forward to claim their prize.
The British side of the Euromillions lottery is operated by Camelot Group plc, and a spokesman for the company said: "It is the largest jackpot won by a British person. It's not unusual for people not to check their tickets until the next day, so the person may not be aware yet. It's very exciting - someone out there is sitting on a fortune."
The new record-breaking winner has until 180 days from the day of the draw (in this case, Friday 10 August) to make their claim. If they do not claim in time, the winner will automatically lose all of their rights to the money and the £35.4 million will go to the Good Cause fund.
Some pundits have speculated that a syndicate of lottery players may have purchased the £35.4 million ticket, and if this is the case we are likely to see someone make a claim this week as Brits return to the workplace. Of course, if could be the case that the winner has simply failed to check their ticket at this point. For this reason, all Euromillions players who bought a ticket for Friday 10 August are being urged to check and double-check their numbers so that the winner can claim their prize without any further delay.Monday 13th August 2007
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