Lucky Lotto Player Lands £24.5 Million
Updated: Thursday 28th December 2017
A single ticket holder became the biggest Lotto winner of the year on Wednesday night, despite not even matching all six main numbers. The lucky participant picked up a colossal £24.5 million, setting themselves up for the perfect start to 2018.
The jackpot had to be given away last night after passing its £22 million cap in the previous draw. Under Lotto rules, there could not be another rollover and the money had to be won even if nobody was able to match all six main numbers.
The numbers drawn were 18, 36, 48, 57, 58 and 59, along with Bonus Ball 50. Nobody did match all six main numbers, so the jackpot had to roll down to the next prize tier in which there were winners, and there was only one player who matched five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball.
Andy Carter, the National Lottery’s Senior Winners’ Advisor, said: “Wow - a single ticket holder has banked the £24.5 million jackpot in this special must-be-won draw. The jackpot rolled down and they only matched five main numbers and the Bonus Ball to bank the biggest sum won on Lotto in 2017.”
Big Lotto Winners
The top prize has been worth more a couple of times this year, but on previous occasions there have always been multiple winners. The last time the jackpot went past its cap, in October, five players ended up sharing £25 million.
It was not just a special draw for the one player who became a multimillionaire, with over a million other prizes given away. The rewards ranged from a free Lotto Lucky Dip for matching two main numbers to £1,128 for matching five main numbers.
One ticket holder also snapped up £1 million after matching the winning Lotto Millionaire Raffle code of NAVY 2917 0843. Check out the Lotto Results page for a list of the other 20 Lotto Raffle codes, worth £20,000 each, plus a full Lotto prize breakdown.
A jackpot of £3.2 million will be up for grabs in the final Lotto draw of 2017 this Saturday, and you can take part online or visit any authorised retailer. There is also a special EuroMillions draw to look forward to on Friday, with ten guaranteed winners in the Millionaire Maker game. Good luck!Published: Thursday 28th December 2017
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