EuroMillions winner claims £113m jackpot


Filling in a EuroMillions lottery ticket won one UK individual or syndicate £113m. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA

Britain's largest lottery champion, who scooped a £113m EuroMillions jackpot, has decided to stay anonymous.

National Lottery operator Camelot mentioned today the winner's measure not to go public meant it was unable to unconver any furthermore details, such as where the winning ticket was purchased or whether the champion was an individual or a syndicate.

"We're delighted that the ticketholder has now come forward to claim this life-changing prize," mentioned a spokeswoman. "As with all drastic jackpot winners, they will receive autonomous financial and legal advice and also ongoing personal support."

The spokeswoman was uncapable to mention why it had taken 12 days for the champion to come forward – a delay that has cost the UK's latest multimillionaire £8,500 a day in lost interest.

Officials have checked the winning ticket, the date and location of its buy and other safety details, and handed through a cheque for £113,019,926.

If an individual has won the prize, he or she will turn the 589th wealthiest person in Britain, in keeping with the Sunday Times Rich List 2010, surpassing Rod Stewart and David Bowie. Shopping sprees could include splashing out on a £12m Ferrari 250 GTO, a week in a private villa on Mustique for £85,000, or even a number of airliners – a Boeing 767 charges around £56m.

The previous biggest lottery champion in the UK was an anonymous player who scooped £84.4m on EuroMillions in May. Before that, Nigel Page and Justine Laycock of Barnsley, Gloucestershire, won £56m on EuroMillions in February.

More than 1,000 people made declares for the jackpot, this includes a Coventry pensioner who advised her local paper she had purchased the winning ticket but her husband had thrown it in the bin. The 77-year-old woman mentioned yesterday: "I guess I'll have to apologise to my husband now for accusing him of losing it. But I'm secretly happy it isn't us. I do not think I'd ever have had a moment's peace again if I'd won all the things that money."

After being contacted by Camelot on behalf of the champion, the Press Complaints Commission reminded news organisations that they should respect the winner's right to anonymity. Its guidance tells there can be exceptions if it is in the public interest to recognize an individual contrary their wishes but notes that the size of the win alone is not a valid factor.

The PCC tells it has not had to get involved with any formal complaints about identifying lottery winners in the course of the past 9 years. The champion of the jackpot in May was never pointed out, which may give the newest winner a couple of confidence that their multimillion-pound haul will stay a secret.

An unofficial EuroMillions website tells that any champion who goes public is "virtually guaranteed a taste of recognition. They will often be treated to champagne dinners and driven around for interviews in a limousine." It advises that the media can recognize winners "within a matter of days", adding: "Since the chances are that you will find it almost impossible to keep your EuroMillions win a complete secret, preferring publicity at the outset generates a lot of sense." The new champion clearly disagrees.
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