Who is £170million richer? Winner of Britain’s biggest lottery prize still hasn’t come forward to claim cash
- The punter beat odds of 140 million to one to scoop the EuroMillions jackpot
- Scale of the win has led to some calls on social media for a £25million maximum
- Tuesday’s EuroMillions winner matched all five main numbers – 7, 10, 15, 44, 49
The lucky winner of Britain’s biggest ever lottery prize has still not come forward to claim their £170million windfall.
The punter beat odds of almost 140 million to one to scoop the EuroMillions jackpot which will catapult them into the list of the UK’s 1,000 wealthiest people.
Alongside them in the rich list will be stars like Robbie Williams (£175million), Sir Tom Jones (£165million), Ed Sheeran (£160million) and Adele (£150million).
The winner will rank ahead of sportsmen Rory McIlroy (£138million), Gareth Bale (£94million) and Anthony Joshua (£49million).
The scale of the win has led to some calls on social media for a £25million maximum jackpot to ensure that winners further down the prize structure can claim more meaningful sums.
The lucky winner of Britain’s biggest ever lottery prize has still not come forward to claim their £170million windfall
Tuesday’s EuroMillions winner matched all five main numbers – 7, 10, 15, 44, 49 – and the two lucky stars – 3 and 12 – in the draw following the longest-ever series of rollovers at 24 weeks.
The likelihood of getting all seven numbers is put at a staggering one in 139,838,160 – 14 times less likely than being struck by lightning.
The UK’s previous biggest winners were Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in North Ayrshire, Scotland, who scooped the £161million EuroMillions jackpot in July 2011.
But pressure on winners can be huge and the Weirs’ 38-year marriage suffered under the strain and it recently emerged that the couple, who have two adult children, have divorced.
In 2012 Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, also separated a year after scooping more than £148million in another high-profile jackpot win.
The EuroMillions game is played across nine countries. British ticket buyers have been particularly lucky this year, claiming a series of supersize jackpots.
Colin and Christine Weir (pictured) from Largs in North Ayrshire, Scotland, scooped the £161million EuroMillions jackpot in July 2011
Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: ‘It’s been a fantastic year for UK EuroMillions players, with five jackpot wins.
In June, one ticket-holder, who chose to remain anonymous, became one of the UK’s biggest-ever winners after scooping a £123million jackpot.’
In the New Year’s Day draw, Patrick and Frances Connolly, from Northern Ireland, won £114.9million, Ade Goodchild scooped £71million in March, while another anonymous ticket-holder bagged £35.2million in April.
If this week’s winner does not come forward, lottery company Camelot will wait at least two weeks before issuing details of the general area where the ticket was purchased. This will be an area with a population of at least 75,000 to ensure that any eventual winner can remain anonymous.
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