EuroMillions lottery: UK winner picks up £171m jackpot

<span>Photograph: Johnny Green/PA</span>
Photograph: Johnny Green/PA

A ticket holder has come forward to claim the £171m jackpot from Friday’s EuroMillions draw, operator Camelot has said.

Their win makes them the UK’s third biggest lottery winner of all time and instantly richer than the singers Harry Styles, who is worth an estimated £100m, and Adele, worth an estimated £150m.

Andy Carter, a senior winners’ adviser at Camelot, said: “What an amazing year for UK EuroMillions players. We are delighted to have received a claim for the third biggest ever win and look forward to supporting the ticket holder and helping them to start to enjoy their truly life-changing win.”

Once the ticket has been validated and the prize paid out, the winner will decide whether or not to go public.

This is the sixth EuroMillions jackpot won in the UK this year. The biggest win was £195m on 19 July, and was claimed a day later. The winner chose to remain anonymous.

On 10 May, a Gloucestershire couple, Joe and Jess Thwaite, won £184m on the EuroMillions with a lucky dip ticket.

Other wins include £110m on 2 September, a £109m jackpot on 4 February and £54m on 10 June. All these ticket holders chose to remain anonymous.

The EuroMillions draw is held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, and is played in nine European countries. Previously, only 15 UK players had won a jackpot of more than £100m.