A UK ticket-holder has won more than £171m with the EuroMillions jackpot, operator Camelot has announced.
Friday’s national lottery EuroMillions winning numbers were: 14, 15, 22, 35, 48. The lucky stars were: 03, 08.
No information will be released on whether the claimant is an individual, or a syndicate winner, unless the ticket-holder decides to go public.
The amount is a mere £24m short of the record EuroMillions win. In July, an anonymous UK ticket-holder scooped a jackpot of £195m, which was also the biggest national lottery win of all time.
The previous record-holders were Joe and Jess Thwaite from Gloucester whose winning ticket saw them win £184,262,899 in May this year.
Their windfall means they are wealthier than the pop singers Adele, who is worth £150m, and Tom Jones, who is worth £180m, according to this year’s Sunday Times Rich List.
Joe Thwaite told a press conference near Cheltenham at the time: “I looked at the amount and I put the phone down. And I picked the phone up again, and I looked at the amount again.
“I first thought it was in the thousands,” he said, but then he “started counting the digits. Amazing, but also surreal.”
In October 2019, an anonymous ticket-holder won £170,221,000.
Other notable winners were Colin and Chris Weir from North Ayrshire who took home £161,653,000 in July 2011. In August 2012, Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Cambridgeshire won £148,656,000
Prior to today, 15 UK players have won a jackpot of more than £100m.
The EuroMillions draw is held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, and is played in nine European countries.